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NDCO Perspective Matters # 5 Pathway Options
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Podcast # 5 Pathway Options for students with a disability for career advisers.

On the 27th August my colleague Tracy Hetherton from region 10 and myself had the chance to present to a room full of school career advisers as part of a professional development day hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU). Whilst the presentation focused on the transitional pathway options for students with disability we also touched on the impacts of NDIS, School Leaver Employment Supports and options when it comes to work experience.

A big thanks to both CSU and the Albury Wodonga Careers Advisers Association (AWCAA) for giving us the opportunity to present. As part of this podcast episode I have taking my audio from the day which has been matched to the Power Point used. You can easily follow along to the corresponding slide number on the Powerpoint downloadable below.

To access the audio – please click here.

To access the Power point, click here.

To access the SLES resource document mentioned in this episode, click here.

To access the reports overview document also mentioned in this episode, click here.

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NDCO Perspective Matters podcast #4 Literacy
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Monday, August 06, 2018
Podcast # 4 Literacy Learnings, Steve Capp, Principal from West Bentleigh Primary School.

On the 26th July over fifty school literacy leaders came together on the border to hear from Steve Capp, Principal Bentleigh West Primary School to discuss a considered approach to improving literacy levels across all grades. This talk outlines the role of evidence based reading instruction, it’s relevance to improving results for students with dyslexia, and the importance of considering a suite tools such as phonetic awareness and multi sensory learning.

To listen to this episode of the NDCO Perspective Matters podcast – CLICK HERE

Also note the following resource links that accompany this episode:

Powerpoint used during the discussion. Includes additional resource links: CLICK HERE
Dyslexia in the Classroom, support document: CLICK HERE
Further note – back in 2016 the NDCO program helped facilitate a workshop focusing on this subject via what was/is called ‘Outside the Square’ project. In this workshop we featured a series of videos to further demonstrate the concepts and ideas mentioned by Steve Capp. I note that these videos are now available on YouTube: or visit

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NDCO Perspective Matters Podcast #3 June 2018
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Friday, June 29, 2018
Featuring Michael Leonhard from the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre.

For this month’s ‘NDCO – Perspective matters’ I visit Corryong and catch-up with Michael Leonhard from the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre. During the conversation we cover a range of topics including; Community Services in a remote regional setting, some of the unique (and not so unique) demographics of Corryong, the rollout of the NDIS for their community, and also a some of the innovative solutions they have put in place to meet their specific challenges.

Click here to access the MP3 file.

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NDCO Perspective Matters episode 2/18
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Thursday, May 31, 2018
Enhancing the Links— May Podcast special.

This month I had the chance to attend Canberra to help out with the Enhancing the Links forum managed by my NSW colleagues. It was also a great chance to catch up on how the NDIS is impacting on some of the key pathway options for students with disabilities. In this episode I catch-up with NSW cross border commissioner James McTavish and Dalene George, Support teacher transitions from the NSW Department of Education. I have also included the key points from three of the key note speakers on the day; Paul Robertson planner and regional employment champion from the NDIA, Paul Musso from NDS and Frank Fogliati managing the ticket to work program in Canberra

You can access the audio via two ways by clicking on the following links.


(2) By clicking here to access the MP3 file directly

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NDCO Perspective matters podcast episode 1/18
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Last year I experimented with a few podcasts just to get my head around the mechanics of producing this format.

I am glad to announce that I have started my 2018 campaign with the first episode of the year now available for listening. For our very first podcast of the year I caught up with Jess Bickham who is currently doing some student placement hours at Wodonga TAFE. Jess was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as ‘brittle bones’ disease, and in this conversation we cover the impacts of that condition from early age right through to her current studies and aspirations. It was a great delight to catch up with Jess and get some insights into her journey through study and work. I really hope you enjoy the discussion as much as did in putting it together.

To listen to the program please note the following two available methods of listening:

Via Soundlcoud –

Or you can download and or listen direct by clicking here

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Wangaratta Benalla Mansfield Network Services map – Updated
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Please note the Wangaratta Benalla Mansfield Disability Services Network Map has been updated as of August 2018.

Each organisation has an embedded hyperlink to take you straight to that organisations most relevant home page.

To access the map please – CLICK HERE

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Dyslexia Assistive Tech overview video July 2017
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Friday, July 21, 2017
During July 2017 I had the pleasure of presenting to the Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support Group. Thanks again for everyone who attended.

As promised you can access the resource sheet by clicking here.

For those that couldn’t make it –

I have put together a short video re the main presentation given on the night. I have posted this to You tube for easy access: or search ‘Dyslexia Support Group video July 2017 ‘

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Summary of the Diversity Field Officer Program
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A joint program by Deakin University and Australian Federation of Disability Organisations.

The DFOS was developed as an employer engagement strategy to work directly with small and medium sized businesses to build ‘disability confidence’, as a result of research highlighting the ‘missing voice’ of businesses of this size, especially their experience, barriers and views of employing people with disability in Australia. The DFOS was piloted over 12 months commencing September 2015 with approximately 50 small to medium workplaces across over 15 industries in Geelong, a large regional centre in Victoria, Australia.

To check out the findings from the pilot check out the summary: click here

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Pathway Options Guide Wangaratta April 2017
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Pathway Options Guide Wangaratta April 2017 – click here

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Across the Desk Podcast #3 Christian Agbazue
Region 15 Mark Cottee – Friday, March 31, 2017
NDCO region 15 “Across the Desk” # 3 Christian Agbazue March 2017

This month I caught up with Christian Agbazue as my journey into the world of CALD education and employment continues via the “Across the Desk” podcast experiment. This twenty minute session explores the skilled migration process from the perspective of Christian who emigrated from Nigeria back in 2009. In this episode we cover some of the processes involved in the regional skilled migration journey and the unexpected path to employment.

Small apology for some sound quality issues on this one but worth hanging in there – this is what I would call an opportunistic sound grab when I met up with Christian in the gardens of La Trobe University. Big thanks to Christian for sharing his story and time.

To access the Audio Click here

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Across the Desk newsletter #1 September 2018

Region 15 Mark Cottee – Monday, September 24, 2018

NDCO Region 15 newsletter“Across the Desk” now available.

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