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Education Encouragement Award from the Deafness Foundation

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Education Encouragement Awards recognise the effort and level of commitment required from students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Awards aim to encourage students in their pursuit of training and qualifications.

Two awards are presented annually. These are:

  • Secondary student award of $2,000 which is open to students in years 10, 11 & 12
  • Post-secondary student award of $3,000 which is open to students enrolled in post-secondary studies, including university, TAFE institutes, apprenticeships and traineeships.


Applicants must: –

  • be deaf or have a permanent hearing loss in both ears.
  • If the student wears hearing aids or has a hearing loss, a current audiogram, performed by a qualified audiologist must be provided with the application.
  • If the student uses a cochlear implant, a statement from the Cochlear Implant Clinic, a Teacher of the Deaf, or a Disability Liaison Officer that a cochlear implant is used must be provided.
  • be currently attending a Victorian educational institution or be enrolled with an educational institution in Victoria.
  • be nominated by a person who can provide supporting evidence for the nomination (teachers, aides, interpreters, tutors, course coordinators, families/caregivers).
  • be a permanent resident of Australia


Application forms to be completed and submitted to the Education Committee of Deafness Foundation for consideration, appraisal and final selection by 30th June.

Contribute to the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Minister for Education and Training, in consultation with the Attorney-General, is required to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the Disability Standards for Education every five years. Urbis has been commissioned to undertake the 2015 review.

The Standards seek to ensure that students with disability are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. On the same basis means that a student with disability must have opportunities and choices which are comparable with those offered to students without disability.

People with disability and their families are particularly encouraged to consider making a contribution, as are educators and education providers. Organisations representing or working with these groups are also encouraged to consider making a formal submission.

Learn how to participate by checking out the Review of the Disability Standards for Education website.

Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Happy Friday every body!


Equity & Excellence in Australian Higher Education – PhD Scholarship

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle currently has a scholarship opportunity for a PhD student to study Equity & Excellence in Australian Higher Education under the supervision of Professor Geoff Whitty & Professor Penny Jane Burke

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education will award a PhD studentship for research examining the policies, discourses and practices of ‘excellence’ and ‘equity’ in Australian Higher Education.

The research will consider how different universities address agendas of excellence and equity, the possible tensions and dilemmas this raises, differences and similarities across institutions, contexts and regions and the ways policy impacts on the different strategies, practices and perspectives within and across universities.

The candidate will be supported with a stipend to the value of $30,000 per annum for a period of 3 years. This scholarship is open to domestic and international students.

Inquiries in the first instance should be made to Professor Penny Jane Burke via email:, no later than Friday 29 May 2015.

Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Happy Friday every body! Hope you are all keeping cozy inside.


The Tribe

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

No verbal dialogue, no subtitles. A film, now showing at ACMI, shot entirely in sign language, is not only for people who are deaf. It’s about time for a film communicated entirely in sign language – but who expected it would be the sign language of Ukraine, spoken only by a few thousand people.

A new student arrives at a Ukranian boarding school for the deaf. He is immediately inducted into a shady underworld of violence, prostitution and robbery.

The Tribe is brutal, uncompromising and sometimes uncomfortable, but its near-silence, along with strong performances from a cast of unknowns, makes this hypnotic viewing.

The Tribe is playing at ACMI from May 2–10.

Warning: film trailer features nudity.

Via Broadsheet Melbourne.


Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Happy Friday blog followers!

Here are some links to take you through the weekend.

And the must read story of this week…
I am his hands, he is my eyes – we are good partners.” beautiful story in cooperation and friendship.


Blind Greek-Aussie tennis player Christos Cypreou chases stardom

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

There’s been a number of Greek-Australian tennis players on the scene this year, but few have confronted the challenges facing Christos Cypreou.

“After I lost my sight I thought a lot of things would not work out for me because of the sight difficulties but coming to blind sports has really changed my life,” he said.

Chris lost most of his sight in 1999, a complication from a chronic illness. He had to quit playing Australian rules football, and he says he became so withdrawn at one stage he feared leaving the house on his own. But after discovering blind tennis, he says his confidence returned and so did his desire of becoming a professional sportsman.

“I would love to play internationally, I would love to play professionally blind tennis I want to get to that international level, I’m working really hard at that.”

Blind tennis is a relatively new sport in Australia. Various tennis programs have a general disability category, with scope for blind players. Blind Sports Australia runs the only internationally recognised league for the vision impaired. Organisers are working towards holding Australia’s first blind tennis open with Japan next year. Blind Sports’ Ray Fitzgerald says the goal is to eventually push for a category in the Paralympics.

“They’re hoping to have it go there in 2030. However to do that you have to have your own local tournaments and an international tournament as well so we’re working in that direction,” he said.

It’s an exciting prospect for vision impaired athletes. Blind Sports Victoria’s Maurice Gleeson says sport participation for blind and vision impaired people can be limited.

“Your opportunity to be involved in sport and recreation is minimal, having a tennis program like this has given them a whole new way of life, a challenge they excel at something new they love and have a passion for.”

Blind tennis differs from regular tennis in that players warn each other when the ball has been served, and – depending on the vision capabilities of the player – more bounces are allowed before the ball is returned. Some players use a shorter raquet and the ball is larger and made from foam, with a bell or noise maker inside.

But Christos Cypreou says the game is just as competitive.

“You got to watch out for other balls too coming for other courts but it does get pretty competitive but I enjoy it. That’s why I do it for the competitiveness and the fun.”


DS Friday Link Round Up!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Happy Friday! A short list of links today.

Happy weekend, every body!

Government Funding for Disability Conferences

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Organisations that support Australians with disability will benefit from a $250,000 Abbott Government investment into disability-related conferences. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said 25 groups were receiving Government support to maximise the participation of people with disability at conferences this financial year.

“This funding has been provided to support conference organisers to increase participation of people with disability at disability-related conferences.”
“The funding will help to facilitate the open discussion of important issues facing people with disability and the organisations that support them, particularly as we transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Minister Fifield said.

Minister Fifield said the funding will assist organisations with the expenses such as the costs of conference fees, accommodation and travel for people with disability, and the provision of Auslan interpreters.

“Support for these national conferences demonstrates the Government’s commitment to backing organisations that are working to improve the lives of people with disability,” Minster Fifield said. “It’s important that people with disability and disability support organisations have the opportunity to come together to learn, to impart knowledge and skills, and to chart the way forward for their organisations.”

Minister Fifield said the funding for disability conferences builds on the Government’s commitment to supporting vital social services in communities across Australia through the DSS grant process.

“The funding is being delivered under the Department of Social Services New Way of Working for Grants, which has seen 18 grant programmes consolidated into seven, and substantial funding committed across these programmes for new and existing services,” Minister Fifield said.

Further information on the new way of working for grants is available at