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National Disability Coordination Officer NDCO Hunter-Central Coast

The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
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The NDCO Program assists students & people experiencing barriers in their move forward to training, education and employment such as disability, a medical condition, mental illness, learning disability | Funded by Australian Government | 0438 218844  About My Big Tomorrow - My Big Tomorrow
MY BIG TOMORROW - FIND THE CAREER OF YOUR DREAM
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I've just returned from the launch of this career website at The University of Newcastle, Australia (in the next building really as I work here! lol). Watch how students from Kurri Kurri and Irrawang High Schools - in the clip below - contributed to it's design and development.
My Big Tomorrow http://www.mybigtomorrow.com.au is a brand new initiative of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle that provides young Australians with information and resources to discover the career of their dreams. Guided by the thoughts and opinions of middle high school students, the website profiles over 90 different career paths, from sport scientist to band manager. We aim to inspire teens to dream big about their future and provide some tools to help them get there. There are clips to go with each career - watch a day in the life of that career.
http://www.mybigtomorrow.com.au/about
Ability Links - St Vincent de Paul Society - Good Works
ABILITY LINKS - DON'T FORGET THEY'RE HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY ACROSS NSW (PHONE NUMBERS BELOW)

Ability Links works within local communities to assist people with disability, their families and carers to be valued and active members of their community.  Ability Links coordinators, known as ‘linkers’, work with people with disability, their families and carers to plan for their future, and help people become more confident, supporting them to achieve their goals and access support and services in their community. Linkers also work alongside communities and mainstream services, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive.
Contact Ability Links Hunter & Central Coast Regions:
Phone: (02) 4905 0700 (Hunter area) or (02) 43260400 (Central Coast area)
Email: ability.links@vinnies.org.au
Post: PO Box 64, Islington, NSW 2296
Have had a productive morning at the UON Special Education Centre Advisory Board Meeting. I'm a member of this group, and really value the access to leaders from across the sector in this Forum. I was able to update them on the work of the NDCO Program in assisting university-school-VET students with disability transition to life after study, my involvement in many employment projects, work with the National Disability Insurance Agency, Support the Supporters campaign, organising the Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos, the work of HCCNC Disability Employment Advisory Group - DEAG (which I facilitate), my contribution to The Able Movement, and so much more. It's great to have the support of The University of Newcastle, Australia in my work - they're a great host of the NDCO Program from Gosford to Tweed Heads :-)

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Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00

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WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH TRANSITION TO WORK AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS IN HUNTER NDIS TRIAL SITE? I've imaged the FACS handout for you... After school many young people with disability will go directly to employment, vocational education and training or higher education. In addition, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), Department of Family and Community Services NSW (FACS) provide two Post School Programs, Transition to Work and Community Participation... more below!

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH TRANSITION TO WORK AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS IN HUNTER NDIS TRIAL SITE?

I've imaged the FACS handout for you... After school many young people with disability will go directly to employment, vocational education and training or higher education. In addition, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), Department of Family and Community Services NSW (FACS) provide two Post School Programs, Transition to Work and Community Participation... more below!
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National Disability Coordination Officer Program - Western New South Wales

We have a great team of NDCOs in NSW - and indeed across Australia - and it's expo time for many of us. I'm busy with the two Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos and my colleague Kris Lear National Disability Coordination Officer Program - Western New South Wales has just had one of his. Looks great Kris, and thanks for everyone's support of all of our events. You can find contact details for NDCOs across Australia at our national website http://www.education.gov.au/ndcoprogramme :-)

National Disability Coordination Officer Program - Western New South Wales
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Have had a productive morning at the UON Special Education Centre Advisory Board Meeting. I'm a member of this group, and really value the access to leaders from across the sector in this Forum. I was able to update them on the work of the NDCO Program in assisting university-school-VET students with disability transition to life after study, my involvement in many employment projects, work with the National Disability Insurance Agency, Support the Supporters campaign, organising the Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos, the work of HCCNC Disability Employment Advisory Group - DEAG (which I facilitate), my contribution to The Able Movement, and so much more. It's great to have the support of The University of Newcastle, Australia in my work - they're a great host of the NDCO Program from Gosford to Tweed Heads :-)

Have had a productive morning at the UON Special Education Centre Advisory Board Meeting. I'm a member of this group, and really value the access to leaders from across the sector in this Forum. I was able to update them on the work of the NDCO Program in assisting university-school-VET students with disability transition to life after study, my involvement in many employment projects, work with the National Disability Insurance Agency, Support the Supporters campaign, organising the Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos, the work of HCCNC Disability Employment Advisory Group - DEAG (which I facilitate), my contribution to The Able Movement, and so much more. It's great to have the support of The University of Newcastle, Australia in my work - they're a great host of the NDCO Program from Gosford to Tweed Heads :-)
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Companion Card NSW

There's a screening at Tuggerah :-)

Companion Card NSW
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I love Vivid! Great to see this map available for accessibility guidance :-)

Companion Card NSW
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What a long day... just home! Productive meeting in Gosford this morning at the Transition Support Program Reference Group at Youth Connections where we're working on supporting students with disability in disadvantaged high schools... then onto The Able Movement Strategic Planning Day in Sydney. I'm really pleased I can contribute to both groups. More about The Able Movement and its work to promote inclusion at all levels in the community at http://www.theablemovement.com.au... thank goodness for the weekend :-) - Kay Dean Ndco Image: Jane Worthy (Able CEO), Cristina Giacominato (Able Director), Dr Mark Bagshaw (Able Co-founder) and Kay Dean, (NDCO Hunter-Central Coast)

What a long day... just home! Productive meeting in Gosford this morning at the Transition Support Program Reference Group at Youth Connections where we're working on supporting students with disability in disadvantaged high schools... then onto The Able Movement Strategic Planning Day in Sydney. I'm really pleased I can contribute to both groups. More about The Able Movement and its work to promote inclusion at all levels in the community at http://www.theablemovement.com.au... thank goodness for the weekend :-) - Kay Dean Ndco

Image: Jane Worthy (Able CEO), Cristina Giacominato (Able Director), Dr Mark Bagshaw (Able Co-founder) and Kay Dean, (NDCO Hunter-Central Coast)
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At the Central Coast School Leavers Network this morning - then our 12 pm CC HCCNC Disability Employment Advisory Group - DEAG meeting - at Henry Kendall High School Support Unit Coffee Shop. The School Leavers Network focuses on the needs of leaving students with disability in the Central Coast (I and a DEC colleague established it nearly 15 years ago :-) ). The Support Unit is having a table at our Central Coast Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos on 25 June at Mingara Recreation Club - they'll be selling items made by the students as shown in the pics, plus their recipe book! :-)

At the Central Coast School Leavers Network this morning - then our 12 pm CC HCCNC Disability Employment Advisory Group - DEAG meeting - at Henry Kendall High School Support Unit Coffee Shop. The School Leavers Network focuses on the needs of leaving students with disability in the Central Coast (I and a DEC colleague established it nearly 15 years ago :-) ). The Support Unit is having a table at our Central Coast Hunter & Central Coast School Leavers Expos on 25 June at Mingara Recreation Club - they'll be selling items made by the students as shown in the pics, plus their recipe book! :-)
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Today I'm at a Community of Practice (bit of a think tank) working on barriers to transition in particular suburbs that statistically show low rates of participation in training and education, and subsequent work... I'm at a switched on table so loving the energy! :-)

Today I'm at a Community of Practice (bit of a think tank) working on barriers to transition in particular suburbs that statistically show low rates of participation in training and education, and subsequent work... I'm at a switched on table so loving the energy! :-)
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At the 'Are Your Digital Services Truly Accessible?' Seminar in Sydney today. Hoping I have lots of information to bring back to our region :-). Tim Connell pictured from QuantumRLV... very thankful to them for being involved in all of my inclusive technology workshops and conferences over the past 15 years.

At the 'Are Your Digital Services Truly Accessible?' Seminar in Sydney today. Hoping I have lots of information to bring back to our region :-). Tim Connell pictured from QuantumRLV... very thankful to them for being involved in all of my inclusive technology workshops and conferences over the past 15 years.
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Busy at the Newcastle Lake Macquarie Careers and Training Expo. Great to meet students, teachers, families and other services :-). The NDCO Program is funded by the Australian Government to promote the transition of students and people with disability to study and work. The Hunter-Central Coast and North Coast NDCO Programs are based at The University of Newcastle, Australia. #newcastlecareerexpo

Busy at the Newcastle Lake Macquarie Careers and Training Expo. Great to meet students, teachers, families and other services :-). The NDCO Program is funded by the Australian Government to promote the transition of students and people with disability to study and work. The Hunter-Central Coast and North Coast NDCO Programs are based at The University of Newcastle, Australia.  #newcastlecareerexpo
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NORTH COAST PLANNING DAY Busy today meeting with my fellow UoN NDCO Cynthia Fitzpatrick National Disability Coordination Officer - NDCO North Coast to discuss some upcoming events and resource development. When you're on the go the only place to dial into a Tasmanian NDCO webinar is in the car! Lucky we found a car park with a view :-)

NORTH COAST PLANNING DAY

Busy today meeting with my fellow UoN NDCO Cynthia Fitzpatrick National Disability Coordination Officer - NDCO North Coast to discuss some upcoming events and resource development. When you're on the go the only place to dial into a Tasmanian NDCO webinar is in the car! Lucky we found a car park with a view :-)
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