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Designing schools to accommodate students with disabilities is a complicated task and needs a lot more research than what is out there. from shutterstock.com

Students with disabilities need inclusive buildings. We can learn from what’s already working

Every school in Australia must be built with the varying needs of students with disabilities in mind. This is a worthy goal but achieving it is complicated. Looking at some examples can help.

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Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it’s not favourable to the company. from shutterstock.com

When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Most medical research is funded by industry, not public sources. And industry puts pressure on researchers in many ways, from guiding the research question to suppressing unfavourable findings.

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Student climate strikes

Why would striking students end up in the ‘dole’ queue’ when they’re seeking to understand a global issue, taking action and clearly articulating their perspective? Julien De Rosa/AAP

Students striking for climate action are showing the exact skills employers look for

When politicians caution against student strikes for climate action, they are going against the aims of Australia's curriculum to develop citizens with a social conscience, willing to take action.

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