Disability in Victorian Schools - Special Launch of a Landmark new report
You are invited to the launch of Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria, a new report by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. The report was funded with a grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board.
In recent years, there have been regular reports of discrimination, exclusion and inadequate support for children with disability around the country. Although Victoria has initiated a wide-ranging inclusive education framework, significant concerns remain over whether vulnerable children are receiving the education they deserve. To address these concerns, the Castan Centre - together with the Monash Faculty of Arts - has conducted a wide-ranging review of the Victorian education system and produced this comprehensive report with almost fifty recommendations for the Victorian Government, which has agreed to consider the recommendations.
At this event, the report's three principal authors will discuss the report's key issues and share their vision for a more inclusive education system where every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Eleanor Jenkin is the Policy Manager of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She is an advocate, lawyer, and policy specialist, with broad human rights expertise including on civic space and protest rights, business and human rights, and gender. She has worked with organisations including the international Crisis Group, the United Nations and New York University in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the US.
Dr Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Monash University Faculty of Arts. She studies the interaction between cultural norms, societal structures and institutional responses that contribute to the inclusion or exclusion of people with disability in society. Claire’s research encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, from the inclusive education of children with disability, to the everyday practices of disability group homes, and the development of specialist mental health court procedures.
Professor Sarah Joseph is the Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and a world-renowned academic. Her teaching and research interests are international human rights law and constitutional law. Particular areas of interest include economic globalisation and human rights, and the media and human rights.