I attend the Accessibility Working Group as a DSC/academic staff rep. Following our meeting last week I just wanted to update you on the following issues:
- RMIT has piloted the RMIT/GradWise Program – a collaboration between ELS, Careers & Employability and WISE Employment to better support students with a disability (the fastest growing equity group participating in HE with the second lowest graduate employment outcome). The program provides PACE mentoring, job opportunities, and GradWise masterclasses. All students listed with ELS have received an invitation to participate.
- The group has been discussing accessibility issues particularly in our remote working context e.g., staff/students with hearing impairments may need videos on to lip read. How will we best manage accessibility and the use of masks when we return to campus?
Just FYI some guidelines and reviews:
- Guidelines responding to the needs of staff and students with disability in COVID-19 return-to-campus planning for Australia’s tertiary institutions
- Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 is currently being undertaken by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) on behalf of the Commonwealth Minister for Education. The Terms of Reference for the Review, a discussion paper (including guiding questions to assist organisations and individuals frame contributions to the review process) and more information are set out on the Consultation Hub website
Finally, please do check out the NEXT website and contribute their thoughts on the question, How can RMIT build more inclusive and accessible communities within and outside our University?