July 2018 marks the launch of the first Australian online resource that builds the capacity of
teachers to support the learning and inclusion of students with communication support needs
(CSN). The Teachers’ Toolkit has been developed in response to the struggle that schools often
face in meeting the educational and social needs of students with CSN.
Students with CSN have little or no speech, usually as a result of a significant language, sensory,
physical and/or neurological disability. Over 1.2 million Australians have a communication
disability, with over one-third facing restrictions in their school or workplace*. Students with CSN
can often face stressful situations at school, and miss out on educational opportunities.
“All students with communication support needs have the potential to learn and achieve, yet
this goes unrealised if they are not understood in their schooling years.” – Jan Ashford,
Communication Rights Australia CEO.
Available at www.studentswithnospeech.org.au, the Teachers’ Toolkit aims to help teachers feel
more confident to engage and support their students with little or no speech, by equipping them
with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations. Designed for busy
teachers, the toolkit is intuitive with easy-to-navigate topics and interactive checklists that
summarise key points.
“I feel that educators and support workers have a need for resources to help students with
CSN, like myself. The Teachers’ Toolkit is a great starting point with guidelines and practical
strategies to help schools become the places of learning and acceptance for us as students
with challenges so that we can develop and contribute as well.” – Tim Chan
The free toolkit is relevant to all teachers – from mainstream and specialist schools, primary and
secondary, and across public and private education sectors. It has been made possible through the
NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants program, which
aims to build the capacity of mainstream services, including the education sector.
“It is our hope that this toolkit will be shared and utilised widely by teachers across Australia,
and through this, help build the capacity of schools and teachers to better support students
with communication support needs” – Jan Ashford, Communication Rights Australia CEO.
By identifying relevant rights, programs, and best practice inclusive education, the toolkit is also
valuable for students, their families and carers, all school staff, and allied health professionals
such as speech pathologists.
The Teachers’ Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with educators, speech pathologists,
students with CSN and their families, and the Victorian Department of Education.
New online toolkit helps teachers provide an inclusive education to students with communication disabilities
Follow this link to look at the resource: https://www.studentswithnospeech.org.au/
Sandra La Scala, Marketing & Communications
Ph: 03 9555 8552
Shop 4, 3 Tuck St Moorabbin, Vic 3189
*Australian Bureau of Statistics