Disability awareness programs for schools

In 2019, Scope engaged with 2962 students in Victoria to learn about disability and diversity in their local communities.


Our education programs provide opportunities for students and teachers to help create truly inclusive communities.

At Scope, we teach the importance of seeing the person, not the disability. All our disability awareness programs are co-facilitated by people with a lived experience, offering an immersive learning experience that includes first-hand stories and engaging community-building activities.

Programs for students and teachers

Scope offers programs to suit primary and secondary students both in-school and online, as well as professional learning programs for teaching and support staff. We can work with you to design the most suitable option for your needs and budget.

Scope disability awareness for students

Students will acquire skills and knowledge to:

  • Appreciate disability and diversity as integral features of our communities
  • Be aware of some of the challenges faced by people with a disability
  • Successfully communicate with people who have a disability
  • Embrace and support diversity in the community through practical activities

Primary School Program

See the Person 

This program can be adapted for groups of all sizes, from a single class to a year level group, and includes:

  • One in-school session, co-facilitated by an educator with a lived experience of disability.
  • Workshop resources and supplementary student workbook
  • Certificate of participation

Download the Scope Youth Development Education – Primary School Program.

Secondary School Programs

Scope Young Ambassador

This program is suitable for single class groups only and includes:

  • 3 x 1.5 hour in-school sessions on:
    • The role of communities in the lives of people with disability
    • Communication strategies, tools, aids and devices
    • Co-facilitated by educators with a lived experience of disability
  • One community activity alongside people with a disability*
  • Workshop resources and supplementary student workbook
  • Certificate of participation

See the Person

  • One 1.5 hour in-school session, co-facilitated by an educator with a lived experience of disability
  • One community activity alongside people with a disability*
  • Workshop resources and supplementary student workbook
  • Certificate of participation provided

Exploring PossAbilities (Online) *NEW

  • Two Scope eLearning modules
    • Disability Awareness
    • Communication Access
  • One 45-minute online session with an educator with a lived experience of disability
  • Optional addition of one community activity alongside people with a disability*
  • Teacher activity resource and supplementary student workbook
  • Certificate of participation

Making it Happen (Online) *NEW

  • One Scope eLearning module
    • Disability Awareness
  • One 45-minute online session with an educator with a lived experience of disability
  • Optional addition of one community activity alongside people with a disability*
  • Teacher activity resource and supplementary student workbook
  • Certificate of participation

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Community Activities

Scope’s secondary school programs provide opportunities for students to put their learning into through a community activity. A range of activities are available to suit student interest, curricular pathways and school location.

*Community Activities subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Curriculum Alignment

Scope’s education programs are delivered within a range of subject and program areas, including: Community Services, Personal Development, VCE VET Community Services, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and the Advance Schools Program. More information about the alignment of our programs to curriculum can be found:

Teacher Professional Learning

Did you know that more than 65% of students with disabilities attend mainstream schools?

Scope’s Teaching Diversity program provides teachers and school support staff with easy-to-implement tools and strategies for learners with disabilities. Our sessions are co-facilitated by educators with a lived experience of disability bringing first-hand experience from the perspective of both student and educator. All sessions contribute to VIT PL hours and the Special Needs PL requirement.

For more information about program inclusions and associated costs please make an enquiry. A member of our team will contact you to discuss options in more detail.

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