During the pandemic all Australian children and young people engaged in education have faced uncertainties and disruptions. However, children and young people with disability arguably faced an even more difficult time and greater impact to their education, not because of their impairments but as a result of our underlying social structures and systems. It is well evidenced that children and young people with disability have poorer education experiences due to a range of well-known structural inequities. Further, many schools have been slow to put in place appropriate support means for children and young people with disability, with the result being that individuals are falling further behind.
This report prepared for Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) explores the experiences of students with disability in relation to the educational changes made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic. Covering children from birth to age 25, the report provides compelling evidence of the negative impact of COVID for these learners as well as key approaches that can make a difference.
With thanks to our Adjunct A/Prof Susana Gavidia-Payne for sharing this.