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Region 14: Southern Melbourne

TBayside, Kingston, Glen Eira, Stonnington, Greater Dandenong, Casey, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula

Welcome to NDCO Victoria Region 14

For current and upcoming events, please navigate to the events tab. For network and directory listings, please navigate to the associated tabs. Go to our blog to read about our latest updates, news and tips or browse our newsletter archive for monthly summary news and announcements.

Region 14 Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016
The purpose of the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme (NDCO) Environmental Analysis is to provide a contextual analysis of the issues facing people with disability at the NDCO regional level. The NDCO programme operates strategically at a local level to improve education and employment outcomes for people with disability from 14 to 64 years. The following information relates to NDCO region 14 and covers Southern Melbourne Local Government Areas (LGA) of Casey Cardinia, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Greater Dandenong, Kingston Glen Eira and Stonington. Broader information has been included where relevant to provide comparisons to state and national data, where data relates to activities undertaken by people with disability in Vocational Education and Training, and Higher Education.

Southern Melbourne Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016 WORD

Southern Melbourne Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016 PDF

Region 14 – Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Environmental Scan

Region 14 – Franskton and Mornington Peninsula Environmental Scan 2017 Tables

Contact Information

NDCO: Sally Bailey

Office: 31 Playne Street Frankston Vic 3199
Postal: PO Box 1162 Frankston Vic 3199
https://www.facebook.com/NDCO14/

sbailey@skillsplus.com.au

P: (03) 9784 0400
M: 0439 897 027

Region 14 – Events

Region 14 Inclusive Learning Conference 2018
Date: 23-Nov-2018
NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 23 November 2018

Keynote Presenter – Sarah Barton

Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over. Including School Principals, Careers Advisors, Teachers, Trainers, Senior School Coordinators, Integration support staff, Disability Employment Consultants, Youth Workers, Alternative Education Providers, Education Specialists, Employment Coaches, Disability Employment Specialists.

Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

For more information contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

Go to Conference event page

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/inclusive-learning-and-pathways-conference-2018

Go to Registration Page

https://inclusivelearningandpathwaysconference.eventbrite.com.au

Region 14 – Customised Employment Training
Date: 29-Nov-2018
Customised Employment Training
In the USA, Canada and other countries, people with more complex disability are supported into employment using a technique called Customised Employment. The first stage of Customised Employment is Discovery.

NDS is hosting a two-day specialised training program that will develop the knowledge, tools and resources necessary for your team to support people with significant disability who want to work.

The training will provide attendees with practical examples of maintaining successful workplace partnerships through using the informational interviewing techniques and case studies to assist you and your teams to think differently when it comes to employment supports for people with disability.

Attendees of this training will also receive comprehensive handouts and a USB of resources that include: Customised Employment documentation; a Discovery process guide; and videos showing the success of the Customised Employment approach both in Australia and overseas.

Since 2016, we have been delivering customised training as part of the WA NDIS School to Work pilot. We have trained well over 800 disability organisation staff, NDIS planners, local area coordinators, employment representatives, school representatives, families and people with disability in Western Australia. Now the training is open to others outside of WA.

Who should attend?

– Disability Employment Services (DES) managers and staff – to ensure they have the skills to create outcomes for this new client group of participants with more complex disability
– NDIS providers wanting to support people with disability into work, including School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) providers
– NDIS planners and NDIA staff
– Australian Disability Enterprise providers wanting to develop pathways for their clients
– Schools
– Ticket to Work members

Event details

Date: 27 – 28 November 2018

Location: Room 3, George Hicks Building, International House – Melbourne University, 241 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Register here https://www.nds.org.au/events-and-training/all-events-and-training/introduction-to-customised-employment-techniques-3145

Contact information

Tarryn Colley, Project Administration Assistant, (02) 6283 3206, tarryn.colley@nds.org.au

Region 14 – Customised Employment Training for Parents
Date: 30-Nov-2018

Transition to Work for Young People with Disabilities using the Customised Employment Approach and Discovery Process
A workshop for Parents and Carers
Do you support someone with a disability who wants to gain meaningful employment?
Would you like to find out how to support someone to start their own business?
Would you like to see what is possible through NDIS support, even before school finishes?
You are invited to register to attend the upcoming training workshop called “Transition to Work for People with Disability using the Customised Employment Approach and Discovery Process”.
Location: Level 2, 54-58 Wells Street Frankston.
Date and Time: 30th of November 2018, 9.30am – 4.00pm.
Cost: FREE
This training has been developed to assist parents to support their children achieve suitable, sustainable and meaningful employment results. People with disability have the capacity and ability to take part in meaningful work of their choice when provided with the right employment strategies and supports.
During this training you will gain insight into:
Supporting Families to Support Work Activities
An explanation of the Customised Employment approach
NDS WA Pathways to Employment Project
Employment Supports (Disability Employment Services and Australian Disability Enterprise)
Customised Employment and the NDIS
Disability Support Pension (DSP) and Employment
This workshop is facilitated by Gaelen Williams who has over 10 year experience working in the Not for Profit sector, training and disability employment sectors. His passion and motivation is helping individuals with barriers achieve their full potential and meaningful employment.
Attendees of this training will also receive comprehensive handouts and a USB of resources that include Customised Employment documentation, the Discovery process guide and videos showing the success of the Customised Employment approach both here in Australia and overseas.
Register for your opportunity to attend with tarryn.colley@nds.org.au or on (02) 6283 3206
For more information about this training opportunity please contact:
Gaelen Williams at gaelen.williams@nds.org.au
Sally Bailey at Sally.Bailey@skillsplus.com.au

Region 14 – Candid Conversations – One Day Workshop Frankston
Date: 04-Dec-2018
Candid Conversations – One Day Workshop Frankston

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018

Venue: Functions By the Bay, Cnr Plowman Place & Young Street, Frankston, VIC 3199

Registrations: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/candid-conversations-one-day-workshop-frankston-tickets-51051231608

DESCRIPTION
Candid Conversations is a one-day workshop developed and delivered in partnership with People Development Australia. This program has been designed for people looking to expand their communications skills in giving and receiving feedback and having difficult conversations with others in the disability sector.

One of the most debilitating and dysfunctional symptoms of poor teams is silence!

Mature people have the ability to get information out into the open from themselves and others. They have the skills and ability to bridge difference and handle emotions while meeting the needs of others. The can have frank and direct conversations while generating a safe environment to be candid about how they feel.

Participants will learn strategies to:

Define and understand what a candid conversation is
Identify issues in their workplace that require candid conversations
Recognise their own style in handling difficult situations
Hold candid conversations utilizing tools
Understand how to get intended results
Effectively provide positive feedback – recognition and praise
Identify and understand techniques to manage worst case scenarios
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please provide details of dietary requirements upon registration.

Accessibility

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the organiser directly with any additional accessibility requirements.

This event has been made available as part of the Sector Development Project by funding from the Victorian Government’s NDIS Transition Support Package.

Region 14 – Enabling Leadership Program
Date: 31-Dec-2018
Enabling Women Leadership Program
Empowering women with disabilities through access, choice, and respect
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST NOW OPEN
Women with Disabilities Victoria are offering an exciting opportunity for women in Frankston and its surrounds to become empowered in the community with a six-day leadership program. This no cost program provides an opportunity for women with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to come together, gain knowledge, new community connections, tools and skills to speak up in the community.
Program delivered in partnership with: Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Kingston City Council, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Women’s Health In the South East and Peninsula Health.
This course will give you:
✓ Confidence and new skills
✓ Connections with other women
✓ Information about your rights
✓ Learning with fun
✓ Self-esteem
✓ Leadership skills

INFORMATION SESSION
When: 10:30am – midday
Thursday 20th September 2018
Where: RM FR-W112 Chisholm Institute of TAFE Fletcher Rd, Frankston VIC 3199
Please note: Lift access available
PROGRAM DETAILS
When: Every Thursday for six weeks from 11th October to 15th November.
Where: RM FR-W112 Chisholm Institute of TAFE Fletcher Rd, Frankston VIC 3199
Please note: Lift access available
Graduation: 22nd November in Bunurong Café, Building N, Room 101, Chisholm Institute of TAFE Fletcher Rd, Frankston VIC 3199

TO FIND OUT MORE
Contact Ph: (03) 9286 7800 or E: jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au or
For further information please contact Women with Disabilities Victoria
_maribel@springstudio.com.au / 0417 755 413

Enabling Women Leadership Program is seeking Mentors
Expressions of Interest
Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) in partnership with Chisholm TAFE, Kingston City Council, Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Women’s Health in South East are offering –
an exciting opportunity to mentor local women with disabilities
six individual sessions from October 2018 – January 2019
Come to the Information Session:
When Thursday 20th September : 2pm- 3:30pm
Where Chisholm TAFE Frankston Room 112 Building W
RSVP 18th September
To Mentor Co-ordinator (see below)
• Improve your skills in listening, counselling, coaching and leadership
• Extend your professional networks
• Develop a greater awareness of your skills
• Improve your ability to share your experience and knowledge
• Understand the barriers facing women with a disability
• Achieve satisfaction as a Mentor contributing to the community

Contact Us:
Maribel Steel Jane Oldfield
WDV Mentor Coordinator WDV Women’s Engagement Officer
maribel@springstudio.com.au jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au
0417 755 413 03 9286 7800

Region 14 – Networks

The NDCO program is linked in with several networks in the region that have a focus on educational inclusion, transition preparation and employment for young people with disability. If you would like to find out more about networks and programs operating in your area please contact your NDCO for further information.

South Eastern Disability Inclusion Network

Aim: People with disability have self-determined access and inclusion in education, training, employment, and/or participate in meaningful activities within the community.

Role/ Purpose: The role of the South Eastern Disability Inclusion Network is to provide a forum to connect with other stakeholders and develop a coordinated approach to inclusion of people with barriers related to disability.

Geographic Area: Stakeholders in City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire.

Acting Secretary: Sally Bailey sbailey@skillsplus.com.au

To view networks, please click here

Peninsula Programs for Students with Disability (PPSDA)

Aim: To support students with disability to have self-determined access and inclusion in education, training, employment, and/or participate in meaningful activities within the community.

Role/ Purpose: The role of the Peninsula Programs for Students with Disability Network is to provide a forum for compulsory education staff working with students with disability to network, share and collaborate on opportunities for students transitioning from school.

Geographical: Area Frankston and Mornington Peninsula

To view networks, please click here

Secretary

Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer, sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au, (03) 9784 0400

Region 14 – Updates, Tips & News

NDIS workshops –Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Monday, August 27, 2018
NDIS workshops –Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne

What are the workshops about?
The three-hour workshops will cover lots of different parts of the NDIS, including knowing who is eligible for the NDIS, working out what support you can get in your NDIS plan, to using the funds in your NDIS plan to live a better life in the community.

Who is running the workshops?
The workshop is designed and delivered by staff with a disability from AFDO (Australian Federation of disability Organisations). AFDO and its member organisations are run by and for people with lived experience of disability. AFDO Disability Loop is a program that aims to make information about the NDIS easier to find, understand, and use.

When and where are the workshops being held?
You have your choice of:

Wednesday 12 September 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm;
Caulfield RSL
4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Wednesday 12 September 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm;
Caulfield RSL
4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Saturday 15 September 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm;
Mornington Hotel
917 Nepean Highway, Mornington VIC 3931

Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm;
Quest Dandenong Central
2-10 Walker Street, Dandenong VIC 3175

Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm;
Quest Dandenong Central
2-10 Walker Street, Dandenong VIC 3175

Saturday 22 September 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Quest Dandenong Central
2-10 Walker Street, Dandenong VIC 3175

There are lots of NDIS workshops, how is ours different?
This workshop was developed by people with disability, for people with disability. This is a strength, because it allows the workshop to better focus on the needs of people with disability. The workshop was written using plain language, which makes complicated concepts easier to understand. We aim to make the workshops a safe space where people can share their questions and concerns without worrying about any judgement.

All workshops are held in wheelchair accessible venues, near public transport where possible, and are free for people with disability and their families!

Complimentary food is available. You will receive a detailed information handbook to take home.

Bookings are essential for catering and accessibility purposes. Please register by one week prior to your chosen session. For more information and to register, visit:

www.disabilityloop.eventbrite.com
Call: (03) 9662 3324

Region 14 – Directories

Region 14 – NDCO Pathways Resource Guide 2018
PDF  WORD

 

Region 14 – Newsletter

Region 14 Spring Newsletter 2018
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Monday, September 03, 2018
Southern Melbourne NDCO Newsletter

Spring Edition 2018
Welcome to the Spring edition 2018 of the NDCO Program Newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like further information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer

T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

W www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14

Please like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NDCO14/
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NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 23 November 2018

Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton

Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/

Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams

Inclusive Educational Practice
Inclusive Employment Pathways

Register your interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDCOILC

For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

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Policy, Research and Reports
Workforce Capacity Project

Vic-Deaf have commissioned a report with Apex Consulting into workforce capacity for
ongoing need for support, growth and development of the Auslan workforce.

The specific objectives of this desk-top project were to assess the workforce capacity to meet existing Auslan interpreting service demand in Victoria and identify strategies to improve workforce capacity to meet future demand.

To view this report go to VicDeaf Workforce capacity Project

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Revised reasonable adjustment guide now available
Recent legislative changes have prompted updates to the vocational education and training (VET) guidelines for reasonable adjustment. Based on these changes as well as feedback from VET practitioners, we have recently updated the Reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment: A guide for VET practitioners.

This guide is used widely by VET practitioners to make reasonable adjustment for learners with disability. Teachers, trainers, tutors, disability practitioners and educational managers can apply the strategies and measures outlined in the guide to ensure learners with disability are not disadvantaged when undertaking training or undergoing assessment.

As part of this update, we have streamlined the guidelines; updated legislative references, including copyright based on the December 2017 legislative changes; and outlined the interface of VET supports and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Check out the latest revision of the guide

https://training.qld.gov.au/providers/inclusive/disability/resources

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Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools

A report on the enquiry into Career Activities in Victorian Schools in now available on the line at:

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/925-eejsc/inquiry-into-career-advice-activities-in-victorian-schools

“As the nature of work changes and young people take longer to secure full-time work compared with ten years ago, there is an even greater need for school career development to build students’ capacity to manage their transition from school to work or higher education.” During the inquiry, the Committee also heard that regional students and young people facing disadvantage have additional needs and they often miss out on career development opportunities.

The Government media release can be found at:

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/eejsc/Career_Advice_Activities/Media/Media_Release_EEJSC_2018-8-22.pdf
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Professional Development Opportunities

Pathways 14 Conference
The Pathways 14 Conference will be held from Wednesday 5th December to Friday 7th December 2018 at the Novotel Manly Pacific. In the spirit of the Pathways 14 theme Progressive Partnerships – Inclusive, Innovative and Ingenuity the committee have decided to absorb the pre-conference workshop into the conference program.
There will be sessions available on the topic of Best Practice for TAFE and Best Practice for Universities. Find out more

https://pathways2018.consec.com.au/
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Inclusive Education Summit

26 to 28 October Deakin University Waterfront Campus

The Inclusive Education Summit invites the many to come together to consider educational democracy at a moment in global history where the political order fractures populations, and the displacement of socio-economic participation is displayed in every news bulletin – true, fake or otherwise. Under these conditions, the significance of academic activism, wherein diverse perspectives, methodologies and theoretical approaches are put to work to increase equity in education, has perhaps never been so stark.

The Inclusive Education Summit seeks to engage with researchers, students, education professionals and leaders, advocacy organisations, and people experiencing exclusion to consider human rights in relation to inclusive education.
http://www.deakin.edu.au/ties2018
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Supporting ‘Education for all’ Conference

Education for all is a school policy that gives schools a clear definition of inclusive education and what the legal obligations are for supporting students with disabilities.

Monday 10th of December, 2018, Victoria University City Conference Centre, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000

$150 Standard registration, Limited spaces

Tickets and registration https://bit.ly/2LBrW9o

OVERVIEW

Some of our presenters

Dr Silvana Micallef – Snr Clinical Neuropsychologist Austin Health, Monash Health

Claire Tobin – Principal Medical Advisor Victorian Dept. of Education and Training

Thomas Howell – National Training Manager Premium Health

Rheana Nation – Parent perspective Epilepsy Foundation

Jan Davis Course Coordinator Holmesglen Institute

Victoria Desouza Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager

Andrew Zreczycki Specialist Mentor for Students with Autism

Conference topics

• Supporting students with mental health issues in schools

• From the classroom to the workplace

• Supported internships: From secondary school to TAFE

• Social inclusion for young people with disability

• Epilepsy and education, impacts and solutions

• Supporting students with autism

• Epilepsy from a parents perspective

conference@premiumhealth

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Working across cultures in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) are working to support the transition to the NDIS for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

CEH and ECCV are running a FREE training and networking session for disability service providers in the South East to enhance their reach and engagement with people with disabilities and their families/carers from diverse backgrounds. This event will be held at Dandenong Civic Centre (Formal Meeting Room), Level 2, 225 Lonsdale St on Thursday 13 September.

This event is free to staff from disability services registered with the NDIS. There is a maximum of 3 registrations per agency. Participants can register for one or both sessions.

Training: 9.30am – 12.15pm

Cultural Competence in a disability context

A professional development session

(incl. presentation by the Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre) to increase disability workers’ ability to work effectively with CALD communities.

Registration on Eventbrite:

working-across-cultures-south-training.eventbrite.com.au

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VET NDIS Professional Development Program 2018/19
VET Training and Assessing in NDIS related Qualifications Workshop

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has funded the VET Development Centre (VDC) to develop and deliver specific professional learning for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, trainers and assessors delivering National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) qualifications. This training is part of a suite of quality initiatives under Victorian Government’s Keeping our Sector Strong: Victoria’s Workforce Plan for the rollout of the NDIS. The overall objective of this professional development program is to:

ensure VET trainers and assessors are current and able to teach skills required for the NDIS environment
connect trainers and assessors with NDIS clients and service providers
focus on the fundamental changes in thinking and acting that are required to put the principles of the NDIS into practice
provide assistance for the transition to NDIS, and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

Workshop
This interactive workshop has been developed by VDC and NDS for VET trainers and assessors to discuss NDIS and explore the workforce and VET implications on the delivery and assessment of NDIS related qualifications.

