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Education and Learning Issues paper

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released an issues paper on education and learning.

The issues paper has been adapted from a paper developed for a workshop on education and learning held in Melbourne on 3 October, 2019 with representatives from community and disability organisations and education academics.

The Royal Commission has identified that abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in the education sector is an important topic to address.

Research suggests that children with disability experience higher rates of suspension and expulsion from schools and that children with disability may be excluded from school activities, such as excursions, assemblies, sports carnivals etc.

Over the last decade, the segregation of children with disability into special education units/classes or 'special' schools has increased. Students with autism have been disproportionately affected by this increase. First Nations students with disability are also disproportionately over-represented in special schools.

The Royal Commission issues paper on education outlines the Commission's preliminary understanding of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability and asks 13 questions.

The Royal Commission is encouraging responses from individuals and organisations to the issues paper, if possible, by 20 December 2019 although submissions will be accepted after that date.