Inclusion benefits everyone!

These resources have been developed for educators and teachers, families and the general community to promote a better understanding of inclusive education and what adjustments, both academic and social, can be made to support the participation of all.

The Down Syndrome Australia website has a wealth of resources to support schools and educators. These resources give a voice to those with Down syndrome and allow the community to build more understanding and awareness. The video below is an example of the type of resource you will find here:

 

Resources for Teachers and Parents/Carers

   

 Inside And Outside Me
Learn@Home – Years 3 & 4

Overcoming Obstacles To Success
Learn@Home – Years 5 & 6

   
Kids will explore how we are different on the ‘inside’ as well as the ‘outside’. They will then reflect on the importance of everyone being able to self-advocate . Kids will explore the idea that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. They will do this by participating in a range of challenges (‘obstacle courses’) with their family, based on various disciplines.    

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Resources for Teachers

I Am Me
Years 1 & 2

Fish Up A Tree
Years 1 & 2

Obstacles to Success
Years 3 & 4

What Makes Me Me
Years 3 & 4

Students will explore what makes them unique. In a class circle, they will explore differences in appearance, ability, interests, hobbies and possessions, and observe how no two individuals are the same. 
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Students will explore the concept of difference. They will begin by considering an image associated with the familiar phrase “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”  Students will explore the idea that we all have different strengths and weaknesses. They will participate in a range of challenges (‘obstacle courses’) based on different disciplines. Students begin by watching a video which embraces difference in appearance. They then engage in a range of activities to explore how we are different on the ‘inside’ as well as the ‘outside’.
   

The Strength In Me
Years 5 & 6

Show Your Strength
Years 5 & 6

 

 

Students will consider Indigenous and Western world views of the species in their backyard. They will learn about classification systems and consider looking at the natural world through differing perspectives.
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Students will explore the text ‘The Girl Who Thought In Pictures‘, considering the challenges and barriers that are presented for some children and adults in our society.    

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Want to do more?

Encourage your school to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. You can get involved by participating in the #LotsOfSocks campaign!

Be a part of the global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome by wearing #LotsOfSocks. All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed – they might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colourful socks, whatever takes your fancy! If someone asks you about your socks you can tell them, “I’m wearing them to raise awareness of Down syndrome”. This can have a big impact on developing inclusivity and celebrating diversity in your school.

Check out the Down Syndrome App 

Down syndrome Australia have developed the Ask About Down Syndrome App. The app features people with Down syndrome answering questions and sharing stories about what community inclusion is, what barriers they face, and how these issues can be addressed. The app also links to a range of resources that support and promote community inclusion.

To read more and download the app, find out more on DSA’s App page.

Down Syndrome Community Inclusion Toolkits
https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/resources/toolkits/

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With thanks to our Partners

These lessons were produced in partnership with Down Syndrome Australia. Their purpose is to influence social and policy change, provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome, and to build resources and the knowledge capacity of the state and territory Down syndrome associations. 

 

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