Areas of focus:

The road to NDIS
The Pre-Training Review
Choosing suitable and appropriate candidates for enrolment
Person centred approaches and active support
Integrating policy with units of competency and associated assessment requirements
Unpacking the unit and the assessment requirements to provide individualised support
Work Placements – Forming partnerships with service providers
Vocational Competence and Industry Currency

Who can attend?
The workshop is for Victorian VET trainers and assessors, curriculum managers and coordinators with experience delivering NDIS related qualifications (Certificate III in Individual Support; Certificate IV in Disability; Certificate IV in Mental Health; Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work; Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance).

Facilitators
Rosalie Flynn is an accomplished facilitator and consultant, with extensive experience in the education, health, community services, and NFP sectors working at national and state levels.

Jenni Oldfield has more than 25 years’ experience working with the VET sector in various roles, including developing units of competency and qualifications across a range of training packages including: the CHC Community Services and HLT Health Training Packages.

Andrew Minge has worked in various roles in both government and community based settings including disability, youth justice, child protection, adoption and permanent care, academia, epidemiology and mental health. Andrew currently works with NDS as part of the projectABLE team.

Cath Ralston has worked with NDS since August 2014 in a range of roles with a focus on workforce planning and development. Her projects have included development of a suite of training resources, establishment of a training quality network and facilitating an action learning network.

Melbourne CBD and Regional locations

Workshops 1 – 4 held on the 4, 12, 17 and 25 October 2018 for this series will be held at the VDC Training Rooms – Level 8, 379 Collins Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000

A regional workshop (12 November 2018) will be held at the Horsham International Hotel
To register go to : https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/W18070/

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Building and Transitioning the Health and Social Services Workforce

Workforce Implications of Consumer Choice and Control Implementation in Health and Community Services

The disability, aged care, mental health and primary care service sectors are undergoing significant reform. At the heart of these reforms is the rights of people to have greater choice and control over the services and supports they select. These reforms are being felt broadly across the health and community services sectors.

Our latest forum aims to better understand the workforce implications of consumer choice and control / consumer directed care reforms across the wider Health and Community services sectors. Industry experts will provide their insights and lead discussion on the workforce implications of person-led reforms to deliver more coordinated services to ensure the consumer gets the right support at the right time.

Feedback captured through our earlier forums has revealed that one of the biggest challenges and priorities facing service providers is attracting, recruiting, retaining and upskilling a workforce to respond to the changing nature of service delivery brought about through the reforms. It is clear that workforce must have the appropriate education and training, skills, and attributes to provide quality care, but what are the new roles and skill sets that have emerged with the implementation of CCC / CDC models across the health and community service sectors?

We will look at the latest intelligence regarding the workforce and new skills requirements and utilisation across service sectors, and how the workforce will grow, diversify and adapt to enable it to respond to a person-centred approach to providing support, including

Re-skilling of the current workforce
Creation of new roles, new jobs and new ways of working
Emergence of new employment models
Changing role and delivery of workforce education and training
Management of workforce quality and performance
To register : https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-and-transitioning-the-health-and-social-services-workforce-tickets-48053815255

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Opportunities

Do you know a student with disability who will be interested to gain paid work experience that counts?
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is offering students with disability the opportunity to intern with leading and forward-thinking organisations across a range of disciplines as part of Stepping Into.

What is Stepping Into?
Stepping into is a paid internship program designed for university students with disability who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study. Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their desired field of work,

and by having the opportunity to develop professional networking and social skills.

About the Internships
Stepping Into internships are offered across a range of industries in both the public and private sector.

Internships are available for students around the country studying Finance, Law, Social Sciences, IT, Science, Engineering and many more. For a full list of disciplines covered, please visit our website.

Internships will generally last 4 to 8 weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments).

Am I eligible?
Stage of study: final or second last year of university
Discipline of Study: All are encouraged to apply
Citizenship status: Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident or International student with full working rights in Australia
AND accepts applications from students with all types of disability including but not limited to physical disability, mental health conditions, sensory impairments and immunological conditions.

How do I apply?
Read the details on our information page for students and complete our online application form by 14th October 2018.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To speak to a member of the Stepping Into team call 1300 36 36 45 or email applications@and.org.au.

Dial in to an Information Session
The presentation will offer an overview of the Stepping Into program, recruitment process and what will be next steps. You will get full understanding about the internship program.

For the schedule of the information session please see below.

Also, if you would like us to arrange a information session face to face with your students, we are happy to arrange that as well. Please let us know if you would like it in person.

Thursday 13/09/2018 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM*
Friday 21/09/2018 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM*
*All times are Melbourne/Sydney time*

To participate in the webinar you will need to dial in to the teleconference for audio and the webinar for visuals.

Login details are below for you.
Step 1: Webinar Login
Go to the Webinar Login Page

Enter this code in the ‘I am a participant’ field: 6367393293

Step 2: Teleconference
Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367393293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. There is no need to RSVP to the webinar.

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Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries

Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit:

www.visionaustralia.org/bursary

If you have any queries or would like to speak with our bursary coordinator, please feel free to make direct contact:

Joy King

Ph: 03 8378 1220

E: joy.king@visionaustralia.org

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NDIS workshops –Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne
A list of NDIS workshop dates and venues can be found on the NDCO Southern Region Website at:

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#updates

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Resources

New AAPathways career site
AAPathways provides Australian apprenticeship and traineeship information and resources to people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment, and those providing support and advice to students and job hunters.

A large portion of AAPathways is dedicated to providing Career Advisers with the information and resources needed to support and assist students and job seekers.

The update to the Career Advisers section ensures more accurate content, as well as completely up to date information on Australian apprenticeships and traineeships.

https://www.aapathways.com.au/industry-insider-information-and-resources/careers-advisers
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Teachers Tool Kit for Students with little or no Speech

This toolkit helps teachers provide an inclusive education to students with communication support needs.

All students with communication support needs have the potential to learn, achieve and thrive, yet this goes unrealised if they are not understood in their schooling years.

We have collaborated with educators, speech pathologists, students with communication support needs and their families, and the Victorian Department of Education to provide teachers with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations for supporting students with little or no speech, so that they may reach their highest potential both academically and socially.

https://www.studentswithnospeech.org.au/

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WCAG 2.1 Summary for Web Writers
To support content authors with the transition to WCAG 2.1 Vision Australia’s training partner, Dey Alexander from 4 Syllables, has provided a plain language summary and checklist for 27 WCAG 2.1 criteria relevant to content producers.

The article covers navigation, structure, images and colour, instructions and errors, documents and pre-recorded audio and video. Read the 4 Syllables article WCAG 2.1 summary for web writers now to learn more.

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Changing Places Toilets are on the Mornington Peninsula

Two fully-accessible Changing Places toilets are available on the peninsula.

Changing Places toilets are designed for people with a disability who have high support needs, including requiring the assistance of a hoist and/or height adjustable table.

Changing Places toilets are currently located on the Mornington Peninsula at:
• Octavia Street, Mornington

• Arthurs Seat Eagle, 795 Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat

To find other Changing Places toilets across Australia visit Changing Places Toilet Map

Find where to purchase or borrow an MLAK key to access the Changing Place Toilets

For more information and how to advocate for Changing Places Toilets visit Changing Places Toilet Australia

To contact the Shire about Changing Places Toilets: 1300 850 600 or access@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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Region 14 – Newsletter Winter 2018
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Southern Melbourne NDCO Newsletter

Winter Edition 2018
Welcome to the winter edition 2018 of the NDCO Program Newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like further information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer

T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

W www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14

Please like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NDCO14/
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NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 23 November 2018

Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton

Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/

Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams

Inclusive Educational Practice
Inclusive Employment Pathways

Register your interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDCOILC

For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

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Policy, Research and Reports

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) Survey Report – 2017
This ADCET survey report was prepared in response to an online survey conducted in 2017. ADCET was found to be highly regarded as a valuable ‘one-stop-shop’ that provides practical resources and networks, enabling people to keep up to date with the latest research, resources and best practices. Whilst acknowledging the strength of this resource the review makes six recommendations for consideration.

https://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9846/adcet-review-2017/

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria
Monash University Castan Centre for Human Rights Law June 2018
Around one in every six Victorian students’ lives, and learns, with disability. Children with disability make immeasurable contributions to their schools and communities. However, across Australia these children continue to be left behind at school, experiencing poorer educational outcomes than their peers without disability. For these students, their school experiences can play a pivotal role in the success, security and independence they enjoy as adults. People with disability are less likely to participate in the workforce, and enjoy a weekly median income less than half of those without disability.

This research aims to shed light on the current situation by applying a human rights analysis to the experiences of children with disability in the Victorian mainstream government school system. It highlights areas in which progress has been achieved, and those in which children with disability continue to experience discrimination and disadvantage. The report offers recommendations which are intended to strengthen the current reform process, and to assist the Department of Education and Training (the Department) to protect and fulfil the rights of children with disability.

For more information: https://www.monash.edu/law/research/centres/castancentre/public-events/events/2018/disability-in-victorian-schools-special-launch-of-a-landmark-new-report

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Making Employment a Priority
National Disability Services July 2018

Boosting the employment of people with disability is integral to the vision of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It was central to the Productivity Commission’s original blueprint, which argued that, over time, the economic benefits of the NDIS would outweigh the costs. The NDIS cannot supply the full answer to this problem, but its potential to expand disability employment is considerable. For full document go to:

https://www.nds.org.au/images/news/Essential_Issues-Employment.pdf

Mental Health and NDIS
Disability Services Consulting July 2018

The NDIS does not and has never been intended to provide ‘treatment’ for a mental illness. This remains the responsibility of the health care system. Instead, the NDIS can provide funding for people with a permanent and significant psychosocial disability to improve their functional capacity. As outlined in the COAG document Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems:

“The NDIS will be responsible for ongoing psychosocial recovery supports that focus on a person’s functional ability, including those that enable people with mental illness or a psychiatric condition to undertake activities of daily living and participate in the community and in social and economic life. This may also include provision of family and carer supports to support them in their carer role, and family therapy, as they may facilitate the person’s ability to participate in the community and in social and economic life.”

a) Support for community reintegration and day to day living […]

b) Allied health and other therapy directly related to managing and/or reducing the impact on a person’s functional capacity of impairment/s attributable to a psychiatric condition […]

c) Capacity building support to help the person access and maintain participation in mainstream community […]

d) Community supports aimed at increasing a person’s ability to live independently in the community or to participate in social and economic activities […]

e) The coordination of NDIS supports with the mental health system and other relevant service systems.

Please refer to the COAG document for the full descriptions of each of these domains.

There are resources available to help people with mental illnesses navigate the system, including https://reimagine.today/, which DSC has previously profiled. Such resources can help people understand how the NDIS criteria relates to mental illness and assist them to use NDIS language to describe their functional impairment.

http://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/resources/mental-health-emerging-gap?utm_source=DSC+Contacts&utm_campaign=7744eab622-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_153f43591e-7744eab622-66329255

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Supported Wage System (SWS) changes
The Supported Wage System (SWS) applies to employees with disability and who have a reduced work capacity. Employees eligible for a supported wage under Schedule D of the Supported Employment Award are no longer entitled to a minimum weekly payment. The minimum supported wage is calculated differently to other awards. Employees are entitled to a percentage of the relevant minimum pay rate for their classification. The percentage applied is the higher of the employee’s assessed work capacity, rounded to the nearest whole percentage, or 12.5%.

If an employee is working a trial period while their capacity is being assessed, the employee must be paid at least 12.5% of the relevant minimum pay rate for their classification, for each hour worked within the trial period. The fair work Ombudsman has a Pay Calculator to calculate pay rates for employees who are eligible for a supported wage.

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/employees-with-disability-pay-rates

The Department of Social Services gives out information and advice about who is eligible for the SWS. It also accepts applications for the SWS and can deal with disputes. Employers who are considering applying for the SWS should visit the JobAccess website

https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/disability-adjustment.

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School to Employment Transitions

Centre for Applied Disability Research

Practice and consumer guides

The following guides can be downloaded from

https://www.cadr.org.au/research-to-action-guides/school-to-employment-transitions

Leaving school and getting a job: A guide for young people with disability who want to work
Effective School to Employment Transitions: A guide for workers
Effective school to employment transitions for young people with disability: Guidance for practice leaders

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Opportunities
The Enabling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women Leadership Program – South East 2018
Are you a woman who sees their disability as a strength?
Are you a woman who takes on life’s challenges?

The Enabling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women Leadership Program is an exciting free opportunity for culturally diverse, interfaith and migrant women with disabilities to come together, share their lived experiences and support each other to develop a strong sense of leadership within their community.

For more information, please contact Nadia Mattiazzo at Women with Disabilities Victoria via phone 9286 7800, or email nadia.mattiazzo@wdv.org.au

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Conferences and Workshops

At Risk Forum

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 22 August 2018

Time: 8.45am to 2.00pm

Venue: Woodlands Golf Club, Mordialloc

Keynote Speakers and Sessions for all professionals working with young people

P: 03 9584 8845

E: kathy.woods@bgkllen.org.au

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Community Information Session
Victoria’s government education system

Date: Monday 13 August 2018

Time: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (light refreshments provided)

Venue: Rangebank Primary School, 14 Lesdon Avenue, Cranbourne

The Department of Education and Training is holding an information session about Victoria’s government education system. Parents and other members of the community interested in education are invited to attend.

Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Education and Training as well as local government schools. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the government education system and Education State initiatives in Victoria.

The Victorian Government’s $8.5 billion record investment in education is building a world class education system that gives everyone a chance to succeed in life.

In the Education State, our schools offer quality education that help students achieve excellence and prepares them to thrive.

RSVP by Friday 10 August, 2018 by calling 9340 3764 or text 0403 869 232.

Interpreters and childcare for young children at the event are available upon request when you RSVP.

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Inclusive Education Summit 2018
Deakin University Waterfront Campus

October 26-28

The Inclusive Education Summit seeks to engage with researchers, students, education professionals and leaders, advocacy organisations, and people experiencing exclusion to consider human rights in relation to inclusive education.
Participation in the Summit is invited through both the Call for Papers and Registration, with all the Summit information available via our website www.deakin.edu.au/ties2018. Visit the website today to submit your Abstract for presentation or to take advantage of the early bird discounted registration rates.

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Resources
The Internet of Things (IoT): Implications for Students with Disabilities
This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in May, 2018. Leanne McRae, Katie Ellis and Mike Kent (Curtin University) presented on their project report The Internet of Things: Implications for Students with Disabilities. The report, published through the NCSEHE, provides an insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in the current university climate where this cohort utilise mobile devices as a key resource in their learning.

https://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9848/webinar-the-internet-of-things-iot-implications-for-students-with-disabilities/

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Region 14 – NDCO Newsletter 2nd Autumn Edition
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Friday, April 20, 2018
Southern Melbourne NDCO Newsletter
2nd Autumn Edition 2018

Welcome to the 2nd Autumn Edition 2018 of the NDCO Program Newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au
Please like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NDCO14/

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NDCO Inclusive Learning Conference
Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton
Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/

Date: Friday 1 June 2018
Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams
Educational Inclusion Theory and Practice
Educational Inclusion Pathways

Important dates
Early Bird Registrations Close 30 April 2018
Registrations Close 7 May 2018

Registration
Participant Registration Early Bird Registrations $100, full fee $150
Stallholder Registration (Stalls will be open during lunch break) $50
To purchase tickets go to:
https://ndcoinclusivelearningconference.eventbrite.com.au

For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au
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Understanding School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Disability Services Consulting

SLES It is available to Year 12 school leavers who are eligible for the NDIS. SLES helps young people prepare for and take part in work. Through SLES, school leavers will receive supports for up to two years that are focused on improving employment opportunities by getting them work-ready. The supports provided are tailored to meet individual employment goals.
http://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/resources/understanding-sles?utm_source=DSC+Contacts&utm_campaign=1d81217e15-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_153f43591e-1d81217e15-66329255
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Policy and Research

Career Planning for People with Disability Survey
The National Disability Coordination Officer (region 19) is collaborating with key stakeholders to develop a career planning tool for people with disability. To ensure a successful design, the collaboration is researching the idea against current challenges nationally. To assist with gathering research for this project, a survey is being conducted of DES and other employment service providers, to better understand the challenges and frustrations throughout the career planning journey by both the participant, and the provider. To access the survey please follow this link.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV00_2248ZOKgKs1LpNmGwLgeAopIM_GlABkze2O5MHp_hGA/viewform

School inclusion of children with intellectual disability: An intervention program
Over 20 years of research has highlighted that the school integration of children with disability in a general classroom cannot by itself create satisfying relationships with peers and does not ensure that children with disability are automatically accepted by the rest of the class. Although exposure and contact may be important prerequisites to developing positive relationships with students with disability, these do not often occur spontaneously between peers with and without disability, and lack of them may cause indirect forms of micro-exclusion and marginalisation of students with disability, especially of students with intellectual disability.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13668250.2018.1428785

Share your opinion in the disability workforce Survey
The Victorian Government wants to hear about your experience working in the disability sector. The survey will give you the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting you, and to let the Victorian Government know what matters most to you about your work. Participating in the survey will give you the chance to influence government policy and shape the conditions in which you work.

The survey is open until 30 April 2018 and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Register for the survey here. https://www.vic.gov.au/ndis/getting-ready/disability-workforce/the-workforce-s-ndis-experience-longitudinal-research.html

Please note this survey is being conducted by the Victorian Government and is not a TAC survey.

