Current and past projects

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TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership (TSEP)The TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership (TSEP) similar to USEP is a service model that bases a specialist disability consultant one day per week on a TAFE campus, and aims to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students from TAFE with disability who are seeking employment. TSEP is currently running from 2 TAFE Qld campuses – Ipswich and Toowoomba.  Contact your local consultant:  TSEP@cpl.org.au
PODCASTS: Across the ocean – Access & inclusion in Tertiary Education, Post-COVID-19.These podcasts will give you some information about what overseas equity practitioners are going through in further & higher education, what some of the work-arounds have been, and a bit of perspective on how Ireland works to support their further & higher education sectors in relation to students with disability. This is a partnership with David from North Qld and Darlene from ADCET (Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education & Training. Jamie Axelrod, Director – Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University shares issues and approaches facing Tertiary Education facilities in the United States in the COVID-19 context.  Listen Here Dara Ryder, the CEO of AHEAD in Ireland to talk about key issues surrounding COVID-19 for students with disability.  Listen Here ADCET have additional podcasts – you can check them all out on the website
‘What Happens If I Tell You’ Video ResourceThis project will raise graduate awareness on why graduate employers are looking for disability in the workplace. It will highlight equity practices, when it’s most beneficial to share personal information during the application or recruitment process and why, and what happens to all information. This resource if being filmed in May to be released later this year. Thank you to the graduate employers who are participating. This is a collaboration between 5 NDCOs – David, Susan, Ali, Julie and Debbie
I am the expert of meThis project a collaboration of 7 NDCOs from all parts of Australia will provide the confidence to articulate one’s own strengths, abilities and needs when in tertiary education and employment. Phase 1 to be rolled out early 2020
Education Alliance QueenslandThe NDCO Education Alliance Queensland (EAQ) initiative will be rolling out across Queensland in the second half of this year. The initiative brings together all areas of education, further education, training and alternative learning in one space. This will create opportunities to discuss and share what works well, identified gaps and barriers and suggested solutions on how they can be addressed.

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Disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AwarenessThis website was designed to strengthen current cultural awareness training provided to staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.  It provides more depth and insight into strategies and knowledge designed to best engage with the culture and customs surrounding disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

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National WebinarsOur North & South QLD NDCO’s collaborate with colleagues around the country to bring webinars together that are free, and feature live AUSLAN and caption feeds.  The topics focus on access to education and employment for people with disability, and are designed and put together to enhance capacity for service providers.  Webinars have an audience cap of 500 people and are recorded.  You can sign up to receive invitations on our website’s front page.

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University Specialist Employment PartnershipsUSEP was started as a strategic project and trial to work with Disability Employment Services providers to build their skill and capacity to work at the graduate employment level.  University graduates with disability are an important part of the make-up of our future leaders, it’s important that access to graduate work is available on the same basis as it is to students without disability. Now running at 5 universities around Australia with Employment Services partners and other National Disability Coordination Officers, our NDCO’s continue to provide guidance and contribute to this project which has become a national collaborative effort to make an impact in this space.

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Virtual Reality Tour of UniversityThe virtual reality tour of university is a five minute experience showcasing the supports available for people with disability when getting started studying at University.  From the perspectives of 3 students with lived experience, the user gets a tour of James Cook University Cairns’ campus whilst learning about AccessAbility. It is free for groups to borrow.  We have two kits in Queensland.  If you would like this for a group or class as a part of exploring further study, please contact us.

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