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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Autism & Education
More than 8 in 10 autistic students face difficulties in education
Conferences and Workshops
Free Webinar: Customised Employment - streamlining sustainable transitions
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Time: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
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
- Educational Inclusion Theory and Practice
- Educational Inclusion Pathways
To purchase tickets go to:
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
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
Making Choice and Control REAL - Supporting Self Advocacy’
Frankston Mornington Peninsula ‘Multi-Sectoral Community of Practice’ forum
Date: Thursday 29 March 2018
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.
Frankston Mornington Peninsula Service Sector Orientation Forum
Time 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018
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.
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
Participant Statement Preparing for NDIS plan
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Further information: email@example.com
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
Reimagine website - Supporting people living with mental health conditions to navigate the NDISo
Communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people
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.
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.