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Opportunities

Australian Network on Disability (AND)
Are you a university student with disability looking for paid work experience that counts?
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is offering students with disability the opportunity to intern with leading and forward-thinking organisations across a range of disciplines as part of Stepping Into Winter 2018.
What is Stepping Into?
Stepping into is a paid internship program designed for university students with disability who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study. Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their desired field of work, and by having the opportunity to develop professional networking and social skills.
About the Internships
Stepping Into internships are offered across a range of industries in both the public and private sector. Internships are available for students around the country studying Finance, Law, Social Sciences, IT, Science, Engineering and many more. For a full list of disciplines covered, please visit our website. https://www.and.org.au/pages/apply.html

Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund – now open for expressions of interest
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is pleased to announce that expressions of interest for funding under the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund – Round Two are now open.
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 are available for new and innovative projects that have the potential to improve employment services and/or contribute to enhancing employment outcomes for long-term jobseekers and those facing barriers to entering the workforce.
A new Disability Project Stream is available to support new and innovative approaches to employment support and employment services for people with disability.
Key dates
Expressions of Interest open Monday 16 April 2018
Expressions of Interest close Thursday 31 May 2017 at 5pm
For information on the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund, including program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply visit the Jobs Victoria website. https://jobs.vic.gov.au/about-jobs-victoria/jobs-victoria-innovation-fund

LaunchVic’s Entrepreneurial Programs for Aboriginal Victorians
This grant round will focus on increasing diversity and inclusion by investing in organisations to deliver new and existing entrepreneurial programs that improve access and participation in the Victorian startup ecosystem for Aboriginal Victorians.
This program is an initiative of Tharamba Bugheen – the Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021
Application open until 5pm AEST Thursday 24 May 2018
Online information Session: Teleconference 10:00 am – 11:00 am , Thursday 19 April 2018
To register go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/launchvic-round-7-grants-information-session-2-online-tickets-44391586430
See: https://launchvic.org/rounds/round-7-entrepreneurial-programs-for-aboriginal-victorians

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
NEIS offers training, income support and tailored advice to help job seekers become small business owners.
There’s a network of 21 specialist providers to help job seekers start and run a new small business via:
• accredited small business training and mentoring for up to 52 weeks
• income support for up to 39 weeks
• rental assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)
• mentoring and support from a NEIS provider in the first year of the new business

https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/new-enterprise-incentive-scheme

Employment Assisitance Fund (EAF)
EAF provides workers with a disability with funding for any workplace modifications, equipment or services required for them to perform their job.
The EAF is available to people with disability who are about to start work or who are currently working as well as people who need help to find and prepare for a job.
It is also available to people who are self-employed, and jobseekers who need Auslan assistance, or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.
https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/employment-assistance-fund
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Conferences and Workshops

Inclusive Education Summit 2018 is being held at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from October 26-28
The Inclusive Education Summit seeks to engage with researchers, students, education professionals and leaders, advocacy organisations, and people experiencing exclusion to consider human rights in relation to inclusive education.
Participation in the Summit is invited through both the Call for Papers and Registration, with all the Summit information available via our website www.deakin.edu.au/ties2018. Visit the website today to submit your Abstract for presentation or to take advantage of the early bird discounted registration rates.

Frankston Mornington Peninsula – CAREERS EXPO
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Venue: Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston/Flinders Rd, Hastings
Contact: Jane Ling, FMPLLEN Frankston Mornington Peninsula Careers Expo Coordinator
Mobile: 0422 126 985
Email: fmpcareersexpo@gmail.com

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties in Class
Karen Starkiss
Free limited places
A workshop for Support Staff and Tutors at Institutes of Further Education: Colleges and TAFES
Date: Friday 4 May 2018
Venue: Level 2/54-58 Wells St, Frankston VIC 3199
To book go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/supporting-students-with-learning-disabilitiesdifficulties-in-class-tickets-44430884973
Sponsored by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Southern Melbourne

Transition Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Werribee | Moonee Ponds | Melton | Sunshine
To register click on the link in your area below.
Seminar Outline:
Jeanette Purkis presents
post-school transition strategies for students on the autism spectrum (tertiary study and employment)
Strategies to support autistic students
Autism – what you need to know, Do’s and Don’ts,
Aspiration and resilience building
Penny Robinson (Werribee, Moonee Ponds & Sunshine) – as someone who has ‘been there, done that’, and successfully transitioned to tertiary education – and out the other side into employment, Penny will share this journey with you.
Max Williams (Melton only) – his autistic superpower is his witty, punchy way with words, which is a staple of both his work with the I CAN Network (as both Speaker and Editor in Chief) as well as his blog. Max will share his personal journey through university and beyond.
Q&A ‘You can’t ask that!’ style
Info pack/helpful hints
Werribee – To register for Werribee Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-werribee-tickets-44786534731
Date: Thursday 3 May
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Location: Kelly Park Centre
Moonee Ponds – To register for Moonee Ponds Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-moonee-ponds-tickets-44789658073
Date: Thursday 3 May
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: The Clocktower Centre
Melton – To register for Melton Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-melton-tickets-44789823568
Date: Friday 4 May
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Location: Bridge Road Community Centre
Sunshine – To register for Sunshine Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-sunshine-tickets-44789862685
Date: Friday 4 May
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: Visy Cares Hub (behind Sunshine Library)

Sonocent Audio Notetaker sessions
Swinburne will be hosting Sonocent Audio Notetaker sessions with Jim Sprialis on Thursday 26th April and I wonder if you could send this to SHEDN members? The sessions will be free and available to staff and students from other universities.
Anyone interested can book in via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/note-taking-accommodations-with-sonocent-audio-notetaker-tickets-44667656162
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Resources

disABILITY AWAREness an eLearning training package freely available in Australia
It’s a great place to start if you have little or no knowledge of disability, or if you want a quick refresher to update your awareness.
Become more informed and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and the community.
The training has been developed by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, an Australian Government initiative.
Start your FREE disABILITY AWAREness Training today. http//www.disabilityawareness.com.au

The latest assistive technology for people with print disability
Imagine you could not read? How would you cope in the modern world? Perhaps you know someone who has dyslexia? Maybe you work alongside someone with low literacy Or have an older relative with very poor eyesight? Know a young person with learning difficulties, or with a brain injury?
Quantum Reading Learning Vision is inviting you to attend our free “Reading Reinvented” seminars in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane this April 2018. These hands-on events are for everyone that might be interested in learning how the new model OrCam MyEye wearable technology is assisting people overcome their reading disabilities.
Monday 9th April 2018
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Enquiries: info@quantumrlv.com.au or 1300 883 853

Everything Carers—Promotion of carer events, resources and activities
At Everything Carers we are bringing together local caring news, information about peer support groups, local service providers and information and advice about the topics carers need to know about, including the NDIS, reforms to the aged care and mental health systems, advice on returning to work after caring and how to cope with some of the difficult situations carers encounter.” www.everythingcarers.org.au

Women Enabled International’s accountABILITY Toolkit
Women Enabled International’s accountABILITY Toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms. Bringing the voices and experiences of women and girls with disabilities to the U.N. human rights system is essential to hold States accountable for their human rights obligations and to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.
https://womenenabled.org/atk.html
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Region 14 – Newsletter Autumn2018
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, February 20, 2018
NDCO Newsletter Autumn 2018
Welcome to the Autumn edition of the NDCO program newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.

Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS will become available in the Bayside Peninsula area from 1 April 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Bayside Peninsula area covers the local government areas of Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and Stonnington. For further information about the NDIS please go to the NDIS website. https://www.ndis.gov.au/index.html

To see if you are eligible: https://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist or call 1800 800 110.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

The LAC Services role is to assist people with disability, their families and carers to build and pursue their goals for a good life, exercise choice and control and engage with the Scheme; The LAC works to ensure that people with disability can be supported outside the Scheme by working with communities and mainstream services to build awareness and to become more inclusive of the range of needs and aspirations of the needs of people with disability; The LAC support participants of the Scheme to navigate and optimise their engagement with the scheme and to promote opportunities for people with disability.

To speak to the Bayside and Peninsula LAC go to;

Local Area Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence

T 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634)

For further updates on local information sessions please go to

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#updates

Specialisterne Australia’s Dandelion Program Victoria at its new Melbourne office
The Andrews Labor Government is helping people on the autism spectrum find sustainable work thanks to $200,000 from the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund. The grant will enable Specialisterne, one of the first companies in the world to highlight the benefits of a neuro-diverse workforce, to work with small and medium businesses to employ 20 adults with autism.

The program will deliver job opportunities across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Specialisterne will work with La Trobe and Autism CRC, to deliver the program, ensuring high retention rates and job satisfaction.

Established in Australia in 2015, the company has set a goal of enabling 12,000 career pathways for people on the autism spectrum by 2025. As an innovative social enterprise Specialisterne provides assessment, training, education and IT consultancy services for those with autism.

Victoria is home to an estimated 3,500 social enterprises – about 25 per cent of Australia’s social enterprises – which contribute $5.2 billion in gross output to the Victorian economy.

A report from the Centre for Social Impact shows that there are at least 60,000 jobs created by social enterprises in Victoria, with more than 25 per cent of their employees coming from groups that face barriers to employment.

Policy and Research
Giving Victorians with a Disability “Every Opportunity
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley launched Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-20 to mark the start of the National Open Employment Forum 2018. The plan includes 21 actions to improve work, study and business opportunities for Victorians with a disability, and maximise the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Employers will be empowered to support people into jobs that reflect their skills, experience and goals – using best-practice employment models.

For this article: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/giving-victorians-with-a-disability-every-opportunity/

By the time the NDIS is fully operational, Victoria’s investment will be $2.5 billion a year – supporting more than 105,000 Victorians with a disability. To access the plan visit statedisabilityplan.vic.gov.au/every-opportunity

PwC’s Skills for Australia has released an Environmental Scan as part of the Inclusion of People with Disability in VET cross sector project
The Environmental Scan outlines the current state of inclusion for people with disability in Australia, focusing on the challenges faced in education and training, employment, and customer service contexts.Data and insights have been gathered from multiple sources, including desktop research, preliminary stakeholder consultations, review of existing data on workforce trends, Industry Skills Forecasts and existing training package components across multiple industries.

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/pwcau.prod.s4aprod.assets/wp-content/uploads/20180205161418/Environmental-Scan-Public-Version.pdf

Briefing Note: Equity Student Participation in Australian Higher Education: 2011 to 2016
Briefing Note written by Paul Koshy, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Equity Student Participation in Australian Higher Education examines trends in higher education undergraduate enrolments in Australia between 2011 and 2016. This six-year period has been a time of marked change in Australian higher education, with the demand-driven system (DDS) increasing overall student numbers, while programs such as the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) encouraged equity group participation, with their numbers increasing at a rate either proximate or greater than that seen overall.

Opportunities

I CAN Network updates
Our first 2018 online mentoring programs have begun and so far our mentees are having a wonderful time, making new friends and developing their I CAN attitude.
Our school mentoring has also commenced for the new year, and we’ve just released details of our 2018 camps.
Meanwhile, we’re busy preparing for Humans on the Autism Spectrum this April and we’ll have some surprises for you this year!

For further information about the ICAN Network go to https://ican.network/speakers-agency/
Autism & Education
More than 8 in 10 autistic students face difficulties in education
This year, Spectrospective is focusing on education. Why? We want all autistic students to have the best school experience and results they can. By telling your story and your wishes for how education could be better for you, you’re educating others and will be part of shaping a better education future for all autistic students. So get filming and you get your video to us today!

For more information go to http://spectrospective.com.au/

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What do JobAccess employer partnerships mean for you as DES providers?
Employers who partner with JobAccess are often at different stages of disability confidence and competence and may initially have limited understanding of working with DES. The JobAccess Employer Engagement team works closely with each employer to develop an overview of recruitment process and the preferred method of engagement with DES providers, as well as gathering hints and tips for success for your candidates. Visit each partner’s website for job opportunities.

Email: jobs.ndrc@workfocus.com Call :1800 464 800 for more information about the application process. Many employers promote their vacancies via JobAccess, be sure you’re on our mailing list! https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/register

Conferences and Workshops
Free Webinar: Customised Employment – streamlining sustainable transitions
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Time: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2242265236811842306?source=Region+14+NDCO+Webinar+Customised+Employment

Through the NDIS people with disability are increasingly seeking transition to work supports. Join us in this webinar to gain knowledge and an overview of tools and resources to support people who want to work and achieve suitable and sustainable employment using a Customised Employment approach.

This webinar will:
• Provide an overview of the Customised Employment approach
• Encouraging families to be part of the transition journey
• Explore how to maintain successful workplace partnerships
• Broaden thinking around employment supports
• Question and Answer session

Webinar details: Auslan interpreted, live captioned and recorded

NDCO Inclusive Learning Conference

Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton

Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/

Date: Friday 1 June 2018

Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams

Educational Inclusion Theory and Practice
Educational Inclusion Pathways

To purchase tickets go to:
https://ndcoinclusivelearningconference.eventbrite.com.au

Call for Presentations
Presentation proposals must be submitted by close of business Thursday 29 March 2018.

The contact on the submission will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by Monday 16 April 2018

For more information go to

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

Frankston Mornington Peninsula – CAREERS EXPO

Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018

Venue: Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston/Flinders Rd, Hastings

Contact: Jane Ling, FMPLLEN Frankston Mornington Peninsula Careers Expo Coordinator

Mobile: 0422 126 985

Email: fmpcareersexpo@gmail.com

Making Choice and Control REAL – Supporting Self Advocacy’

Frankston Mornington Peninsula ‘Multi-Sectoral Community of Practice’ forum

Time: 9.30m

Date: Thursday 29 March 2018

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/making-choice-and-control-real-understanding-and-supporting-self-advocacy-tickets-43222251919

The forum is provided for agencies in the Frankston Mornington Peninsula area responding to various consumer directed care reforms, and will focus on policy, practice, skills and strategies required to support service users to develop their self-advocacy skills and decision making capacity.
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Frankston Mornington Peninsula Service Sector Orientation Forum

Time 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Date: Thursday 15 March 2018

Registration https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fmp-service-sector-orientation-tickets-42440772493?aff=es2

This forum is provided to ‘speed date’ a range of health and community services operating across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula to support consumers and their families. Service will include Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Disability, Housing and Support, Family, Family Violence and Employment in addition to various other supports available across the catchment.

My apologies for the change of date however this is a great opportunity for both providers and education providers to prepare for discussions with families eligible for NDIS supports.

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ACD will be running a FREE workshop to assist professionals to support families of children with a disability to transition to NDIS!

*** Please register for this event via SEDIN.eventbrite.com by 20/03/2018 Registration password: 1005SEDIN

Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Venue: Emerson School, 1430 Heatherton Road, Dandenong This workshop is for members of the South East Disability Inclusion Network (SEDIN) Preparing for NDIS planning Introduction to NDIS and NDIS plan

Eligibility

Supports

Participant Statement Preparing for NDIS plan

Setting goals

Understanding the NDIS Price Guide

ACD NDIS planning workbook Managing your child’s NDIS plan

NDIS planning conversation

Choice and control

Working with providers

2018 Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference
Issues, Challenges and Ways Forward
‘Building a more resilient culture within higher education and the local community’

Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Date: 6 & 7 July 2018

Venue: James Cook University

Event website
https://www.jcu.edu.au/college-of-arts-society-and-education/events/amhhec

Our second Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Conference (6-7 July 2018) is open to researchers, educators, students, HDR candidates, mental health professionals, consumers, carers, providers, community groups and key organisations in higher education and the broader community. The main focus is working with students, candidates and staff in higher education to improve their experiences and outcomes in higher education. For more information, email conference committee member Dr Margaret Carter amhhec@jcu.edu.au

Access Easy English
Learn Easy English 2 day writing course

Time: 9:15 am – 4:15 pm

Date: Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Venue: Kingston Arts Centre, Nepean Hwy. Moorabbin

Cost: $550 + gst Morning tea and light lunch provided Parking available under the venue: enter via South Rd. Wheelchair Accessible.

Registration: https://trybooking.com/355063 (there is a .30 cent booking fee from Try Booking)

Suitable for anyone who writes information for the public, eg: communications and marketing staff; support workers, planners, therapists, disability advocates, teachers, ethics teams, survey developers, report writers, lawyers, ……….NDIS staff, Not sure if this is right for you?

Call Cathy Basterfield 0466 579 855 or email cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

Pathways 14 Conference
Pathways 14 Conference website was launched this month and are already calling for abstracts. 4-7 December 2018 Novotel Manly Pacific, Sydney Australia. Abstracts are now being sought for oral presentations (20 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes Q&A). Themes include Mental health, Inclusive Design, Inherent Requirements, Employment, Mental Health and Well-being, Interface between NDIS and tertiary education and Community Links. Click the link below to submit your abstract.

https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=6503405ac4e08b3a2416ad15f&id=69728f2fff

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A workshop about the opportunities and changes the NDIS brings fro ADE’s

By Disability Services Consulting

This workshop is designed for ADE Managers and Board Members. Attendees will learn about the key changes and will be stepped through a process to review their current business models and develop successful strategic responses to the NDIS.

Time: 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018

Venue: Central Melbourne

Cost: $625

Registration: http://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/register

Further information: admin@disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au

T: 0468 478 987

This workshop will cover:

Changes in practice – supported employment funding under the NDIS (and the intersection with open employment)
Working with the new approach to participant outcomes and goals
Managing the cultural shift – a culture of higher expectations is coming
Succeeding through enhancing employment pathways for people with disability
Reviewing your organisation’s readiness for change
Implementing best practice in supported employment
Analysing the range of strategic responses available to ADEs
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Useful Tools

Reimagine website – Supporting people living with mental health conditions to navigate the NDISo

To get an application for the NDIS ready you may need to prepare a lot of information.Some people may find it very confusing and complicated. reimagine.today will take you through some of the things you will need to know and think about while preparing your application. To support you this website has two main types of resources; a downloadable workbook and interactive online activities. https://reimagine.today/

Communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people

By ai-media

There is often a communication barrier between people who are hearing and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But our differences shouldn’t keep us from communicating with each other. Here are a few tips on communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

http://blog.ai-media.tv/blog/communicating-with-deaf-hard-of-hearing-people?utm_campaign=USA%20DSOs&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60176572&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_ghIZtp_D8IIwrL9FhW8XRI2BHFJM6jD-1Hbx78yP-9BZfrDlajVSDQuHZ9z-3ZVw0255sq_7nV3QpRT1CWiu2Drp2YEEW0uBAH7sJK5nm9-uMjMc&_hsmi=60176572

Three free captioning tools to make your videos more accessible

Ai-Media’s pick of the best three free captioning tools – Amara, YouTube and Subtitle Edit.

Amara – http://amara.org/ Type up all the dialogue in the video that you want to caption. Amara allows you to easily skip back and forth using the keyboard, saving loads of time. Manually sync the captions to the audio using the up and down arrows. This is a really simple way of making sure your captions match your clip. Final review and edit stage.The great thing about Amara is it becomes very quick to use once you’ve got the hang of the keyboard controls. It also allows you to translate your videos into other languages when your captions are finished.

Use it when – You have to create captions from scratch, you want to translate your captions into other languages or your videos are hosted online.

YouTube – http://youtube.com/ YouTube has a great tool for creating captions. It’s quick and easy, but you can only use it for videos that are uploaded to YouTube. ‘Transcribe and Auto-Sync’ is a really neat tool that takes your typed transcript and uses their speech recognition engine to match the transcript to the audio to time your captions. It’s by no means entirely accurate, but it gives you a head start and save you loads of time. Once YouTube tries to time your transcript to the audio, you can easily edit the timings using a simple visual timeline. YouTube also has an “auto-generated closed captions” feature. While these captions are far from perfect, if your clip has slow and clear speakers, you may find it quicker to edit the auto-generated captions rather than starting from scratch

Use it when – You already have a transcript for your video, your videos are uploaded on YouTube.

