Welcome to the latest edition of the ADCET newsletter. As 2015 draws to a close we would like to thank you for your support this year and look forward to working with you in 2016.  

 ADCET Webinar - recording


Inclusive Education at the University of Sydney: Tertiary Education for People with Intellectual Disability

This webinar was presented by Friederike Gadow and Jemima MacDonald from the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) and the recording is now available for viewing.

The recording of this webinar is now available  »

 Disability Practice in the Spotlight


Opening big doors in a big country

Nicky finds her role rewarding and enjoys the opportunity to be able to open doors for students when they think they may be closed. “It’s a job with a can do attitude and if we can’t do it we will find a resolution. However, she also acknowledges that it is not always easy. As the Disability Support Manager, Nicky is often a person’s first point of call before they approach anyone else, so she has to be the listener, she is the thinker, the administrator and coordinator all in one.

Read more about Nicky »

 New Content

support animals on campus
More students with disability than ever before are undertaking studies that require placements in industry.  These placements allow students to gain experience in a practical setting and to demonstrate professional competence as well as meet professional registration standards.  In some cases requests are made to undertake the placement on a part time basis and there is some confusion regarding the rights of students with disabilities to engage in part time placements.   Read more »

 Upcoming Events

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 »

 Latest News

2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005  Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has released the report on the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005, and the Turnbull Government’s initial response to recommendations, to coincide with International Day of People with Disability. Further information »

Stepping Into Summer 2015/16 is now open for Member Applications. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability. The program is one of mutual benefit for both employers and the students. Employers benefit by creating a workplace culture within their organisation that values diversity and promotes the employment of people with disability. 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 »

Windows 10 Hands-on accessibility test  Dr Scott Hollier of Media Access Australia puts together his thoughts, findings and hands-on impressions regarding the accessibility of Microsoft's latest operating system. Further information »

Assessing descriptors of academic program inherent requirements  A new research study funded by the NCSEHE’s 2015 Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Programled and led by Dr Andrew Harvey, Director of La Trobe University’s Access and Achievement Research Unit, is looking to audit and assess the descriptors of academic program inherent requirements across Australia’s higher education sector. Further information »

 Latest Articles and Weblinks

ODLAA webinar: “Assistive Technologies Improving Learning Access” The Global Access Project and IBM Accessibility as partners in the Liberated Learning Consortium are presenting this international webinar to the ODLAA membership and broader community. Speakers share their experience and insight in this important area of emerging technologies. View the web page »

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 »
Moving On - disability discrimination  Plain English guide written about Disability Discrimination - aimed at school leavers and other people who may be looking for work or about to embark on study. Download: Moving On - disability discrimination (pdf)

Supporting tertiary students with a disability or mental illness: good practice guide The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has published a good practice guide that outlines a set of principles that teaching staff and disability services staff can implement to provide additional supports for students with a disability or mental illness. View this article »

Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice  This National Centre for Vocational Education Research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports for students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions. It focuses on two types of learning support: individualised reasonable adjustments; and institution-level learning supports, the latter being available to all students. These supports can play an important role in improving outcomes for students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions in terms of their engagement with, and completion of, tertiary education. 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 »

NDIS: Operational Guidelines Supports for Employment, Vocational Training and Higher Education  Operational Guideline for Planning and Assessment, Supports in the Plan,  Supports for Employment and Vocational Training and Higher Education contains operational information on the application of s.34 of the NDIS Act on reasonable and necessary supports in relation to employment, vocational training and higher education that may be approved as part of a participant’s plan. View these guidelines »
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