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NDCO Newsletter May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 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, training & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program. 
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer 

(03) 9784 0400 

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Regional Resources – new page

School Leaver Fact Sheets and the Education and Employment Pathways Resource Guide 2020 can be downloaded from

** Please do not wait until next term before passing this information on to students with disability and their families.


Schools request for videos 

The NDCO is currently seeking information videos from services and programs in the Southern Melbourne Area including;Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Dandenong, Casey, Cardina, Bayside, Kingston and Glen Eira.One of the significant impacts of the COVID-19 Virus that has been raised with the NDCO for Southern Melbourne is the limited opportunity for students with disability to start exploring pathways for graduation.Secondary school graduates with disability have additional research and preparation to consider and it needs to start early in the year. The NDCO is assisting by collating online video resources that can be explored at any time but students careers advisers and parents.The Southern Melbourne NDCO  is requesting that services and programs develop a simple information video, no more than 5 minutes long that can be used by careers and disability specialist staff to assist students.  Some good examples have been uploaded to:

Please contact Sally Bailey if you would like to contribute your video.

Southern Melbourne NDCO Networks

Each network met for our first online zoom meetings in term two.  A special thankyou to The Ticket to Work (TTW) members Michelle Wakeford (TTW National Manager) and Jenny Royal (Partnership and Development Coordinator) who shared some useful resources on their TTW page. Also thank you to Bruce Watson, Local Area Coordinator (LAC) from Latrobe Community Health and Robyn Hilton LAC from Brotherhood of St. Lawrence (BSL).  Term two 2020 has been a unique time in our history.  Although highly challenging it also provides us with an opportunity to work in different ways to solve problems.  Taking on board the feedback that a zoom meeting is more convenient, making it easier to allocate time to attend meetings future meetings will now be held in an online format. Please note that some concerns were raised in relation to using zoom.  The zoom program being used provides several security features and only those who receive an invite will have access to these meeting. If you have concerns please contact. Sally Bailey to discuss.

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Term three meetings

In term three due to the move to online meetings we are using the opportunity to provide networks with three topic focused professional development live webinar sessions with guest speakers. 

These webinars will focus on preparing graduating students for tertiary education and employment pathways. 

Please see dates below;

Topic: Supporting mental health in student transition

Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am

Date: 28 July 2020

Topic: Preparing your student for tertiary education 

Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am

Date: 29 July 2020

Topic: Employment support pathways and referral

Time: 10.00 am – 11.30 am

Date:  30 July 2020

Network members will receive invites to register to all three sessions before the end of term.


Ticket To Work (TTW) COVID 19 Resources

TTW now have a COVID-19 page on their website with information to help with remote learning and career planning, with a range of resources for students, parents and professionals. Go to

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frequently asked questionsIn this section: Staff Support, Student Support, Webinars, Other useful linksADCET understands that COVID-19 and the evolving impact on our Australian and global communities presents unique challenges for disability practitioners in tertiary education. We have created this dedicated COVID-19 page to provide you with up to date information, tips and emerging practices from across the sector to support your wellbeing and the way you deliver support to your students and colleagues during this time.

Free Webinar Replay: Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD Brains: A Learning Guide

In this hour-long-webinar-on-demand, learn the most popular and effective technology tools for students with ADHD, with Janet DeSenzo.

Association for Children with Disability (ACD)

ACD have a new fact sheet which explains SSGs, reasonable adjustments and how to get the best result for your child.

Student Support Group meetings and reasonable adjustments during COVID-19 page

Student Support Group meetings and reasonable adjustments during COVID-19m FACT Sheet _PDF

The impact of learning at home on the educational outcomes of vulnerable children in Australia

Catherine Drane¹, Lynette Vernon² and Sarah O’Shea¹

This review provides an overview of current approaches to managing school closures as well as recent literature related to young people learning “outside of school”. A range of material has been drawn upon to both highlight the educational issues of this learning context, as well as the psychosocial and emotional repercussions. This summary literature review combines research on technology and learning, online learning and distance learning with very recent analysis of the educational impacts of COVID-19.


ADCET-Transition to Higher Education for Autistic Students

ADCET was joined by Alison Nuske for this webinar.  Alison provided an overview of a recent systematic literature review exploring the experiences of transition to higher education for autistic students, as reported by autistic students and family members of autistic students. Alison discussed the findings of this review and their implications for future practice in university settings to improve the first-year experiences of autistic students in higher education.

ADCET Article – Reasonable Adjustments for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Healthcare Students

The healthcare field is sometimes seen as inaccessible for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. However, there are a number of technological and practical adjustments that can overcome issues of listening and communication.


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