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Beyond compliance: ACE and the disability standards for education in 2005.

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Buckingham, Joe Graffam
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 make it unlawful for an education authority to discriminate against a person on the grounds of the person's disability, and providers of adult and community education (ACE) are specifically noted as education authorities in the Standards. Most ACE providers, working as they do from a community development basis, would consider themselves to be non-discriminatory. The devil, nevertheless, is in the detail, and it is one particular detail of the Standards that this article considers – Part 7: Standards for student support services. Research has indicated that this is an area with which ACE providers are likely to have problems. This article looks firstly at the place of people with a disability in ACE, and then at some of the provisions of the Standards as they relate to student support. Evidence to support the discussion is taken from three research projects into ACE provision for people with a disability. These studies are outlined before the author moves on to some of the issues indicated in the research. Further, some suggestions are made for compliance, and the need for ACE providers to go beyond compliance and consider advocacy to support the inclusion of people with a disability into ACE.

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Fine Print

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29

Season

Spring

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

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  • Yes

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0159-3978

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

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C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

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2006, Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council

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