Learning starts before school and enrolling your child into the local playgroup, child care centre or kindergarten gives them a head start and builds neighbourhood friendships. These early relationships flow onto the formal school years and help to form inclusive and tolerant attitudes.

We parents play an active role in our child’s education and experience has shown that when parents and schools work together, the result is an enriched learning environment that benefits the entire school community. Teachers often comment on the positive effects of having a person with a disability in their class. They say that their presence enhances the ability of each student and teacher to embrace and value difference while also recognising the common attributes shared by everyone.

The DET is able to provide adequate aids (be it teaching or specialised equipment) to enable your child with access and inclusion. Consult your LAC for more advice. Visit the education department inclusive schooling pages for more info and see the Schools Plus Carer Checklist for ensuring your chosen school is inclusive.

We also recommend that carefully completing an Individual Education Plan, to equip your child’s teachers and aides to best meet their needs and stimulate a fulfilling school environment in which your child can thrive.

  • Catholic

    Pros- often low fee,

    Cons- wait lists, may be less funding for equipment etc

  • Independent

    Pros- often more facilities, extra-curricular activities

    Cons- higher fees, independent so not governed by DET inclusive policies

  • Montessori

    Pros- child paced, customised learning plans

    Cons- higher fees, not based on outcomes

  • Home Schooling

    Pros- can centre curriculum at child’s pace and to child’s needs.

    Cons- non-inclusive, limited social interaction and group learning potential.

  • Special Needs Schooling

    Pros- equipped to cater for special needs and complex medical conditions.

    Cons- some schools have lower expectations of kids and are more like childcare than school. Non-inclusive environment.

We recommend discussing your child’s needs, Individual Education Plan and your vision for their education and learning within the school prior to making any enrolment decisions.

School can be a place of fun, socialising and learning. If this is your focus and you articulate your child’s needs this can be your child’s reality.

If you need assistance articulating your needs or feel that these are not being accommodated, contact People With Disabilities WA, who can mediate and advocate on behalf of you and your child.

For more information on Non-Government Schools (includes Catholic, Independent, Montessori and Home Schooling) click here.

Pros- cost effective

Cons- need to be proactive with teacher and teacher’s aide, little ability to request replacement TA if TA isn’t meeting child’s needs.

For more information on Government schools, click here.

Conductive education is available in 2 states WA and Victoria and offers a holistic approach to learning – encompassing communication, mobility, self-care skills as well as education. Click on the link above to find out more or for Victorians click here to find out about CPEC.

Pros- Whole child approach considers physical, communication and education needs. Group-learning environment.

Cons- Students all have special needs (which some may see as a pro)

To find out more, visit the Conductive Education website.