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Special Education Program

Aspley State High School’s Special Education Program was established in 1997 to support students who were verified as totally blind or had severe low vision.
From 2008, Aspley State High school expanded support services to cater for students with diagnosed disabilities in the areas of Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Speech Language Impairments, mild Hearing Impairment and mild Physical Impairment, in addition to its program of excellence for students with Vision Impairment.
Education Adjustment Program
The department's Education Adjustment Program (EAP) is a process for identifying and responding to the educational needs of students with disability who require significant education adjustments related to the specific impairment areas of:
·       Autism Spectrum Disorder
·       Hearing Impairment
·       Intellectual Disability
·       Physical Impairment
·       Speech-Language Impairment
·       Vision Impairment.
The EAP supports schools to:
·       understand and meet their obligations to make reasonable adjustments for students withidisability
·       identify students (from Prep-Year 12) who meet criteria for the EAP categories
·       report the significant education adjustments that are currently in place to address the educational needs of these students.
For general information please click on the following programs:
For more information, email special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact:
  • The Head of Special Education Services at Aspley State High School on (07) 3863 9241
  • Guidance Officer Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9203
 
 Vision impairment program
Students with vision impairment participate in all areas of Aspley State High School's curriculum and are involved in many extracurricular areas of school life.
Students attend classes in an inclusive setting and have access to the Special Education Program classroom area for tutorial programs, subjects within the Expanded Core Curriculum and for the storage of lesson resources.
Adaptive equipment and specialised resources are available for teaching and learning programs. Alternative Braille/tactile, large print, digital and audio materials are customized for individual student needs by Special Education Program staff to remove barriers to access.

The student

Students with Vision Impairment are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process including a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and educational goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan.
The program aims to develop student independence and to ensure visually impaired students are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum and to make a successful transition to post school pathways.

The staff

Support teachers are trained in the education of students with vision impairments. They are skilled in the use of braille and other alternative print formats and the provision of the expanded core curriculum for vision impairment, and can advise on the educational implications of specific vision impairments.
Support teachers and ancillary staff assist the students to access the school curriculum, while providing opportunities for them to acquire the specialised skills required by a person with vision impairment. Support staff work collaboratively with the classroom teacher, providing advice and assistance to ensure that materials and teaching practices are modified appropriately to accommodate each student's vision and learning needs.

The program for vision impaired students has been in practice since 1997. The long-term nature of the program and the access to continuing training and development mean that many staff, both teachers and ancillary, have extensive experience with the special teaching and learning adaptations required for students who have vision impairments.

Student outcomes are enhanced by:
  • increased opportunities for learning through visual, digital, tactual and/or auditory means
  • increased access to curriculum
  • increased staff awareness and understanding of vision difficulties and appropriate teaching methodologies

Specialised resources

To access the curriculum, students will require the use of a range of special materials and equipment. Teachers and ancillary staff of the Special Education Program provide:
  • large print and audio materials
  • low vision devices
  • adaptive technologies - speech, magnification and Braille
  • print access through Digital format
  • specialised Braille technologies
  • talking and large display calculators
  • braille materials - literary and technical
  • access to Alternative Format and National Library databases, and research support

Braille

Braille teaching and learning is delivered by Special Education Program staff and includes on-site Braille and tactile diagram production for all subject lessons. Braille texts are provided through the Alternative Format Library at Buranda.

Expanded Core Curriculum

As part of their Individual Education Program, students with vision impairment increase their skills in the Expanded Core Curriculum which encompasses the specific skills and knowledge that a person with vision impairment will need, to be as independent as possible in school and post school life.
The curriculum may include aspects of the following:
  • the use of low vision aids and functional vision skills
  • the use of adaptive technology - personal laptops, BrailleSense, MaGic screen enlargement, JAWS screen reader, closed circuit televisions (CCTV), talking dictionaries/thesaurus, talking scientific calculators, talking colour detectors, talking tape measure, talking compass , Victor Reader Stream for MP3/Audio files access, Victor Classic Daisy Readers, SARA document readers/Daisy readers etc.
  • keyboarding and computer skills
  • orientation and mobility skills for independent travel using public transport
  • independent living skills - home management skills, meal management skills. Life Skills Camps.
  • study skills and concept development
  • braille literacy and tactile skills
  • career education - transition to post school options
  • social skills through Personal Development Programs – Girls’ Club, Boys’ Club.
  • self-advocacy training

