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    Pathways15 Online: Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

    The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) and the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) invite you to collaborate with us to ensure that people with disability can equitably access, participate and achieve their goals in tertiary education and subsequent employment.  We are confident that the sponsorship levels available represent excellent value and an opportunity for you to connect with a large online audience of stakeholders. We trust that you will find a sponsorship option that fits, however should you wish to discuss bespoke sponsorship packages, please contact the organisers.

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    Louisa Alessandri Memorial Fund Scholarship

    The Scholarship is intended to assist a student with a physical, vision or hearing impairment to achieve his or her career aspirations. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including course fees, equipment, support, interpreters, transport, etc. Applications close 30 September 2020.

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    ADCET Newsletter: July 2020

    In this edition, we are showcasing our latest podcast hosted in partnership with NCSEHE - Administrative excellence and the transformative power of education – Dr Lin Martin AO.  We are also excited to announce that we have now developed SCORM files from the two Disability Awareness Supporting Students in VET programs for Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers for use within their own Learning Management Systems (LMS).  read more >>

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    University Mental Health Framework

    The draft Australian University Mental Health Framework is available for consultation. Feedback from anyone with an interest in the mental health of Australia’s university students is welcome. To provide your thoughts on the draft framework please complete this survey before midnight (AEST) 31 July 2020.


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    Consultations now open: Review of the Disability Standards for Education

    On 16 July 2020, public consultation commenced for the 2020 Review (the Review) of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). The Standards were established to ensure students with disability in Australia can access and participate in education and training on the same basis as students without disability.

    The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment is undertaking a review of the Standards through an extensive community consultation process. The Standards are reviewed every five years to test if they are effective in achieving their objects and whether any improvements could be made.  The consultations are open until Friday, 25 September 2020.

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    Equity in Higher Education Panel

    The Equity in Higher Education Panel (EHEP) is a high level strategic advisory body with a focus on student equity in higher education. The EHEP will provide strategic advice and make recommendations to the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment on strategic issues relating to improving student equity in higher education. As part of its work the EHEP will develop a National Equity in Higher Education Roadmap, a five year strategy to accelerate performance of underrepresented equity groups nationally and to raise the profile of equity best practice in the sector to embed it more effectively in universities’ missions.

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    Vision Australia's Further Education Bursary 2021

    Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.  The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life. Closing date: 30 September 2020.

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    Disability is Everybody’s Business: ATEND's response to Minister Tehan

    The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) response to the Hon Dan Tehan MP's recent announcement regarding proposed Higher Education Reforms as detailed through the Job-ready Graduates package. (June 2020)

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    Audio description now on Australian free to air TV

    Australia’s blind and low vision community will finally be able to enjoy audio description on free to air TV when the service launches on ABC and SBS programming this month.

    From June 28, the ABC and SBS will both provide 14 hours of audio-described programming each week after the Federal Government announced funding for the service in late 2019.

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    ADCET Newsletter: June 2020

    This edition is packed full of new content including podcasts, webinars and upcoming events!  This week we share a recording from our latest webinar - Support for Writing using Microsoft Tools and our new podcast featuring Karen McCall from Karlen Communications - ADCET crosses the ocean: Access & inclusion in Tertiary Education, Post-COVID-19 Part 3. As COVID restrictions slowly lift and our working environment starts to go back to the new normal (whatever that means), we share some tips on managing change for both students and staff in our COVID-19 FAQs. read more >>