How to Contact Us
University of Tasmania
Locked Bag 1313
Launceston Tas 7250
Phone: (03) 6324 3615
or by email to ADCET.Admin@utas.edu.au
Mission Statement and Aims
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) is a web based information source that provides up to date, accurate and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities.
ADCET aims to encourage equitable, inclusive access to post secondary education and training for people with disability through the following strategies:
- gather, evaluate, and disseminate research and other information for disability practitioners and students with disabilities, relating to inclusive teaching, assessment and learning strategies, support services and related areas including changes to legislation, policies and practice;
- facilitate and promote professional development, information sharing and research, amongst disability practitioners, teachers and other professionals;
- promote the long term sustainability of the service through the development of partnerships with compatible organisations.
ADCET is hosted by the University of Tasmania, and funded by the Australian Government.
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Search Knowledge Base - The ADCET knowledge base is like a searchable filing cabinet where information is categorised and updated so that you can easily access the information you need. It consists of a collection Fact Sheets, News/Events and Resources/ Articles, Links and Case Studies. The knowledge base is database driven and information is categorised by topic and keywords, this enables you to easily refine your search. Users are invited to contribute to the database through the feedback option (found at the bottom of each page) to improve the quality of information and to make ADCET aware of any omissions or inaccuracies. Information can be printed or emailed to colleagues.
Fact Sheets - Fact Sheets have been developed by the ADCET team to provide more comprehensive information about specific topics.
News and Events - ADCET provides a list of the latest relevant news items that are of specific interest to disability practitioners and other users.
Articles, Resources, Links and Case Studies - Articles, Resources, Links and Case Studies have been carefully categorised by topic and keywords, to ensure that users can quickly find a particular article, resource, link or Case Study.
Newsletter - A regular newsletter is provided to subscribers to ADCET. This summarises news and events, latest additions to the Knowledge Base and additional information of interest to those working with people with disabilities in education and training sectors.
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In 1999 Deakin University established NCET (National Clearinghouse in Education and Training for people with Disabilities) after receiving a grant from DETYA. NCET On-line was launched in September 2000. Materials were commissioned and gathered from the Internet, from US, UK and Canadian clearinghouses, relevant journals, policy documents, government reports, conference papers and research studies. NCET also hosted the austed listserv to facilitate discussion by disability practitioners.
When funding ceased, in June 2001, at the completion of the project development phase NCET was unable to obtain sufficient funding to continue to operate.
In September 2002 a tender application was submitted by the University of Tasmania, to DEST. The tender was accepted and the University of Tasmania continued the development of NCET.
The Project Team investigated possible options that would enable NCET to become financially viable. After looking at available evidence the Project Team concluded that only through the development of a comprehensive disability information clearinghouse could the original NCET objectives and the identified needs of practitioners be met. Such a clearinghouse was found to be financially viable and could be implemented within the existing project budget. DEST accepted the Project Teams recommendations and a report on progress towards implementation of the recommended model was submitted in August 2003.
It was during this stage that the clearinghouse name changed to the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET).
In 2004 a subscription process was developed to provide for ongoing financial sustainability of the Clearinghouse. Between 2004 - 2007 subscriptions received from universities, TAFEs, other organisations and individuals was ADCETs only form of funding. In 2007 ADCET received a 3 year grant from the Higher Education Disability Support Programme. DEEWR then extended this grant for 2010 - 2011. An additional grant was received from The Australian Government for 2012-2014.
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ADCET Privacy Statement
ADCET is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information and fully complying with the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.
Information Collected - When you visit this website, the server makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes:
- the address of your server;
- the time and date of your visit to the website;
- the documents you have accessed; and
- the type of browser you are using.
When you send us an email, send us feedback, or if you complete and submit an electronic form on our website we may record:
- Your role and the sector (eg Teacher in Higher Education)
- Your email address
Use of Information Collected - This Personal Information will only be used for the stated purpose for which it was provided or for the purposes of testing, validating, evaluating or developing ADCET services without your express consent. It will not be disclosed to a third party, other than our development team.
