Conference Proceedings

Full Steam Ahead: Facilitating the involvement of Australian students with impairments in individual planning processes through student-led Program Support Group meetings

A Wilson, S POED, L Byrnes

The Australian A ssociation of Special Education (AASE) | Published : 2015


In Catholic schools in Victoria, Program Support Groups are integral to the support of students with an impairment and the formulation of their Individual Learning Plans. However, the degree of direct involvement of students in these meetings varies greatly. This paper describes a small pilot study in two Catholic primary schools in the Diocese of Sale, where, with training and support, students with an impairment successfully led their Program Support Group meetings. Future plans include a broadening of the initial limited study to include students across a wide range of cultural backgrounds, ages, and categories and severity of impairment.