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Students with a disability

Upper Coomera State College offers Special Education Programs through our Stanley Advancement Centre which opened in Term 4 2004. We currently support approximately 140 students with a disability across the college from Prep through to Year 12.

The Stanley Advancement Centre (SAC) has been named after Australian of the Year for 2003, Professor Fiona Stanley ('The Children's Champion' or more recently known as 'The Scientist with Soul'). Professor Stanley is renowned for her pioneering work on Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and low birth weight babies.

The SAC has been specifically designed as an inclusion support centre for students verified with a disability attending the College, and enhances the inclusive philosophy and practices of our College mission statement in accordance with Education Queensland Inclusion Policy.

Inclusive education in Education Queensland:

  • Fosters a learning community that questions disadvantage and challenges social injustice

  • Maximises the educational and social outcomes of all students through the identification and reduction   of barriers to learning, especially for those who are vulnerable to marginalisation and exclusion

  • Ensures all students understand and value diversity so that they have the knowledge and skills for positive participation in a just, equitable and democratic global society.

Children eligible for support under the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) must have been diagnosed/ verified under one or more of the following categories:

  • Intellectually Impairment (II)
  • Speech Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Physical Impairment (PI)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Visually Impairment (VI)

Our students have access to the following Education Queensland Specialist Support Services where eligible:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVT)
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher