44th edition of NDCO eDIN news now available

44th edition of NDCO eDIN news now available –http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=177725

This months edition comes to you in the middle of the school holidays
and I hope everyone had a little bit of time off. I managed to slip
in a small but rewarding break with my kids, and with the football
season all done and ‘dusty’ed’ (congratulations to the Richmond Tigers
and Melbourne Storm), its back to normal programing.
With the usual range of topics covered in this edition, my main conversation
here is about what is that normal programing. The main
one for me is the upcoming NDCO national conference happening in
Canberra. As per previous years I will be focused on brining a special
edition of the eDIN news in October featuring all the latest news
from the gathering. This years conference will likely be one of regeneration
as many of the previous NDCO’s have moved out of the
program with a new cohort commencing.
Also for the month of October is the usual focus on mental health and
wellbeing activities. (Mental Health Week—8th—14th October).
‘From its beginnings in 1985, the week has grown to encompass
hundreds of events, organised by a multitude of individuals, community
groups and service providers throughout the state.’ I hope you
take the chance to join in, reflect and participate where and when
any opportunities present themselves.

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NDCO eDIN newsletter 43rd edition now available

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

42nd eDIN newsletter now available July 2017http://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.

Yours Sincerely,
Mark Cottee

Assistive technology and the age of the ‘device’

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 region 15 eDIN news 40th edition

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