NDCO Region 15
"Across the Desk" newsletter, 2nd edition (December 2018)
NDCO Region 15
"Across the Desk" newsletter, 2nd edition (December 2018)
NDCO Region 15 newsletter, "Across the Desk" now available.
Every two years the Pathways conference comes an goes. This year it was held at Manly as NSW had their chance to host.
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 post-secondary education and training.
Normally I would provide notes on those sessions attended and post as a blog but this year I thought I would go with the audio version as part of the podcast series. Given the large amount of audio collected I actually think that this episode is more like a part one, noting that the theme of this years event was, "Progressive Partnerships - Inclusive, Innovative, Ingenuity".
Big thanks to the following who have made this episode possible;
Eliza Ault-Connell, Alastair McEwin, Jax 'Jackie' Brown, Dr Louise Smith, Greg O'Connor and Tony Burrett.
I look forward to including some further audio captured in part II early next year.
To access the MP3 audio file PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Podcast # 6 African work expo, Albury Wodonga 17th October 2018
For this months edition of the NDCO perspective matters podcast series I managed to catch up with a range of attendees at a recent forum specially targeting the African community recently settled in the border region of Albury Wodonga. Number three in a series of workshops run by the locally support agency 'Gateway health', this particular event focused on introducing the local African community to a range of employment and transport support services.
I went along to find out more about some of these supports and also the main issues from both sides of the equation.
Big thanks to the organisers, support services and African community for allowing me access to hear about the challenges of being a new arrival in a foreign country.
To access the audio - please click here
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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
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:
https://youtu.be/AKU7sIDf6DA or search 'Dyslexia Support Group video July 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