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					ACE DisAbility Network
      Background of Network
 The ACE Disability Network is a statewide
 partnership between leading disability organisations
 that promote and support disability awareness and
 inclusive practices among ACE providers. The
 Network      provides      assistance,  professional
 development and resource training for the ACE
 sector to enable providers to be more responsive to
 the diverse needs of their communities.
History and rationale
 Establised in 2003
 Co-ordinating Committee consists of staff and
people with a disability from Statewide peak Disability
organisations and a Learning Centre.
 Concerned with poor experiences reported by some
people with disabilities attempting to access ACE
 Lack of research on Disability in ACE
 Desire to address perceived inequity
Philosophy of the Network
Every person has the right to equally access
Education and Training.
“The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) makes
discrimination against a person with a Disability in
the provision of education illegal. Claims can be
made by a person with a disability or a
representative against a provider on this basis.”
The Network seeks to improve service delivery in
ACE to people with Disabilities via a number of
strategies supporting ACE providers
  Key Partners of the Network
 Yooralla Society of Victoria
 Vision Australia
 Gawith Villa
 Vic Deaf
 Blind Citizens Australia
 Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
 Knoxbrooke Industries
To strengthen the capacity of the Victorian ACE
sector to be fully inclusive of people with a variety of
disabilities by providing education & training,
information resources, practical support & developing
and fostering valuable partnerships.
    Objectives of the Network
 The Network promotes inclusion in ACE by:
 offering disability specific resources to ACE
 providing training & professional development to
  ACE providers on disability related issues
 facilitating and supporting the development of strong
  partnerships between ACE providers and the
  disability sector
 promoting information sharing among ACE providers
  on disability specific issues
 Providing information and a range of other supports.
     Important Work to Date
 Mapping the statewide ACE sector in terms
 of disability service provision
 Development of ACE specific Disability Kit
Development of a fully accessible website
 Professional development & training to ACE
 Networking and information sharing
 Partnership research and tool
On-going quarterly Newsletter
    Overview of Key Projects:
  Learning & Participation for People
  with Disabilities in the ACE Sector
 Mapped statewide ACE sector in terms of program
 delivery to people with disabilities
 Aiming to gain understanding of needs of providers
 so Network can provide support, resources & PD
 Major issues that were identified by providers
 included: (1) Inadequate funding level; (2) Need for
 PD/ training around disability & inclusion; (3)
 Assistance in networking & developing partnerships
 with disability sector
   Overview of Key Projects:
   Disability Education Partnerships
 Conducted research on how partnerships are
 utilised by ACE sector in relation to disability.
 Explored the benefits & challenges of those
 partnerships & Best Practice Models

 Toolkit that explores how to develop &
 sustain a partnership. Includes a partnership
 agreement template
    Overview of Key Projects:
   Inclusive Strategies in ACE Project
Key Objectives:
 promote inclusion to ACE organisations (Action
  research project with Gawith Villa)
 facilitated disability awareness & education training
  to ACE sector (workshops, resource materials)
 Developed fully accessible web site
 Developed Disability awareness resource kit.
     How can the ACE Disability
       Network assist you?
1.  The Network can assist ACE via:
2.  Disability awareness raising. Eg Kit,Software
3.  Keep you up to date on legislative & statutory
4. Free training on a range of issues
5. ACE specific advice and tips
6. Research on important issues
7. Assistance with resource lists and documents
8. Website information and links for all parties
9. Facilitation of advantageous partnerships & networks
10. Information sharing via meetings, discussions & direct
Contact details
(03) 9916 5812 for any problems or issues needing
immediate support. This has a 24hr message service
TTY Telephone (For Deaf) 9916 5899 ( Need to ask
for ACE worker) ACE Network Project Worker:
Olympia Tzanoudakis 9916 5821 or

            “We’re here to help”
Disability definition
 Disability is broadly defined in both the DDA and Equal
Opportunity Act (EOA) and encompasses physical,
sensory, mental and intellectual disability, it includes
conditions that people may not think of as disabilities or
impairments. Having an infection, for example, would fit
into both definitions. Disability in relation to a person
means: total or partial loss of a part of the body or a
disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought
process, perception of reality, emotions or includes a
disability that:
   •Presently exists; or
   •Previously existed but no longer exists; or
   •May exist in the future;
The Federal Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
1992 aims to protect people from discrimination,
each state and territory has legislation that prohibits
discriminatory treatment of people with disabilities.
The DDA and each of the state acts aims to protect
people with disabilities from discriminatory treatment
in a range of areas including education,
employment and access to services, facilities
and public areas.
Disability Standards in Education 2005
The Disability Standards (Section 31) of the DDA applies to
education providers. The Standards work alongside the
Disability Discrimination Act and stipulate how education and
training are to be made accessible to people with disabilities
the Standards cover enrolment, participation, curriculum
development, accreditation and delivery, student support
services and the elimination of harassment and victimisation.
Compliance with the Standards is mandated by law and are
therefore as legally enforceable as the DDA. The Standards
will remedy the current uncertainty experienced by service
providers and people with disabilities in how the general
provisions will apply to particular areas by stating the current
disability law more clearly.
Disability Discrimination
At present if a person believes that they are being
discriminated against on the basis of their disability
they may make a complaint under the Disability
Discrimination Act (DDA) of direct discrimination,
indirect discrimination or harassment. Disability
discrimination is unlawful in the areas of education,
employment, accommodation goods, services and
facilities, clubs and associations and commonwealth
laws and programs. The DDA is administered by the
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Disability Action Plans
Disability Action Plans are a tool for
organizations and service providers to
address or prevent discrimination on the basis
of disability. Action Plans are described under
Section 60 of the DDA.
Examples DAP’s are available on the EOC
            Policy Context
 State Disability Plan
 Disability Discrimination Act- Section 61:
 Standards for Education
 Bridging Pathways (Revised Document
 Future Directions for ACE in Victoria

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