Professional Reading and Additional Resources

All in!All InExternal Link’ is a disability awareness program for primary school children which builds on understanding, awareness and acceptance of disability at a young age.

Asperger’s BIG BOOKExternal Link This innovative children’s book has been written especially for junior school students (Foundation – Grade 2) in simple language describing and explaining why their friends with Aspergers behaves the way they do.

Australian CurriculumExternal Link

Australian Professional Standards for TeachersExternal Link

Autism resources: Amaze VictoriaExternal Link

Bar None Community Awareness Kit for Schools (Victoria)External Link provides information and curriculum support for teachers to enhance their knowledge and understanding of disability, create a welcoming, inclusive school community, and foster a culture of openness and discussion around disability.

Belonging and Connection of school Students with Disability Issues Paper. 2014 External Link Children with Disability Australia. Authors: Dr Sally Robinson and Julia Truscott.

Children with Disability Australia External Link

Civics and Citizenship Education Website (DEEWR)External Link contains resources, information, activities and links for teachers, students and parents involved in civics and citizenship education. The website includes activities on human rights and disability, disability and the law and taking action regarding the Disability Discrimination Act.

Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)External Link This is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, practitioners and policy makers which ahve been at the forefront of research, development and promotion of the links between social and emotional learning, academic achievement and student wellbeing.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesExternal Link

Disability Discrimination Act 1992External Link The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is a legal document that regulates social behaviour associated with disability.

Ethnicity and Disability The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW inc. (MDAAExternal Link) website provides useful information about culture and disability.

Everyone Everyday Program Books

Book 1: “Being Me, Being You” was developed for the Everyone Everyday Kindergarten program as a reference to facilitate thinking around valuing difference. The book is illustrated by a year 6 student from Hawker Primary School.

Book 2: “101 Ways To Include People With Disability”, captures the ideas of school aged students across the ACT and aims to get people thinking about how we can all make a difference to create happy, healthy and inclusive communities. Email Disability ACT at or phone (02) 6207 1086 to order copies.

Human Rights CommissionExternal Link The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament, and lead the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia.

Inclusion, belonging and the disability revolution. TED talk External Link

Inclusion in education: towards equality for students with disability. Issues paper. 2013.External Link Children with Disability Australia. Author: Dr Kathy Cologon.

Inky Ed - Inclusive EducationExternal Link. This website showcases the journey of Mac (primary school student) as he pursues an inclusive education in a mainstream setting with his friends despite his multiple severe disabilities.

International Day of People with disability resourcesExternal Link

Isn’t it a pity? The real problem with special needs. Torrie Dunlap. TED talkExternal Link

Jayme Richardson (nee Paris) video segment from Cycling Central:External Link This video segment from Cycling Central (SBS) features a young woman who has not let her disability prevent her from doing what she loves.

Just Like You! (NSW) is a disability awareness program for primary school children, designed to build understanding, acceptance and tolerance. The program was designed by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Play by the rules – Australian Sports Commission External Link This site provides an interactive scenario based example of disability inclusion

Positive Partnerships Positive PartnershipsExternal Link provides training to teachers, school leaders and other education professionals about how to best support students with an autism spectrum disorder in the classroom, and how to create an ‘autism friendly’ school culture.

Schools for All Children and Young People Report of the Expert Panel on Students with complex needs and challenging behaviour. Professor Anthony Shaddock, Dr Sue Packer, and Mr Alasdair Roy.

Social Inc. (NSW)External Link seeks to overturn the stigmas and disadvantage around disability in high schools through youth engagement. The concept is simple – we think the world is a more interesting, more productive and happier place when people with disabilities are included. But sadly many young people with disabilities are left out, ignored and bullied in high school.

Sports Ability 2 Activity CardsExternal Link These cards describe great inclusive games for people with or without disability. They are easy to use and provide examples of modification to cater for all skill levels. These games can be used developmentally or to provide new pathways in disability sport.

Students with disability in mainstream classroom: a resource for teachersExternal Link. Anthony Shaddock, Loretta Giorcelli, Sue Smith.

The Inclusion ClubExternal Link This is an initiative that promotes the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation. It includes a range of excellent audio visual resources, and a blogging site. It provides a platform where like minded people can share their ideas and take action to foster inclusive opportunities in sport and recreation.

The State of the World’s Children 2013. Children with DisabilitiesExternal Link
This report lists key recommendations for international commitment to build more inclusive societies where children with disabilities and their families can participation in the civic, social and cultural affairs of their communities without facing barriers.

True Colours song about inclusionExternal Link This is a song performed by popular singer ‘MattyB’ with lyrics that reflect a theme on inclusion. Warning for teachers when using You Tube: make sure you preview the clip before using as there is a risk that comments in the feed may be inappropriate. Also, skip the add at the beginning of the clip.

UN Disability Convention Child Friendly Text (2007) produced by UNICEF and The Victor Pineda Foundation. This document is a child friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisablitiesExternal Link.