August 2017 edition of eDIN news now available: http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=176548
Spring has sprung, the buds are busting, jack frost is packing his bag and the magpies are sharpening their beaks. Must admit that spring is my favourite season of the year. As for the last month of winter, things have been busy despite the cold.
My key takeaways for the month; firstly, the opportunity to deliver more workshops in regards ‘Pathway Options’ and ‘Assistive Technology’ is allowing refinement of delivery re style and content. I look forward to presenting more of these in the future. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you need me to deliver a session to your group.
Second mention goes to the NDIS and the fact that the world still spins as the rollout continues. It was good to catch-up with Merri Health this month to learn more about the Early Childhood component of the Scheme. I look forward to their participation in the local networks.
Lastly, a big welcome to all the new NDCO’s across the country-side. Seems to have been a big change in personnel across many regions lately. (Which also means a big farewell to all those that have left). I very much look forward to the re-invigorated team at the next national conference in October.
42nd eDIN newsletter now available July 2017 –http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=175107
I actually managed a little time off over the school holidays but when I look back at this month it doesn’t feel like it. So much I haven’t included in this months newsletter with some articles being held over to next time.
Key takeaways for the NDCO program this month include the finalization and submission of reports to head office in Canberra and the inaugural meeting of the new NDCO advisory committee in Melbourne. (see page 2).
In Ovens and Murray this month we saw the roll out of the NDIS information roadshow featuring the key players as they got to most major centres in that region. Anecdotally I am receiving a lot of feed-back from potential NDIS participants indicating that they are still very much unaware of the ins and outs of the new systems. This would indicate that information sessions will need to continue during the implementation phase.
We also had NAIDOC come and go although I know a lot of events were postponed due to the weather, with these to occur later in the year when it warms up.
Good luck to all the nominees in the Victorian 2017 Disability Sport and Recreation Awards which closed recently, I look forward to highlighting the winners once announced.
NDCO—Assistive Technology Session 20th July 2017
Big thanks to the Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support Group for inviting me along to one of their monthly session this July. It was great to pass on my knowledge re the importance of the new technology advances (the role of the device) when it comes to people who experience communication hardships – often labelled ‘Learning Difficulties’.
With around 50 people in attendance it was fantastic to reach such an enthusiastic audience. I look forward to hearing back from the group about any advances they make on behalf their students and/or children as a result of the information provided. For those that couldn’t make the session, or if you have an interest into this subject I created a short video capturing the first part of the session and I also posted a copy of the resource sheet featured on the night. Click here to view it on the NDCO region 15 webpage. (“Dyslexia Assistive Tech overview”).
If you would like to connect with a fantastic support group I would also highly suggest linking into the AWDSG via Facebook: Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support – http://www.awdsg.weebly.com or click here.
Don’t forget that if you would like me to come and do some hands-on sessions with your group, school or other, just let me know.
NDCO eDIN newsletter 41st edition now available.
Another busy month as the mid year term break approaches. I will be having a few days rest that I am very much looking forward to despite the colder weather. Having completed the annual NDCO reports it’s nice to know I will be returning to a revised set of planned activities to focus on.
This month saw a strong move forward with the Victorian NDCO’s fully realizing the intent to have an all of Victorian State advisory committee. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for mid July and I look forward to bringing you my reflections on the achievements of this initiative throughout 2017/18.
July is a lot about NAIDOC, make sure you check out the Koorie catch up page for some of the local events happening near you.
It is also that time of year when there seems to be an influx of staff changes in various program areas. To all those, too many to name here, that are moving on, thanks for your input and contributions to the sector. For all the replacements, I look forward to meeting you soon and I hope this newsletter finds its way into your in tray sooner rather than later.
Sincerely, Mark Cottee. NDCO region 15 Northern Victoria
The 40th edition eDIN news is now available. Click here
As I indicated last month, I have included some extra references to the budget although the main impact points regarding school education and higher education funding were already pre-released prior to budget night. I am also mindful of my comment that just because it was indicated in the budget, doesn’t mean it is real. Except for the bit were it talks about the NDCO program being funded (ha).
In other news, it has a been a big month regarding Aboriginal Affairs with a major focus on the talks happening at Uluru during May. Interesting to see a push towards treaty rather then recognition. This is something that Victoria has been contextualizing for at least the last 12 months.
One of the behind the scenes issues I have been focusing on through this month is the impact (issues and opportunities) of the NDIS on the VET sector. I look forward to bringing readers a comprehensive overview in the near future. Already I am seeing the opportunity for positive change in the sector for all and the crucial role VET/Further Education may play for all mainstream connections with NDIS.
NDCO region 15 Mark Cottee
NDCO eDIN 39th edition newsletter now available (April 2017)
38th edition eDIN newsletter, March 2017 now available.