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Building confidence in enrolling learners with disability
National - Introduction Series
Tue 24 Feb 2015, 11:30am to 1:00pm AEDT

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TypeInformation Session
LevelIntroduction Series
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Student Engagement & Support
Duration1.5 Hours
LocationAt your desk webinar, National
Peer+ points5
Cost inc. GST (Members)$65
Cost inc. GST (Non-members)$95
Who should attend?
  • New VET Staff
  • Teachers
  • Administration Staff
  • Managers
  • New Higher Education Staff
  • Campus Director
  • Academic Director
  • Academic Staff

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This webinar is for all staff in small to medium VET and Higher Education institutions, who interface with students particularly on initial enquiry and enrolment. It aims to assist providers to become more confident in supporting students with disability through the determination of education and training pathways, course selection, enrolment, and individual education planning.

The session will not only define ‘Disability’ in its broadest sense and outline accompanying legislative requirements and standards, but also address the issues of handling student disclosure sensitively and how various levels of disability can impact on learning.

In particular, the session will focus on the policies, processes and good practices that can be put in place to address learner disability confidently (whether evident or hidden, as in some mental health cases), during the full life cycle of the student from enrolment to completion, but with special emphasis on the enrolment process. Practical examples and case studies will also be discussed.

The webinar is accompanied by an online resource developed by ACPET in collaboration with the NDCO network, the EEO Commission (SA), and the SA Training and Disability Advocates. Participants will also be referred to other helpful resources and follow up PD, from introductory level to more advanced sessions for educators.
This webinar is offered at a special discounted rate due to the generous support of the NDCO in SA.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • define the full range of disability with which students may present;
  • be confident in sensitively handling the issue of student disclosure of disability;
  • be familiar with the relevant legislation and education standards;
  • be confident in establishing or implementing, relevant policies, procedures and good practices for meeting the needs of students with disability across the whole student  life cycle, from enrolment to successful completion;
  • and be able to access additional help and resources as required.
Facilitated by: Jennifer Cousins

Jennifer Cousins is a National Disability Coordination Officer in SA for Region 23.

Jen has extensive experience and qualifications as a disability advocate, developmental educator and VET trainer in the Disability and Community Services sector. Jen has been a Lecturer in the Disability and Advocacy Programs of Community Services and Health Program in TAFE SA since 2005 and was Principal Lecturer from 2009 -2012.  Jen holds a Masters of Adult, Vocational and Workplace Education, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies). Currently Jen works as the National Disability Coordination Officer for the Adelaide Metropolitan Region since late 2012.


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