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Students with a disability

​Meridan State College’s Learning Development Centre (LDC) support a range of students with disabilities on both the Primary and Secondary Campuses through a highly supportive and innovative team approach.  We cater for students who have been verified or are awaiting verification in the following disability categories- Intellectual Disability (ID), Physical Impairment (PI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Visual Impairment (VI), Speech Language Impairment (SLI) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Aligned with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), and the Disability Standards for Education (2005) Meridan State College aims to provide all students with opportunities to engage in an ability appropriate curriculum in the least restrictive environment in order to achieve each students maximum potential. Our College’s inclusive model supports Classroom Teachers working with LDC Teachers and LDC Teaching Assistants to cater for students within their classroom setting, collaboratively planning, delivering and implementing the Australian Curriculum. At times the LDC staff may offer alternative programs and opportunities to students with disabilities based on individual student needs and in consultation with students’ families. Students with Disabilities may also access alternative programs offered by other departments within the school where appropriate for the student’s needs. Those students working at year levels significantly below that of their peers are catered for through the formulation and implementation of Individual Curriculum Plans (ICP’s).

The Junior and Senior Secondary LDC offers a range of supports and programs, including:

 
  • In-class Support - LDC staff assist students in a wide range of core academic and elective classes with organisational, social interaction and academic support strategies.
  • Individualised Classes - individualised courses of functional and academic literacy and numeracy to meet the unique needs and aspirations of students. These classes are run specifically for students on Individual Curriculum Plans.
  • Pursuit Program – An outdoor recreation program for boys in Years 7 to 9. The Pursuit Program has a strong focus on developing initiative, participants taking responsibility for their selves, team mates and the environment and promoting resilience, self- esteem, motivation and self- reliance through physical and mental challenges.
  • Girls Pursuit – Girls Pursuit is a program that is offered through the LDC to female students in years 7 to 9 with the purpose of improving life skills and fostering independence. This year the girls have planned and started their own business which has in turn; increased self- worth, developed relationships and given them a sense of belonging in the school community.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available by invitation to Year 10-12 students, regardless of their background. The Award is comprised of three levels each progressively more challenging: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and an Adventurous Journey.
  • The Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA) - the QCIA, for students in Years 11 and 12, recognises and reports on the learning achievements of students who are undertaking an individualised learning program developed by the school. To be eligible, students must have impairments or difficulties in learning that are not primarily due to socioeconomic, cultural and/or linguistic factors.
 

Extending our team approach, we welcome opportunities to work in partnership with the families of our students and recognise that families often provide the best information for our students highly individualised needs. We appreciate chances to work with the outside agencies that our students’ access and value the information they provide to enhance individual student’s programs.