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    ADCET Webinar: Accessible Assessments for Students with Vision Impairment

    This webinar looked at the Round Table’s (Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities) Guidelines for Accessible Assessment. The updated guidelines were launched in May 2019 and contain recommendations designed to make assessment materials accessible to students of all ages and levels of education. A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from: 2019)

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  • Article

    Accessibility Features built into Macintosh computers

    Macintosh computers provide a range of inbuilt features that may benefit people with various disabilities.  In the attached document you will find a list of tools and a brief explanation of how to access them. 

  • Video

    Students’ Stories – The Same, But Different (Ireland)

    This short documentary focuses on students with disability in College navigating college life – from finding lecture theatres, to learning to live independently, to fitting in with a new group of friends.

  • Video

    ADCET Webinar: Beyond graduation: Long-term socioeconomic outcomes amongst equity students

    ADCET in partnership with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) were joined by Dr Wojtek Tomaszewski from the University of Queensland in presenting this webinar.

    For this webinar Wojtek presents results from recent research that draws on robust large-scale quantitative data sets to investigate the short and long-term socio-economic trajectories of Australian university graduates from equity groups and compare them with outcomes for non-equity students across multiple domains. (November 2019)

  • Article

    University student perspectives on institutional non-disclosure of disability and learning challenges: reasons for staying invisible

    It is suspected that there is a much larger population of students who choose non-disclosure, and therefore decide not to access support. Very little is known about the reasons for non-disclosure as this group represents a hidden population in higher education. This research identified that there were sound reasons for non-disclosure, students continually weigh up potential disclosure during their study, and students have difficulty with the disclosure process. We conclude that institutions need to understand that they have an invisible group of non-disclosing SWD in their student populations and that, to meet their learning challenges, universities need to support changes to policies, procedures and curriculum design.  (International Journal of Inclusive Education. Volume 23, 2019. Susan Grimes, Erica Southgate, Jill Scevak and Rachel Buchanan.  )

  • Video

    ADCET Webinar: Supporting students with dyslexia at university

    This presentation gives details about a research project conducted at a regional university in Australia about how to better support university students with dyslexia by Christina Maurer-Smolder, Susan Hunt, PhD, Shane Parker and Karin Stokes, PhD. The study included a validated self-report survey (used for recruitment), student interviews and a focus group made up of staff from the university. It concludes that identification of students with dyslexia is an extremely complex issue, and the best way to support these students and other at-risk learners is to adopt principles of Universal Design. The presentation includes specific recommendations for following these principles. (October 2019)

  • Video

    ADCET Webinar: Dyslexia awareness month - the students' voice

    For Dyslexia Awareness month ADCET was joined by five students from Universities and TAFE’s across Australia to discuss their tertiary education journey through their lived experience with dyslexia.

    We aim to challenge your thinking, ensure you reflect on your practice and improve your knowledge around teaching and support strategies for your students with dyslexia. (October 2019)

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    Dyslexia Awareness: Microsoft course

    Microsoft and Made By Dyslexia have a shared mission to empower every person with dyslexia to reach their potential, and we have partnered to create tools to help make this happen.

    The objectives of the course are: To empower teachers and parents to understand dyslexia, both it’s strengths and challenges; To gain essential knowledge in how to recognize and support dyslexia; How to create a dyslexia-inclusive classroom; and, To know when and where to seek further help.

    The five modules cover: What is dyslexia?; Dyslexic thinking skills; Indicators of dyslexia; Dyslexia inclusive classroom; and, Importance of identification.

  • Video

    Vision Australia: Navigating transitions

    Moving from high school to tertiary education or from education to the work place can stressful experiences.

    Living with blindness or low vision can present additional challenges to this, as workplaces, educational institutions and other organisations can sometimes lack the resources and knowledge needed to be accessible and inclusive.

    Hear from our expert panel on how they navigated these challenges.  

    • Cameron Roles, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University and Vision Australia Board member
    • Paul Hedley, Vision Australia Client Reference Group (CRG) member  
    • Nadia Mattiazzo, Vision Australia Client Reference Group (CRG) member   
  • Article

    A culture of inclusive higher education is everyone’s responsibility (NCSEHE)

    An institution-wide approach, including staff and students, could reduce the structural barriers to higher education retention and success for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to this report.
    The research, led by Dr Ryan Naylor from La Trobe University and funded by the NCSEHE, recommended institutions prioritise a culture of equal opportunities and experiences, rather than relying on students to adapt to existing structures.