Students with a disability


Our whole school staff strives to achieve an environment that promotes inclusivity, in which all of our students feel safe and welcome. We endeavour to ensure all students at our school can flourish academically, socially and emotionally, at their individual pace.

Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)

Students who meet criteria for the suspicion of Speech Language Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Autism, Hearing Impairment, Physical Impairment and Vision Impairment through a Regional Intake Process may benefit from this program. Approval for access is made at Regional level. The programs are run by Special Education Teachers and are designed for students birth to 5 year.

Special Education Program (SEP)

Mt Warren State School supports students with a disability with a variety of programs which are tailored to meet the learning, emotional and physical needs of each individual. Parents, class and special education teachers, support staff, therapists and guidance personnel work together to:

  • discuss the program that will best suit each child’s needs,
  • identify the disability specific adjustments that are to be put in place
  • develop and implement the student’s Individual Education Plan which addresses the strategies, resources and support that are important in assisting the student’s goals and access to the academic, physical and social aspects of school life.

Support is provided through adjustments and modifications to the curriculum, accommodating the level the student is working at, the resources required, the environment best suited for learning and the physical and emotional support needed to achieve outcomes.

The school team works collaboratively with Department of Training specialists including occupational/ speech language and physiotherapists to address disability specific challenges some of the students may face and liaise with many external agencies including specialists to maintain ongoing engagement in the whole school environment.

Learn more about our Special Education Department - ECDP and SEP (DOCX, 25KB).


Auslan sign language 

'The Bridge' was so named to reflect the link between Auslan - the language of the Deaf Community - and English. Personnel provide programs and services that assist in bridging this gap to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, providing more successful opportunities to access the curriculum. These programs include:

  • Auditory Skills Program – These programs assist Deaf or Hard of Hearing(HOH) Students to develop listening and comprehension skills through a personalised program developed by a Teacher of the Deaf.
  • Deaf Catch-up – A once a week program where Deaf and HoH students attend ‘The Bridge’ to work with personnel. The lessons are conducted in Auslan and cover topics linked to developing a student’s understanding of how the world works and where they fit in.
  • One on One Support – Staff will often work with the Deaf/HoH student to unpack and further discuss what topics are being taught in class. The students may also do assessments at the Bridge in a quieter environment. Specific lessons are taught to improve their Auslan skills and language acquisition.

The staff at ‘The Bridge’ include a Teacher of the Deaf – a trained teacher who has specialised in deaf education (TOD), Educational Interpreters (EI - Hearing Adults) and Auslan Language Models (ALM - Deaf Adults). Deaf or Hard of Hearing students access the services of EIs and ALMs in all aspects of school life when their first language is Auslan or they require Auslan to assist them in accessing the curriculum receptively and expressively. Our Teacher of the Deaf also works with students who are Hard of Hearing who do not require Auslan. Our Teacher of the Deaf works extensively with all teachers to develop appropriate programs and learning environments to provide maximum access for our Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students.

Every child comes with their own individualised needs and working with families allows us to cater for their success.

Last reviewed 05 March 2019
Last updated 05 March 2019