Supporting parents, supporting public schools

Submission to the inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia

Through consultation with external organisations and affiliates, WACSSO has identified several key hearing health and wellbeing issues which are currently impacting on Australian students’ access to quality education.

This submission deals with four of the terms of reference and some additional points within the scope of the organisation’s representation of parents of public school students across the state.

Introduction
It is universally acknowledged that access to education is fundamental to the development of human potential and to full participation in a democratic society.  Access to quality education should not be reserved for the privileged, but delivered to all without restriction as a basic human right. Irrespective of where you live, your socioeconomic status, your race or religion, or whether or not you have a disability, you have the right to education. Keeping this in mind, it is simply beyond belief that students with hearing health and wellbeing needs continue to be left behind in our education system.

This submission focusses on two targeted concerns surrounding access to education for students facing hearing health and wellbeing challenges.

  1. Educational interpreters’ professional standards.
  2. Hearing loss in Indigenous students

Read the full submission here.