Isla is in Year 10 at a metropolitan secondary school. She has mild spina bifida and dyslexia (which particularly affects her writing). She also has difficulties with sleep and lives with generalised anxiety, which relates to her physical condition.
Isla’s teachers and parents believe that her physical condition has the greatest impact on her ability to access and participate in learning. For the past year, Isla has worn a splint to assist her movement in different contexts.
Isla's experience of high levels of fatigue and sporadic physical discomfort have impacted her engagement and attendance. Isla's parents collaborate monthly with her teachers and the school counsellor.
Because of her disability, Isla needs additional time to access and participate in her learning program and requires physical support from an adult at all times. She receives direct support from an education assistant who assists her transition between school environments and provides support in physical education classes, including swimming.
Isla receives support from a school counsellor to manage anxiety related to negative self-perception. The counsellor is working with Isla to build her self-confidence in preparation for work experience later in the year.