Community outreach overview
As is evident from its Constitution, the concept of serving the community is central to MUSEC's Mission, "to serve the needs of the local community, the State and the Nation....". In striving to fulfil this commitment the Centre serves a wide reaching community consisting of Macquarie University, a community of "scholars" (other institutions) locally, nationally and internationally, other agencies involved in the education of children with disabilities and special educational needs, tertiary students undertaking postgraduate and undergraduate training, schools and teachers, and other associated professionals, the children and students enrolled in the educational programs operating at MUSEC, as well as the families of children accessing these services. As sections on Research and Teaching have already reviewed performance in terms of university students and the community of scholars, we shall focus here on members of the broader community, those living in proximity to the University as well as those living and working further afield.
Even with such a broad definition of community, the Special Education Centre has worked diligently to maintain its tradition of community service and outreach. The Centre has achieved a high standard of community service in a variety of ways, including, and probably most directly through, the operation of its Special School.
The MUSEC School offers exemplary educational program to children with special learning needs from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Dates for Information Days for Professionals and Parents 2016
Information sessions for Parents and Professionals (teachers, principals, speech pathologists, etc) will be held at the School on:
- Tuesday 22nd March and
- Tuesday 2nd August
10.30 am commencement until approx 12.00 midday.
Who to contact:
Please contact Client Services on 02 9850 8691 or 02 9850 8692 to make a booking.
We are located in Building X5A on campus at Macquarie University.
A parking ticket dispenser machine is located in car park X3.
Further information may be obtained by ringing the MUSEC Business Manager on 02 9850 9697.
MUSEC Briefings are provided as a community service to inform special educators and other professionals about the evidence base for for a variety of educational practices.
Multisensory Environments. This documents provides a brief summary of the project entitled "The use of multisensory environments (MSEs) in the education of students with high support needs." Further details may be obtained by contacting the investigators.
Off-site Projects - an example
The STaR (Special Teaching and Research) Association provides developmental and educational programs for children with disabilities in inclusive early childhood services. The goal is to prepare the children to attend and thrive within a mainstream school environment. STaR grew out of the research-based "Early Years" Program run by Macquarie University Special Education Centre and is now an autonomous project at Meadowbank Multipurpose Learning Centre.