Orientation & mobility

Students have specialised teaching in this area from orientation and mobility teachers from the Department of Education or through Instructors from the Queensland Guide Dogs service. The program includes:
  • mobility independence in the school environment
  • travel in the student’s local residential area
  • route and travel planning and execution
  • travel using all forms of public transport: bus, rail, ferry
  • travel for transition to post-school settings

Transport assistance

Following evaluation by a trained assessor, some students with severe vision impairment may be eligible to receive transport assistance to enable attendance at Aspley State High School and access to the Expanded Core Curriculum for Visually Impaired Students.
 
Intellectual disability program
 Students with a verified Intellectual Disability are able to participate in all areas of the school curriculum through the development of Individual Curriculum Plans or participation in small group Foundation classes taught by Special Education Program teachers. Students are also involved in the many extracurricular areas of school life at Aspley State High School.
Intellectually Disabled students are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process with a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan and students participate in both elective subjects and may also access targeted learning support through Special Education Program Foundation English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Geography programs with outcomes adjusted to meet their individual learning needs.
The program aims to develop student independence and to ensure that they are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum and to make a successful transition to their post school pathways
For more information, email special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact:
  • The Head of Special Education Services Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9241
  • The Guidance Officer, Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9203
 
 Speech language impairment program
Students with Speech Language Impairment participate in all areas of the school curriculum and are involved in many extracurricular areas of school life. Students participate in a fully inclusive program and receive support for their learning through the Special Education Program.
Students with Speech Language Impairment are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process with a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan.
The support program aims to develop student independence and to ensure that they are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum, and to make a successful transition to post school pathways.
Email contact: special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or contact:
  • The  Head of Special Education Services at Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9241
  • The Guidance Officer, Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9203
 
Autistic spectrum disorders program
Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders participate in all areas of the school curriculum and are involved in many extracurricular areas of school life.
Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process with a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan.
The support program aims to develop student independence and to ensure that they are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum and to make a successful transition to post school pathways.
For more information, email special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact:
  • The Head of Special Education Services Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9241
  • The Guidance Officer, Aspley State High School, on (07) 3863 9203
 
 
 Hearing impairment program
Students with mild hearing impairment participate in all areas of the school curriculum and are involved in many extracurricular areas of school life. Students participate in a fully inclusive program and are supported by the Regional Advisory Visiting Teacher Service.
Hearing impaired students are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process with a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan.
The support program aims to develop student independence and to ensure that they are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum and to make a successful transition to post school pathways.
For more information, email:    special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au
or contact:  The Head of Special Education Services at Aspley State High School  (07) 3863 9241
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The local Regional Special Education Program coded for program support for secondary-aged students with high support needs for Hearing Impairment is situated at Kedron State High School. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact:  The Head of Special Education Services at Kedron State High School on (07) 3630 3361
 
Physical impairment program
Students with mild physical impairment participate in all areas of the school curriculum and are involved in many extracurricular areas of school life. Students participate in a fully inclusive program and are supported by the Regional Advisory Visiting Teacher Service.
Physically impaired students are identified through the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) process with a verification of their diagnosis and the completion of an educational Profile. Student needs and goals are identified in an Individual Support Plan.
The support program aims to develop student independence and to ensure that they are given every opportunity to access, participate and succeed in the curriculum and to make a successful transition to post school pathways.
For more information, email the Head of Special Education Services at Aspley State High School at  special.education@aspleyshs.eq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or on (07) 3863 9241.
The local Regional Special Education Program coded for support provision to secondary aged students with high support needs for Physical Impairment is situated at Craigslea State High School.
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  • The Head of Special Education Services, Craigslea State High School, Hamilton Road, Chermside West, on (07) 3350 7261