Keller Road Disability Unit caters for primary school aged children with a diagnosis of moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and has a current enrolment of 32 student’s (4 classes). The school is committed to providing a learning environment that values the ability and individuality of each student. Keeping students at the centre of everything we do, our dedicated staff members support our students to learn in ways that provide a basis for continued learning, we continuously strive to help them grow into safe, respectable and responsible citizens.
We have a Unit Coordinator, teachers and SSO’s for each class, extra support staff are used as needed. Students have access to both indoor and outdoor play spaces with a variety of equipment including swings, trampolines, bikes, scooters, spinners, crash mats and sensory retreats. All students are enrolled through a Special Options process through the Department for Education; eligibility is determined by a panel process. Enrolment cannot be done through school. Being co-located with Keller Road Primary mainstream site means we build and maintain strong links with our peers. This is done by joining in with assemblies, Sports Days, Book Week and working with buddy classes for reading and other activities to name a few.
Keller Road Disability Unit provides a comprehensive curriculum to develop each student intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally, while maximising independence in functional activities of daily living. All student’s have One Child One Plans and SMARTAR Goals based upon the Australian Curriculum and ABLES assessments designed to enable them to reach their full potential. Our curriculum emphasises developing communication skills, extending physical ability and encouraging independence through the domains of English, Mathematics, Health, Physical Education, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technologies and The Arts. All educational programs are adapted to meet each student’s readiness for learning and their individual goals which are established in conjunction with their parents/caregivers.
We have a strong belief that effective and functional communication is vital for students, now and in the future! We offer various communication methods to accommodate the individual needs of all our students, such as: