Order in the court! Today we are getting legal. Lou talks to lawyer, Laura Cottam from Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL). They talk about disability laws and the importance of understanding those in order to advocate for your Square Peg at school and across all settings. Laura explains the laws and the importance of getting the balance right when working with a school to make sure all Square Pegs receive the reasonable adjustments to access learning, to which they are legally entitled. Laura also discusses a wonderful new Learning Together toolkit that everyone can access on the ACDL website.
Please note: This episode does not provide legal advice but rather a general discussion about the legislation and best approach for parents, schools and students to follow.
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Resources mentioned in this episode:
Disability Discrimination Act: https://www.dese.gov.au/swd/resources/fact-sheet-1-disability-discrimination-act-1992
Disability Standards in Education: https://www.dese.gov.au/swd/resources/fact-sheet-2-disability-standards-education-2005
NSW Civil and Administration Tribunal (NCAT): https://www.ncat.nsw.gov.au/
Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) and the Learning Together Toolkit: https://disabilitylaw.org.au/projects/education/
Anti-discrimination NSW (ADNSW): https://antidiscrimination.nsw.gov.au/
Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): https://humanrights.gov.au/
If you are in a state other than NSW, please google "Community Legal Centers Australia"
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (Qld/Vic):
Family Advocacy NSW:
Purple Orange SA: