Draft National Curriculum offers chance to champion access

Thursday, 1 April 2010 09:49am

Educators, parents, students and the general public are reminded that comments and feedback for the draft National Curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 10 will be closing on 23 May 2010. The feedback mechanisms allow for extensive feedback across all syllabuses and it is recommended that individuals register and work through the process over a period of time. Media Access Australia encourages all to consider the proposed curriculum in regard to statements on access and equity.

The Public Information Forum in Sydney was held last Thursday, 25 March, and comprised a diverse group of educators representing various concerns with the Draft National Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) Chair Barry McGraw and General Manager Robert Randall said that ACARA would be taking feedback very seriously in refining the curriculum, and encouraged people to do so through the online feedback forms. This is an opportune moment to push towards accessibility for students with sensory impairment. 

Access features on computers need to be activated for students with sensory impairments. TV programs, DVDs and downloads which are used as educational resources must be captioned for full inclusion of students who are Deaf or hearing impaired, and audio described for students who are blind or have low vision. Additionally, reasonable adjustments need to be made for students with sensory impairment if accessible media is unavailable.

For further information on the Draft National Curriculum, please refer to the ACARA homepage. MAA raised this issue in the previous article, Draft National Curriculum launched, but how accessible will it be?

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