Accessing the Future: Instruct, Inspire, Include
Inclusive Technologies | Learning Disability
in Education & Employment Conference
Our Biennial Conference - no date set for 2013 and beyond at the moment
Day 1: Pre-Conference Workshops
Day 2: Inclusive Technologies - papers, workshops, hands-on
Day 3: Learning Disability in Education and Employment - Practice, Theory & Technology
Previous Conference Details - this is what is usually included
The Forums... now a Conference!
The Biennial 2011 Accessing the Future: Inclusive Technologies | Learning Disability in Education and Employment Conference follows the successful 2009 events in Newcastle and Sydney; the 2007 events in Sydney, Newcastle and Bomaderry; and the 2005 and 2003 Forums held in the Hunter and Central Coast. The event typically attracts more than 600 registrants.
In 2011 the Conference will be offered over three days in one location, at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, a premier conference and accommodation venue located in the Hunter Valley vineyards at Lovedale.
Pre-Conference Inclusive Technologies Workshops - a mix of topics covering inclusive technologies generally, plus learning disability
Inclusive Technologies Conference - papers, workshops & hands-on sessions
Focus on Learning Disability in Education and Employment: Practice, Theory and Technology - papers, workshops & hands-on sessions
Why a third day focussing on learning disability? The Convenors also head up the Australian Learning Disability Association and have been observing a range of needs for training in this area. We've assembled an informative program on this day to provide delegates with skills, strategies, and knowledge around inclusive technology to better support people with learning disabilities. Several pre-conference workshops also target this area.
There will also be a large Expo on Day 2 and Day 3 featuring key inclusive technology and related suppliers from across Australia. We're working on the logistics to open this to the public as well.
The Program includes a range of practical information about the types of inclusive technologies available for use in the education and employment sectors, and focuses on presentations by staff who are using inclusive technologies in their sector, and by people with a disability using the technology themselves to participate in education, training and employment. There will be many valuable journeys to listen to and technologies to see, and the Convenors are excited about how the Program has come together. The third day focuses on learning disability, and showcases appropriate technologies that can be utilised as well as presentations on empowering people with learning disability, and evidence-based strategies to support.
A sneak peek at SOME of the sessions....
- iPad Tips and Tricks - hands-on
- Integrating Inclusive Technologies in Education
- My Life is Absolutely AppTastic! Introduction to Apps and iPads - hands-on
- Unravelling the Potential - Understanding and Empowering Students with Learning Disabilities (a full day pre-conference targeting upper secondary, VET & HE)
- Smart Employers: Tapping into the Talent Pool by Removing Workplace Barriers
- Digital Pens (Overview + hands-on later in the Program)
- Physical Disabilities and Technology - Where are we now?
- Helping Children with Dyslexia (half day pre-conference)
- Study and Work with a Learning Disability
- Social Media Flattening Your World: Building Personal Learning Networks for Life
- Responding to Regulations on Augmented Hearing Systems - a uni case study
- eBooks in the Classroom
- Bathrooms to Geeks - JobAccess Funding for Employment; Creative Access Solutions
- Reading Comprehension and Assistive Technologies
- iPad, Camera, Action: Using movie making technologies for ASD
- Universal Design for Learning - It's Personal
- Curriculum Engagement for Students with Complex Needs Using Technology
- Meeting the Changing Needs of Students who have a disability - uni session
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Beginners
and lots lots more, including the Apple Lounge!!
- Greg O'Connor, Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies (a much sought after speaker presenting over the three days of the Conference)
- Gerry Kennedy, ICT Consultant (a favourite from previous events)
- Greg Alchin, Winner of many Awards including Apple Distinguished Educator
- Jeanette Davies, Apple Distinguished Educator and teacher, CEO Wollongong
- Dawn Hallett, Apple Distinguished Education and teacher, Warringa Park School
- Tim Connell, Quantum Technology
- Liz Dunoon, teacher and author of Helping Children with Dylexia
The event is priced below cost and is subsidised by the NDCO Program. At $495 Early Bird for the full three days of the conference - with a 2-day rate of $395 and a 1 day-rate of $195 - you won't find another full 3-day conference at the same price! The conference dinner is an optional extra at $79, plus two evening tours to the nearby Hunter Valley Gardens for their Christmas Light Extravaganza for $36.50 on Wednesday and Friday nights (unfortunately vineyards aren't open in the evening!).
Feedback from previous events indicates that registrants agreed that these days were a valuable staff development opportunity and information source.
The Conference is designed to provide information and practical advice to:
- School, VET, and University staff (teaching and support staff)
- Employment Services staff
- Disability Services
- Community Services
- Australian Apprenticeships Centre staff
- ADHC staff, including 'Transition to Work' and 'Community Participation' Program Providers
- Government and Non-Government Agencies
- Allied Health Professionals
- Students and People with disability and their families, however, the Program is more oriented towards staff taking skills and information back into their context
Kay Dean and Timothy Hart are National Disability Coordination Officers funded by the Australian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. NDCO's facilitate the transition of students and people with a disability into further training, education and employment. Contact details: