ACT public schools offer a range of specialist settings and programs for children and students with a disability. If your child has a disability and you wish to find out what services and support are available in your area please contact your school counsellor. Parents are not required to enrol directly in special settings as placement is done through a centralised process.
If your child is not currently enrolled in an ACT public school, please contact the Disability Education Section of the Education Directorate on (02) 6205 6925 to discuss your options.
If you would like further information on any disability education programs delivered by the Education Directorate, please contact the Disability Education Section. Access to special education programs is coordinated through the school counselling service.
Information about appraisals of need:
Support Teachers – Vision
The Vision Support Team is a team of specialist trained staff who provide support to children and young people from preschool to year 12 who meet the ACT disability criteria for vision impairment. Support may be through direct teaching for students and/or through consultative support to classes, schools and families. The team works with the Guide Dogs Association and other agencies and provides Braille and other resource production services.
Support Teachers – Hearing
The Hearing Support Team is a team of specialist trained staff who provide support to children and young people from preschool to year 12 who meet the ACT Student Disability Criteria for hearing impairment. Support may be through direct teaching for students, and/or through consultative support to classes, schools and families. The team works with the Australian Hearing Services and other agencies.
Disability Education Partners
Disability Education Partners work in teams to build teacher, school and system capacity to support students with a disability. The team works with staff to develop, plan and evaluate strategies that aim to maximise student access, engagement and participation in school.
Support Classes – Language
Students aged between 5 and 8 who have a significant language disorder may be offered a Language Support Class placement. The program focuses on language and communication in conjunction with core curriculum areas.
Learning Support Units
LSUs are small classes of up to eight students located in primary schools, high schools and colleges. Students must meet the ACT Student Disability Criteria for Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder to be placed in these programs.
Learning Support Units - Autism specific
LSU-As are small classes of up to six students located in primary and high schools. Students placed in these settings must meet the ACT Student Disability criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Learning Support Centres
LSCs are classes for students with a significant learning delay, a mild intellectual disability or who meet the ACT Student Disability criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder. They are located in primary schools, high schools and colleges.
The Hospital School
The Hospital School caters for students from preschool to Year 12 with short term, long term and chronic illness. The school is based at The Canberra Hospital in the Paediatrics ward.