AFI’s submission to the Inquiry into the Management of ACT School Infrastructure by the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion.
The management of ACT school infrastructure can have a significant impact on the educational experience and attainment of students with disability, and as a result, can also enormously impact later life outcomes and wellbeing. School infrastructure should be designed and used to support inclusion and accessibility, and planning for the management of school infrastructure in the future should include creating a solid foundation for children and young people with disability to achieve the best possible educational, social and economic outcomes.
AFI will also be participating in a public hearing for the Inquiry into the management of ACT school infrastructure on 18 May 2021.
In the submission AFI makes the following recommendations:
- The ACT Government adopt a definition of ‘inclusion’ consistent with Article 24 and General Comment No. 4.
- All school infrastructure meets accessibility standards and Universal Design principles.
- Improved identification and education regarding the use of infrastructure for restrictive practices.
- Plan infrastructure provision and design to meet sensory needs and enhance wellbeing.