Every child and young person on the autism spectrum has a unique set of strengths, interests and abilities. The Department recognises that children and young people on the autism spectrum make a unique contribution to an educational community. Each child and young person is part of the broad diversity of our schools and their community and may require personalised learning and support at different times to meet their needs.
The Department works with educational settings in Victoria to offer an autism friendly environment and support all children on the autism spectrum in all aspects of their learning and development. It is important to know that the Department recognises it is unlikely a single approach will meet the needs of all children and young people on the autism spectrum, and that flexible approaches are required.
Essential elements that guide these flexible approaches include:
- resources to support transitions for children into and between early childhood settings and schools, and higher education and/or employment
- a range of local settings and supports and enhanced parent choice
- assessment tools, curriculum and teaching and learning materials and a focus on achievement
- informed and empowered educational settings with the ability to determine the best approaches to drive improvement in outcomes for children and young people on the autism spectrum.
Parents and carers have a key role in education, providing essential understanding and information about their child to inform development of personalised learning and support planning as well as providing essential day-to-day support for positive and successful learning. Victorian government educational settings seek to build and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with parents and carers throughout the educational journey.
In this section:
For more information on autism friendly learning in Victoria, see: Autism friendly learning
For support materials see: Resources