26 September 2023

ACT schools to become more inclusive

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The Education Directorate has issued an update on its works program to make ACT schools’ infrastructure more inclusive.

Issuing the update, the Directorate said its Inclusive Works Program supported schools to create an environment where everyone was safe and valued through important infrastructural upgrades and building additions.

“Requirements at each school differ,” the Directorate said.

“The Inclusive Works Program team work closely with the school and its students to identify a need and the best possible solution,” it said.

“Chapman Primary and Lyneham Preschool recently welcomed new fully accessible bathrooms, providing inclusive student access, and reducing the travel distance to other conveniences.”

The Directorate said the Isabella Plains Early Childhood school had made some ‘inclusive connections’ that ensured everyone had a safe pathway to get where they needed to go, including students with physical mobility disability.

It said the Program team took a collaborative approach with the school, occupational therapists, project officers and contractors to design an inclusive environment for the students.

“Now, all students are enjoying the benefits of a new covered pathway leading right up to the entrance of the hall,” Education said.

“Students also returned to school this year to find a new accessible bathroom, a new soft-fall path to access the playground and an additional path that lets everyone access the two new swings above newly installed soft-fall footing.

“Similarly, Gold Creek Senior School recently welcomed automatic sliding doors to assist with ease of access and movement to individuals with a physical mobility diagnosis.”

It said the new doors were installed at the entrance of the main building, the library and at the entrance of the accessible toilets.

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