Seminar focuses on education options for people with disabilities


Date: 19/06/2002

Tertiary education options for people with disabilities will be highlighted during a free seminar, Setting Directions 2002, to be held at the State Library of New South Wales on Saturday, June 29, 2002.

The Regional Disability Liaison Officer for Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Ms Anna Mungovan, urges people with a disability who are considering further education to attend the seminar.

"Prospective students with a disability from western Sydney, the Blue Mountains and across the State would be wise to attend this seminar as further education can truly broaden your horizon," Ms Mungovan says.

Setting Directions 2002 will provide prospective students with disabilities the opportunity to explore the latest options for further education, according to Associate Professor Marsha Durham, Dean of Students at the University of Western Sydney.

"Participants will learn about available scholarships and also hear valuable first-hand stories from TAFE and university students who have a disability," Professor Durham says.

"This will also be a wonderful opportunity for tertiary institutions to actively engage with prospective students with a disability and to share important information about accessibility."

Setting Directions 2002 is the first in a series of three seminars aimed at creating greater awareness about the many options available to people with disabilities.

Focusing on education, the initial seminar will feature information about admissions and disability services, library facilities, scholarships and assistive technology.

Other topics for the first seminar will include:

§Admissions/choosing a course of study in tertiary education
§Education Access Schemes
§University and TAFE services for students with disabilities
§HECS, Austudy, Scholarships
§Flexible learning
§Technology and website innovations in course delivery
§University and TAFE cultures
§Information for non-school leaver students
§Information for parents/partners
§Information for Service Providers and Teachers

Following seminars will include an assistive technology expo on November 15, 2002 and employment opportunities on November 16, 2002.

Whilst the seminar is free, numbers are limited. The seminar is open to service providers and students with disabilities who are contemplating their tertiary education options.

Setting Directions 2002 is jointly funded by the Regional Disability Liaison Officer initiative and the State Library of NSW. The Regional Disability Liaison Officer (RDLO) initiative is funded by the Department of Education Science and Training. Ms Mungovan's position is supported by the University of Western Sydney and is based at the University's Bankstown campus.

The RDLO initiative aims to enhance post secondary education, training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. RDLO activities are implemented at regional, state and national levels. At the regional level, the RDLO position is specific to the needs of people with disabilities and service providers in the western Sydney and Blue Mountains region.

More information is also available on the University of Western Sydney website:
http://www.uws.edu.au/uws/policies/uwsequity/settingdirections/index.html

WHERE: State Library of New South Wales

WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2002

TIME: 10am - 4.30pm

For registration & further details contact: Regional Disability Liaison Officer Anna Mungovan on (02) 9772 6314, email: a.mungovan@uws.edu.au or Liz Claridge on (02) 9772 6314, email: e.claridge@uws.edu.au

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For more information or requests for interviews please contact: Suzie Vlaming, Media Officer, (02) 9678 7429, 0414 308 701, email s.vlaming@uws.edu.au

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