Resources

Text-based resources
Audio / visual resources
Organisations
Websites
Disability Awareness Brochures
Institute Disability Services pages


Text-based resources

**Snapshots of Success** - highlighting the achievements of students with disability studying in TAFE NSW.

Getting young people with disability ready for study & work This new guide aims to support parents and carers of young people with disability through the process of transition from high school into post-secondary education, training and work. To download the guide and supplementary factsheets click here

'How to Hear Me'. A resource kit for counsellors & other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities . A project by WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc. For more information click here.

Sociability:social media for people with a disability - 2012 review into how people with disabilities can best use popular social media tools.

Staying_the_Course_2011.pdf identifies some of the factors that contribute to higher rates of students with disability discontinuing their studies and provides practical suggestions for educators to address these issues.

The National Disability Coordinator Officer Program (NDCO)has a range of other resources aimed at improving the transition and participation of people with disabilities or chronic medical conditions into post-school education, training and employment.

The Resources, Presentations and Links section may be particularly useful.

TAFE NSW Disability Services Facts Sheet - Jan 2011 includes information about the role of Teacher/Consultants, student support services and flexible delivery options. There is also a space for individual Institutes/Colleges to add specific contact details.

Sign Language Interpreting in TAFE NSW - A guide for interpreters, teachers and students includes best practice guidelines for interpreting practitioners working in TAFE NSW Institutes. The resource contains information on the interpreters code of ethics and the roles and responsibilities of interpreters, teachers and students. Further information can be found in the ASLIA (Australian Sign Language Interpreters' Association) Guidelines for the Employment of Sign Language Interpreters in Educational Settings. aslia educational intepreting guidelines.pdf.

Practical Ideas for Teachers of Students with Disabilities provides information on inclusive teaching, reasonable adjustment and the role of Teacher/Consultants. The resource also provides information related to the learning environment relevant to specific disabilities and contains downloadable resources and associated links.

TAFE Disability Shared Resources Catalogueis available on LIRO and contains resources suitable for learners with disability in a range of industry and vocational areas.

The Tasmanian NDCO program new resource Mountain Climbing: A resource for tertiary graduates with lived experience of mental illness making the transition to employmentis now available on-line. The resource is aimed at both University and TAFE graduates. It will be a valuable resources for career advisers, counsellors, employment agency staff or anyone else working with tertiary students or graduates with lived experiences of mental illness. This resource draws together a number of strategies, tips and approaches, as well as references to handy websites. We have also included a number of case studies which to date have been a highlight for readers.
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Audio / visual resources


WE BELONG is an Australian study which investigates the life experiences, aspirations and service and support needs of Australian adults with Asperger's disorder (AD) and high functioning autism (HFA). This microsite and series of 4-6 minute videos for Parents & CarersEducatorsHealth Professionals and Employers give a voice to people with AD and HFA.

Australia ranks 21st out of 29 OECD countries for employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
A short news video can be found on ABC: www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-30/job-opportunities-lacking-for-disabled/3705074
Sydney Morning Herald article: www.smh.com.au/national/report-card-damns-disabled-quality-of-life-20111129-1o562.html
The Beyond Expectations DVD showcases a range of opportunities for people with a disability in the workplace. It profiles people with disability who are making their mark in the workforce (refer beyond_expectations_brochure.pdf for details) and aims to:
- assist in career planning by documenting the broad range of occupations in which people with a disability are employed
- increase employer awareness and expectations about the capacity of people with a disability to participate fully in the workforce
- alleviate misconceptions about the OH&S implications of people with a disability undertaking particular occupations
- send a powerful message to employers about the advantages of employing people with a disability.

Organisations

The Australian Human Rights Commission leads the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This Act makes disability discrimination unlawful and aims to promote equal opportunity and access for people with disabilities. The Commission also has major responsibilities under the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Complaints about discrimination and breaches of human rights can be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Physical Disability Australia Ltd - PDA (formerly Physical Disability Council of Australia Ltd - PDCA) is a national disability peak organisation which exists to convince governments to mandate laws and rules that enable the full participation of people with physical disability in all areas of society. The LINKS page includes links to advocacy agencies and numerous national and state-based organisations such as the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, Physical Disability Council of NSW and the Association for Children with a Disability.

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales. They promote and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in arts and cultural activities either as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists.

The Manufacturing Skills Australia, February 2011 edition of MSA Mskillls Update includes an article about employing workers with a disability. The case studies link to the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis's media release (7th February) about funding for two innovative projects that will assist disadvantaged job seekers to overcome barriers to workplace participation. The Staying Well project will help one hundred people living with mental illness in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to find sustainable work opportunities and, through the Prospect House project, 32 highly disadvantaged homeless men in WA will have access to education, mentoring and social skills training.
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Websites


The My Career, My APS is available via the APSC website at http://www.apsc.gov.au/disability/my-career . An initiative of the As - One APS Disability Employment Strategy, My Career, My APS is an online career tool that provides information and practical exercises for people from diverse backgrounds, particularly those with a disability, who want to know more about a career in the APS.

There are a number of national organisations involved in the promotion of support for people with disability. This National Website Links.doc includes information and website links related to national strategies, employment services and further education and training.

The Australian government's People with Disabilities page includes links to a range of services, such as the Disability Parking Scheme, the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Services Directory, the National Companion Card, public toilet maps and advice about public transport concessions in NSW.

The ABC has a website (ramp up) dedicated to all things disability. The aim of the site is to 'ramp up' the conversation about disability in Australia - it's a place for people with disabilities to have a say. Talking to Richard Aedy, on the Life Matters program (8 December 2010) it's editor, Stella Young, promises it will be 'a website with attitude.'

Most people make assumptions about people with disability. Frequently these assumptions, even when they are well meaning, do not stand up to objective scrutiny. The Australian Public Sevice Commission website has excellent information about the more common myths and misconceptionsabout employing people with disability, and the facts that challenge them.
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Disability awareness brochures
You can download brochures across a range of disability groups, providing advice and strategies for teachers of students with a disability.

Click on any of the links below.
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