Follow us on:

Appendix 2 Protocol for Inviting Guest Speakers to the School

  1. Purpose of the Guest Speaker
  2. When to Invite a Guest Speaker
  3. Communication through the School Leadership Team
  4. Creating a Supportive Environment for a Guest Speaker
  5. Choosing a Guest Speaker
  6. Funding a Guest Speaker
  7. Information for Guest Speaker
    1. Purpose of Guest Speaker
    2. Profile of Guest Speaker
    3. Content and Outline of Presentation
    4. Format of Presentation

1. Purpose of the Guest Speaker

Inviting a guest speaker with a disability is highly encouraged and is a valuable strategy that will help students engage with the program. This will enhance student learning and will highlight the abilities and individuality which is a critical factor in promoting positive attitudes towards people with disability. This is especially beneficial for those students who have had little or no prior contact with people with disabilities.

2. When to Invite a Guest Speaker

The best time to engage a guest speaker is at the beginning of the program (in the first 2 weeks).

3. Communication through the School Leadership Team

When inviting a guest speaker, it is important to involve the school leadership team (Principal, Deputy Principal etc.) to support a school culture that welcomes people with disability into the school community. It is recommended that the Principal invites the guest speaker to the school. Keep the school leadership team informed and introduce guest speakers to them as soon as possible.

4. Creating a Supportive Environment for a Guest Speaker

Some people with disability will have specific needs that must be considered before they come to the school.

Other considerations:

5. Choosing a Guest Speaker

6. Funding a Guest Speaker

Arrangements should be made through the school to compensate guest speakers for their time and contribution. This will need to be pre-organised. Guest speakers may request reimbursement for transport costs.

It may be possible for a guest speakers to volunteer their time, however, the offer of payment should be made to demonstrate appreciation of the contribution they are making to the school community.

7. Information for Guest Speaker

Go through the following information with the guest speaker.

Purpose of Guest Speaker:

Profile of Guest Speaker:

Each guest speaker is required to provide a brief profile introducing themselves. The profile would include the following information:

E.g. My name is Peter Smith and I live with my family on a farm in Gundaroo. Since 2002, I have experienced progressive vision loss which has had a profound impact on my life. Although the way I do things has changed, I have found that assistive technologies and places that cater for people with a vision disability offer opportunities for me to participate and feel included in community life. I am now an advocate for accessible environments, and value the ideas of school children about creating shared spaces for people with disability.

Content and Outline of Presentation:

The presentation should focus on the presenter’s unique experience of disability. No story is the same. The presenter is encouraged to personalise their message and share their story so that children can develop an awareness of the challenges experienced by the presenter, and understand why it is important to recognise these challenges. The presentation should also discuss barriers and opportunities to participation in community life. The following format should be used to help guide the presentation

Format of Presentation

Introduction:

Challenges and Solutions:

Barriers to Participation in Day to Day Activities:

Changing Behaviour:

Opportunities to Participate in Day to Day Activities:

Taking Action:

Key Messages:

For example:

Back to Teacher Information