The purpose of a Disability Inclusion Profile meeting and process
The profile is a strengths-based tool used to identify a student’s strengths, needs, and the educational adjustments required to enable their participation at school. The profile is completed through a structured meeting with the student’s student support group (SSG) and led by a trained facilitator. During the profile meeting, the SSG will work through the sections of the Disability Inclusion Profile. The sections include:
- student’s strengths, interests and motivations, aspirations and student voice
- student’s functional needs, across 31 school related activities
- adjustments to the learning environment.
The profile includes sections related to the student’s strengths and educational aspirations, their functional needs across a range of educational activities, and the adjustments required to enable them to participate in their education. The facilitator will support meeting participants to discuss and agree to the being provided or required for the student to participate in each of the profile’s 31 educational related activities, across 6 functional needs domains. Refer to: . The facilitator will ask participants to identify the order in which they would prefer to work through the profile.
The profile and surrounding process provides the SSG with a deeper understanding of a student’s functional needs and the supports required to meet those needs. A SSG is most appropriate for working through the profile as it brings together the people with the most knowledge of the student and their schooling.
This process can help schools improve individual education planning for the student and school-wide planning for all students who require adjustments. The outcomes of the profile meeting will also inform Disability Inclusion tier 3 student-level funding allocations for students with high needs.
Holding a Disability Inclusion Profile meeting
Part or all of a profile meeting can be held outdoors on school grounds if this supports family participation. Schools should discuss this with the facilitator service to ensure facilitators are prepared for holding the meeting outdoors. Under exceptional circumstances, profile meetings can be conducted in an alternate/third-party location. Schools should contact their regional disability coordinator and facilitator service to discuss this prior to arranging the meeting.
The Disability Inclusion Facilitator Service (facilitator service) has been established to deliver parts of the profile process, including the facilitator role. This service, delivered by Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA) on behalf of the department, will receive requests for profile meetings from schools, work with schools to schedule meetings, provide a facilitator for the meeting, and prepare a profile report for the school and family.
Facilitators are experienced allied health professionals and/or teachers with expertise, qualifications, or training in inclusive education. Facilitators are trained in administering the profile in schools.
A trained facilitator will support schools and families to work together to complete the profile in a specially convened meeting. Facilitators will guide the SSG through the profile sections and consider the information provided at the meeting, as well as relevant supporting information, to finalise the profile and develop the profile report.
In finalising the profile, facilitators will consider the information discussed in the meeting as well as relevant supporting information provided prior to the meeting. Schools should share all relevant information in the meeting, as only information shared with the full student support group will inform level of adjustments. At times facilitators may request additional supporting information to confirm what was discussed in the meeting. In this case, only the documents requested by the facilitator should be uploaded. Any additional documents that were not discussed in the meeting or requested by the facilitator after the meeting cannot be considered. For example, a facilitator cannot consider the adjustments outlined in a Behaviour Support Plan if this document was not discussed in the meeting and explicitly requested after the meeting. Refer to: .
Disability Inclusion Profiles for students attending 2 schools (dual enrolment)
For students attending 2 schools (dual enrolment), one profile meeting should be held for the student. The facilitator will complete one profile for the student that covers both schools.
Representatives, including the principal or principal’s nominee and relevant teacher(s), from both schools should attend the meeting. Refer to: . A is available to support schools in collecting information about the student from multiple teachers and other relevant staff, including in different school settings.
The SSG will be asked to reach consensus on the level of adjustment based on the adjustments in place in both settings. Supporting information from both settings will be required to demonstrate the adjustments in place to support the student. Refer to: .
Disability Inclusion Profiles for students attending satellite campuses
Satellite campuses should follow the process (either Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) or Disability Inclusion) of the base (or main) school, regardless of the campus location. For example, for students based in campuses outside the current Disability Inclusion roll-out areas, but the base school is in a Disability Inclusion roll-out area, Disability Inclusion Profiles processes are in place.
Students transitioning/moving schools
Completing the profile process is the responsibility of the school that the student is attending when the profile is held. This means that if a student moves to another Victorian government school, the new school will be responsible for completing the profile process. The outgoing and incoming school should discuss the status of the profile request and agree to a plan for progressing through the profile process. Either school can contact the facilitator service to arrange for the profile request to be transferred to the student’s new school. The facilitator service will advise both schools of their responsibilities and next steps for both schools to complete the profile process.
Reviewed 17 October 2023