Subtitle Edit – http://www.nikse.dk/SubtitleEdit/ – It has editing features galore that can fix up your spelling and grammar, burn open captions into your video, import a whole bunch of fancy subtitle file types and so much more. If you want to get a bit more serious about your captioning, this might be the program for you.

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NDCO Newsletter Summer 2018
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Wednesday, January 10, 2018
NDCO Newsletter Summer 2018

Welcome to the summer edition of the NDCO program newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.

Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au

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NDCO Program Evaluation

The Australian Government Department of Education engaged ACIL Allen Consulting (ACIL Allen) to undertake an evaluation of the NDCO program in 2016. The scope of the evaluation was to examine the policy rationale for the NDCO Program, its operation to date, and make recommendations for the future operation of the program. This included examining the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the NDCO Program, and its intersection with the Australian Government policy and other government programs, particularly the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This evaluation found that the NDCO Program provides a valuable resource and range of activities at a local area that help service providers to improve education and employment outcomes for people with disability. Additionally, the NDCO Program is unique in its mandate to provide ‘whole-of-system’ expertise across different sectors. We can now confirm that the NDCO program has been funded to June 2022.

The evaluation report and the Australian Government response to the report are available at the links below:

NDCO Evaluation Final Report

https://docs.education.gov.au/node/46076

Government Response

http://docs.education.gov.au/node/46071

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Policy Updates

Reforms to strengthen the capacity of the education system to support students with disabilities and additional needs

Victorian Government Schools are currently undertaking reforms to strengthen the capacity of the education system to support students with disabilities and additional needs, and to facilitate the full and active participation of all children and young people, through the inclusive education reform agenda. The agenda builds on the 2014 Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools which sets out a nine-step plan to maximise outcomes for students with disabilities, and the Government’s commitment to deliver recommendations from the Review of the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD), outlined in its response: Inclusive education for all students with disabilities and additional needs.

For more information, see:

Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/specialneeds.aspx

About the Program for Students with Disabilities Review

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/about-psd-review.aspx

Implementation of the Inclusive Education Agenda reforms is underway.

More Information http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/inclusive-education-for-all.aspx

Supporting Victorians Living With Autism

The Andrews Labor Government will invest more than $22 million as an immediate response to the Inquiry into Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More than $19 million has been set aside for education initiatives, including: Further training and scholarships through the Autism Teaching Institute for government teachers / Piloting a new funding model for schools to meet the needs of students with disabilities / A boost to all Victorian specialist schools to better support children with autism.

Additional oversight powers to improve the safety and wellbeing of Victorians with a disability

From 16th August 2017, the Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) has been empowered with additional oversight powers to improve the safety and wellbeing of Victorians with a disability. “These enhanced oversight powers for my office will help to strengthen safeguards for people with a disability and improve their safety and wellbeing.”

Australian Government Plan to Improve Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability

The Plan outlines actions the Australian Government is and can take to provide sustainable mainstream and disability services, delivered within a cultural framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and carers.

https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/supporting-people-with-disability/resources-supporting-people-with-disability/australian-government-plan-to-improve-outcomes-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-with-disability

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Research and Reports

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program: Seven Years On

The third case study publication in the NCSEHE series tracks the diverse activities, partnerships, positive outcomes, and sustainable impacts of Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) programs over time.

Held Back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian Schools

In the interest of understanding the effect of Held back and the progress on a range of recommendations, the Commission has completed a five-year analysis. This paper includes observations on what is needed to build on existing policy gains to achieve genuine change for students with disabilities in Victorian schools.

https://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/home/our-resources-and-publications/reports/item/1602-held-back-the-experiences-of-students-with-disabilities-in-victorian-schools-analysis-paper

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework

A Manual for Mental Health Professionals which outlines the necessary approaches to clinical practice when working with people with an intellectual disability and identifies the core competencies that mental health professionals require to work in this area.

https://3dn.unsw.edu.au/IDMH-CORE-COMPETENCY-FRAMEWORK

Not working: Experiences of Refugees and Migrants with JobActive

This report focuses on the barriers faced by refugees and migrants imposed by the main federal employment program, JobActive.

https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/publications/reports/jobactive/

Recruiting participants for the Australian Longitudinal Study of School Leavers with Autism study

Alex Haschek is a Research Officer with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University, Alex is currently recruiting participants for the Australian Longitudinal Study of School Leavers with Autism study. The research seeks assistance from young people with or without Autism and the carers/family members of young people with Autism who may be interested in participating in a survey based study. Participants are asked to complete surveys at baseline, 12 months and 24 months. Participants will receive a $30 voucher after completing the 24-month survey. If you are interested in being involved or have any additional questions, please contact SASLA@latrobe.edu.au

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) working to improve the training outcomes of people with a disability in vocational education and training (VET)

The AISC oversees the review and development of training packages to ensure Australian workers are provided with industry-relevant skills that meet the current and future needs of employers. Recently, the AISC noted that more could be done within the VET system to better support the inclusion of students with disability and agreed to:

adapt existing resources for use in VET institutions to raise awareness about inclusion and raise the awareness of VET practitioners about their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education
ensure that the 2018 review of the TAE Training Package incorporates skills for trainers on consultation, reasonable adjustment and individualised planning for students with disability
commission a cross sector project to develop a bank of units of competency on disability related issues to be used across different industries in a wide range of Training Package qualifications https://www.skillsforaustralia.com/cross-sector-projects/inclusion-of-people-with-disability-in-vet/
In the meantime if you have any questions or suggestions about the project, please contact Catherine Ryan (email: Catherine.ryan@education.gov.au ).

Investigation of the Estimates of Children’s Cognitive Abilities (ECCA) scale

The aim of this project is to develop a teacher-report questionnaire that can provide insight into a student’s cognitive ability profile important for academic achievement.

We are seeking registered teachers with the Victorian Institute of teaching who are currently teaching a school-aged child (5 to 18 years old) to participate in this research.

If you would like to participate, you can complete the survey (which should take about 10 minutes) here: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d7gWg6781ZaT2x7

Participants will have the option to enter the draw for a $50 Coles/Myer gift card.

This project is being conducted by Lydia Soh, under the supervision of Dr Kate Jacobs, as part of her PhD in Educational & Developmental Psychology at Monash University. The study has ethics approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability

Business Council of Australia

This report summarises the results of a survey conducted by the Business Council aimed at generating baseline data and insights about disability employment practices and experiences among member companies. This is the first time the Business Council has conducted a survey on approaches to disability employment.

http://www.bca.com.au/publications/workforce-inclusion-of-people-with-disability

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Conferences and Workshops

NDCO Inclusive Learning Conference

Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton

Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/

Date: Friday 1 June 2018

Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams

Educational Inclusion Theory and Practice
Educational Inclusion Pathways
Important dates

Call for Presentation Papers Open 15 January 2018
Early Bird Registrations open 15 January 2018
Call for Presentation Papers Close 29 March 2018
Early Bird Registrations Close 30 April 2018
Registrations Close 7 May 2018
Registration
Participant Registration Early Bird Registrations $100, full fee $150
Stallholder Registration (Stalls will be open during lunch break) $50

To purchase tickets go to:
https://ndcoinclusivelearningconference.eventbrite.com.au

Call for Presentations
Presentation proposals must be submitted by close of business Thursday 29 March 2018.

The contact on the submission will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by Monday 16 April 2018

For more information go to

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

Personhood, decision making and choice: Frameworks for upholding rights with people with disabilities

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Date: 1 March 2018
Venue: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

What does it mean to be a PERSON with a disability in Australia? How can human rights be used to inform approaches to support? What does supported decision making mean and how can it be applied in supporting choice and control? How does the idea of ‘belonging’ change the way we see community inclusion?

http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/personhood-decision-making-choice

Give your community a voice at the next election

Book a free information session with the Victorian Electoral Commission’s Education and Inclusion Team for your community group.

Email: education@vec.vic.gov.au Phone: 131 832
Other languages: (03) 9209 0111
Or contact us through the National Relay Service then ask for 03 8620 1100

We work with:

· Disability groups, carers and support staff

· Homelessness services

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

· Migrant groups

· Schools and youth services

· Community services staff.

Find out more about our Education and Inclusion work

Visit: vec.vic.gov.au

Follow us: facebook.com/electionsvic

Subscribe to our http://vic.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1ff8ed13d335e443e9f148a81&id=5b86e421b1&_sm_au_=iVV5stfjTLVvZ14P

Berry Street Education Model

Berry Street’s innovative model of education that provides schools with a whole-school approach to meet the developmental strengths and needs of students, teachers, and leaders. The Berry Street Education Model is based on classroom strategies informed by Berry Street’s approaches to trauma-informed learning and the science of wellbeing. These student-centred strategies provide teachers, leaders, and allied education professionals with the knowledge of how to foster student willingness and capacity for school achievement.

To express your interest please email Advance College (ace@advance.vic.edu.au) before Tuesday October 17 as the booking needs to be confirmed asap. For enquiries, please call Steve Wright on 0418 564 738.

Download flyer

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Resources and Tools

ADCET webinar recording: ‘Enhancing self-disclosure of equity group membership’

The recording is now available from a webinar on 22 August, presented by Rita Kusevskis-Hayes, Dr Colin Clark and Matthew Wilkinson – University of New South Wales project team for the Enhancing Self-Disclosure Project. The aim of the project is to investigate why members of equity groups choose not to self-identify to their universities, either upon enrolment or later.

https://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9686/webinar-enhancing-self-disclosure-of-equity-group-membership/

Dyslexia
The following comprehensive and informative article by Genevieve MacArthur and Anne Castles from the Department of Cognitive Science, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University is highly recommended reading:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41539-017-0008-3

Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read

Those who have not yet listened to her presentation would do well to access the recent lecture by Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John’s College Oxford and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford, who recently visited Australia and spoke at the Australian National University on ‘Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read’. She outlined the history of the term dyslexia, and provided an overview of studies of those at risk for dyslexia. It was a fascinating and highly relevant presentation. The audio can be accessed or downloaded from the LDA website homepage.

https://www.ldaustralia.org

Dyscalculia

Both literacy and numeracy difficulties require comprehensive support, and the latest issue of the LDA Bulletin focuses on strategies to assist students experiencing dyscalculia. Members of LDA can link directly to the articles below via the LDA website so long as they are logged in.
https://www.ldaustralia.org/client/documents/LDA%20Bulletin%20Winter%202017.pdf

Ronit Bird, a teacher and author from England with extensive experience supporting students with dyscalculia, contributed an article on ‘The Counting Trap’, in which she describes the folly of allowing students to rely on one-by-one counting to solve arithmetic calculations.

https://www.ldaustralia.org/client/documents/The%20Counting%20Trap%20-%20Ronit%20Bird.pdf

Popular presenter Dr Paul Swan outlines difficulties that students may face in Solving Mathematical Word Problems. Articles by Tanya Forbes, Ann Williams, Rhonda Farkota and Steve Chinn outline the extent of the problem and the dangers of not addressing the needs of students experiencing dyscalculia.

https://www.ldaustralia.org/client/documents/Solving%20Mathematical%20Word%20Problems%20-%20Paul%20Swan.pdf

Jeremy the Dud

Jeremy the Dud is a new comedy set in a world where everyone has a disability, and those that don’t are treated with the prejudice and condescending attitudes people with disabilities sometimes face in our own society. Jeremy (Nick Boshier – Soulmates, Bondi Hipsters, Trent from Punchy) is a dud, or “without specialty”. He has been living in assisted government housing his whole life after the death of his parents when he was young. Now, too old for assisted living, he is off to live with his auntie and cousins, and ready to make something of himself. The only trouble is the outside world isn’t very accepting of “Duds”.

NDS Workforce Essentials e-Learning Library

NDS Learn & Develop is pleased to announce a new online content package: NDS Workforce Essentials e-Learning Library (‘Workforce Essentials’).

Workforce Essentials provides access to a wide range of e-Learning programs, with new learning assets to be added to the library each year. We also commit to the ongoing maintenance of current programs. We aim to ensure that disability service providers have access to flexible and cost effective training in core areas

For individual access

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nds-workforce-essentials-e-learning-library-tickets-41301004416?_cldee=c2JhaWxleUBza2lsbHNwbHVzLmNvbS5hdQ%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-d8d5a35d3b9ee511b5d10050568e218a-f26ecfeb5edc4e92943192b2adeadb4e&esid=2ca01c15-7fe3-e711-973b-0050568e2189

For an organisational licence arrangement

https://app.yomstar.com/engagement/take/zHbtyTWARE2Xt4yPWGLdfA?lang=en_AU

Reasonable Adjustments in Online Learning

Online learning can provide many benefits to students with disability, particularly for those who may prefer not to disclose their disability, such as those with a fluctuating mental health or medical condition. Online learning can also allow students to access teaching and learning at a time that best suits them, and for students with mobility disability, can allow them to engage with learning at a location of their choice, without the need to attend campus.

https://www.adcet.edu.au/disability-practitioner/reasonable-adjustments/online-learning/

Student Volunteer Workbook

The Hands Up! volunteer program workbook has been designed specifically for the use of young people with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities and learning differences. This workbook provides (in easy to read language and the use of visual cues) an opportunity for users to explore their interests, passions and skills whilst also participating in activities that introduce and consolidate learnings around how to source a volunteer opportunity and workplace safety. This workbook also includes a very simple practise volunteer registration form, that when completed, may assist a young person in future, to complete real life volunteer registration forms, using the practise form as a reference.

Webinar: Juggling feeling capable and different: A grounded theory of studying at university while living with mental ill-health

This presentation reports on a grounded theory study that used a participatory framework to explore the experiences of university students experiencing mental ill-health. While between 20 and 25% of university students are estimated to experience mental ill-health, little has been understood from the perspectives of students themselves about their experiences and the impacts of their ill-health on their studies. https://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9710/webinar-juggling-feeling-capable-and-different-a-grounded-theory-of-studying-at-university-while-living-with-mental-ill-health/

Understood for learning and attention issues

15 non-profit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

https://www.understood.org/en

Watch a JobAccess/ NDCO webinar – starting a conversation with employers

JobAccess recently worked with the National Disability Co-ordination Officer Program to run a webinar – “How to start the conversation: Working with employers” the webinar offers an insight into what employers are telling JobAccess professional advisors about inclusive employment practices, and what they are looking for in candidates.
http://www.ndco.stepscs.net.au/webinars.html

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New Programs

The Map Your Future

The Map Your Future project is designed to start building, or further develop advocacy skills in students (15 – 25 years old) – to improve participation in, and ownership over, their NDIS plans.

https://www.yacvic.org.au/ydas/map-your-future/

NEW STRIDE CAREERS PROGRAM – STEPS now being offered as a Workshop or PD

STEPS is a well-researched, comprehensive careers readiness training program. Now available as a Workshop at your school or as a one day Professional Development. It covers:-

Careers and pathways options
Interview skills
Job search skills / employer expectations
Resume writing / cover letters
Preparing for work experience
Career and industry exploration
Full workbook provided with over 40 ready to run fun and engaging activities

To find out more or make a booking call 03 8354 0829, Email: stride@whitelion.asn.au

or click https://www.whitelion.asn.au/index.php?action=fcreator&fid=82

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA’s of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud. The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin. Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)

Bourke and Beyond

5 services offered post compulsory for students with intellectual disability suitable for high functioning students not ready for TAFE. Not related to FFYA, students must be 18 years and over, has been running in Blackburn for 8 years, now opening in Walker Street Dandenong on 18 January offering Cert 1 Work education and Cleaning, students can express interest in courses they would like the program to deliver, students can participate in music and culture program within the industry.
Contact Deanne Ray, Community Services Manager, Burke and Beyond, 114 Fulton Road, Blackburn South, VIC 3130
Phone: 9886 1111, Mobile: 0421 007 082, Fax: 9886 3411, Email: deanner@burkeandbeyond.org.au, www.burkeandbeyond.org.au

National Food institute

NFI is offering horticulture SBAT’s in Clarinda this year 11’s are preferable but can be offered to year 12’s who can complete in the year.

Contact: Barb Reid, Program Manager – Melbourne.National Food Institute Pty Ltd TOID: 3821

A:126 Ayr St Doncaster VIC 3108 T (03) 9850 7546 M: 0411958855

E: barbara.reid@nationalfoodinstitute.com.au W: http://nationalfoodinstitute.com.au

RESET

RESET is a partnership program between Brotherhood of St Laurence and Monterey Secondary College, for young people from Grade 6 to 14 years of age who are at risk of or are currently disengaged from school. It aims to re-engage students back into mainstream education or alternate learning pathways through intensive therapeutic and learning support.

The program offers support for approximately 12 months through:

small group sizes
providing breakfast, morning tea and lunches
providing all education resources
dog therapy
a school based environment – Monterey Secondary College
a dedicated staffing group: education, youth development and wellbeing support with a youth and family therapist
onsite and external engagement with the family
Each student has his or her own individual learning and transition plan that is designed to overcome many of the barriers known to exclude vulnerable young people from school.

In addition to their education, young people are assisted to develop interpersonal problem solving and life skills,that support a positive experience within a learning environment.

Whilst the students have their RESET personal learning and transition plans, all are enrolled at Monterey Secondary College.

The program has its own dedicated building onsite at Monterey Secondary College, in Frankston North.

Referral criteria – the young person is:

disengaged from school: inconsistent or inactive participation
from Frankston & Mornington Peninsula region (this can be negotiated)
In the middle years – from grade 6 up to 14 years of age at date of referral
Able to get to and from RESET
Please contact us for an application or for further enquiries:

RESET Program Manager – Jane Chia Ph: 0404 093 065

chia.jane.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

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Have you heard about Coles quiet hour?
Grocery shopping can be a daunting experience for people who live with autism or who have family members on the spectrum. The bright lights, constant music and noise from trolley collections can be a sensory overload, but Coles supermarkets will now offer a “quiet hour” for just such customers. From 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesdays, store lights in 18 supermarkets in Victoria and 68 nationally will be dimmed 50 per cent, the radio will be switched off and the volumes of registers and scanners will be reduced to a minimum.
Trolley collections will halt and roll cages will be removed from the shop floor, while announcements will be made only in emergencies. Additional staff will be rostered on to support customers. The rollout comes after the supermarket chain, in partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), ran a successful trial in August of a “quiet hour” at two Victorian stores. The Victorian supermarkets taking part range from inner city to regional areas.
https://www.coles.com.au/corporate-responsibility/our-people-community/quiethour

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Region 14 – NDCO Spring Newsletter 2017
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
NDCO Newsletter Spring 2017
Welcome to the Spring edition of the NDCO program newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au

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This Issue
Employability Curriculum

Identifying Student Requirements and Making Reasonable Adjustments

Principles to Determine the responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems

What to look out for – Symptoms of Dyslexia

New Pathways To Leadership For Victorians With Disability

PACE Mentoring – Achieving employment goals through mentoring: Nadine and Shirley’s Story

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP)

Research and Reports

Held back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools – Analysis paper – Jul 2017

HEPPP: The Australian student equity program and institutional change: paradigm shift or business as usual?

