Response to proposed changes to Inclusion Support Program (ISP) Guidelines

Noah’s Ark provided a Response to the proposed new guidelines for the Inclusion Support Program. The guidelines have proposed two new categories of children be supported, including children presenting with learning, language and speech delays and children who do not meet developmental targets under the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).

We have argued that these children should have their needs met through the early childhood curriculum rather than an ‘inclusion’ program. In addition, we have recommended that the Department of Education undertake a major review of the literature on, and practice developments in, the inclusion of children with disabilities, developmental delays and additional needs and adopt a measure/s of the quality of inclusion to be provided through its programs such as the Inclusion Support Program. The Department has not undertaken a major review for 15 years.

We thank staff who contributed information for this report. The response was written by John Forster, Kerry Bull and Stacey Alexander. Stacey has undertaken review of Australian literature on inclusion which informed our approach.

The full report can be found here.

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