Disability, Learning and Support


Additional Information


For Teachers


Contact Details

For general enquiries about Disability, Learning and Support in NSW government schools phone (02) 9244-5085 or email disability.programs@det.nsw.edu.au

Contact details for individual NSW public schools can be found on the Department's homepage: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ or by phoning (02) 9561-8000.  All queries about individual students should be directed, in the first instance, to the student's school. 

For questions and advice about enrolment please contact your local Regional Office


Disability, learning and support

This list of resources for the Every Student, Every School Induction training package is maintained on the DEC intranet.  Files will be added and updated as they become available.  (intranet)

Every Student, Every School Induction resources

The online resource Physical as anything.com, launched in 2011, provides information and help for teachers and schools, parents and carers, and healthcare professionals for school-aged children with medical, developmental and psychological conditions.

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From Assessment to Programming has been designed to assist school learning support teams to develop whole school plans for improving the reading achievements of all students. It is intended for use with students: from stage 1 onwards who are performing below their age/stage level; who scored in the bottom 2 bands of NAPLAN for their year; who were absent for NAPLAN (if causing concern). This book as a whole or by individual sections is available in PDF format as follows:

From Assessment To Programming: Assisting students requiring additional support in reading (complete book) (PDF - 5,817kB)
Contents and Introduction (PDF - 408kB)
Part one: Assessment (PDF - 418kB)
Primary texts (PDF - 2,107kB)
Additional easier texts (stages 2-3) (PDF - 688kB)
Secondary texts (PDF - 2,453kB)
Additional easier texts (stages 4-5) (PDF - 521kB)
Specific level assessment tasks (PDF - 702kB)
Proformas  (PDF - 577kB)
Part two: After assessment (PDF - 854kB)

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The NSW Department of Education and Communities' Auditory Skills Program for Students with Hearing Impairment has been completely revised and updated to reflect current changes both in curriculum and amplification devices for students in K-6.  The resource is now on sale.  Please click for further information and order form (PDF 483kB). 

Auditory Skills Program for Students with Hearing Impairment

The Critical Bridges DVD deals with education and transitional stages experienced by people with disability.  Hosted by the Disability Council of NSW and the NSW Department of Education and Communities, this six hour series brings together people with a great deal of personal and professional experience to discuss, debate and inform us about three important stages of educational transition, including: transition to school; re-adjustment after acquiring a disability later in life, and transitioning to post-school destinations.  Click for more information and instructions on ordering copies of the Critical Bridges DVD.

Critical Bridges DVD

The Beyond Expectations DVD project, developed by the TAFE NSW Disability Programs Unit, presents video profiles of people with a range of disabilities, who are making their mark in the workforce.  Click here for more information and to order DVD. If you have broadband access, watch online!

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This article, by Brian Smyth King, Director, Disability Programs for DET NSW, was published in SCAN in August 2005.


This resource promotes the inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities.

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Integration Funding Support - resources
Integration Funding Support - forms

Early in 2006, the Department commissioned an independent reflective study of the Learning Assistance Program in 2004-2006.  This study provides strong endorsement for the program.

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Palm Avenue School is a specialist school incorporated into the NSW Centre for Effective Reading. It provides targeted support for students with complex reading difficulties who attend government and non government schools in rural and remote NSW.

The NSW Centre for Effective Reading, incorporating Palm Avenue School, provides:

  • online resources useful for classroom teachers in assisting primary aged students who experience difficulties in learning to read
  • multidisciplinary assessment and intervention services for primary aged students in rural and remote NSW who have complex reading difficulties
  • an intensive educational clinic for students in rural and remote NSW who have the most complex reading difficulties.


The Jill Sherlock Memorial Learning Assistance Library is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the Jill Sherlock Memorial Trust.

This state facility provides resources to teachers, allied professionals and parents to support the teaching and learning needs of students with learning difficulties, in the context of syllabus and curriculum requirements.


This practical resource can assist teachers to develop and adjust teaching strategies and class programs to meet the needs of a range of learners experiencing difficulties with spelling and writing.  This book as a whole or by individual sections is available in PDF format as follows:

Writing and Spelling Strategies: Assisting students who have additional learning support needs  (complete book) (PDF - 9.8MB)
Introduction: Contents and Introduction (PDF - 670kB)
Section one: Supporting students experiencing difficulties in writing (PDF - 339kB)
Section two: Assessing students' writing achievements (PDF - 1,282kB)
Section three: Writing instruction (PDF - 3,162kB)
Section four: Preparing students to write (PDF - 1,594kB)
Section five: Text structure and grammar (PDF - 2,891kB)
Section six: Spelling (PDF - 1,107kB)
Section seven: Using technology to support writing (PDF - 490kB)
Section eight: References and resources (PDF - 119kB)

writing and spelling strategies

This resource supports the implementation of Follow Up to BST procedures. The strategies and planning processes outlined can assist schools in providing effective teaching and learning programs for students experiencing difficulties with reading.


This support document is also included in the Follow up to BST. It assists teachers to choose strategies and make appropriate adjustments to class programs for students needing additional support in literacy.

Programming and Strategies Handbook Primary

This support document provides instructional techniques for both the Support Teacher Learning Assistance (STLA) and Key Learning Area (KLA) teachers. It contains strategies for developing the reading ability of students still struggling to read the words on the page. It has extensive sections on comprehension that support the collaborative teaching model of STLAs and KLA teachers in the classroom.

Programming and Strategies Handbook Secondary


Systematic guidelines and procedures for the collaborative transition of young children with disabilities or significant difficulties in learning or behaviour, from early childhood settings (including the family setting) to school.

Transition to school for young children with special learning needs(1997)

Focuses on educational implications so as to create awareness and provide advice and information to assist in the management in the school environment, addressing specific needs, and resources available.

Vision Impairment Handbook(1997)

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