Newsletter - Winter 2016
National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 14
Welcome to the Winter edition of the NDCO program 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
Inclusive Learning Conference 2016
Friday 10 June 2016
‘Supporting Successful Engagement in Education and Vocational Preparation’
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston
Target: Professionals with an interest in learning and education for people aged 14 years and over with complex learning needs.
Stream One: Intervention
Stream Two: Inclusive practice
Stream Three: Vocational preparation
Stream Four: Mentoring
Stream Five: Inclusive technology for independent learners
Registrations Close 30 May 2016
For further information about the Inclusive Learning Conference 2016 go to http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events or contact
To register for this event go to
Sally Bailey National Disability Coordination Officer firstname.lastname@example.org (03) 9784 0400
South Eastern Disability Inclusion Network
Time: 9.30am to 11.00am
Tuesday: 14 June 2016
Venue: 44-48 Robinson St, Dandenong
Aim: People with disability have self-determined access and inclusion in education, training, employment, and/or participate in meaningful activities within the community.
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.
For RSVP's and requested to be added to the membership please contact
FREE Forum for people experiencing mental illness and their families/carers who live in the areas of Stonnington, Port Phillip, Glen Eira, Bayside or Kingston
Tuesday 7 June 2016 from 4 - 7 pm @
Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin Booking essential by 3 June
Social Impact program now open to all ages!
Do you want to meet new people, gain new skills, explore relationships and get out and about in the community? If so, it’s not too late to join the Social Impact program! Social Impact is all about developing the social skills to build and maintain personal relationships and to create community connections through volunteering.
Beyond the School Gates
Contact Email: email@example.com
Stepping into Program
Are you a student with Disability looking to gain valuable work experience whilst getting paid? Stepping into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability. We currently have 65 internships across Australia, with the list growing daily and we would love to get more students involved. There are currently many opportunities in Melbourne and Geelong which may be of particular interest to you.
NDIA Quarterly Reports released
The NDIA has released the quarterly reports for the January-March quarter. The reports and dashboard summaries are http://www.ndis.gov.au/
Highlights from the report to COAG include:
- 34,325 access requests to the Scheme have been made by individuals, with 29,273 people currently eligible.
- ‘Autism and related disorders’ is the most common primary disability across all sites (31% of participants nationally).
- 43,946 plans have been approved to date, including 15,872 second plans, 15,441 third plans, 1,080 fourth plans, and 50 fifth plans.
- 58% plans are solely agency managed, 35% are combined agency and self-management, and 7% are solely self-managed.
- Overall, $2B has been committed for participant support costs to date.
- 71% have an annualised package cost below $30,000, and account for 25% of annualised committed funding. 10% of participants have an annualised package cost over $100,000 and account for 50% of total committed supports.
- Overall, the average annualised package cost across all sites is approximately $39,600.
- The largest amounts overall have been paid for assistance with daily life at home, in the community, education and at work which includes supported independent living ($473M) and improved daily living skills ($118M).
- 77% of participants with funded supports have had at least one payment against their plan.
- There are 2,377 registered service providers, 36% of which are sole providers and 26% private sector companies.
Policy and Research
Creating an Autism Friendly Workplace
We need your help to develop a tool to adapt the workplace to better suit the individual needs of adults on the autism spectrum. We need the help of employers/manager/supervisors or co-workers of employees on the autism spectrum to complete two 15-minute surveys.
Benefits of taking part
By helping us develop a workplace tool this will assist us in understanding how employers can adapt the workplace specifically to the needs of adults on the autism spectrum. In the long-term we hope that this will lead to more people on the autism spectrum remaining in jobs that they enjoy in a workplace tailored to meet their individual needs.
For more information please contact:
Mobile: 041 603 2771
Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education
The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has released a report titled ‘Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education.
You can access the report on the following link:
Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability
In March 2015, the Attorney-General requested that the Australian Human Rights Commission undertake a National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability. The Inquiry will be conducted by the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon. Susan Ryan AO. The Inquiry Report was released on 2 May 2016.
Accessible learning – Supporting Students with Disabilities
VET development Centre
Wednesday, 15 June, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
This workshop recognises that all teachers, students, and student support services play a role in creating accessible learning environments for students with disabilities. The workshop examines formal requirements (like Reasonable Adjustment), and the social context within which teachers and students with disabilities must manage needs, challenges, adaptations and responsibilities.
Topics covered include:
Disability awareness - what is a disability? What is not?
Reasonable Adjustment and learning integrity
"Support services takes care of all that" - do they?
Your role in inclusive and accessible learning
Amaze Knowledge Webinars
Amaze Knowledge delivers autism training to organisations, community groups, employers, those working with children and the general public.
