Legal Obligations When Teaching Children/ Students with Disabilities

As educators we have all encountered students with disabilities in our teaching context. As the rate of disability diagnosis rapidly rises, it brings with it a range of professional challenges including managing challenging behaviours, dealing with the complexity of inclusion and collaborating with parents. Recent reports reveal concern over how students with disabilities are supported and parents are critical of a system that needs improvement. This workshop outlines the legal obligations faced by educators through the Disability Standards for Education and how to translate this into effective teaching practice through the negotiated education plan. 

The following topics are included in the presentation:

  • The Individual Education Planning process

  • Case studies

  • The importance of collaborating with caregivers


The information in this workshop is designed to provide general information only. It does not replace legal advice from a qualified legal representative.


Leanne Longfellow is a special education teacher, academic researcher and parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has taught for over 30 years in a variety of settings with students with disabilities, provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international conferences and is in the final stages of completing doctoral research in special education.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This certificate will be emailed to participants after the workshop.

This workshop addresses the standards:

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

7.3 Engage with parents/carers

Participants will receive handouts and suggested reading to build on this professional learning.

Tea, coffee and snacks are included.


‘I am a kindy relief teacher and I have been to one workshop previously and it was informative and at a good level of understanding so thank you for running these at an affordable price’ Marian Harper

‘I enjoyed the workshop. It was informative and we were able to share views and opinions. I was able to update my knowledge on students with disabilities’. Gaylene Green



 How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact Leanne at leanne@specialeducationplanning.com.au

What can I bring into the event?

You will need a pen and something to lean on when writing.

 What’s the refund policy?

Refunds will be granted less a $10 processing fee provided you notify Special Education Planning at leanne@specialeducationplanning.com.au in writing by email no less than 5 working days prior to this event. Registration is transferable to another person if you are unable to attend. 

Program Cancellation

Special Education Planning may reschedule or cancel programs due to unforseen events. In this unlikely event as much notice as possible will be provided. A transfer to the next workshop may be organised or your fees refunded in full.

Can my school claim the GST back on this ticket?

This is a GST free event and consequently there is no GST available to be claimed.