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My colleagues and I employ teaching strategies which are the
most effective researched teaching methods for a person with an
Recently the Grattan Institute published a report
that recommends "greater use of proven programs that lead to
better targeted teaching." The National Centre for
Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published its quarterly data
for government-funded students in Vocational Education and it states
that 9% of the students enrolled have a disability.
I would like to use this opportunity to give recognition to the work
done by disability teachers and support staff who work alongside the
vocational teachers to ensure the learning needs of students with
disabilities are met.
Our labour market is undergoing a great deal of structural change.
Industries that employed unskilled labour are now in decline. People
with disabilities are pushed further into poverty and marginalised as
they aren't able to access the necessary skillsets and qualifications
without appropriate teaching. Training providers have a responsibility
to consider this when assessing their provision of quality service and
training. As well as ensuring quality service provision, disability
teachers ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
People with intellectual disabilities are further marginalised as
they encounter very specific and different challenges compared to
other disability groups at TAFE. These students have individual needs
and learning characteristics. Disability teachers have the expertise
and knowledge to provide differentiated instruction for these students.
There is a common misconception that simply providing extra time for
students with an intellectual disability is enough to fulfil their
learning needs. However, this one-size-fits-all approach to teaching
is not good enough for most of these students. My colleagues and I
employ teaching strategies which are the most effective researched
teaching methods for a person with an intellectual disability.
Anecdotal evidence collected in my section indicates high rates of
completion and attrition to higher level courses.
Vocational sections working in partnership with disability teachers
have led to successful outcomes. The disability teacher has the
expertise and knowledge to determine the types of reasonable
adjustments required and is able to evaluate their effectiveness.
This way, all students with disabilities have better outcomes.