Title: Enabling inclusion in school communities.

Title: Enabling inclusion in school communities.

For schools keen to model best practice in including students with physical disabilities, it helps to get some specialist support. This 12-part series, run by the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, began in 2009 at the request of the [Victorian] Department of Education and Early Childhood.

"The request indicated the vital need to provide training in this area for schools," says Matt Yates, a senior physiotherapist who works with the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre.

Feedback indicates the series, which covers a range of topics including technology, literacy and inclusion, has been a resounding success. "This workshop series has inspired some schools to provide a high level of support and education for the student who is enrolled. [It means] the student is engaged with the curriculum and interacting with their peers," Yates says.

Duration: Varies for each workshop.

Time: Some sessions run for a full day, others for two hours in an afternoon.

Where: Varying locations in Melbourne (usually Glen Waverley), see website. The series will soon be trialled as an online course.

When: Varying dates across the year. Next series starts in 2014.


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