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Table 3 Discussion papers

From: Childhood disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: a literature review

First Author (year) Disability/ impairment Design Level of Evidence Population Setting Aims Key Findings Conclusions/recommendations Category
de Plevitz, L. (2006) General Disability Discussion paper; policy analysis VII Antidiscrimination law versus criteria for Indigenous students sent to special schooling Australia To argue that criteria developed for the allocation to special schooling may constitute indirect racial discrimination against Indigenous students Education authorities could be liable despite unintentional effects; need for class allocation assessment by Indigenous educators. National standards could be developed against which the reasons for placing students in special classes could be tested for their reliance on embedded cultural expectations and assumptions; need for the collection of national data on special schooling. A
Gilroy, J. (2010) General Disability Policy analysis VI Policy documents published 1985- 2010 Australia To analyze how New South Wales government-administered disability services positions and represents Aboriginal people with disability Aboriginal people with disability were specialized field within the mainstream service system - 'cultural difference', 'remoteness' and 'vulnerability', but never a political group The concept Aboriginal people with disability is a 'label' that conceptualizes what is not a normal person with a disability. A
Cornish, D. (2011) Hearing Discussion paper VII Aboriginal children Australia To discuss link between hearing disability in Aboriginal children, language acquisition, and school performance Reference to 2010 federal Senate inquiry into Indigenous ear health Need to improve classroom acoustics in existing schools; police, courts and prisons provide more support for the hearing impaired Q
Howard, D. (1992) Hearing Discussion paper/Tool VII Aboriginal children Australia To describe a hearing assessment feasible for school use. Identification of Aboriginal children's hearing loss is important because of the major educational and social consequences of conductive hearing loss. Aboriginal children's hearing loss is often not identified, in part because of 'masking' due to cultural differences. Simple speech reception game is effective in identifying children with hearing loss (for use by parents and teachers). R, S
Henderson, I. (1993) Hearing observation; personal communication VI Aboriginal communities North QLD & WA Aboriginal communities To explore mismatch between remote Aboriginal concepts of disability and urban non-Aboriginal institutions Remote area Aboriginal people have unique concepts of disability, hearing loss and otitis media Consideration of variations in conceptualizations of disability is necessary in developing solutions R