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Supporting and Serving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Who Have a Disability

July 26, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


This half day workshop will address the barriers faced by indigenous students and clients with a disability and strategies for effectively serving this cohort of students or clients in a culturally safe way.

What you will learn

This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn about the challenges being experienced by Indigenous students with a disability and how these vary from those experienced by non-indigenous students
  • Ask questions in a respectful environment and be provided with answers by both life experience and research
  • To reflect on their own attitudes and the attitudes of their organisation to Indigenous people with a disability and develop strategies accordingly.

About the Facilitators

Roslyn Sackley is a Nyiampaa and Wiradjuri woman with total vision loss from meningitis as an infant. Roslyn has taught in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales primary, senior secondary, TAFE and University sectors and has along with Sharon worked in research in this area for many years.  One of the projects that they worked on together can be viewed in this short video. 

Impact of accessible eBooks on learning outcomes of Indigenous students https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDyKrZlVwNw

Maria Robinson is an Aboriginal woman from the Bundjalung people in Northern NSW.

She has been totally blind since infancy but this has not prevented her from achieving her goals in life.

Throughout her career, she has worked for the Australian Public Service, tertiary and community sectors as well as working in voluntary capacities.

Work roles have included Indigenous and nonindigenous positions where she engaged with the Indigenous communities to provide employment support, conducted research, provided input on learning and development issues involving cultural matters, commenting on Indigenous cultural/disability related employment topics, supported all stakeholders regarding Indigenous cultural issues, arranged training sessions and participated in Indigenous/disability related networks and committees.

Sharon Kerr has had over 30 years experience working with students with a wide range of disabilities and is widely recognised as having expertise in maximising student engagement for students with intellectual, sensory, learning, psychological and physical disabilities. Sharon’s eclectic career  has included teaching and senior management roles in the university sector, consultancy for the TAFE/training sector and classroom teaching K-12 in the school sector. Sharon holds a Masters of Indigenous Education and is currently undertaking a PhD with the University of Sydney focusing on the needs of Indigenous students with a disability.

Cost: $200 pp inclusive of GST, includes half day workshop, training materials and morning tea.


July 26, 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm


MFB Auditorium
92-94 Parramatta Road
Camperdown, 2050 Australia
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02 9036 3600


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