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New ContentNew Videos ADCET Webinar Recording
Disability Practice in the Spotlight Latest News | Upcoming Events
Positions Vacant | Latest Articles and Weblinks

September has been a busy month for ADCET and we have so much news to share with you!

On Tuesday we were delighted to relaunch the updated Opening All Options Learning Disability Resource (OAO) via a Webinar. The resource has been revamped to ensure the information provided is current, with the aim to improve the knowledge and skills of Disability Practitioners, Academics & Teaching staff about students with Specific Learning Disability (SLD).

This month our Disability Practice in the Spotlight showcases an innovative program that has been established by the University of South Australia called Supporting Transition and Retention. (STAR) The program employs existing students with disability as transition assistants to provide transition support to new students with disability.

We have some exciting new video resources featured online now, including demonstrations of the BrailleNote Touch, the Victor Reader Stream book reader and the KNFB Reader document scanner. These videos showcase each piece of technology in use to help inform and educate disability practitioners, teachers and students on some of the technology available to support students who are blind or have a vision impairment. ADCET would like to thank Ramona Mandy from Humanware and Martin Kelly for making these videos possible.

Lastly, we're gearing up for the upcoming Pathways Conference! The Conference program has just been released and it looks to be an exciting event. ADCET will have a stall at the event - pop by and say hello and hear more about how we are making the post-secondary education sector a more inclusive space. We look forward to seeing you all there!

New Content

Opening All Options (OAO) Learning Disability Resource


Opening All Options (OAO) is a comprehensive resource to support students with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in the post-secondary education sector.
OAO provides advice and tips for Disability Practitioners, Teachers and Academics on how to best support post-secondary students with SLD to achieve success in their studies. It includes information on pre-screening, reasonable adjustments you can make, teaching strategies, study skills, assistive technology, and universal design solutions to assist you address the learning barriers faced by students with an SLD. www.adcet.edu.au/oao/

Disability Practice in the Spotlight

STAR Program – University of South Australia The University of South Australia are meeting the needs of students with disability transitioning into, as well as those transitioning out of, their university with the introduction of an innovative new program. Their peer support program - Supporting Transition and Retention (STAR) - provides transition support to new students with disability Read more about the STAR program

New Videos

Technology supporting students with vision impairment

Humanware have introduced the BraiilleNote Touch which is the first google certified braille tablet. This tablet is a productive device allowing people to take notes, schedule appointments and has the efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. 
BrailleNote Touch demonstration

Victoria Reader Stream is a hand held talking book and media player.  It plays your favourite books, podcasts and music all in one place. It has built in wireless capacity and weighs less than a 100 grams.  
Victor Reader Stream Demonstration  

KNFB is an App for iPhone and Android that allows users to take a photo of an image which is then scanned and read out instantly. The App makes access to printed materials easier and more efficient. The KNFB has been developed for the needs of people who are blind or have a vision impairment.  
KNFB Demonstration

ADCET Webinar Recording

Opening All Options (OAO) Learning Disability Resource


photo of Jo Webber and Julie Fry

ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) latest webinar was for the launch of the updated Opening All Options Learning Disability resource, it was presented by the content developers Julie Fry and Jo Webber. 

The presentation slides as well as the recording of the webinar are now available for viewing »

Upcoming Events

OZeWAI Conference 2016  OZeWAI Conference 2016 will provide three full days of technical, research and panel sessions, presentations and practical workshops on cutting edge issues related to WCAG, WAI and online digital accessibility. There are also many opportunities for networking and socialising with key speakers, panel members and attendees. Further information »


ATEND logoPathways13 - 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 »



Quantum Webinar Series: Assistive Technology Quantum's webinars showcase their newest and most popular assistive technology devices.You can participate in a live training session with their presenter from the comfort of your office or home.  These webinars are aimed at students, educators and parents who would like to know more about how assistive technology can help people who have a print disability (Low Vision, Blindness, and Learning Disability) in the classroom or workplace.  Further information »

Latest News

Pathways Conference - Program available The program for this years Pathways conference has been released. Further information »

Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2016 The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2016 is now open for Applications  In 2016, Vision Australia will award Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.  Application deadline is 28th October 2016 Further information »

Louisa Alessandri Memorial Fund Scholarship  Applications are now invited for the Louisa Alessandri Memorial Fund Scholarship, now valued at $10,000.  The  Scholarship is intended to help students, residing in Western Australia, with a physical, vision or hearing disability to achieve their career aspirations. The application period will close Friday, 30 September 2016. Further information »

Research participants required: Investigating the barriers to students with disability of completing an HDR qualification  The aim of the study is to find the barriers to students with disability completing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) qualification. Further information »

Stepping Into: Case Study - Lawyer Chris Rodrigo, 27, from Alexandria is currently in his final year studying Law at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Last year he took part in the Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into program, a paid internship for students with disability in leading Australian Businesses. Further information »

Disability Discrimination Commissioner National Consultations 2016-2017 Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin will be conducting a national consultation which will help guide the development of his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.  These consultations aim to engage with the disability community and gather information and knowledge on the extent and nature of disability discrimination and the human rights of people with disability in Australia. Further information »

Work and further study remain a huge challenge for students with an intellectual disability For young adults with an intellectual disability, finding work or suitable post-school study is an enormous challenge but there are some pockets of hope and opportunity.  Often, for the nearly 700,000 Australians with an intellectual disability, the path isn't as straightforward as simply finishing high school, attending university or TAFE and getting a job. Further information »

Stepping Into: Paid Internship This summer, there are a number of paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability on offer Further information »

Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Scholarship  The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Scholarship provides financial assistance to NSW Public School year 12 students with a physical disability who are transitioning to tertiary studies. Applications for the scholarship close on October 31. Further information » 

Employ-Ability: Careers forum for students with disability COMMUNICATION – ABILITY – RESILIENCE  Three interactive sessions will be held over three consecutive weeks. Hear directly from employers and industry experts, alumni and current students in a Q&A style panel regarding opportunities, pathways to employment, common issues impacting people with disabilities in the workplace, communication strategies and building resilience. Further information »

Call for Participants in Evaluation of University Website Accessibility Survey As part of improving accessibility in university websites for users who have a hearing and/or sight impairment. As interactor with universities website your satisfaction and evaluation of accessibility including usability is valuable as subjective evaluation step in this research project, we invite you to fill out an online survey. Further information »

International Day of People with Disability The theme for 2016 is: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.  The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers;including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.  Further information »

Latest Articles and Weblinks

Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program for University Students on the Autism Spectrum This project has developed, implemented and evaluated a peer mentoring program for young adults on the autism spectrum in higher education. A range of resources are available for universities across Australia to implement their own peer mentoring program. Available for download:  Executive Summary: Autism CRC Peer Mentoring Program Evaluation - Executive Summary; Coordinator Manual; Specialist Mentor Toolkit; Mentee Information Booklet; Mentor Training Presentation Slides; and, Mentoring Module, Forms, Samples and Templates. View the web page »

Best Practice in Supporting Indigenous Students with Disability in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Students from Indigenous backgrounds who also have disability are doubly disadvantaged at university and require better and more culturally appropriate support, new research shows. The report offers six recommendations for improved university processes and practice. (Associate Professor Michele Fleming and Dr Diana Grace (University of Canberra). View the web page »

Enabled Employment Enabled Employment is a labour hire company for people with a disability. Enabled Employment is unique in Australia and possibly the world with its approach of using flexible arrangements to enable highly capable people with a disability to find productive and well-paid employment. Enabled Employment makes it easy for businesses to fill skill gaps. View the web page »

Positions Vacant

Senior Coordinator, Disability Services - Victoria University The Disability Service Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of policies, projects and individual support programs to students across the University. The position is required to supervise the workload and duties of staff within the Disability Liaison Unit, as well as being able to engage directly with students who are living with a disability or long term medical condition. The Disability Services Coordinator will be required to provide expert advice to the University in all matters that relate to students with a disability. Applications Close: 4pm Wednesday 12 October 2016. Further information »
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