The Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE) is an initiative bringing together organisations that share a commitment to advance Inclusive Education in Australia and across State and Territory education systems including government and non-government schools.
Chair and National Convenors
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) the national representative organisation for people and young children with disability, is the Chair of ACIE and a national co-Convenor, together with All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (All Means All) as the other co-Convenor.
Core Members of ACIE
The Core Members of ACIE steer its work and comprise the following national and State and Territory based organisations:
- All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (All Means All) – National
- Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) – National
- Community Resource Unit (CRU)
- Down Syndrome Australia
- Enabled Youth Disability Network
- Family Advocacy – NSW
- Imagine More – ACT
- JFA Purple Orange – SA
- Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) – QLD
- Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE) – QLD
- YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Network – WA
- YDAS Youth Disability Advocacy Service -VIC
Our Supporters have endorsed Our Pledge for Inclusive Education and support ACIE’s mission. They include:
- Institute of Child Protection Studies – Australian Catholic University
- Sa4i – Student Alliance 4 Inclusion
- Side by Side Advocacy
- Starting With Julius
ACIE’s Guiding Principles
ACIE is guided by a human rights and evidence-based approach to inclusive education. We look to the principles embodied in United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the most authoritative expression of the human rights of people with disabilities, including the right to inclusive education under Article 24 and General Comment No. 4 (Right to Inclusive Education).
When we talk about Inclusive Education, we mean the delivery of education to all students grouped by relevant age range, in general education classrooms in a way that addresses and responds to their diverse characteristics as learners, provides reasonable accommodations and supports to ensure an equitable and participatory learning experience and respects their fundamental human rights, including, in the case of students with disability, the right to an inclusive education in accordance with Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment No 4.
Inclusive Education does not include the delivery of education in separate, segregated, or self-contained environments or programs designed or used to respond to a particular or various impairments or learning difficulties and in isolation from students without disabilities, either in school or in community-based learning opportunities, including in separate educational institutions, separate classrooms or subsections of classrooms.
Our Pledge for Inclusive Education
“We pledge our support to the goal and principles of inclusive education as a fundamental human right of every person, and the elimination of barriers and discrimination against children and young people with disability in education and in society as a whole.”
Read More about Our Pledge here.