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ADCET Newsletter - January 2016

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The 13 bi-annual Pathways conference will be held Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December, 2016 at the Hotel Realm, Canberra.

The ATEND Pathways Conference is a bi-annual event organised by the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND). The conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professional, academic staff and students with disability to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in higher education and training.

Pathways 13 centres around the theme; Changes, Challenges and Choice – embracing the future. The Pathways 13 conference will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pathways in Australia. Exploring the past 25 years will enable us to look back since the first Pathways Conference in Geelong in 1991, and explore Changes in the field of higher education and training for people with disability and look forward to the Challenges and Choices of the future.

Further information: http://www.pathways.consec.com.au/

 Disability Practice in the Spotlight

University of Sydney – Disability Action Plan 2013-2018

Dagmar Kminiak, Manager of Disability Services at the University of Sydney, and Louise Bannerman the DAP Project Implementation Officer share with ADCET the key elements of the success, as well as some of the challenges faced in the development and implementation of their current Disability Action Plan (DAP).
Read more about the University of Sydney's DAP »

On The Campus Beat

Donna-Marie Thompson brings a strong commitment to social justice and advocating for the rights of others to her current position as the Disability Support Coordinator at the Springfield Campus of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
Read more about Donna-Marie »

 Webinar 

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SAVE THE DATE

ADCET in partnership with The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)  is excited to bring you a webinar showcasing the finding from a recently released research project 'Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice'.

The research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports to assist students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions and provides examples of best practice. It finds that students, disability services staff, and teachers are all important in identifying support needs, developing support plans and negotiating how learning can be reasonably adjusted to meet an individual’s needs. However, these viewpoints differ highlighting the need for greater collaboration to provide relevant and effective learning supports.

This webinar will be presented by two of the researchers, Dr Annie Venville and Professor Ellie Fossey.
Further information and links to the registration page will be added shortly to adcet.edu.au/resource/9234/

To be held: Thursday 10 March, 1pm - 2pm AEDT
 
 
 

 Upcoming Events

Symposium: Tracking Access to Tertiary Education  Attendees of this symposium will help to shape an emerging national conversation on the feasibility and/or desirability (both technical and ethical) of tracking Widening Participation’ (WP) outreach and subsequent participation in tertiary education in Australia. Attending stakeholders (equity practitioners, policy makers, school and community leaders, University management, and academics) will be challenged to identify the potentials and the pitfalls of a tracking approach, including how the sector might navigate these, with a primary purpose of improving equity of access to education for underrepresented groups of students. View the event website »

Adult Workshops for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder  Autism SA will be running workshops for adults on the spectrum, focusing on social and communication skills, friendships and relationships, anxiety and goal planning. Participants will learn theoretical and practical skills in these areas and how to apply the skills at home & in the community. The group is relevant for men and women who are registered with ASA over the age of 18 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder with encouraging and accepting group dynamics. When: Running between 1 Oct 2015 and 30 Apr 2016 Further information »

Conference: Disability, Human Rights and Social Equity The Melbourne Social Equity Institute will hold its second biennial conference (3 Feb - 5 Feb, 2016) on the theme 'Disability, Human Rights and Social Equity. This conference aims to encourage researchers from a range of disciplines to engage with persons with disabilities and Disabled Persons Organisations in order to develop, in the words of the National Disability Research and Development Agenda, 'research which focuses on human rights, participation in community life, access to mainstream activities and services, and broader systems change'. Further information » 

Online Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility Course The six-week online Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course  teaches Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and advanced techniques to improve the effectiveness of communication within the disability sector and beyond. The distance learning course was developed by Media Access Australia in conjunction with the University of South Australia, and upon completion graduates receive an internationally-recognised qualification in web accessibility. (22 February - 1 April 2016) Further information » 
 
Pathways13 - Canberra 2016 The 13th  bi-annual Pathways conference will be held Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December, 2016 at the Hotel Realm, Canberra. Further information »

 Positions Vacant

UTS: Equity and Diversity Manager (Workforce Diversity)  UTS is recruiting for an Equity and Diversity Manager specialising in Workforce Diversity, who will also contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of the Equity and Diversity Unit. Further information »
 

 Latest News

US: Deaf nurse wins court case Lauren Searls is a deaf registered nurse (RN), who has used American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during her nursing education and works at Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and completed her education at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). She performed admirably during her clinical rotations at JHH, and was offered a position as a clinical nurse. JHH rescinded the job offer following her request for ASL interpreters, citing direct threat to patient safety and cost. Searls filed a complaint of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Further information »
 
ASD and the workplace study Research funded by Deakin University’s School of Psychology is being undertaken as part of a PhD degree which will help generate an understanding of the challenges and enablers for people with either High Functioning Autism (HFA), Asperger’s Disorder (AD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at work. Further information »

My Disability Matters Launches With Nationwide Survey For Australian Disabled People My Disability Matters is a new website launched by a blind disability activist and entrepreneur in response to controversy over The Mighty’s mockery of autism, with a survey asking people living with a disability to set their own agenda.Further information »

NCVER: Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice  The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published: Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice and an accompanying good practice guide. Further information »

 Latest Articles and Weblinks

Captioning, Audio Description and Transcription Suppliers Media Access Australia have compiled a comprehensive list of Australian suppliers of captioning, audio description and transcription services.View the web page »
 
Post School Transition: The Experiences of Students with Disability The transition from school is an important period. All young people should be supported throughout this time to access options which allow them to meaningfully participate and contribute to our society as adults. Many young people with disability however have extremely poor post school transition experiences. This report by Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is based on the direct experience of young people with disability. It highlights key issues from current research, legislation and consultation with key stakeholders. It concludes with recommendations for improving outcomes and options for post school transition of students with disability.View this article »

Resilience/Thriving in Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities  The overarching goal of this study was to explore and describe the lived experiences of students with a self-disclosed disability enrolled at a regional university in Australia. Written by Dr Rahul Ganguly, Dr Charlotte Bronwlow, Dr Jan Du Preez and Dr Coralie Graham, University of Southern Queensland.  This research was funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) 2015 Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program. View the web page »

Vision Australia: Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)  Vision Australia's Document Accessibility Tool (DAT)  was designed to help create and validate accessible Microsoft Word documents (and as we know, accessible Word documents convert to more accessible PDFs). DAT is free and integrates with Word's editing interface, so it will be useful to all content creators, not just those that publish documents on the web. View the web page »
 
2015 review of the Disability Standards for Education: Final Report  The 2015 review recognised progress has been made since the 2010 review in raising awareness of the Standards with educators through various initiatives and resources. View this article »
 
Australian Government Initial Response to the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 The Australian Government initial response outlines how the Australian Government intends to address each recommendation. Released 3 December, 2015.  View this article »
 
NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy  The NDIA's vision in Assistive Technology is to build an empowering, sustainable and consistent approach to ensuring National Disability Insurance Scheme participants have choice in, and access to, individualised assistive technology solutions that enable and enhance their economic and community participation.  In line with the vision, the document outlines the three strategic priorities for achieving this vision and proposes initiatives to meet each of these strategies. View this article »
 
Evaluation of the Disability Support Program  (DSP) The purpose of this evaluation considers the operations of the Disability Support Program (DSP) to date and whether it is meeting its stated objectives of assisting people with disability to access and participate in higher education, and to identify options and make recommendations for the future operation of the program in a contemporary environment View this evaluation »