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NAPLAN adjustments for students living with type 1 diabetes

By Renae Roll
Credentialled Diabetes Educator

For students in grades 3 and 5 as well as years 7 and 9, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is not far away.

NAPLAN is held nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life; such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

Did you know that students living with type 1 diabetes are able to access reasonable adjustments to allow them to participate fully in NAPLAN, while also being able to look after their diabetes?

These adjustments are permitted in line with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005, which emphasise that students with a disability need to receive extra help to complete the NAPLAN tests.

The NAPLAN website provides extensive information about the NAPLAN process; including reasonable adjustments.

The adjustments required for each student living with type 1 diabetes will depend on their individual needs. The example given on the NAPLAN website is for a young boy called Nick in year 9.

Read Nick’s example here.

Now is the perfect opportunity for you to talk to your child’s school about how adjustments will be made for your child to participate fully in NAPLAN, while also caring for their diabetes.

Make sure you discuss all of the diabetes supplies and equipment that your child may need access to during a NAPLAN assessment. This may include things such as blood glucose meter, CGM equipment, hypo treatment, water and extra food.

Don’t forget to also discuss what extra time will be allowed for checking glucose levels, additional toilet breaks (if required) and treatment of hypoglycaemia.

Good luck!