Victorian schools will receive an additional $5,000 to invest in specialised equipment and assistive technology that supports students with disabilities and additional learning needs.
Schools identifying a higher level of need also have the opportunity to apply for additional targeted funds to access high-value or highly specialised equipment and technology that will have a profound impact on students’ participation, learning and success at school.
Funding will also expand the range of technology available for students who are blind or partially sighted through the existing blind and low vision technology library, run through the Statewide Vision Resource Centre.
The Equipment Boost for Schools is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Vic government last year, giving schools extra resources, guidance, access to specialist expertise and support to embed inclusive education in all aspects of school life.
There are also 360 scholarships available for Victorian teachers to undertake a Master of Education specialising in inclusive and special education or applied behaviour analysis, as well as an Inclusion Boost for schools to strengthen their inclusive education policies and practices.
For more information, visit: education.vic.gov.au/school.