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Disability support at school

Children with special needs or a disability might be eligible for additional support at primary and high school through a range of internal and external options, including:

  • year level classes
  • special classes located within schools
  • disability units located within schools
  • special schools located in stand-alone specialised settings.

A referral from the student’s current school is required before special education options can be explored. Discuss the learning needs of the student with your current school.

Schools with special needs programs

Some schools have specialist facilities for students with disabilities. 

Accessing services is arranged through your school.

Special Education Resource Unit

The Special Education Resource Unit (SERU) provides a range of learning and teaching materials and specialised services which support children and students with disabilities and learning difficulties such as:

  • equipment for use in schools
  • special supports for children at school
  • resources and publications.

Contact the Special Education Resource Unit for more information.

Support for children with autism

Autism SA's school inclusion program supports students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at school. Your child must be registered with Autism SA to be eligible. Contact Autism SA for more information.

Support for children with a hearing impairment

Acoustic assessments and advice from Special Educators (Hearing) are available from the Special Education Resource Unit.

Special units and classes for children with a hearing impairment are available at a number of schools in South Australia.

education.specialeducation [at] sa.gov.au (Email the education department) for more information.

Support with education and to explore future opportunities

The Better Pathways Program helps students remain engaged with school and successfully transition to their chosen post school options.

The program was designed to improve engagement, transition and post-school outcomes for young people with:

  • disabilities
  • learning difficulties
  • mental health issues
  • complex needs.

The program is managed by the education department and Barkuma.

Participating schools

The 2015 to 2017 Better Pathways program operates in the following high schools:

  • Fremont Elizabeth City High School
  • Mark Oliphant College
  • Craigmore High School
  • Kapunda High School
  • Nuriootpa High School
  • Riverton and District High School.

Students from other schools can also access Better Pathways through these schools.


Students are eligible to participate in this program if they are in year 10 and either:

  • have a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) or learning difficulty
  • or are at risk of not completing their high school education.

Contact your school for information about registration. Parents and students will be given more information about the program during registration.

Disability Policy and Programs

Phone: 8226 0521
Email: education.dpp [at] sa.gov.au