The South Downs Disability Unit is situated within the Primary School and promotes strong links and opportunities for interaction, understanding and friendships between children from the unit and the mainstream school. This is done through whole school activities such as assembly, Sports Days and camps. South Downs Disability Unit accommodates 16 children with a range of physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities including severe and multiple disabilities in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide.
South Downs Disability Unit offers an integrated and individualised curriculum that is responsive to the needs of every child. Each child has a One Plan developed in collaboration with families and other support agencies. Staff work closely with support agencies such as Novita, Autism SA, Talking Matters and Kilparrin to ensure learning opportunities and programs achieve the best outcomes for each child. We have a large focus on developing independence skills through a weekly cooking program and access swimming in terms 1 and 4.
South Downs Disability Unit has a strong focus within their Site Improvement Plan on the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, providing a sensory and play-based curriculum that develops communication, literacy, numeracy and scientific understandings.
Enrolment in the unit is handled through The Department of Education and Children Services (DECS) district process and requires recommendation by DECS psychologists. South Down Primary School does not have the authority to enrol students in the Disability Unit as there are a number of outside assessments that need to have occurred before limited places are offered to parents.