NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference

Friday 23 November 2018

Keynote Presenter - Sarah Barton



Sarah Barton is a filmmaker with more than 20 years’ experience who has focused mainly on making films about disability. Her first major film UNTOLD DESIRES (1994) won the first Logie Award for SBS television and an AFI Award for most outstanding documentary.  Sarah created and produced the first 70 episodes of the award winning disability community television series ‘No Limits’. Sarah mentored and trained a number of disabled performers including the late comedian and writer Stella Young. Sarah’s short documentary STROKE A CHORD (2012) about a choir of stroke survivors who can sing but not speak was a finalist in the ATOM Awards in 2013.

In 2010 Sarah received a Churchill Fellowship to travel to America and England to research a feature documentary about the disability rights movement. Screen Australia subsequently supported the project in 2015 and the film DEFIANT LIVES was released in 2017. 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. 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

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Department of Education and Training - Tracey Walker and Francesca Noronha   

What is DET’s “Education for All?”                  

This presentation will provide an overview of Department of Education And Training (DET) “Education for All” Policy which was released in December 2017 within the context of the DET’s inclusive schooling reform agenda. 
Creating an inclusive education system for all learners is central to realising Victoria’s vision for the Education State. Inclusive education welcomes diversity and engages all students in high quality, personalised learning. 
Education for all is a school policy that gives schools and other stakeholders a clear definition of inclusive education and what the legal obligations are for supporting students with disabilities.
The initiatives focus on developing the knowledge and skills of school staff, and giving schools clearer guidance and specialist support to better respond to the needs of students with disabilities.
The programs and resources to support Education for All will be referenced and explained. To put the policy into practice, a suggested summary of steps to take to provide Education for All within the school context will be provided. A case study will be workshopped with participants. 
The presenters have many years of experience in supporting schools to include students with additional learning needs and will provide their reflections of good practice and what to expect from an inclusion program.

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Epilepsy Foundation - Epilepsy and Education, Impacts and Solutions Michele Barry

No one should go it alone when living with epilepsy. How then can school staff be involved in the student’s journey? If Education staff have a good understanding of epilepsy including varied seizure presentations and recovery periods, the first aid required and then also understand its impacts including medication side effects, memory, self-esteem, stigma – then their ability to support students will be greatly enhanced, as will the outcomes for those students. They can help break down some of the barriers students living with epilepsy face and promote a better understanding and acceptance of epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of those living with epilepsy. We do this through our education and training programs, epilepsy support, research and awareness raising campaigns.
My background includes 19 years of practice as a school nurse in a large metropolitan Secondary School with a diverse student population. I was also responsible for delivering
school staff First Aid training. Being a Nurse Educator with the Epilepsy Foundation gives me opportunity to both draw on the experience of working in an Education setting and also to impart knowledge and skills to school staff who find themselves supporting students living with Epilepsy. These students may be in either main stream schools or in Special School settings.

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Trade Circle Program - Alison Wall

The School TAFE Alliance for Regional Training (START) Trade Training Centre is built on the grounds of Chisholm Frankston and is made up of a consortium of thirteen local schools in partnership with Chisholm.  Alison's role at the START TTC is to develop programs that suit the local cohort and meet the changing needs of the secondary school cohort.  This comes in the form of Trade Tasters, Experience Days, Professional Development and much more. Over the past four years, we have successfully run a Circle Trade Program for Naranga Special School.  In 2018 the program was broadened to enable students the opportunity to experience three program areas – Building, Hospitality & Sport & Recreation.  To continue to develop the program, Naranga would like to encourage other schools to offer this opportunity to their special needs students.
 
The program runs on a Thursday from 8:30am-12:30pm.  Naranga currently provides an aide with their cohort, and depending on the needs of the students, it may be required that other participating schools send along an aide as well.  
 
We are hoping to offer students two semester-long programs per year in different trade areas, expanding to other trade areas, dependent on numbers.

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School Based Apprenticeships - Lou Licastro

Introduction of our Traineeship programs with various employment partners. Our programs welcome students with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Our employment partners and our trainers provide a friendly and welcoming workplace where students can gain personal growth and confidence whilst learning valuable workplace employability skills that will enhance their future employment outcomes. 
Our training programs include Certificate 2 in the following courses
• Food Processing
• warehousing Operations
• Horticulture
Eligible students are supported via DAAWS funding with Tutoring and Mentoring thru-out the TraineeshipNational Food Institute SBATS Over the past 3 years National Food Institute has specialised in providing training to students with learning disabilities and partnering with various Employers to provide students with School Based Traineeships opportunities. The outcomes for our students have been amazing, with  growth and confidence gained by our students over the life of their Traineeship being very evident.

