Support Services for Students with a Disability

MULTI-CATEGORICAL PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

This program operates at both Campuses. The main emphasis of this program is supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program focuses upon supporting students to succeed in their chosen education pathways within the whole school setting and is co-ordinated by highly trained staff who are experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a highly individualised and flexible program that is able to cater for students across a broad range of academic abilities ranging from Gifted and Talented to Life Skills. Students who are deemed eligible for this program must apply for a placement through the DEC Regional Placement Panel.

BEFORE SCHOOL AND BREAKTIME SOCIAL PROGRAM

As a part of the Multicategorical Program, both Campuses operate a home room which is open before school as well as during breaks. These rooms are open to any student who may prefer a smaller, quieter setting during these times. This is an extremely popular and successful initiative where students have embarked upon a wide range of group and individual activities including, UNO, computers, and board games.

SUPPORT UNIT CLASSES

The Hastings Secondary College provides a number of support options at both our Port Macquarie and Westport campuses. Students who are deemed eligible for any of these classes must apply for a placement through the DEC Regional Placement Panel.

At the Port Macquarie Campus, classes are configured in the following way:

·         1 class for students in Years 7 to 9 with a mild intellectual disability,

·         1 class for students in Years 10 to 12 with a mild intellectual disability.

At the Westport Campus, classes are configured in the following way:

·         1 class for students with a mild intellectual disability,

·         3 classes for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability.

Each of these classes are highly specialised and accessed by students with an intellectual disability who require an individualised, Life Skills based curriculum, other than that which can be provided within the wider school setting. Students enrolled in these programs have access to smaller class sizes and highly trained teaching staff. There is also a School Learning Support Officer assigned to each class.

Through a process of consultation with parents and carers, students within these classes are able to access additional classes, programs and activities across the wider school environment where required.