School years - information for families and professionals
The following links and information are relevant to families and professionals with a Primary or Secondary School aged child with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome Victoria's Down Syndrome Inclusion Support Service (DSISS) - for students with Down syndrome, their schools and families
Choosing a school - a guide and checklist for parents
Education Systems and Funding - an introduction to education systems and funding for students with Down syndrome in Victoria
Locating a school - a guide for families relocating and needing to find a local school
Department of Education & Training - Students with Disabilities Handbook & Guidelines
Transition to School and Welcome to School - Department of Education & Early Childhood Development information for families who have children starting school
The Inclusive Classroom School Resource - an online resource for teachers and schools designed to enhance teacher engagement with students with a disability through partnerships with parents, increased understanding of family perspectives, practical tips and information. Association for Children with a Disability
Inclusion Support Program - help child care services (i.e. School Holiday Programs & Out of Hours Care Providers) to build their capacity to include children with additional needs
Bar None Community Awareness Kit for Schools provides information and curriculum support for teachers
You can obtain lists of government and non-government schools from the schools online website, which lists and gives details of all schools. For independent schools you can access a list at the Independent Schools Victoria website.
Need extra therapy for your child? Allied health services may be available to children up to the age of 13 under the Better Start initiative.
Student travel - The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has published new guidlines for Conveyance Allowances. Allowances are available to assist eligible students with the cost of travel to their local school.
For other information on topics such as behaviour, friendships, adolescent years and health see the online information section of this website.