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Considerations in preparing for VET, TAFE and University 

Chisholm TAFE - Esther Revens

There are many things a student with a disability needs to consider when preparing to study at TAFE. 
From selecting the right course, the right entrance level and the right mode of study, to organising support and reasonable adjustments.
This can be quiet overwhelming for a student, however there is help available.
The Disability Liaison Officer can support the student through this process from their first enquiry until they graduate. Esther has been the DLO at Chisholm for 23 years. Today she hopes to share some of her knowledge with you and your students.

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Swinburne University - David Eckstein

David Eckstein will talk about what the world of work needs from you and how you can fit in, Accommodations vs entitlement, Links between disability support and careers services. David Eckstein taught English as a second and foreign language in Australia and Italy, worked in international education publishing for Cambridge University Press and developed a career in the performing arts before becoming a Careers Education Consultant in the tertiary sector. His interests include equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment, alternative dispute resolution, embedding Career Development Learning in tertiary curricula and the use of narrative counselling to help people develop and implement meaningful workforce participation plans. He is currently working at Swinburne University to establish the AccessAbility Careers Hub – a collaboration between Careers and Employability and AccessAbility Services.

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School Leavers Employment Supports Considerations in transition to employment models


Outlook - Rachel Marley

Outlook Steps to Employment service works alongside individuals in conjunction with our DES to achieve greater employment outcomes for participants. 

Outlook's Steps to Employment provides a realistic pathway to achieving employment goals through further education and training. Working alongside our DES services and in collaboration with TAFE providers, Steps to Employment coaches and mentors young people to enhance their skills, create independence and build confidence. With our established volunteer opportunities, work trials, and community based activities, Outlook supports a whole of life approach. Steps to Employment suits school leavers with a disability who want to:
• plan career goals
• gain skills to prepare for training or further education
• prepare for work
• Undertake work experience and/or volunteer positions. Established in 1978, Outlook Vic Inc. is a not for profit social enterprise, providing meaningful work and life opportunities for people of all abilities. With a foundation in disability support services Outlook can continued to evolve keeping true to our mission and values supporting choice and control for individuals to participate in community, through our partnerships with business, other not for profit service providers and local community. 
Our progressive environmental integrated workforce, community centre and leading edge disability services, create jobs, a space for socialising, training, work and life skill development.

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Gen U - Leah Twaits

The specialised multidisciplinary Employment Pathways team brings staff expertise from the employment, disability, youth and training sectors, as well as various industries. They are dedicated in assisting NDIA funded participants to gain the required confidence, social skills and essential job capacity skills needed for future employment. This is achieved by working collaboratively with the participant and their circle of supports to help prepare for work and achieve independence in a mainstream environment. Employment Pathways also assists participants to live an inclusive life within their community feeling valued, useful and included in everyday life.

GenU provide Employment Pathways assistance across Victoria. genU Karingal St Laurence have been providing supports and services to people with a disability for over 65 years. Matchworks (a part of genU Karingal St Laurence) have been providing employment supports to people with a disability for over 25 years. Our speaker, Leah Twaits is the Team Leader of the genU Employment Pathways team bringing together the expertise from both areas of the business. Leah has worked in various roles and contracts in Employment Services for the past 15 years, assisting people of all abilities to find employment. This experience has included over 9 years assisting people with a disability into work. 

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Uniting - Karen Burton

Uniting works alongside people of all ages in local communities across Victoria and Tasmania. Our Disability Employment Services assists individuals with a health condition/disability in finding suitable employment, work experience or volunteer opportunities. Uniting, deliver the School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) to students leaving school across the West and North and now in Cranbourne, with additional programs in Chelsea and Eastern Suburbs mid 2019. Uniting also provide support that builds capacity and confidence through Case Co ordination; Kinship and Child, Youth & Families; Aged Care and Disability programs; Early Learning; Alcohol & Other Drugs and Mental Health Services and many more.

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Access Easy English - Communication for inclusion in education environments  

Access to Written Information - Inclusive Learning 
Learning involves being able to access information in a way we can understand, to build upon this and continue to develop our skills. 

Current data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA, 2015) shows at least 18% of students do not reach a benchmark of basic reading skills.  Place this data alongside the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABS, 2013 #4228 which identifies 44% of Australian adults ‘do not have the literacy skills to manage a range of day to day reading tasks’, there are considerable barriers to inclusion and learning. 

This presentation will discuss how written information can be simplified to reduce literacy barriers yet still meet the learning needs of students. It is called Easy English. 
Some examples will be discussed to illustrate how organisations have taken up the use of Easy English, and the difference this can make. 
Cathy Basterfield is an experienced Speech Pathologist, with 30 years experience working with people with Complex Communication Needs and in the development of Easy English. 

Acknowledged by her peers as a highly skilled practitioner in the field of Easy English, Cathy was involved in the development of the first guidelines for writing Easy English in Australia. Cathy was awarded a Victorian Government Ethel Temby scholarship for an investigative study into international trends and accreditation for Easy English writing and publications in 2011. She regularly publishes and presents on Easy English nationally and internationally.

Cathy owns and operates Access Easy English.

