Review of the impact of COVID-19 on school students with disability

The image portrays a family adapting to the home-based education shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with parents supporting their child who is concentrating on a laptop, likely attending an online class or completing schoolwork.

The Social Deck delivered national public engagement over a 10-week period in early 2023 to support the Review of the impact of COVID-19 on school students with disability.  

We spoke with over 1000 students with disability, parents and carers, teachers, principals and organisations to find out about their experiences and what could have been done differently.  

We coordinated and facilitated a range of activities to support the engagement including webinars, focus groups, a student survey and questionnaire, online discussion boards, interviews and a formal submissions process.

We also worked with young people with disability to share their stories via short videos and to encourage others to get involved.  

All activity was hosted on an engagement hub we designed for the Review.  

We worked with lived experience partners to tailor engagements to support targeted consultation with diverse and intersecting groups, including First Nations and CALD students and families and people with different communication needs and preferences.  

The insights from these engagements are being used to inform the Government report about the Review.

How can we help?
Alix Harrigan
Impact and Inclusion Consultant
Kate Bowmaker
Managing Director & Director of Communications
kate@thesocialdeck.com0435 038 720


We worked with the Department of Education to deliver national consultations for the Review of the impact of COVID-19 on school students with disability.


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