Who we are
All Means All is the Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education, a nationwide multi-stakeholder alliance of people and organisations working together to implement an inclusive education system and remove the legal, structural and attitudinal barriers that limit the rights of some students, including many students with disability, to access full inclusive education in regular classrooms in Australian schools.
Our objectives include:
- the creation of resources and the provision of training and education to support inclusive education;
- supporting, commissioning or undertaking relevant research and study;
- lobbying for and informing change in legislation, policy and practice to ensure inclusive education as a right for all;
- consolidating and focusing the Australian movement for full inclusive education to accelerate the necessary systemic and attitudinal change for the benefit of every Australian student;
- collaborating with relevant stakeholder groups and community organisations to promote the Australian movement for full inclusive education nationally and internationally; and
- community education about the value and importance of full inclusive education for all Australian students.
Our alliance includes and welcomes families, people with disability, academic experts, teachers, education assistants, school principals, advocacy and other organisations and other members of the community interested in supporting the right of every Australian student to access an inclusive education and the aims and objectives of All Means All.
Our Networks initiative further seeks to foster connections and collaborations within specific stakeholder groups or communities in our broader network, to support the achievement of our shared objectives.
Our Board leads the governance and strategic direction of All Means All and receives support and advice from our Academic Advisory Panel of experts and leaders in Australian inclusive education research.
What guides us
We believe that all students, including students with disability, have a right to receive an inclusive education and Australia has a corresponding obligation to ensure an inclusive education system.
When we talk about inclusive education we do not mean segregated, separate or self-contained programs or classes for students with disability or learning or behavioural difficulties in schools.
Our work is guided by a human rights framework including the principles embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the most authoritative expression of the human rights of people with disability, including the right to inclusive education under Article 24 which was defined and clarified in August 2016 in General Comment No. 4 (Right to Inclusive Education).