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WeSupportU Ltd - Education Co Design Framework Emma McCarthy

Education Co Design Framework - BGKLLEN have funded an innovative project  that attempts to build a deeper understanding of what students need to support self-regulation as they experience change and transition between different classes, teachers and settings. ECDF works to create a common language that both encourages and assists students to request coping strategies and teaching approaches this increase engagement.   By empowering the student, teacher relationship and  facilitating communication in this practical way to support the individual learning needs of the student, more effective responses can be provided to students and educational engagement enhanced. 
The learning intentions for the session are: 
• Supporting students to identify their learning strengths
• Use of key refocus strategies First and Then and Re -teach
• Implementing individual coping strategies when support is needed for self-regulation 

The aim of the project  is to produce a framework that sharpens understanding of how students appear  as they become dysregulated, combined with supports to engage students in classroom strategies to increase self-regulation utilising  approaches, facilitated by clear, open communication.  

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Australian Network on Disability - Stepping into and PACE Mentoring Isabel Heiner 

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a member-based organisation with a mission to advance the equitable inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business, by building disability confidence and awareness across the Australian workforce. One aspect of the work that AND does, is connecting their member organisations with skilled students and jobseekers with disability through the PACE Mentoring & Stepping Into Internship Programs. Both programs are fully supported by AND, providing students and jobseekers the opportunity to build employability skills, develop professional networks, gain industry exposure and increase confidence. PACE & Stepping Into are each run twice a year, and are free for students and jobseekers to participate

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Specialisterne Australia Assisting organisations in recruiting and supporting people on the autism spectrum Steph Carayannis 

ecruiting and supoprting employees on the autism spectrum                                                                                         Specialisterne (which translates from Danish as ‘The Specialists’) is an innovative social business concept originally founded in Denmark in 2004. Specialisterne is internationally recognised as the first and foremost example of how autistic adults can become effectively included in society and provide valuable, high quality services to their employers.
Specialisterne works to enable jobs for autistic adults through social entrepreneurship, innovative employment models and a national change in mindset. We believe that it is not the autistic individual who needs to change, but rather the way the labour market is conducted.
Steph Carayannis will be providing information on who Specialisterne is and what our main objectives are. She will be presenting the common barriers to employment for autistic individuals, the common talents that autistic individuals possess, as well as providing tips for facilitating success for the neurodiverse workforce. Further, Steph will provide information about how Specialisterne can help students and job seekers overcome the common barriers to employment.
Steph Carayannis joined Specialisterne Australia in February 2018. 
Steph holds a Bachelor of Psychology Studies from Victoria University, Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Human Services-Counselling) from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology from Monash University. In addition, Steph is trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis as well as the Early Start Denver Model.

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Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice - Customized Employment  Lauren Pavlidis 


Customised Employment The Centre has been established to provide a singular focus on improving the evidence base for disability employment practice within Australia. We believe that in order for employment outcomes to improve, there must be a shift to a whole of life approach for people with a disability. Current disability employment practice centred on economic philosophy fails to recognise employment as one part of a larger picture.To achieve change we're gathering like minded practitioners and researchers to work on the issues and develop the evidence base to support change in disability employment practice. We draw on resources locally and internationally to ensure that our work meets the standards for critical peer review.
The Centre conducts research, advocacy and training that focuses on policy and practice change through advising business and government on policy and practice direction based on rigourous research. Training that starts with organisational change that supports real change and staff practices to provide better client outcomes that are based on the best available evidence. We also work with individuals and families to support self determination and self advocacy focused on employment.



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The Panel - Disability Employment, what do we want to see in the future?



National Disability Services - Ticket To Work Michelle Wakeford

Michelle has 20 years’ experience in developing, implementing, and researching innovative practices. She has been key in developing award winning partnerships and programs that support social and economic inclusion. Michelle has been a passionate advocate for opportunities and support for young people transitioning from school to employment. She has a particular focus on increasing expectations and opportunities of young people with disability through career and workforce development and inclusive and meaningful community participation.
• Michelle Wakeford Ticket To Work National Disability Services 
Ticket to work is a National initiative that leverages the power of cross-sectoral collaborative partnerships to improve employment outcomes for young people with disability. The initiative is delivered through Local Ticket to Work networks including schools, employment services, post school providers and employers.
Ticket to Work Networks prepares young people for the world of work and provides them with an open employment pathway in their transition from school through a combination of vocational/career development and early contact with work environments.
Specifically, Ticket to Work:
• brings together disability-specific and mainstream representatives from a variety of sectors to work strategically and collaboratively
• supports young people to gain access to early experiences that positively influence their views of themselves as workers
• prepares young people with disability for the workplace and gives them an employment pathway that is typical of other young adults
• increases opportunities for meaningful work experience and learning prior to exiting school
The Ticket to Work model is based on extensive research into what works.

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School Leavers Employment Supports - John Donnon

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Disability Employment Services -  Tanya Cooper 

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