We are now offering online webinars to Parents, Professionals and Teachers.
These webinars provide an overview of the skills needed to effectively support people with autism in a range of situations.
What is autism?
Duty of care vs dignity of risk.
Supporting expressive communication
Play for HACC staff
Effecting behaviour change
Functional Behaviour Assessment
Developing behaviour support plans
SMART goals for behaviour support
For upcoming Webinars go to:
1300 308 699
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
12th-13th & 19th-20th October - 4 day Teacher Training Course in Specific Learning Disorders
15 July & 22 July 2016 - Comprehensive 2 day workshop for educational support staff and integration aids
EDUCATION SUPPORT STAFF play a vital support role for schools and teachers, as well as being a valuable workforce for many students with learning disabilities. Used effectively, they can help students to learn and thrive. However, principals and teachers are often unaware of how and when to most effectively use Education Support staff.
Disability and a Good Life: Thinking through Disability – Free online Course
Learn how disability is part of who we are as human beings, and how a good life is possible for everyone.
2016 At Risk Forum - An invitation to build your professional toolbox
Thursday 18th August, 2016 … 8:30am-12:30pm
Forum themes being developed
Trauma informed practice, resilience, mindfulness, supporting young people with a disability, understanding the impacts of substance abuse and developing individualised education plans - focusing on community partnerships supporting young people
For further enquiries please email Flexible Learning Victoria firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar: Using technology in the classroom for Deaf students
Hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in May, 2016.
Gary Kerridge was the presenter and he discussed the using Assistive technology for delivery of Auslan and captioning for Deaf students. The presentation included strategies for delivering remote interpreting and captioning in various education situations through assistive technology, mobile devices and the Internet. He also presented information on a number of listening devices and how they can benefit classroom situations.
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 www.pathways.consec.com.au/register.html
Teaching and Supporting Students with Special Needs 6th National Conference
28 -29 July 2016 Richmond
Rethinking, Redefining & Redesigning the Strategies to Teach and Develop Students with Special Needs, Focus of the Conference;
1. Showcase the Attributes of Special Needs Children through the Key-Note /Workshop Presentations.
2. Understand more fully the Nuances of Students with Special Needs in order to Develop New Units/Programs that can better Support and Progress these Students through their Schooling Experience.
3. Collective Minds sharing Brilliant Ideas and Strategies to Understand, Inform and Support our Young People.
4. Embrace through the Two Day Immersion Experiences, the New Ideas/Strategies that can be implemented into the Classroom to Better Support Students with Special Needs.
5. Allow the opportunity for Participants to Network through the Sessions/Morning Teas/ Lunches.
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.
Free call: 1800 422 737
Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide: A practical resource for organisational support
The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide was created by Media Access Australia to provide guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a media context.
Employment Assistance Fund
The Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability and mental health condition by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work
Call: 1800 464 800
Fact Sheet - Providing quality training and assessment services to students with disabilities
Registered training organisations are required to comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 when providing services for students who may have a disability.
This fact sheet aims to help RTOs understand their obligations under the Standards and other relevant legislation.
Resource Kit: Being a planner - disability and complex support needs
The Complex Support Needs Planning Resource Kit is intended to strengthen existing good practice and to provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning. The kit is aimed at workers in planning or related roles who engage with people with complex support needs.
The Planning Resource Kit focuses on the three-stage planning process:
•Stage 1: Pre-planning
•Stage 2: Planning conversations
•Stage 3: Plan-to-action
Each of these stages is described in this kit with notes and a case study example to assist the user to apply the concepts to their planning role.
It is designed to be used in conjunction with other planning tools and resources appropriate to the person, the planner, the service sector and the broader context in which the planning is undertaken.
Download Planning Resource Kit
Step by Step Video Captioning
This process utilises the online services Amara and YouTube (YouTube requires you to have or set up a free account, and Amara needs your video to be online), and is current at April 2013. The terms "captions" and "sub-titles" on this page can be taken to mean the same thing - text appearing along the lower edge of video, although more strictly speaking:
•subtitles are provided for people who can hear but not necessarily understand the language
•captions are provided for people who are unable to hear and include who is speaking and relevant other sound content, eg running footsteps, glass smashing etc.
The Making Experience Count eBook
The Making Experience Count eBook is a collection of 12 personal stories aimed at sharing helpful information and resources for mature age job seekers with disability.
Developed by the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) National Disability Coordination Officer Programme - the Making Experience Count eBook showcases 12 success stories of mature age workers with disability (aged 45+), who have successfully transitioned from unemployment to employment.
Available for free from www.imvc.com.au the stories contained provide rich personal experiences about the challenges and obstacles overcome to achieve dreams.
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