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Pathways13 - 2016

Pathways13, 2016  brought together over 200 colleagues from around Australia and New Zealand to Canberra, ACT.  We caught up with old friends and made new ones.  We shared and learned more about current practices in the area of higher education and training for people with disability, gained inspiration from others and strengthened networks of friends and colleagues.

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) for Northern Victoria, Mark Cottee shares his key takeaway thoughts from Pathways 13.

Presentation slides will be added to ADCET over the coming weeks - Pathways 13 presentations

During the Pathways welcome drinks we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Pathways. Jenny Shaw and Rita Jennings who started the first conference in Geelong and Judy Hartley, Trevor Allen one of our Life Members and Doug McGinn who was at the first conference performed the formalities of cutting the cake.  Also, ATEND inducted Judy Hartley and Jenny Shaw as Life Members.

Jenny Shaw, Rita Jennings, Judy Hartley, Trevor Allen and Doug McGinn  cut the cake

Keynotes and Presentations - recorded sessions

(more to come)

Matt Brett

Facebook live videos

Martin Kelly was busy during the recent Pathways Conference in Canberra - he interviewed a number of exhibitors and presenters live via FaceBook.  
facebook live interviewees. Matt Salas, Pacific Vision, OrCam, Sonocent, Texthelp and AIME

Disability Practice in the Spotlight

Why My Job is Great: Shelley Odewahn   In our sector we are very good at identifying what needs to change, but often don’t have the time or the resources to make it happen. Since 2011, Shelley Odewahn, a Project Officer in Student Access & Inclusion at Southern Cross University (SCU) has been responsible for developing initiatives to address these gaps. The broad scope of her role gives her the freedom to creatively work on strategies to increase the access and participation of people with disability in higher education. “It’s the greatest job in the world” says Shelley. Read more about Shelley 

New Resource - Inclusive Technology

Inclusive Technology - making post-secondary education accessible to studens with disability.

Inclusive technology plays a key role in making post-secondary education accessible to students with disability.  This newly developed content provides an insight into inclusive technologies relevant to students with particular disabilities.

ADCET Webinars in 2017

Would you like to present a webinar in 2017? Perhaps you have developed a great resource or are involved in a project that you would like to share with the sector.

Upcoming Events

Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Ed Conference  
The Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education conference will be held at James Cook University, Townsville.  It is an international conference open to researchers, practitioners, educators and students working in the higher education mental health space.

The focus of the Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education conference is Issues, Challenges and Ways Forward. The aim of this conference is to provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the issues of mental health in higher education and possible approaches for more effectively dealing with identified and anticipated challenges.

In convening this conference, it is our intent to actively engage mental health practitioners, academics, educators, researchers, students and others working in allied disciplines in authentic dialogue into mental health in higher education. To be held 30 June - 1 July 2017. 
Further information »
Conference: Disability Matters - New Zealand  The conference offers a forum for discussion of disability matters, with a particular focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). New Zealanders played a significant role in the development of this Convention – how are we doing now in terms of its implementation?  
To be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand - 26 - 29 November, 2017. 
Further information »

Latest News

National Project: Enhancing Self-disclosure Student Life and Learning at UNSW is undertaking a national project (HEPPP funded) to explore reasons for non-disclosure, to investigate successful strategies encouraging self-disclosure and to design good practice guidelines for higher education providers.
  • Why are equity students reluctant to disclose their status?
  • What can universities do to encourage disclosure and get a true picture of equity needs at university?
If you are interested in finding out more or being involved  please contact Rita Kusevskis-Hayes at or the grant project team at
Text reads: Grants Excellence in teaching for equity in higher education
Applications: Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE) Research Project  The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education is pleased to call for applications for the Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE) Research Project.  As part of the project there are 4 x $15,000 grants available. Further information »

New Book

Book cover "Teaching Uni Students with Autism"
Book: Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Drawing on the latest research, this book offers practical strategies for supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in tertiary education. By looking at common issues faced by students with ASD, teaching and support staff will better understand how to help students develop vital skills needed for academic success (Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Kim Draisma)  Further information »

Blog posts

Book cover "Teaching Uni Students with Autism"
The World of a Deaf Professional I work in an office where targets are the number one game. We have to achieve these targets or there is hell to pay. As a deaf professional they cut me no slack. Not only am I a manager but I have a caseload which is about 60% of the people that I supervise. So on top of my management duties and supervising staff I have to churn out the outcomes as well. It is a high pressure environment where you either work hard or get out. There is no respite. Read more »

Latest Articles and Weblinks

The wicked problem of university student mental health  The wicked problem of university student mental health is a report by Benjamin Veness that pertains to the Monash University Churchill Fellowship to explore innovative prevention and early intervention strategies to improve the mental health of university students.  The study included travel principally to the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, with brief visits also to China and Singapore. Its scope included visiting both universities and external mental health agencies with an interest in, or expertise relevant to, university students’ mental health.Read more » 

Mental Health: Enhancing Student Wellbeing Enhancing Student Wellbeing is a suite of resources to assist university educators to develop policies, curriculum and teaching and learning environments that better support student mental health. The growing prevalence and severity of mental health difficulties across student populations in higher education is an issue of significant concern for universities. This project supports sector-wide conversations, a whole-of-institution approach and pedagogical innovations that promote mental health and wellbeing, enabling all students to realise their academic potential.Read more »

Research: How useful are closed captions for learning?  This Australian research study explores how closed captions impact student learning in mathematics. (Chris Tisdell University of New South Wales and Birgit Loch. Swinburne University of Technology)  Read more »

Issues and Trends for Students with Disability. Review of NCSEHE-Funded Research This review focuses on presenting the key findings, recommendations and future directions for further research for the equity group of students with disability. Read more »

Applying Universal Design to Address the Needs of Postsecondary Students on the Autism Spectrum  Potential benefits of the UD approach for students with ASD are revealed and recommendations are made for future research as well as professional development and support for faculty that can be delivered and/or promoted by disability support personnel.  (Sheryl Burgstahler  and (Rose) Rosalie J. Russo-Gleicher. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 28(2), 199 - 212)   Read more »

Positions Vacant

As a Disability Adviser at UniSA you will provide professional services to assist students in addressing disability issues which impact upon their learning. You will also contribute to the design and development of a range of online and other resources to support staff and students to overcome barriers to learning experienced by students with disabilities. Part time 0.6 FTE, four (4) month fixed term contract, commencing March 2017. Applications close: Friday, 13 January 2017  Further information »
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