NCSEHE: Successful outcomes for students with disability in Australian higher education

Study underlines usefulness of lecture captions for all students

Barriers people with an ASD face outside of university

The Brotherhood’s response to Senate Inquiry into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020

After Hours Events – Improve your Social Skills In its 5th year and ADDING A NEW LOCATION!

Conferences /Workshops/Webinars

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in your Class

EPIC Testability Academy (ETA)

Amaze Online Training Access

Free Webinars – Learning Differences and Dyslexia in High Schools

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

Understanding the NDIS Price Guide Workshop

Resources and Tools

The Accessible Recruitment Guide: A Practical Resource for HR and Recruiters

Independent Living Centres Australia

NDIS Appeals service

New Ticket to Work Video

What is a LAC?

Employability Curriculum Linked to the ‘Employability DVD’
In 2017 the film ‘Employability’ was produced by Debbie-ann Johnson, from Sale & District Specialist School, Andrea McCall-Evans from NDCO and Leanne Wishart, Rural Access, Wellington Shire. Darryl Whitaker was our cameraman and donated some of the time to help edit the film. The film would not have been possible without the grant from the Commonwealth Bank; we thank them for their generous donation.

The film focusses on the eight employability skills and features a number of young people with disabilities in the workplace.

The Employability Curriculum can be downloaded from the NDCO Website PDF

The employability DVD’s can be found

Whole Film -all eight skills https://youtu.be/vGjNI16pxn8

Communication https://youtu.be/4-vwF4DVAzM

Teamwork https://youtu.be/SJxeSEndST0

Problem solving https://youtu.be/kIysQa3z1Q4

Initiative and enterprise https://youtu.be/zF5uWlKgkwI

Planning and Organising https://youtu.be/u1Cc98TTXcc

Learning https://youtu.be/Pi5kqlcwvKU

Technology https://youtu.be/Srv94j3WddY

Self-management www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOBoP0qoFmM

Identifying Student Requirements and Making Reasonable Adjustments
The support requirements for students with disability should be established soon after enrolment to ensure, as far as possible, that the student is able to complete the course. Students should be advised that delay in making their requirements known may result in services not being available on time. Notification of disability is usually required if students seek reasonable adjustments to their educational program. Once the implications of the student’s disability have been clarified you can discuss any adjustments to the course design or delivery that may be required.

The post-secondary institution should implement procedures to ensure that:

documentation is sought only when needed

verification processes are equitable

student privacy is protected

relevant information is subsequently disseminated (with student permission) to staff who need it; this assists in ensuring students are not required to repeat the verification process.

The full article can be found at https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-teaching/working-with-students/making-reasonable-adjustments/

Principles to Determine the responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems
All governments have agreed that our vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. To achieve this vision, all Australian governments, non-government organisations, business and the wider community have a role to play. The interactions of the NDIS with other service systems will reinforce the obligations of other service delivery systems to improve the lives of people with disability, in line with the National Disability Strategy. To view this document go to:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57c65af5cd0f68b1295663dc/t/586092084402439b0c8370ab/1482723859121/NDIS+-+Principles+to+Determine+Responsibilities+NDIS+and+Other+Service+Systems+-+Revised+27+Nov+2015+%281%29.pdf

What to look out for – Symptoms of Dyslexia
By Dyslexia Assessment and Support Services

Early identification of Specific Learning Disability (SpLD’s) is important. Children with dyslexia are often creative and imaginative; at the same time, they also have difficulties in some or many aspects of learning. Dyslexic people have a unique brain function which makes reading, spelling and writing difficult however, they often have strengths or are gifted in other areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. These talents show particularly in creative areas and design. Visual spatial awareness is often a strength and therefore they may excel in areas such as architecture, IT design, engineering.

Download Fact Sheet – What to look out for – Symptoms of Dyslexia

New Pathways To Leadership For Victorians With Disability
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorians with a disability to become leaders in their local community. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today opened applications for a range of scholarships and development opportunities, as part of the Disability Leadership Program. Run in partnership with Leadership Victoria and the Disability Leadership Institute, the program offers scholarships, mentoring, role shadowing and networking for Victorians with a disability to gain valuable leadership development and training.

The program includes scholarships for a range of leadership courses delivered by Leadership Victoria. In addition, a number of mentoring and workplace based places are available. Program participants can also apply for a 12 month membership of the national user-led Disability Leadership Institute. Increasing the voice and representation of people with a disability is a key priority of Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017 – 2020. For more information about the Disability Leadership Program visit: www.leadershipvictoria.org/programs/the-disability-leadership-program

PACE Mentoring – Achieving employment goals through mentoring: Nadine and Shirley’s Story
Before we commence our attraction campaign for Spring PACE Mentoring and Summer Stepping Into, we wanted to touch base and pass on one of our many participant success stories. Nadine Maroney is District Manager for ANZ bank in the ACT. Shirley Sjaputra, from Crace in the ACT was born profoundly deaf. She uses a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. Shirley describes her disability as being a barrier to employment because employers often feel unsure about what type of assistance she may require. “It can feel like a big struggle, I know that I am more than capable of doing many administration roles, but my lack of ability to hear makes companies believe that I am unable to do the job,” said Shirley. Shirley decided to participate in PACE as a way to develop her confidence in group meetings, help her to network effectively and gain experience in the financial services industry. Read about Nadine and Shirley’s successful PACE Mentoring experience here.

https://www.and.org.au/pages/mentoring-case-study.html

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP)
University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) is an NDCO driven pilot project to place an employment consultant on University campuses, supporting graduates with disability to find a career. This includes linkages with employers, assistance with disclosure of disability and negotiation of adjustments, assistance with applications, brokerage of work experience and internships as required. It is available in a limited fashion while in trial phase. We welcome expressions of interest from students outside of trial locations to give us an indication of where this type of service may be in demand.

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Research and Reports
Held back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools – Analysis paper – Jul 2017
A Commission report into the experience of students with disabilities in Victorian schools has found that there have been significant policy developments and action but more work is required to measure and ensure real change for students.

The report details the progress made by the Department of Education and Training on the Commission’s recommendations made in its ground breaking 2012 research report Held back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools. It draws on an analysis of information and engagement with the Department and other key stakeholders.

http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/home/our-resources-and-publications/reports/item/1602-held-back-the-experiences-of-students-with-disabilities-in-victorian-schools-analysis-paper

HEPPP: The Australian student equity program and institutional change: paradigm shift or business as usual?
A report by NCSEHE Equity Fellow Dr Nadine Zacharias from Deakin University examined how the HEPPP initiative had been implemented by universities and whether it had met government aspirations for achieving student equity in higher education. This Australian-first comprehensive analysis of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) has informed recommendations for systemic change in policy and practice in student equity, which complements the current HEPPP review report, and could be a valuable contribution to the forthcoming national evaluation framework.

NCSEHE: Successful outcomes for students with disability in Australian higher education
This evidence-based resource collates NCSEHE funded research to inform policy and practice and improve outcomes for equity students in Australian higher education. Current research outlined in this paper includes a focus on sub-groups of students with a disability, such as Indigenous students and students on the Autism Spectrum, which not only deals with issues facing these particular groups, but which reinforces the variety, range and individuality of students with a disability.

Study underlines usefulness of lecture captions for all students
A 2017 study by Curtin University in Australia examines the benefits of captioning lecture capture recordings as a mainstream learning tool, with reference to inclusive teaching practice and the fulfilment of universities’ legal responsibility to provide equal access for all students.

http://www.ai-media.tv/study-shows-lecture-captions-benefit-students/

Barriers people with an ASD face outside of university
Universities across the board are experiencing an increase in the number of students requesting mental health support, and a similar rise is being seen in the number of students accessing support for autism spectrum conditions. Our executive director, Eileen Hopkins, considers those whose condition prevents them entering higher education.

http://www.ai-media.tv/what-about-the-young-people-with-an-asd-not-going-to-university/

The Brotherhood’s response to Senate Inquiry into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020
Enabling people with disability to participate fully in society requires investment in advocacy and in community supports, in the Brotherhood’s view. This involves more than service delivery, in order to position people as active members of local social and cultural networks.

Read the response via: Response to Senate Inquiry into delivery of outcomes under the National

Disability Strategy 2010–2020 http://library.bsl.org.au/jspui/bitstream/1/9843/1/BSL_response_Senate_Inquiry_outcomes_under_National_Disability_Strategy_Apr2017.pdf

After Hours Events – Improve your Social Skills In its 5th year and ADDING A NEW LOCATION!
Safe, creative opportunities for people 16+ of mixed abilities to extend personal & social skills through dance, drama, singing, public speaking & more. It’s about meeting new people, chatting, relationship building, learning & fun!

Highett Neighbourhood Community House

2, Livingston St, Highett (close to the Highett station)

7-10pm – 1st Wednesday of each month 2017

2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.

ENTRY $20. RSVP BY EACH MONDAY PRIOR

DRESS NEAT CASUAL

Light refreshments & snacks provided. No alcohol. Contact Donna Gabriel, info@donnagabriel.com.au

0414 250 932

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Conferences /Workshops/Webinars
Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in your Class
Date: Monday 18 September 2017

Time: 9.00 am

Venue: Westall Secondary College, 88 Rosebank Ave, Clayton South VIC 3169

Cost: $50 per person

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/supporting-students-with-learning-disabilities-in-your-class-tickets-36126718989

For students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties – Karen StarKiss

Workshop content includes:

How to recognise dyslexia and other LDs in your class

What are the specific challenges faced by people with Learning Difficulties

The range of strategies students can use to overcome their learning difficulties

How you can support students in class and enable them to reach their potential

Tools and Technologies to help students access the curriculum and demonstrate their understanding

Lots of ideas and practical activities to support learners

Useful websites with free resources to support the teacher and the students

Enquiries: Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer, Southern Melbourne Sally.Bailey@skillsplus.com.au (03) 9784 0400 0439 897 027

or to arrange a session for your organisation please direct your inquiry to karen@dyslexiasupportservices.com.au

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EPIC Testability Academy (ETA)
ETA is offering successful candidates the chance to boost their employability in the IT sector by participating in a customised training programme, delivered by two leading experts in the field.

Course details

When: Our second ETA course will commence on 18 September and run until 4 December (12 weeks). The group will meet every Monday night, excluding public holidays.
Time: 5.30-7.30pm every Monday night
Where: Melbourne CBD
Cost: Free
Equipment: Candidates must bring their own laptops or devices with USB access

Selection criteria

To be considered as a suitable candidate, you must have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, provided by a health professional. You will also need to demonstrate the following:

Be aged 18 or over;

Be able to complete the full 12 week (1 evening per week) duration of the course;

Working knowledge of the operation of a Windows/Mac computer system;

Familiarity with the use of electronic forms of communication (e.g. email, chat);

Open to developing verbal and written communication skills;

Open to developing teamwork skills; and

An eye for detail.

People on the autism spectrum who are interested in participating in the next ETA course can visit www.epicassist.org/au/epic-testability-academy/, email eta@epicassist.org or call EPIC Assist on (07) 3857 5085.

Amaze Online Training
Access training at anytime from anywhere with our flexible online autism training courses. You are able to purchase, complete and review your courses at any time with a certificate offered on completion.

Try the Myth Busters Course FREE and have a look at the learning centre. At the same time, you will discover some of the common myths surrounding autism.

Autism: Diagnosis and History

This is a 1-hour introductory course which will provide you with an understanding of

What autism spectrum disorder is

Understand the recent changes in the diagnostic criteria

Understand how sensory processing differences impact a person and they engage with the environment

Develop an understanding of the impact of the history autism on people on the spectrum and their families

Understand the diagnostic process for children, youths and adults

General Price $65 incl. GST per person

Amaze Member Price incl. $45 per person

Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support

This 1-hour course will introduce you to the concepts of:

The differences between behaviour and behaviours of concern

Understanding and applying positive behaviour support \

Describing behaviour

The functions of behaviour Recording and monitoring behaviour • Behaviour support plans • Your legislative and ethical requirements regarding restrictive interventions Regular price: $65 Amaze members price: $45 For more information about Amaze Online Training visit: http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/howwe-can-help-you/amaze-training/

Free Webinars – Learning Differences and Dyslexia in High Schools
The Learning Difference Convention is proud to offer a series of 9 FREE webinars over 9 days. Presentations by international experts working with the British Dyslexia Association towards international dyslexia awareness.

The box set and PDFs will be available for purchase after the last webinar on the 12 September.

Post NAPLAN reflection for teachers, parents and students

Dates: 4 September to 12 September 2017

To register go to: http://www.learningdifferenceconvention.com/webinars/

*** Each seminar will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.5.2 , 4.1.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017
Getting into gear for the NDIS journey will feature a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policy and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead. The conference will be held at NAB – Docklands on Thursday 14th and 15th September 2017. For more information and to register: http://www.daru.org.au/event/strengthening-disability-advocacy-conference-2017

Understanding the NDIS Price Guide Workshop
Date: 4 October 2017
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Frankston Arts Centre, Rotary Room. 27-37 Davey St Frankston

This session will provide:

Up-to-date news from key agencies, including; NDS, NDIA and DHHS

An extended Panel Q and A session with key agency representatives

Guest presentation from the Disability Services Commissioner

An opportunity to network with your peers across the sector.

This session will address the purpose of the NDIS Price Guide, and how the document is best interpreted and applied. It will discuss the ‘best fit approach’ and the relationship between new NDIS terminology, the NDIS outcomes framework, participant goals and service type.

https://www.nds.org.au/events-and-training/bayside-peninsula-ndis-readiness-workshop-1?_cldee=bWljaGVsbGVAdGlja2V0dG93b3JrLm9yZy5hdQ%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-841bdac249f1e511a49f0050568e218a-5dd88780bdc74187921c4aa2e9805e5c&esid=3d667bd7-c487-e711-909e-0050568e2189

Resources and Tools
The Accessible Recruitment Guide: A Practical Resource for HR and Recruiters
The Accessible Recruitment Guide was created by Media Access Australia to provide practical ‘real world’ guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues in recruitment and human resources management.

As a Guide to getting started and best practice, this accessible recruitment resource is designed to assist HR managers, recruitment specialists and hiring managers, along with diversity & equity teams, in regards to what can be done to help make the hiring process fully accessible on the web and in digital environments. What’s more, the benefits of accessibility also flow on to increased staff satisfaction as well as personnel retention.

Independent Living Centres Australia
What is Assistive Technology (AT) Any device, system or design that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increase the ease and safety with which a task can be performed. Anything that assists individuals to carry-out daily activities. If you require advice or assistance in choosing relevant AT products for your needs, please call the national ILC Infoline 1300 885 886

Find out more about Assistive Technology (AT) Information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life. http://ilcaustralia.org.au/Using_Assistive_Technology

http://ilcaustralia.org.au/

NDIS Appeals service
AMIDA now offers free support to anyone who would like to challenge a decision made by the NDIS. This could include someone who has been denied access to the NDIS, or any NDIS participant who is unhappy with their plan.

If you’d like some postcards about the NDIS Appeals service, please send your postal address to Kathryn, the NDIS Appeals Support Advisor, at appeals@amida.org.au, and let her know how many you need.

If you have any questions about the service, or would like to organize a short NDIS Appeals training session for a disability group you are in, email Kathryn at appeals@amida.org.au or call: 03 9650-2722.

You can find more information about the service and resources to help you plan for the NDIS here: http://www.amida.org.au/membership/ndisappeals/

New Ticket to Work Video
CTS (community, transition support) have a great video that provides six different perspectives

about participating in Ticket to Work.

What is a LAC?
Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are local organisations who have partnered with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS. For a majority of participants, LACs will work with you to develop your plan, implement and monitor, plus link you to community services. Find out more via:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/communities/local-area-coordination

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Region 14 NDCO Winter Newsletter
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Thursday, June 15, 2017
Newsletter Winter 2017 Region 14
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National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 14
Welcome to the Winter edition of the NDCO program newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sbailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au
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Customised Employment
Gaelen Williams – Project Officer (Western Australia Transition to Employment Project)
I was recently fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Gaelen Williams’ 2 day training on customized employment for people with disability on behalf of National Disability Services (NDS). The customised employment model has had great success in Western Australia. NDIS eligible students can commence accessing the services from year 10. The process aims to ensure that students with disability who are seeking employment have commenced towards the achievement of their goals within years 10 to 13 and the first 12 months of leaving school.

The case studies presented over the two days demonstrated unique inspiring examples of a person centered approach to employment pathways that are inclusive of people with disability regardless of Disability Employment Service eligibility. Approximately 550 students have accessed the program in the Midland Hills’s since it commenced 3 years ago and an evaluation report will be released.

While the estimated number of NDIS packages that include employment as a goal is about 2%, in the Midland Hills there are approximately 18% NDIS packages with employment as a goal! This is a valuable alternative to Australian Disability Enterprises and Disability Employment Services. We hope to see many more young people putting employment as a goal in their packages during the roll out.

