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Daily Themes

Wednesday: Inclusivity / UDL / Inclusive Design
Thursday: Ingenuity + Inclusivity/Employment
Friday: Inclusivity / Mental Health + Commnunity Links

Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Full Program

Thursday 6th December, 2018

8:15am - 9:00am


Foyer, First Floor, Novotel Manly

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Address 2

Room: The Grand Ballroom
Chair: Petria McGoldrick

Do internships launch careers? A review of the Stepping Into Program
Suzanne Colbert

Panel Members
Georga Kemp, James Armstrong, Philip Zamora

10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Tea and Exhibition


10:30am - 11:15am

Concurrent Session 10

Room: Ballroom A
Chair: Caroline Krix

Pick me!
Crissa Sumner and Manisha Amin

Concurrent Session 11

Room: Ballroom B
Chair: Tracy Hetherton

Job Access
Daniel Valiente Riedl

Concurrent Session 12

Room: Ballroom C
Chair: Jessica Buhne

GradWISE: a collaboration between WISE Employment and Swinburne University to improve employment outcomes for students living with disability
Anthony Gartner, Matthew Lambelle, Stefanie Hansen, Genevieve Smith and David Eckstein

Concurrent Session 13

Room: The Meeting Room
Chair: Elicia Ford

ConnectAbility – connecting high school students with disability to future pathways in tertiary education and training
Natalie Vonthien

11:15am - 12:00pm

Concurrent Session 14

Room: Ballroom A
Chair: Stephanie Palermo

Transition from school to work/tertiary education for students with disability
Robert Lawson

Concurrent session 15

Room: Ballroom B
Chair: Lloyd Gris

Trauma-informed practices in trade teaching - optimising safety, accountability and active participation in VET
Meredith Jackson

Concurrent session 16

Room: Ballroom C
Chair: Jessica Buhne

USEP: enhancing success for students with disabilities in graduate employment
Gabrielle O'Brien

Concurrent session 17

Room: The Meeting Room
Chair: Michelle Kerr

Building a disability management system from the ground up: taking into consideration privacy, multiple user groups and record management principles
Michelle Kerr

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and Exhibition


1:00pm - 1:30pm

Plenary Session 3

Room: The Grand Ballroom
Chair: Dagmar Kminiak

Enabling Inclusive Recruitment
Jessica May

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Plenary Session 4

Room: The Grand Ballroom
Chair: Evan Knowles

Challenging employment stereotypes
Nas Campanella

2:00pm - 2:10pm


2:10pm - 2:55pm

Concurrent Session 18

Room: Ballroom A
Chair: Kelly Piper

Transitioning students with Autism Spectrum Disorder into higher education
Susannah Gregory

Concurrent Session 19

Room: Ballroom B
Chair: Michelle Kerr

Towards consistency
Lee Papworth

Concurrent Session 20

Room: The Meeting Room
Chair: Petria McGoldrick

Designing for inclusion; challenges and opportunities
Manisha Amin

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea


3:30pm - 4:00pm

Plenary Session 5

Room: The Grand Ballroom
Chair: Dagmar Kminiak

NDIS – Making it happen – learning, living and leading
Lorraine Rodrigues - NDIS

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Plenary Session 6

Room: The Grand Ballroom
Chair: Caroline Krix

NDIS - Supporting Employment Outcomes
Rhiannon Brodie and Chris Drimal, NDIS

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Day 2 wrap up and advice regarding Conference Networking Function

Room: The Grand Ballroom

6:30pm - 10:30pm

Conference Gala Dinner

Room: The Grand Ballroom

Presentation of Pathways Life Memberships

  • Sondra Wibberley
  • Anna Mungovan


Gold Partner

WISE Employment

Interpreter Partner

Macquarie University

Bronze Partner

Northern Beaches Council

Name Badge and Lanyard Partner


Satchel Partner

Databee Business Systems

Keynote Session Partner

1. UTS

The University of Sydney

UNSW Sydney

Captioning Partner

AI Media

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program

The Department of Education and Training

Disability and Carer Support Grant

Department of Social Services

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