Positive move toward an inclusive Australian Curriculum

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:04pm

The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) has emphasised its commitment to the consideration of students with special needs in the upcoming Australian Curriculum.

ACARA acknowledge in their recent newsletter that there are necessary challenges in the provision of a curriculum suitable for students with various special needs, but that as a result “it will make Australia one of the few nations in the world with a model of curriculum provision for these students”.

Media Access Australia is enthusiastic about the potential benefits to students who have sensory impairment that will result from the development of a new and inclusive curriculum.

ACARA has recognised that “alternative formats (may be used)… to enable access and engagement with learning and assessment activities”. This is particularly applicable to the education of students who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

Media Access Australia is currently engaged in a range of projects that promote the use of captions in the classroom. Our Education Strategy highlights the importance of captions in education and outlines our current projects.

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