For more information about the customised employment approach go to
https://www.nds.org.au/events-and-training/transition-to-work-for-people-with-disability-using-the-customised-employment-approach-and-discoveri
NDIS Plans Should have a ‘Work-First Approach’ – Pro Bono
National Disability Services CEO Ken Baker says NDIS planners need to “take a work-first approach to encourage participants”. Ken says “Too few NDIS participants have employment support in their NDIS plan – only 6 per cent of 15 to 24 year olds and 2 per cent of people 25 and over,”
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NDS receives ILC grant for schools development project
NDS will receive an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to help develop schools’ capability to include students with disability.
The Building School Capacity for an Inclusive Future project is designed to maximise student inclusion and learning outcomes. It aims to build awareness and collaboration between students with disability, their families, teachers, students without disability, disability service providers and the broader school community. A suite of initiatives and resources will be developed in consultation with stakeholders.
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Research and Reports
Five-Year Youth Mental Health Report
Mission Australia has released its joint Five-Year Youth Mental Health Report with Black Dog Institute, sharing the insights gathered about the mental health of Australia’s young people during the years 2012 to 2016.
The Five-Year Youth Mental Health Report shows some alarming results with almost one in four young people meeting the criteria for a probable serious mental illness (PSMI). That figure has gone up from 18.7 per cent in 2012 to 22.8 per cent in 2016.

https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/news-blog/blog/the-five-year-youth-mental-health-report-has-launched#pieoKwDJKkUblI8e.99

NCSEHE Focus: Successful outcomes for students with disability in Higher Education
This evidence-based resource is the first in a new series, collating NCSEHE funded research to inform policy and practice and improve outcomes for equity students in Australian higher education.
Current research outlined in this paper includes a focus on sub-groups of students with a disability, such as Indigenous students and students on the Autism Spectrum, which not only deals with issues facing these particular groups, but which reinforces the variety, range and individuality of students with a disability.

Research looking at psychological reports for students experiencing learning difficulties
This research is looking at how psychological reports are used to support students experiencing learning difficulties.
We are seeking three groups of people to participate in this research:
1. Parents who, at some point, have received a psychological report on their child who has experienced learning difficulties
2. Teachers who have had experience reading a psychological report for a student experiencing learning difficulties, and
3. Psychologists who have experience writing psychological reports for students experiencing learning difficulties.

It is hoped that this research will provide greater insight into how, if at all, stakeholders use reports and the impact, if any, this has on supporting children who experience difficulties in their learning.

If you would like to participate you can complete the survey (which should take about 20 minutes) here: https://tinyurl.com/y9f7vc8d

Participants will have the option to go into a draw to win 1 of 3 $100 Coles/Myer vouchers.
This project is being conducted by Ka Leng Lei and Stephen Campbell, under the supervision of Dr Kate Jacobs and Joanne Lindelauf, as part of their 4th year thesis in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. The study has ethics approval from Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.
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Conferences and Workshops

Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference to be held in Hobart on 8 – 10 November 2017.
The conference aims to present an inclusive and exciting program with many opportunities for discussion and debate. ASID’s focus is research to practice – the dialogue between researchers, practitioners, service providers, governments, families and people with intellectual disability which has the goal of finding better ways to support inclusion for individuals and to change systems. Further information available on the ASID 2017 website.
http://www.asid2017.com.au/registration/

Disability Employment Australia Annual Conference
6-7 September 2017 Brisbane
Disability Employment Australia’s Annual Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, aspiring managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.
As part of its ongoing commitment to industry development and growth, Disability Employment Australia provides delegates with opportunities to think, question and respond to a range of critical issues in ways that are meaningful to their organisations, people with disability, employers and the industry more broadly.
Further information available at http://dea.conferenceworks.com.au/

Access Easy English – Learn Easy English
This 2 day writing course is suitable for anyone who writes information for the public, eg: communications and marketing staff; support workers, planners, therapists, disability advocates, teachers, ethics teams, survey developers, report writers, lawyers and NDIS When: Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June, 2017
Where: Kingston Arts Centre, Nepean Hwy. Moorabbin
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $550 + gst Morning tea and light lunch provided staff
Call Cathy Basterfield 0466 579 855 or email cathy@accesseasyenglish.com.au

Inclusion Melbourne – NDIS family readiness workshops
Across 2×2 hour sessions we will cover 4 main areas:
• What is the NDIS: including what is changing, the processes and documentation
• Choice and control within the NDIS
• Planning: including pre-planning, goal setting & articulating these goals, and how your plan translates into supports
• Your plan in action: including a guide to the price guide, the review process, and consumer rights

The cost of this program to be run for you would be $800, the maximum capacity would be 20 families. This quote is based on the sessions being run locally, and during business hours. The quote is inclusive of all resources, staffing costs, and travel costs.

You are welcome to charge attendees a small fee to cover these costs. For example, 20 families paying $40 each would cover the entire cost. We also have substantial experience preparing organisations for the NDIS which you may be interested in: https://www.inclusiondesignlab.org.au/ndisready/
For more information contact Jenna Hepburn;
E: jenna.hepburn@inclusion.melbourne
W: www.inclusiondesignlab.org.au
T: (03) 9509 4266
M: 0432 152 555
F: (03) 9576 0378
A: 67 Sutherland Rd, Armadale VIC 3143

Inherent Requirements in the post-secondary education and training sectors Symposium
ATEND in partnership with RMIT University, TAFE South Australia, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Tasmania and the National Disability Coordination Officers program is excited to bring you this symposium.
It will bring together a range of practitioners who work with Inherent Requirements in the post-secondary education and training sectors, and aim to establish shared understanding about key concepts and definitions. It also endeavours to create an opportunity to develop a consistent approach to inherent requirements which focuses upon inclusion of people with disability in the VET and Higher Education sectors

Date & Time: Tuesday, 27 June, 2017. Registration open – 8.45am. Start – 9.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: RMIT University, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Cost: $90 ATEND members & $100.00 Non ATEND members

Keynote speaker: Alastair McEwin, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Alastair’s educational background is in arts, law and business administration. Following his undergraduate studies in Adelaide, he spent time in Vancouver, Canada, pursuing postgraduate studies. Prior to moving to Sydney to commence as a consultant with Accenture, a global management and IT consulting company, he worked as Associate to the Hon. Justice John von Doussa at the Federal Court. Alastair has a strong background in working with non-profit organisations. He was the Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW, the peak body for Community Legal Centres in NSW. Other roles include CEO of People with Disability Australia and Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.
For more information: ATEND | Symposium: IR .
Registration is limited.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/toward-a-common-understanding-of-best-practice-inherent-requirements-in-the-post-secondary-tickets-33108472332
Inside the Spectrum: An Autism Professional Development Conference
This conference will equip you with the skills you need to empower students on the Autism
Spectrum.
When: Friday 28 July 2017, 9am – 3pm.
Where: Aquinas College, 46 Great Ryrie Street, Ringwood.

Study with your health, not against it
By Royal Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald Learning Program Capital City LLEN and Starlights Livewire Program
Free Education and Wellbeing Forum for young people with chronic health conditions and / or disabilities, parents and teachers.
Date: Tuesday 25 July 2017
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm (registrations from 4:30pm)
Where: Victoria University Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street Melbourne
Cost: FREE
A free Education and Wellbeing Forum for young people with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities, parents and teachers.
Join us to learn more about
• Special Provisions for VCE
• Course Applications
• Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)
• Scholarships
• Career planning
• University and TAFE supports
• Workplace options
• Other supports and tips on how to stay sane during VCE and VCAL
Joining us at this event will be a special guest emcee
RSVP’s for the forum close Monday 4th July2017.
Registration will be open on the night from 4:30pm, if you have any dietary requirements please contact Evekyb on (03) 9345 4980 or evelyn.culnane@rch.org.au
Register via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/study-with-your-health-not-against-it-2017-educationforum-tickets-30150376588
For further information, please contact Evelyn Culnane on 9345 4980 or evelyn.culnane@rch.org.au

The Inclusive Education Summit 2017
October 28th, 29th & 30th 2017
Proudly Hosted by the University of South Australia
School of Education South Australia, Adelaide
CALL FOR PAPERS CONFERENCE THEME:
Who’s in? Who’s out? Who decides? What are we going to do about it?
The Inclusive Education Summit invites researchers, education leaders and workers, advocacy organisations, people experiencing exclusion to present their research or inclusive education projects on the following sub-themes: Educational Exclusion; Indigenous Education; Disability and Education; Refugee Education; Education for Children Living in Remote and Rural Areas; Poverty and Education; Children Living in Areas of War and
Conflict; Religious and Ethnic Exclusion / Inclusion; LGBTG Education; Education Policy-Making and Reform.
Presentations may take the form of: Symposia; Paper Presentations; Posters; Performance.
Submissions to be made to TIES2017@unisa.edu.au *Closes 18th of June 2017

Resources and Tools

Aspect Capable Facebook page
Autism Employment Opportunities Victoria and NSW
When you physically cant get out, there is still social media. Check out this new Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/aspectcapable as we will be positing all future employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum in VIC on there (those on our mentoring program will also be informed by their mentor however in case of gaps between sessions, I‘d suggest also checking Facebook).

Directory of Professional Learning for Flexible Learning Programs
Links to external webpages with professional learning opportunities related to the following areas: Indigenous students, Refugee and/or Migrant students, Cultural Competence / Awareness, Disability, Autism, Sexual and Gender Diversity
http://www.vala.asn.au/professional-learning/student-diversity.htm

Disability Awareness Training Online
Disability awareness is an important part of establishing real inclusion for people with disabilities. It is the first step in overcoming any concerns or stereotypes that you may have interacting with people who have a disability. Become more informed with this FREE, self-paced introduction to disability and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and the community. Start your FREE Disability Awareness Training today: www.disabilityawareness.com.au

Free Captioning and description editing tool
The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in the USA has just launched CADET (Caption and Description Editing Tool) which was previously only available as a Beta project. This official launch version of CADET was developed with partial funding from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office with the rest coming from crowd-funding, and is available via a free download.
It is a free, downloadable caption-authoring software tool that can also be used to generate audio-description scripts.
It enables anyone to produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player that supports the display of captions, and a short video on CADET (link is external) illustrates its intuitive operation.
https://mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/disability/free-captioning-and-description-editing-tool-launched

Online disability advocacy finder
The Department of Social Services’ online disability advocacy finder now includes NDIS Appeals and state- and territory-funded advocacy providers. The finder will also continue to help people with disability find National Disability Advocacy Program services across Australia. It can be accessed from the Department of Social Services’ website.
The finder is quick and easy to use, and it can search by location or provider type, making it easier to locate the service that will best meet an individual’s needs. The finder displays contact details for each provider, their service location and directions to get there through Google Maps.
The finder can also be accessed using your smart phone or tablet.
https://disabilityadvocacyfinder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap/

Transition to Employment: tools for school leavers
Develop a ‘pathways to employment’ framework and a corresponding resource for Local Area coordinators, school leavers and their families to use in planning for post school objectives.
What are the key benefits?
Support for NDIS Coordinators to ensure a holistic, planned approach to transition to work
Develop the skills, interests and confidence toward job readiness
Promoting the employment of people with disability
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Outside the Square professional learning films are available for free viewing on YouTube.
Outside the Square is a series of documentary films to increase knowledge and understanding of dyslexia in our education system. The films feature LDA’s Distinguished Professor Anne Castles, Dr Lorraine Hammond and Dr Bartek Rajkowski. Click on the links below to view each film.
Film 1: Understanding and Identifying Dyslexia
Film 2: Targeted Teaching for Students with Dyslexia
Film 3: The Explicit Teaching of Language and Literacy

The films are designed to be used as part of a teacher initiated or school based professional development session, as they are aligned with the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). The Outside the Square website has focus questions and certificates of completion for continuing professional development.

Webinar: Teaching university students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Practical strategies for success
This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in April, 2017. The presenter was Kimberley McMahon-Coleman.
Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Kim Draisma have extensive experience working with university students on the spectrum, and recently published a book that provides tertiary educators and support staff with practical strategies for addressing challenges associated with ASD as they manifest in college and university environments. In this webinar, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman drew from the findings to offer insight on how to use person-centred approaches to assist students with: Interpreting assignment tasks; Understanding unwritten expectations and codes of conduct; Working around rigidity of thinking; Project planning; Self-monitoring, and Multi-tasking.
http://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9589/webinar-teaching-university-students-with-autism-spectrum-disord/

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Region 14 – NDCO Newsletter Autumn 2017
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Newsletter Autumn 2017
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National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 14
Welcome to the Autumn edition of the NDCO program newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E sbailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au
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How do we make Work Experience for Students with Disability Work?

The majority of young people with severe disability fail to make the transition from school to work with only 10% of Australians with intellectual disability in open employment and only 3% having wages as their main source of income. Most people with significant disabilities who are currently employed had their first job before turning 21, indicating the value of school-to-work transition and early intervention. Studies have also found that paid employment or work experience during high school are excellent predictors of post-school employment success for youth with disability.
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program for Southern Melbourne and the Bayside Kingston Glen Eira Local Learning and Employment Network (BGKLLEN) are developing a project that involves collecting career practice case studies from local Specialist and Special Development Schools (SDS) to collate, publish and disseminate amongst schools in the southern region.
The case studies will focus on Specialist and SDS schools who have implemented, designed, initiated or participated in a program or activity that assists their students engage in or prepare for an employment pathway.
We are currently seeking expressions of interests from schools. If your school is interested in participating in this project, please complete the expressions of interests form below and return it via email to sbailey@skillsplus.com.au or call to discuss on (03) 9784 0400 or 0439 897 027.
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Victorian Disability Awards 2017
Nominate now
The Victorian Disability Awards recognise people and organisations who make an outstanding contribution to empower people with a disability and create more inclusive communities.
Consider nominating the exceptional people, teams or organisations you work with:
1. Emerging leader award
2. Excellence in creating inclusive communities award
3. Excellence in employment outcomes award
4. Excellence in promoting health, housing and wellbeing award
5. Excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety award
6. Volunteer award
7. Lifetime achievement honour roll
Complete and submit your nomination form online at: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards
Key dates & more information

Nominations close Thursday 27 April at 5pm
Judging period May 2017
Finalists announced Week of 17 July 2017
Awards ceremony Wednesday 16 August 2017

For more information visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards, email awards@dhhs.vic.gov.au or call 9096 8057.
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Stepping Into paid internships for students with disability

Applications will be closing shortly for the winter 2017 intake of Stepping Into paid internships for students with disability. Are you a university student with disability looking for paid work experience that counts?
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is offering students with disability the opportunity to intern with leading and forward-thinking organisations across a range of disciplines over the winter university holidays as part of the Stepping Into program.
How do I apply?
Go to http://www.and.org.au/pages/apply.html and complete our online application form before 7th April 2017. The team at AND will inform you of the outcome of your application in mid-April.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To speak to a member of the Stepping Into team call 03 9621 2276 or email applications@and.org.au.

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Disability Scholarship Program

The Disability Scholarship Program aims to achieve a long-term increase in the number of qualified people with a disability employed across all areas and all levels of the public service. The 2017 program will be offering a limited number of scholarships for people with a disability in Victoria in the following areas of study:
• law
• criminology
• para-legal
• psychology
• social work
• other justice-related fields.
A scholarship for study at diploma, advanced diploma, bachelor, and postgraduate level will be offered at a tertiary institution within Victoria. Prospective students interested in undertaking justice-related courses will need to check with the respective institutions to ascertain the requirements of lodging an application and the closing date for courses. A point of reference for all courses is the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre Guide (VTAC Guide 2017)
The scholarship will be awarded on a merit principle, taking into account an applicant’s eligibility, past academic results, ability to complete a course of study, and competitiveness against other scholarship applicants. The scholarship program will provide eligible students with a fortnightly study allowance to study full-time or part-time to complete up to a maximum of 2 years of an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Applications close: 31 March 2017.
http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/utility/careers/disability+scholarship+program

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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. Applications close on March 31st, 2017.
Go to: http://www.adipef.org.au/

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Evaluation of Youth Mental Health Trial released

On 17 August 2015, a trial conducted over ten and a half months commenced to test a participant-driven employment assistance model for young job seekers in DES with a mental health condition.
189 eligible DES participants aged 24 years old or less with a mental illness participated in the trial and were given access to a $5,000 ‘Career Account’. This arrangement allowed them to invest in their choice of goods and services to help overcome barriers they face, and further their employment goals rather than placing total reliance on their DES provider.
DSS evaluation of the DES Youth Mental Health Trial, outlining mixed results for the trial, which may mean that this type of funding is not introduced in the new DES contract.
https://www.dss.gov.au/freedom-of-information/operational-information/disability-employment-and-carers-group/des-youth-mental-health-trial-evaluation-of-the-trial/disability-employment-services-des-youth-mental-health-trial
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Autism Workshop: Differences not disorders – Supports for all people
This is a one day workshop that provides participants with opportunities to assess, discuss, and develop positive behaviour support strategies using an approach integrating neurology, psychology, ergonomics and humour to better understand autism.
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Date: Thursday 20 April 2017
Cost: $250 (Includes GST) per person

This event includes a light lunch, special dietary requirements must be directed to
Sally Bailey sbailey@skillsplus.com.au
Places are strictly limited and Registrations must be confirmed by 6th April 2017
To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/autism-workshop-differences-not-disorders-supports-for-people-not-just-behaviors-tickets-32428404230
To down load flyer go to Word PDF
For more information go to : http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events
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Supporting People with Complex Trauma Histories Workshop

This one day interactive workshop incorporates models from researchers in the fields of Positive Behaviour Support, Neurology, Psychology and Education. Concepts of trauma from Australian and other writers and researchers are integrated to give participants a framework from which to build support systems for the people they serve.
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Date: Friday 21st April 2017
Venue: 44-48 Robinson St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Cost: $250 (includes GST) per person
Includes lunch special dietary requirements must be directed to
Sally Bailey, NDCO, sbailey@skillsplus.com.au 0439897 027
Places are strictly limited and Registrations must be confirmed by 6th April 2017
To register go to
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/supporting-people-with-complex-trauma-histories-workshop-tickets-32428113360
For more information go to : http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events
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ADCET WEBINAR

Teaching university students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Practical Strategies for Success
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST
Date: Tuesday 4 April, 2017.

Presenter: Dr Kimberley McMahon-Coleman teaches in Learning Development at the University of Wollongong. She has a particular interest in developing the academic capacity of students with disabilities. With Dr Kim Draisma she has written Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to Developing Academic Capacity and Proficiency.

