Upcoming Webinar: 'Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: Exploring the use of individualised and institution-level approaches in practice".
This newsletter has been sent to you as there were a couple of broken links in the January newsletter and at that stage the registration page for our next webinar was yet to be established.. The links are now fixed and you can now register for the 'Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: Exploring the use of individualised and institution-level approaches in practice' webinar being held on Thursday,10 March.

 Upcoming ADCET Webinar 

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ADCET in partnership with The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)  is excited to bring you a webinar showcasing the findings from a recently released research project 'Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: Exploring the use of individualised and institution-level approaches in practice'.

This webinar will be presented by two of the researchers, Dr Annie Venville and Professor Ellie Fossey.

Further information and the registration link is now available: adcet.edu.au/resource/9234/
To be held: Thursday 10 March, 1pm - 2pm AEDT

The 13 bi-annual Pathways conference will be held Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December, 2016 at the Hotel Realm, Canberra.

The ATEND Pathways Conference is a bi-annual event organised by the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND). The conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professional, academic staff and students with disability to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in higher education and training.

Pathways 13 centres around the theme; Changes, Challenges and Choice – embracing the future. The Pathways 13 conference will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pathways in Australia. Exploring the past 25 years will enable us to look back since the first Pathways Conference in Geelong in 1991, and explore Changes in the field of higher education and training for people with disability and look forward to the Challenges and Choices of the future.

Further information: http://www.pathways.consec.com.au/

 Disability Practice in the Spotlight

University of Sydney – Disability Action Plan 2013-2018

Dagmar Kminiak, Manager of Disability Services at the University of Sydney, and Louise Bannerman the DAP Project Implementation Officer share with ADCET the key elements of the success, as well as some of the challenges faced in the development and implementation of their current Disability Action Plan (DAP).
Read more about the University of Sydney's DAP »


On The Campus Beat

Donna-Marie Thompson brings a strong commitment to social justice and advocating for the rights of others to her current position as the Disability Support Coordinator at the Springfield Campus of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
Read more about Donna-Marie »

 Upcoming Events

Symposium: Tracking Access to Tertiary Education  Attendees of this symposium will help to shape an emerging national conversation on the feasibility and/or desirability (both technical and ethical) of tracking Widening Participation’ (WP) outreach and subsequent participation in tertiary education in Australia. Attending stakeholders (equity practitioners, policy makers, school and community leaders, University management, and academics) will be challenged to identify the potentials and the pitfalls of a tracking approach, including how the sector might navigate these, with a primary purpose of improving equity of access to education for underrepresented groups of students.  To be held on 14 March, 2016 9:00am to 4:00pm. View the event website »

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 »
Online Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility Course The six-week online Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course  teaches Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and advanced techniques to improve the effectiveness of communication within the disability sector and beyond. The distance learning course was developed by Media Access Australia in conjunction with the University of South Australia, and upon completion graduates receive an internationally-recognised qualification in web accessibility. (22 February - 1 April 2016) Further information » 
Pathways13 - 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 »

 Positions Vacant

Manager, Student Equity Services - Griffith  Griffith is seeking to recruit a sector leader to manage the development and delivery of quality innovative student equity services and programs to our diverse student community. The appointee will be an experienced and dynamic equity practitioner with ideas, energy and commitment to building positive and inclusive learning environments  Further information »

 Latest News

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund is open for applications. The closing date for the Education Fund are every six months at the end of March and September each year.  The next applications close on March 31st, 2016  Further information »

ASD and the workplace study Research funded by Deakin University’s School of Psychology is being undertaken as part of a PhD degree which will help generate an understanding of the challenges and enablers for people with either High Functioning Autism (HFA), Asperger’s Disorder (AD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at work. Further information »

 Latest Articles and Weblinks

Captioning, Audio Description and Transcription Suppliers Media Access Australia have compiled a comprehensive list of Australian suppliers of captioning, audio description and transcription services.View the web page »
Post School Transition: The Experiences of Students with Disability The transition from school is an important period. All young people should be supported throughout this time to access options which allow them to meaningfully participate and contribute to our society as adults. Many young people with disability however have extremely poor post school transition experiences. This report by Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is based on the direct experience of young people with disability. It highlights key issues from current research, legislation and consultation with key stakeholders. It concludes with recommendations for improving outcomes and options for post school transition of students with disability.View this article »

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 »
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 »
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