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Program 1 – VET Staff Supporting Students with Disability

Building further understanding and confidence in supporting students with disability throughout their engagement and successful completion of their studies in vocational education and training (VET) is a key way to support inclusion. How you communicate, interact and respond to the needs of individuals with disability can positively influence their experience and educational outcomes.

Listen to Darlene McLennan, Project Lead and Jen Cousins, Project Officer discuss the value of completing this program.

Overview of Program

Welcome to the first of two e-learning training programs in the Supporting Students with Disability in VET series developed by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program and the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training.

This program is designed for all staff who work in the VET sector, and focuses on promoting awareness about the rights of students with disability, the needs and requirements of students, and responsibilities of registered training organisations (RTOs).

The training consists of three modules, which must be completed in successive order. Each module ends with a short quiz to allow participants to demonstrate their understanding. You can complete the e-learning training at your own pace—you do not need to complete the training in one sitting. Program 1 should take an average of 45–60 minutes to complete.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will have:

  • a better understanding of contemporary practices and approaches in supporting students with disability
  • considered approaches that you and your organisation can take to actively promote inclusion in education and training.

Language and Terminology

There is a range of language and terminology used in each state/territory. The following terms have been used consistently throughout this program of training and are interchangeable with the range used.

  • Students with disability (also includes health and medical conditions)
  • Learning Access Plan (also includes Individual Learning Plan, Disability Access Plan, Learning Support Plan)
  • VET educators (also includes teachers, lecturers, trainers and assessors)
  • RTOs (also includes TAFE and private/independent training providers)

There is a glossary of terms [DOCX 59KB] that you can access and refer to at any time during the training. You can also download or print this document for future reference.

External Links

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The development of this training was funded by Skills TAS – Training and Work Pathways Program 2019 and the Commonwealth Department of Education,  Skills and Employment – Training Product Development Program. This project would not have been possible without the support and efforts of numerous VET practitioners and professionals. We would personally like to thank all those who willingly and graciously participated and contributed [DOCX 53KB].