In this webinar, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman will draw from their findings to offer insight on how to use person-centred approaches to assist students with: Interpreting assignment tasks; Understanding unwritten expectations and codes of conduct; Working around rigidity of thinking; Project planning; Self-monitoring and, Multi-tasking.
To register go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7642791467593140994?source=newsletter
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Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference to be held in Hobart on 8 – 10 November 2017.
The conference aims to present an inclusive and exciting program with many opportunities for discussion and debate. ASID’s focus is research to practice – the dialogue between researchers, practitioners, service providers, governments, families and people with intellectual disability which has the goal of finding better ways to support inclusion for individuals and to change systems.
Further information available on the ASID 2017 website.
http://www.asid2017.com.au/registration/

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Autism & Dyslexia Forum 10th May 2017
Level 9, 171 Collins Street, Melbourne
Amaze and SPELD Victoria have come together to bring you a forum on autism and dyslexia. An ideal forum for teachers needing to improve their understanding of autism and dyslexia. Also great for parents wanting to know more about what happens for their child at school. You will receive a certificate recording this PD.
At our forum you will develop your understanding of:
Autism, dyslexia and neurodiversity
Cognitive differences and sensory issues
Commonalities between autism and dyslexia
How to support cognitive differences in the classroom
We have preferential tickets available for those on the autism spectrum, please contact Claire Holden:
Phone: 03 9657 1621 or Email: claire.holden@amaze.org.au
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/autism-dyslexia-forum-10th-may-2017-tickets-32576992662?aff=erelconmlt
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Disability Employment Australia Annual Conference

6-7 September 2017 Brisbane
Disability Employment Australia’s Annual Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, aspiring managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector.
As part of its ongoing commitment to industry development and growth, Disability Employment Australia provides delegates with opportunities to think, question and respond to a range of critical issues in ways that are meaningful to their organisations, people with disability, employers and the industry more broadly.
Further information available at http://dea.conferenceworks.com.au/
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The Inclusive Education Summit 2017

October 28th, 29th & 30th 2017
Proudly Hosted by the University of South Australia
School of Education South Australia, Adelaide
CALL FOR PAPERS CONFERENCE THEME:
Who’s in? Who’s out? Who decides? What are we going to do about it?
The Inclusive Education Summit invites researchers, education leaders and workers, advocacy organisations, people experiencing exclusion to present their research or inclusive education projects on the following sub-themes: Educational Exclusion; Indigenous Education; Disability and Education; Refugee Education; Education for Children Living in Remote and Rural Areas; Poverty and Education; Children Living in Areas of War and
Conflict; Religious and Ethnic Exclusion / Inclusion; LGBTG Education; Education Policy-Making and Reform.
Presentations may take the form of: Symposia; Paper Presentations; Posters; Performance.
Submissions to be made to TIES2017@unisa.edu.au *Closes 1st of June 2017

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Resources
FREE APPLE WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS WITH DYSLEXIA OR DIFFICULTIES WITH READING AND SPELLING NOW ON AT APPLE SOUTHLAND.
Go to the site below and scroll down to Accessibility. You can then choose either an iPhone/iPad session or a Mac session and learn about all of the many features to support areas of literacy https://concierge.apple.com/workshops/R343/en_AU/
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Youth Disability Advocacy Service

Getting Ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
YDAS are available to facilitate NDIS Readiness sessions for young people with disability. Topics will include:
NDIS 101
What’s the NDIS?
How can it help me?
How can I get in?
What can go into a plan (very basically!)
GOALS
What’s a goal anyway?
What are some things you/your child want to do in life?
Let’s think about all the different things you might need to get there!
SPEAKING UP
When could you run into problems speaking up about what you want in the NDIS?
Who has your back? What does that look like?
What sort of steps could you take to solve the problem?
GETTING INVOLVED
What have you wished you could do in your community?
Who can help you get there?
What if I need to make changes for things to be more accessible?
These sessions can be run with parent support if preferred and sessions will be in plain English.

To arrange for a workshop at your school please contact Sally Bailey NDCO (03) 9784 0400 or 0439 897 027 or sbailey@skillsplus.com.au

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SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION AUDIT OF PROVISION FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES/DISABILITIES
By Karen Starkiss
It is recognised that the most effective schools are those that rigorously self-review and self-evaluate. The aim of this Self-evaluation Audit is to promote excellent practice in schools seeking to improve accessibility to learning for all students.
Last year, Karen ran workshops for over 300 school principals, senior managers and SSSOs on behalf of Speld and Department of Education and Training Victoria about Response to Intervention and presented a small part of an Inclusive school audit, which was well received. she has now developed a full audit covering a range of areas including the effectiveness of the school in providing for students at Tier/Wave 1, 2 and 3 and measuring student progress.
Templates for an Action Plan and Accessibility Plan are also provided
See this link to find out more http://www.dyslexiasupportservices.com.au/shopping/SEAP.html

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Specialist Mentor for Students with Autism
Andrew Zreczycki facilitates services provided for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), academic staff and other support staff
Email: andrewzr1234@gmail.com
Mobile: 0436 378 888
One to one mentoring sessions for students (Melbourne)
• Transition into university life
• Social skills
• Academic skills
• Life skills
• Career development/work experience/internships
• Transition into working life
Training and advisory sessions for academic staff and other support staff (Nationwide)
• Help create awareness and a better understanding of ASDs in the context of university life and issues that students with ASDs face on a daily basis
• Gain a better understanding of how to help students build a toolbox of strategies they can use to help themselves when faced with difficult situations or settings
• One to one advisory meetings with members of staff to discuss issues of a particular student’s needs or behaviour that is causing concern
• Advisory meetings with parents and other supporting professional agencies
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Map Your Own Way competition
The competition is an opportunity for people with disability who have used their support funding to gain employment, start a business or make money through doing something they love. The entry process is fairly straightforward. All the person needs to do is go to the following link http://mapyourownway.nds.org.au/ and submit their story – a link to their story will be sent to them with ideas on how they can promote their story to win one of three prizes. This competition is a great way for them to showcase their business and/or provide others with ideas on how they can utilise their funding effectively to gain a job they love.
http://www.ilo.org/infostories/Stories/Employment/The-win-win-of-disability-inclusion?utm_content=bufferc0482&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#the-win-win-of-disability-inclusion

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NDCO region 14 Newsletter Summer 2017
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Newsletter Summer 2017
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National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 14
Welcome to the spring edition of the NDCO programme newsletter for region 14. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.

Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027

E sbailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au

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Innovative careers program wins award
Young people with disability are challenging limiting stereotypes and preparing for independent lives after school. A group of senior students at Naranga, a specialist school in Frankston, are proving that young people with disability are able to develop the skills needed for success in the world of work.

They are participating in a Careers Access Program, which recently won a Victorian Disability Services Award for excellence in employment outcomes. It aims to develop employability, build confidence and prepare young people for the workforce.

-See more at: http://www.tickettowork.org.au/stories/innovative-careers-program-wins-excellence-award/#sthash.td5MZFiF.RcjPQpls.dpuf

https://www.youtube.com/user/AAPathways

Figure 1 Student gardening

VET Student Loans
VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE‑HELP scheme, which ceased on 31 December 2016. Information about the new program is outlined in the resources below. This page will be updated regularly as additional information becomes available.

http://education.gov.au/vet-student-loans

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Policy and Research
Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund
The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund is a Charitable Trust established to benefit Australians with a disability, especially people with an intellectual or developmental disability. The Fund aims to encourage quality and innovation in the disability services sector. Funding is available in an annual competitive grants round for researchers and postgraduate students to undertake research into issues of key importance for the Australian disability sector. For more information go to www.endowmentchallengefund.com.au/

ILC Commissioning Framework Consultation
The NDIS has just released the next version of the ILC Commissioning Framework. This version incorporates the feedback we received as part of the ILC consultation sessions held last year.

The ILC Commissioning Framework explains how the ILC Policy will be implemented by:

Outlining the vision for ILC to build an ordinary life for people with disability through greater community inclusion

Explaining how the outcomes that ILC will achieve for people with disability contribute to the vision and community inclusion

Describing the role of ILC in the NDIS.

Ultimately, the ILC Commissioning Framework sets the scene for the commissioning processes that will follow.

https://www.ndis.gov.au/communities/ilc-home/ilc-commissioning-framework-consultation

Longitudinal Study of Australian School Leavers and their Families
Researchers from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (Autism CRC) are together conducting the longitudinal study, a unique profile of school leavers with Autism.

For this purpose, OTARC would like to invite adolescents and adults (with or without an ASD) who are in their final years of school, or first years post-school (aged 15-25), to participate in a longitudinal study. We are also inviting parents or guardians of these students to be involved.

What are the aims of this study?

The main aim of this study is to better understand the process of transitioning from school to adult life for Australian students with an ASD and their families.

We would also like to understand how students who DO NOT have an ASD transition from school to adult life, in order to understand the unique ASD profiles and issues associated with this period.

Who can participate in this study?

• Students with an ASD, finishing school or in their first years post-school

• Students without an Autism Spectrum condition finishing school or in their first years post-school

• A parent/guardian of one of the above young

To find out more, you can contact Dr Mirko Uljarevic (M.Uljarevic@latrobe.edu.au) or Ms Ru Ying Cai (R.Cai@latrobe.edu.au) or you can follow these two links:

http://www.autismcrc.com.au/longitudinal-study-school-leavers-autism

http://otarc.blogs.latrobe.edu.au/longitudinal-study-of-school-leavers-with-autism-invitation-to-participate

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) & Mental Health
The final publications of the June 2013 to 2016 ‘NDIS and Mental Health Analysis Partnership Project’ undertaken with the Mental Health Commission of NSW in the NSW Hunter NDIS trial site are now available.

• Navigating the NDIS: Lessons Learned through the Hunter Trial

• Guideline for Establishing a Local NDIS Community of Practice to Enhance Learning and Sector Reform

mhcc.org.au/policy-advocacy-reform/influence-and-reform/ndis-and-mental-healthpsychosocial-disability.aspx

Resilience/Thriving in Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities (NCSEHE)
Across most universities in Australia, students with a disability have been enrolling in greater numbers than ever before. However, the scholarship and research on equity in the Australian higher education sector has largely ignored the needs of these students. 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.

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Professional Development
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) Webinar
Thursday 10 March, 1pm – 2pm AEDT
ADCET in partnership with The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is excited to bring you a webinar showcasing the finding from a recently released research project ‘Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice’.

The research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports to assist students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions and provides examples of best practice. It finds that students, disability services staff, and teachers are all important in identifying support needs, developing support plans and negotiating how learning can be reasonably adjusted to meet an individual’s needs. However, these viewpoints differ highlighting the need for greater collaboration to provide relevant and effective learning supports.

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

Further information and links to the registration page will be added shortly to adcet.edu.au/resource/9234/

Melbourne Disability Research to Action Forum
The NDIS will introduce new approaches to service delivery and innovative opportunities for technology and design development, underscoring the critical role of research and evidence-based practice. This full-day event will feature leading disability researchers and service providers showcasing research-based practice. Specific sessions will demonstrate the evidence base for critical areas including achieving quality services and service design, housing, interfaces between services, workforce, and inclusion and community participation.

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Time: 9:00-4:30

Location: RMIT University, Level 7, Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Cost: Members of NDS and/or the NDS Victorian Research Advisory Group: $140 Students: $50 People with a disability: $50 Non-members: $180 Contact information For any enquiries, please contact Liza Brown-Pinsky, Policy and Project Officer, Victoria, 03 8341 4309, liza.brown-pinsky@nds.org

2017 Round Table Conference
“Information Access – new modes, technologies and opportunities”

Information access is important to all persons with print disabilities, and has many dimensions including format (braille, large print, E-text, etc.), facilities (libraries, agencies, educational institutions, government bodies) and modes of access (tablet, laptop, refreshable braille). The 2017 Conference will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for communication, learning and information access and creation.

This conference provides three full days of technical, research and panel sessions, presentations and practical workshops on issues related to accessibility. There are also many opportunities for networking and socialising with key speakers, panel members and attendees.

Dates and Venue

Saturday, 6 May 2017 – Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mercure Perth, 10 Irwin Street, Perth WA 6000

Call for Papers Are Now Open

Closing date for submission of Abstracts: Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

Call for Abstracts Paper (48 KB)

Abstract Submission Form (36 KB)

Training for people with an intellectual disability to be Peer Educators about safety in relationships
This is a free program to train people with intellectual disabilities about safe relationships and sex.

We are looking looking for people with disabilities to become paid ‘Peer Educators’.

Train the Trainer training:

When: 12, 14, 20 & 21 February

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Where: The Corner youth hub, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington

Book: Contact Virginia Richardson by Monday 6 Feb on 5950 1630 or email richve@mornpen.vic.gov.au

We are also looking for people (such as support workers) to do the training as ‘Program Partners’. The program will work to reduce the unacceptably high rates of physical and sexual violence against people with a disability, through training, leadership and a local network.

For more background on the program, visit the Deakin site here.

http://www.deakin.edu.au/health-social-development/programs/SLRR?ct=t(Disability_News_and_Events_MetroAccess_MPS_Jan2017)

Date: Mon, 13/02/2017 – 09:30 – 15:00

Contact Name: Virginia Richardson

Contact Phone: 5950 1630

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder – Teaching Strategies and Behaviour Support
Friday 24 February 2017
Join Sue for inspiring, entertaining and informative workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. These are fun, fast moving and exciting days which will give attendees the confidence and understanding needed to help make it a success.

Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm

Where: The Crest on Barkly, 47 Barkly Street, ST KILDA, VIC 3182

Sue also offers a number of workshops throughout Australia with world-renowned Dr Tony Attwood.

All of our workshops are for anyone wanting to understand more about autism spectrum disorder and how to support children and adults with an ASD – including educators, families and all ASD service providers.

All training is Nationally Accredited as Professional Development for Teachers.

https://suelarkey.com.au/workshops/ registration essential

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Resources
Access and Inclusion Index
Access and Inclusion is the consideration and incorporation of the needs of people with disability in all areas of an organisation’s operations. This means ensuring that people with disability have equal access to employment, training and development, products and services, premises, communication and information communication technology.

For more information about the Access and Inclusion Index and how to use it go to

https://accessandinclusionindex.com.au/overview

AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference
17 – 20 May 2017
The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia

** Early Bird Registration is now open!

The AGOSCI Conference Theme for 2017 is “Ready, Set, AACtion”. The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills.

Registration for the AGOSCI Conference is now open. You can easily register via an online form or download the registration brochure and manually complete a form.

Please note: Early Bird rates are valid until the 28th of February 2017 after which standard rates will apply. Register Online Now

http://alloccasionsgroup.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60c950af82506047d05112ca4&id=882131ce6c&e=4898c99552

AGOSCI Scholarship Information

Limited funding will be available for scholarships to support people with complex communication needs to attend the AGOSCI 2017 Conference. Applications close 28 February 2017. Click below for further information on how to apply and who is eligible.

http://alloccasionsgroup.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60c950af82506047d05112ca4&id=cf134975f6&e=4898c99552

Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)
An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) supports individuals and organisations to embrace accessibility as ‘business as usual’ at no cost.

The DAT puts the power of accessible functionality into the hands of content authors, for the ultimate benefit of consumers with disability or age-related impairment.

https://www.visionaustralia.org/dat

Decision-making support: Building Capacity within Victoria
The aim of the Supported Decision Making Project was to build knowledge on how people with cognitive impairment can be supported to make major life decisions, such as post-school options and accommodation.

The research, conducted by La Trobe University, explored the processes and dilemmas associated with supporting people with cognitive disability in decision making. The outcomes of the research were then used by Scope to develop a range of resources to improve knowledge and build capacity in the area of decision-making support. The multimedia and print resources target families and carers, service providers, and legal professionals.

Disability Knowledge Clearing House
The CADR Disability Knowledge Clearing House exists to help us understand ‘what works, for whom, under what circumstances, at what cost’. Here you will find a repository of links to a wide range of disability research and evaluation resources. CADR is constantly adding material to this site with the aim of building the most comprehensive collection of disability research and resources for the Australian context.

http://www.cadr.org.au/

Downloadable Disability Access Symbols
There are over 54 million citizens with disability who want and need access to work and the buildings in which people work. Apart from all ethical considerations, the law demands that people with disability are accommodated.

These symbols advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your building or offices. Examples of places you’ll want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps.

http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/resources/publications/118-downloadable-disability-access-symbols

Employ Outside the Box
Employ Outside the Box is a series of publications to encourage businesses to diversify their workforce. By providing a clear business case and a systematic approach to internal procedures, the guides help businesses to hire people with disability, mature-age workers, Indigenous Australians and other categories of people with skills to offer.

https://www.acci.asn.au/program/employ-outside-box

Get Ready Workbook Series
The NDCO program has developed a series of workbooks for young people with disability, a chronic medical condition or a mental health condition to help plan life after school.

These workbooks are based on the top ten tips for moving into post school education, training and employment pathways. They contain practical activities, facts on rights and responsibilities, useful links and more!

There are three workbooks:

• Get Ready – Top Tips for Students with Disability

• Get Ready – Top Tips for ATSI Students with Disability

• Get Ready – A Guide for Parents

The workbooks are FREE to download and can be progressively completed electronically and saved to a computer.

There is also a plain text version for users of assistive technology and an Easy English version of the Student and ATSI workbook for people with low literacy or language skills.

You can download all versions at www.westernsydney.edu.au/ndco/

Opening All Options Disability

ADCET has relaunch the updated Opening All Options Disability Learning 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). The latest version was updated by leading Australian disability practitioners Julie Fry and Jo Webber, and is hosted and managed by ADCET.

You can find out more about OAO here http://www.adcet.edu.au/oao/

Individual pages can be printed along with questionnaires and there is even a referral letter to request a formal assessment that can be downloaded. We hope all of this makes your job easier.

Person-Centred Practice across Cultures resources
Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures is a series of resources focusing on the crucial importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity in disability support and service delivery. There are 14 workbooks to assist you to be sensitive to and maximise cultural and linguistic diversity in your work. They cover issues such as choice and control for CALD customers, attracting people, engaging with local communities, bilingual workers and interpreters, and the business case for culturally-sensitive service delivery.

The Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures project was designed by futures Upfront for NDS. Funding was provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Person Centred Practice across cultures resource

Supporting tertiary students with ASD
Information for university and TAFE students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents, and tertiary staff interested in learning more about ASD.

This information pertains to supporting students with an ASD in academic settings and comes from a variety of sources including local and international information, peer reviewed research and research conducted at OTARC (funded by DHS, Victoria). The information provided is general and not targeted for specific tertiary institutions.

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/otarc/families-individuals/support

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Region 14 _ NDCO Spring Newsletter 2016
Region 14 Sally Bailey – Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Newsletter Spring 2016
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National Disability Coordination Officer Programme Region 14
Welcome to the spring edition of the NDCO programme newsletter for region 14. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO programme.

Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027

E sbailey@skillsplus.com.au W www.ndcovictoria.net.au

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Rethinking career support for workers with disability
A study by UTS Business spoke to 30 people with disability who are successfully pursuing a career to see what they had in common. They worked in a range of occupations, including law, journalism, politics, IT, academia and management, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The study found the most common experience was their work with not-for-profit disability organisations (NPDO) – paid and unpaid. Just under half of the study’s participants gained their first paid job with such an organisation. It became clear from the study that people with disability are instrumental in creating career opportunities and pathways for themselves – that they are their own career supports.

https://theconversation.com/rethinking-career-support-for-workers-with-disability-23175

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Statewide Portal has been launched
Find current work placements offered by employers across Victoria, Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).

http://www.workplacements.education.vic.gov.au/

Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries
Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life. Please distribute this information to any interested individuals.

Eligibility Criteria

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
Have a current (within the last 12 months) eye report on file with Vision Australia
Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmaniae enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course). The course must have a minimum 12 months remaining for those already enrolled.
Be willing to be involved in publicity events and provide feedback and provide updates on their academic progress
Applications will be available on the below website on August 1st. Applications will close October 28th, 2016.

www.visionaustralia.org/bursary

Youth Jobs PaTH
The Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach to youth employment. The $752 million initiative is designed to support young people under the age of 25 years to gain the employability skills and real work experience they need to get and keep a job, and provides incentives for employers to take them on. The Youth Jobs PaTH provides three elements: Prepare – Trial – Hire.

For more information go to: http://www.employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path

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Policy and Research
Autism in the Workplace Report
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has released a report on a recent project into Autism in the Workplace. Employing an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provides benefits to employers and their organisations without incurring additional costs.

http://business.curtin.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/04/bcec-autism-in-the-workplace.pdf

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) Education Survey 2016
The results of CYDA’s national survey on the education experiences of students with disability have been released. The survey of 1396 students and families provide a national snapshot of current experiences. The majority of participants stated that the level of support the student receives at school is inadequate. High rates of bullying, exclusion, restraint and seclusion are also reported.

CYDA also recently requested information about cases of abuse of students with disability through freedom of information legislation from each state and territory education department.

http://www.cda.org.au/cyda-education-survey-2016
Disability Standards for Education Exemplars of Practice
These Examplars of Practice demonstrate the Standards in practice across various education settings: early learning, schools, vocational education and higher education.

https://docs.education.gov.au/documents/exemplars-practice

Ticket To Work (TTW) pilot outcomes study 2016
Study shows long-term benefits of supporting young Australians with disability to prepare for work. The outcomes study by independent consultants, ARTD, compares past Ticket to Work participants with other young people with disability and shows impressive outcomes across a broad range of indicators including levels of job satisfaction, independence and social participation. – See more at: http://www.tickettowork.org.au/research/study-shows-long-term-benefits-supporting-young-australians-disability-prepare-work/#sthash.p41Mp92y.dpuf

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Professional Development
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Further Education and Training (ADCET)
Free Webinar
Engaging Students on the Autism Spectrum in Tertiary Settings: An Evidence-Based Peer-Mentoring Program at Curtin University, presented by Theresa Kidd and Dr Jasmine McDonald (Joint Program Managers of the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program (CSMP)).

Thursday 8 September, 2016 1pm – 2pm AEST For further information go to:

http://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9402/adcet-webinar-engaging-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-in-tertiary-settings-an-evidence-based-peer-mentoring-program-at-curtin-university/

Aspect Capable DES Training
Disability Employment Services (DES) and Transition to Work (TTW) providers around Australia are seeing an increase in their numbers of job seekers on the autism spectrum. The Aspect Capable Autism Spectrum Training offers awareness training for your staff to build the skills and confidence to get better outcomes for your jobseekers on the autism spectrum.

The Aspect Capable DES Training has relevance across all Disability Employment Service employees responsible for supporting candidates and employers, such as Employment Consultants, Job Coaches and Managers. For more information or to book a bespoke training session for your organisation, please contact Aspect Customer Service on

(03) 9377 6600 or (03) 9377 6602 or email

Irma Hilkens, Employment coordinator: ihilkens@autismspectrum.org.au

Classroom Engagement – Easy English
You do not need to work in a school to come to this workshop https://www.trybooking.com/202818

Universal Access includes the access to written information. How much written information does your organisation provide? 44% of the Australian adult population has non-functional literacy (PIAAC, 2013). 20% of 14 -15 yr Australian students have non-functional literacy (PISA, 2013). This workshop will introduce Easy English and provide you with opportunities to learn to write Easy English to improve access and inclusion for everyone. All training is listed at http://accesseasyenglish.com.au/training

Leadership Program for Women with Disability
Are you a woman with a disability interested in participating in a two-day leadership workshop? Do you know a woman with a disability who would like to attend?

“Women Leading by Example” is a unique leadership program that will be held in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st September for a maximum of 30 women with disabilities. High-profile female leaders, mentors, and workshop facilitators from corporate, government, and non-profit sectors will present and interact with participants.

Participants will explore their self-leadership as well as their ability to lead others. This includes identifying and sharing leadership goals and working to increase confidence to take the next step in community leadership.

Each applicant will be assessed on the total of their experiences and goals in life.

More information, such as the Interim Program, can be found on our website at http://www.wdv.org.au/our_work.htm#wlbe

Learning Difficulties Australia
Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Tales of the Reading Brain: Reading Development, Dyslexia and the Digital Culture with

Prof Pamela Snow – Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Head of School of Rural Health at Latrobe University

Hannah Stark – Speech Pathologist, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and PhD candidate, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Alison Clarke – Speech Pathologist, Vice-President LDA, author of the Spelfabet website

Melbourne, Friday 9 September 2016

Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

For more information follow the link

https://www.ldaustralia.org/pdm-wolf.html

Pathways 13 Conference Website – Celebrating 25 years of Pathways
30 November – 2 December 2016 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 provides a unique opportunity to improve our knowledge and plays a pivotal role in supporting practitioners and the sector in general with an opportunity for professional development. It encourages discussion and debate which informs the sector and ensures that we are all working towards an improved practice model. 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.

Register your interest here http://www.pathways.consec.com.au/register.html

Promising Employment Pathways
WHEN: Monday 5th September 2016. 10.30am – 2.30pm

WHERE: Kington Arts Centre, 979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, Victoria

This seminar is best suited to people who are wanting to create employment pathways for people with a disability or others who find themselves marginalised from community i.e. people with a disability, their families, support workers, planners, professionals, managers, CEOs, policy developers and other people in leadership position.

http://www.belongingmatters.org/

SPELD Training
The following are workshops that Speld Vic is running in the upcoming months which might be of interest to your members, parents and teachers.

22 September 2016 Understanding spelling well enough to explain it to kids 2

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/understanding-spelling-well-enough-to-explain-it-to-kids-2-registration-21751459200

12th-13th & 19th-20th October 4 day Teacher Training Course in Specific Learning Disorders

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/4-day-teacher-training-course-in-specific-learning-disorders-october-12th-13th-19th-20th-registration-19466925097?ref=ebtn

Resources
Educational Resources for Consumers with Disability
Recently the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) consulted with you on the development of guidance about the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) for consumers with disability. We are pleased to inform you that today we released a suite of four educational resources for consumers with disability and the businesses supplying them.

http://www.accc.gov.au/about-us/information-for/consumers-with-disability

Evidence for Learning – Teaching & Learning Toolkit
The Toolkit summarises the global evidence base on 34 different approaches to lift learning outcomes in schools. You can view all approaches, see approaches relevant to primary or secondary schools or look at approaches by school management area.

http://evidenceforlearning.org.au/teaching-and-learning-toolkit/full-toolkit/

New JobAccess website
The new JobAccess website www.jobaccess.gov.au was introduced on 1 July 2016.

The new website aims to improve access to information, funding and services that support disability employment for people with disability, employers and service providers.

It builds on the old JobAccess website to make it easier than ever for people with disability to find the right job and keep it.

We are asking you to help promote JobAccess through your networks to improve awareness of the free disability employment information and support available to people with disability, employers and service providers.

You might like to provide a link to www.jobaccess.gov.au on your organisation’s website, or to the JobAccess video resources. These videos demonstrate the diversity of skills, abilities and experience an employee with disability can bring to an organisation.

There are also a number of posters and information sheets, which are available for download on the JobAccess website. These resources provide valuable information about the support available through JobAccess. Please check any links you may have to the old JobAccess website, as content has moved and these links may no longer work. www.jobaccess.gov.au.

New Videos: Inclusive technology playing a vital role in students success
ADCET is excited to be launching a number of wonderful videos that showcase students using technology to support their studies at university. Technology can play a powerful role in improving the access to education for students with disability. These videos show a range of technologies in use and the impact they have had on the student’s success.

http://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/9391/inclusive-technology-playing-a-vital-role-in-students-success/

NDIS Provider Toolkit
Working with the NDIS: your guide to being a registered provider illustrates the typical steps and processes that a provider must undertake to become a registered NDIS provider and supply services to NDIS participants.

https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/providers/provider-toolkit.html?_cldee=c2JhaWxleUBza2lsbHNwbHVzLmNvbS5hdQ%253d%253d

NDIS Ready
A new NDIS Ready webpage has just been launched at www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-ready. This includes a link to the new My NDIS Pathway – a guide to being an NDIS participant, and other resources including videos.

Resources to Recommend
Australian Disability Clearing House on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information, advice and resources to Disability Practitioners, Teachers and Students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.

http://www.adcet.edu.au/ndco/resources-to-recommend/

Toozly – The world’s largest job search website for jobseekers with disabilities
Whether you’re a jobseeker with a disability looking for work, an employer looking for staff or a service provider assisting clients with disabilities to return to the workforce, you’ve probably found yourself wondering – Why is there no major online jobsearch platform specifically for people with disabilities?

There is now.

What you might not have known is that Toozly was created by professionals with over 30 years experience in Disability Employment Services, Business, Human Resources, Psychology, Education and Training.

https://www.toozly.com.au/about-you

Sharing and Monitoring Disability Information
Disability is likely to be present in your workplace and it may well be invisible. Many Australian employers are unsure about how to ask people about their disability status. A recent survey of members by the Business Council of Australia 2 found that concerns about seeming discriminatory, invading privacy, not knowing how to ask and lack of internal know-how prevented companies from asking employees or applicants if they had disability. The purpose of this guide is to: • help you prepare before you ask; • when to ask; and • what to ask.

http://www.and.org.au/pages/sharing-and-monitoring-disability-information.html

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Region 14 – Good News Stories

Peninsula Specialist School Careers Expo May 2018

Region 14 Sally Bailey – Friday, June 08, 2018

Peninsula Specialist School Career’s and Well-being Expo May 2018

Peninsula Specialist School is one of many schools holding Career’s and Well-being Expo’s across the Southern Melbourne and Bayside areas this school term.  Thank you so much to all the services that have taken time out of what is a very hectic schedule to meet our upcoming school leavers with disability.  Your work is very much appreciated by schools, families and mostly students.

Top Ten Tips to find a Tutor

Region 14 Sally Bailey – Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Top Ten Tips to find a Tutor

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘How do I find a good tutor?’  Parents want to do the best for their children particularly if the children have a Specific learning Disorder (SLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or dysgraphia, or a combination of all of them.

Finding a good tutor for your child is not going to be easy:  Some parents have unrealistic expectations, are looking for a ‘silver bullet’ or a ‘cure’.  There is no cure, just a lot of hard work.

The hard work is going to be done by your child, you only have to provide your hard earned dollars.  The money invested in a tutor can be a major investment, but your child is going to invest far more in terms of blood, sweat, tears and self-esteem.

When any large investment like a house or a car people usually need to do some research, so how much more important is your child?  You need to do some research.

For instance, when buying a car, would you say to your friend?  ‘Can you recommend a car for me to buy?’  Your friend might say ‘I think my Honda Jazz is great, you should get one.  But you have a dog so need a wagon.  All kids are different but kids with SLDs are very different.  You need to do some research.

Research is also necessary because a Parliamentary inquiry said  ‘There were also concerns raised that tutors operate in an unregulated environment’, page XIV http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/file_uploads/ETC_Homework_Inquiry_final_report_PWkrPPVH.pdf

Money

You must choose how much you are prepared to spend: A Rolls Royce or a Honda Jazz?  Tutors typically cost somewhere between $80-$150 per hour.  Just because they charge more does not mean that they are better tutors, just more expensive.  Some tutors call themselves ‘consultants’ or ‘therapists’.  However they are all basically just teachers who want to work with kids who have SLDs.  You need to do some more research.

Location

Where you live matters unless you can also invest your time into ferrying your child to and from the tutor’s place.

Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) https://www.ldaustralia.org/  is a professional association of teachers, speech pathologists and other professionals, highly regarded in the community, which has a list of tutors/consultants sorted by their location, so this is a good start. LDA also requires teachers to have extra specialized qualifications in order to be on their LDA Online Tutor search. Additionally, LDA Consultant Members are expected to continue their professional development in the learning difficulty field and must submit yearly evidence showing ongoing learning that conforms to strict standards for continued renewal of their LDA Consultant registration https://www.ldaustralia.org/consultants.html

Qualifications

The minimum qualifications any tutor should have is a registration with the Victorian Institute of teachers’ (VIT).  The VIT is the regulatory body which ensures that teachers have done an approved University teacher training course.  In order to maintain their registration teachers are also required by the VIT to keep up to date by undertaking Professional Development (PD). It is important that tutors have teaching qualifications and are registered with their teacher registration board that ensures they meet professional standards for teaching

VIT registration of a person can easily be checked by using the VIT website here: http://www.vit.vic.edu.au/search-the-register/_nocache   You can search by their name and/or registration number.  This search also tells you when registration was first granted, which will give you an idea of how experienced the tutor is.  If they are not registered –Don’t go there!

More qualifications

Most teachers who are interested in working with kids who have SLDs undertake further specialised training.  Unfortunately this is where it gets a bit murky.  There is no regulatory body in Australia whose job it is to monitor the quality of such Professional Development providers.  Anybody can put up their shingle and charge whatever the market will bear.

Fortunately Alison Clarke http://www.spelfabet.com.au, has done much of the research into appropriate programs as she was on the Professional Development committee for Learning Difficulties Australia.  The list of training providers can be found on her blog here: http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2016/03/upcoming-training-in-synthetic-phonics/.  If your tutor has done one of these you know its good.

If the qualification is not on the list: Look at their specialised qualifications and ask them what they mean and if you can view their certificates.  If they get angry or have ‘lost’ them.  Don’t go there.  (I am very proud of my qualifications because it took me a lot of blood sweat and tears to get them-I would never ‘lose’ them.)

Seeing the bits of paper is important especially if the qualifications are from overseas.  In the UK or the US there are many excellent specialized courses.  Just make sure your tutor has done one of them and exactly what it is and what it involved.

Evidence based Professional Development courses

Another help through the murky waters of PDs is AUSPELD.  AUSPELD is the Australian Federation of Speld Associations and is also highly regarded in the community http://auspeld.org.au/

The peak body for anybody with SLDs to go to in this state is Speld Vic.  Each state has its own Speld organization, all coming under the umbrella of AUSPELD.

AUSPELD has a free, online version of ‘Understanding learning Difficulties for parents’.  This has a list of evidence based interventions here: http://uldforparents.com/contents/selecting-a-successful-intervention-program/what-does-the-research-tell-us-about-different-interventions/   This also lists the degree of evidence and rough costs.  (Again remember the Rolls Royce factor –high cost is no guarantee of a quality course).

This information does not recommend the ‘best’ course for a tutor to do or the ‘gold standard’ course because there is no ‘best’ course.  If you tutor says there is a ‘best’ course and she has done it, ask for the article that proves it, written in a peer-reviewed journal.  (There are’nt any!)

This research will give you a guide through the murky waters of PDs.

The choice

After having found a tutor you like the look of, you must put her to the vital test.  Your child!  The choice is not just yours but also your child’s.  There must be a good relationship.  If not- Don’t go there!

A good relationship is important as the tutor must exploit a child’s strengths and ensure he succeeds.  Success is the key to motivation.  Children need the motivation if they are going to carry on and undertake all the hard work they will need to do.

In school

In Victoria, provided a tutor has VIT registration, and with the approval of the school, a tutor is allowed to take a child out of school during the day, in order to tutor her.  This has a couple of advantages.  Tutors are usually busy before and after school and the child does not have to face more work at the end of the school day when they are exhausted.  (Some schools also allow suitably qualified teachers, who work as tutors, to provide specialized learning support at schools)

Qualifications caveat

Qualifications are important because they get tutors over that first hurdle and enable a tutor to get the vital VIT registration.  However, I know of many, older teachers who do not have lots of letters after their names.  They are excellent, dedicated teachers.  This is basically what you are looking for:  A tutor who can relate to your children and who knows their stuff and how to teach.

More about courses

As you have seen, AUSPELD has a number of recommended courses.  They all have one thing in common.  They all teach Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP).

This is important as all the evidence from reading researchers tells us that this is how all children learn to read.

Structured – This means, for example you teach the sounds in in a structured way.  From simpler sound/letter correspondence to those that are more complex

Synthetic – This means that the sounds are built up (synthesized) by blending them together.

Phonics  – Simply is the link between the sound, the printed word and its meaning.

Efficacy

The tutoring given should work.  Your child should improve.  If not, find another one.  If you have any complaints tell the tutor.  If they are from LDA, tell LDA.

However, remember that by nature specific learning difficulties are ‘persistent’ and do continue throughout an individual’s life time to some extent. The degree of progress is also dependent on how severe the learning difficulty is. The earlier learning difficulties are identified, and effective intervention implemented, the better the long term prognosis. Internal factors such as resilience and persistence also play a role.

Ann Williams

BSc(Hons),Grad.Dip.Ed.,Grad.Dip. App.Sc., M.Ed.

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Welcome to the Lab

Region 14 Sally Bailey – Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10 to 16 year-old young people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers. It offers one-to-one tuition by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming. The Lab started in April 2011 with a single weekly group in Footscray, Melbourne.

The Lab has operated in Frankston since October 2013 with support from the Frankston MetroAccess project,  a partnership between the Department of Human Services and Frankston City Council.The Lab Frankston is located at the Karingal Neighbourhood House computer room, Karingal Place, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston.

Entry is via the car park on the left of the building. (Map link: http://goo.gl/gC299z )Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop – there is a limited supply of desktops available.

We are currently running the following sessions:Tuesdays only4:30pm – 6:30pm6:30pm – 8:30pm

The cost is $15 per session, payable each school term. Your payment covers the cost of the mentors, who are professional programmers and software designers.If you have a child who is interested in joining The Lab Frankston please fill out our online application form and we will let you know when places become available.

http://www.thelab.org.au/

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