Confidentiality - Your Personal Information will be held in strictest confidence. We take all reasonable steps to ensure that information is not subject to loss, misuse or unauthorised access or alteration. We also take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify Personal Information if it is no longer required.
We do not, however, provide facilities for the secure transmission of information across the Internet and you should be aware that there may be risks associated with the transmission of Personal Information via the Internet. If you prefer you can communicate with us by post or telephone.
Links - This website contains links to the websites of other organisations which may be of interest to you. Linked websites are responsible for their own privacy practices and you should check those websites for their respective Privacy Statements.
Cookies - A cookie is a short message given to your web browser by a web server. Your browser stores the message and sends it back to the server each time you return to that website. The main purpose of the cookie is to save you setting your profile at each visit to the site. The cookie identifies your browser, not you personally. No Personal Information is stored within the ADCET cookies.
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This website was established and is maintained for the dissemination of information relating to education and training for people with disabilities. The information has been derived from many sources and is published in good faith.
ADCET may not be used in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.
Information on this site is subject to change without notice.
All efforts have been made by ADCET to ensure that material accessible via ADCET Web Servers is accurate and up-to-date.
- ADCET makes no warranty, or guarantee, or promise express or implied, that the material on this site is either accurate or complete, up-to-date, or fit for any use whatsoever. You should exercise your own skill and judgement prior to relying on the material contained in this site.
- ADCET accepts no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of direct or indirect use of application of any material on this site.
- Users seeking to use or rely on information given in our News and Events sections should, in the case of each event or conference, seminar or other event listed on this site, verify the information with the respective organisers of the event(s) mentioned.
- The view and opinions in the material on this site or on any linked sites/publications do not necessarily represent those of ADCET.
- Any inaccuracies on ADCET brought to the attention of ADCET will be corrected as soon as possible.
- ADCET is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages or links referenced from this site. The presence of a hyper-link from a page on one of the ADCET web server pages does not imply any kind of endorsement of the content of these pages.
- ADCET is not affiliated with any of the organisations or companies featured on ADCET and does not in any way endorse, guarantee or represent the products or services advertised and/or offered by them. Furthermore, ADCET assumes no responsibility or legal liability in connection with these providers, or for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information.
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ADCET Copyright Statement
Copyright in the materials on this website is vested in the author or institution concerned and is reproduced by the ADCET pursuant to a licence from such authors or institutions. Apart from any fair dealing permitted under the copyright legislation, the material cannot be reproduced or adapted for any purpose whatsoever without the written permission of the author or institution concerned.
Non commercial distribution of ADCET copyright material is permitted, but only if textual and graphic content is not altered and the source is acknowledged. If you refer to any material on this site, acknowledge your source as the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training, University of Tasmania.
Requests and further inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to: The Director, and forwarded to the mail or email address at the top of this page.
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How to Update Information or Contribute an Article - ADCET is about sharing of information, ideas and resources. We need your assistance in keeping the site up to date and relevant. If you would like to submit information to the site or provide us with feedback please use the feedback button at the bottom of each page or add a Comment on the page.
Upon receipt of contributions ADCET will assess the content against strict criteria to ensure that the information is relevant and is not already available on the site. The information will then be categorised by category and keyword.
ADCET may edit the abstract and/or reformat an article to facilitate access by users. Any changes to the body of an article will not occur without consent from the author. Any information used in another context e.g. as part of an FAQ, will be appropriately referenced.
To send a resource/ article/ link to ADCET please use the feedback button at the bottom of each page or write to us at the address at the bottom of this page.
We invite organisations with compatible aims to develop partnerships with ADCET. Applications are considered by the ADCET management committee and are reviewed annually. Partnerships involve:
- shared access to information such as research articles, newsletters, annual reports, resources and the like;
- provision of direct web links between partner sites;
- opportunities for reciprocal promotion in newsletters/ websites of partner websites, events or information
ADCET currently has partnership arrangements with:
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