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2017 is well and truly under way...

And here at ADCET, we've hit the ground running!
As you all return from the holidays, hopefully well rested and ready to leap into the New Year, we're lining up a program of resources, events and information to assist you in educating, transitioning and creating an inclusive environment for all. Already, we've got our first webinar of the year lined up for February 21, looking at the automated document conversion service, SensusAccess. We've uploaded a series of videos taken at the Pathways Conference late last year to refresh your memories, and we're planning the creation of many more resources over the year.
So welcome to 2017, welcome back to ADCET and as always, get in touch if you have any feedback!

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In this issue



SensusAccess - A new approach to support students and faculty who need alternate formats
photo of Tanja Stevns and Lars Ballieu ChristensenADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) are pleased to bring you this webinar - it will be live captioned and there is no cost to attend.
SensusAccess is an automated document conversion service capable of converting a range of document types into alternate formats such as MP3 files, digital Braille books, audio books and e-books. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible or tricky documents into more accessible formats. Further information and registration details


Just in case you missed out on reading about Shelley Odewahn last month...

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

Read previous Disability Practice in the Spotlight posts


Presentations now available


Any Pathways 2016 presenters who wish to have their presentations included on ADCET contact 

Keynote Addresses

Drisana Levitzke-Gray
Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Matt Brett


Catherine Suckings
Inherent Requirements
Trevor Allan
Inherent Requirements
Shannon Kerrigan and Jo Reubenicht
Strength based solution focused practice
Live FaceBook interviews


Grants: 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.
Find out more

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?
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Driving Disability Employment
Find out more about the benefits of employing people with disability at Driving Disability Employment, hosted by UTS and JobAccess.  This interactive session will include presentations, panel discussions and opportunities for networking. When: 22 February, 2017.

Writing Programme for Widening Participation Practitioners 
This one day workshop is for those interested in exploring some of the challenges in publishing research and evaluation. It will include practical writing activities, sharing of ideas for papers, and the opportunity to apply for places in the year long writing programme. When: 9 February, 2017
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Conference: Disability Matters - New Zealand
The  2017 conference, Disability Matters: Making the Convention Real follows on from the highly successful 2011 Inaugural Disability Studies Conference, Every Body In.  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? When: 26 - 29 November, 2017.
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Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Ed Conference
The Inaugural Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education conference is an international conference open to researchers, practitioners, educators and students working in the higher education mental health space. When: 30 June - 1 July 2017.
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Book: Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice
This second edition of Universal Design in Higher Education is a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute guide for creating fully accessible college and university programs. The second edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded, and it addresses major recent changes in universities and colleges, the law, and technology. This book will be of particular value to university and college administrators, and to special education researchers, teachers, and activists. (by Sheryl E. Burgstahler and Michael K. Young)
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Disability Adviser - UNSW
Disability Advisers are responsible for the assessment, provision and facilitation of educational adjustments and other support services for students who register with Disability Services at UNSW. Applications close: 3 February, 2017.
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Disability Access to Justice Coordinator position - University of Melbourne
The Disability Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne is advertising a 12-month position for a coordinator for the Disability Access to Justice consortium. The consortium is comprised of researchers from the University of Melbourne and other Australian and New Zealand universities who are committed to extending the reach and impact of research on access to justice issues for people with disability across disciplines. The coordinator’s roles will include developing and maintaining the consortium's links with the disability sector, and facilitate the genuine inclusion of people with disability throughout consortium activities; coordinating the preparation and submission of a research grant application led by the University of Melbourne involving multiple consortium members on a project concerning disability access to justice; and establishing links between the consortium and relevant government bodies. Applications close: 05 Feb 2017
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Disability Advisor - RMIT
The Disability Advisor is primarily responsible for building the Disability Liaison Unit's capacity to determine and articulate the support needs of students with disabilities, long-term illnesses and/or mental health conditions so as to minimise impact on a student's academic performance. Applications close: 7 February 2017
Find out more.
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