Video: What are the Disability Standards for Education and how can they help me?
The Disability Standards for Education (which we will call ‘the Standards’) are part of the law called the Disability Discrimination Act. The Standards explains in detail how education providers like schools and universities must decide what supports you need. It also explains how they should make sure that support actually happens.
Unfortunately, the Standards don’t say that you have the final decision about what supports will be put in place. They say that the supports must be discussed with you. But in the end it is the responsibility of the education provider to organise supports that they call ‘reasonable adjustments’. There is an explanation of what this means on this website.
Whatever supports the education provider does put in place, those supports must make sure that you can fully participate and access your education. That means you should have the same opportunities as other students.
The Standards cover areas such as: