Today the Royal Commission heard about the exclusion, barriers to enrolment, lack of accessibility of the curriculum and low expectations of children with disability in education. They also heard reports of physical and verbal abuse of children in schools. School leadership was emphasised as an important factor in determining how children with disability experience school settings.
The first witness — referred to as only Witness AAA — spoke about the experiences of herself and her daughter, who has Down syndrome, in a number of schools. She spoke of a school that excluded her child from curriculum, had low expectations of what her child could achieve, and of a teacher screaming at her child. This was contrasted with their experience in a subsequent school which was welcoming, and focused on what modifications could be made to facilitate the child’s education.