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Welcome to the Pathways 13 Conference
On behalf of the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) the Pathways 13 National Conference Committee Co-Chairs extend a warm welcome to the Nation’s Capital for the Pathways 13 conference to be held from Wednesday 30th November to Friday 2nd December 2016 at the Hotel Realm, Canberra. The ATEND Pathways Conference is a biennial event organised by the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND).
The conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professional, academic staff and students with disability to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in post- secondary education and training.
Pathways provides a unique opportunity to improve our knowledge and plays a pivotal role in supporting practitioners and the sector in general with an opportunity for professional development. It encourages discussion and debate which informs the sector and ensures that we are all working towards an improved practice model.
Pathways 13 centres around the theme; Changes, Challenges and Choice – embracing the future. The Pathways 13 conference will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pathways in Australia. Exploring the past 25 years will enable us to look back since the first Pathways Conference in Geelong in 1991, and explore Changes in the field of post- secondary education and training for people with disability and look forward to the Challenges and Choices of the future.
The conference will bring different perspectives and rich diversity of experience and understanding from all that attend. We hope Pathways 13 will allow colleagues from around Australia to come together to share and learn more about current practices in the area of post- secondary education and training for people with disability, to gain inspiration from others and to strengthen networks of friends and colleagues.
Canberra is a wonderful location for a conference. It is a place where people have always gathered. The name Canberra is an Aboriginal word for ‘meeting place’. Canberra is the seat of Government of Australia, the site of Parliament House, the High Court and numerous government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance.
We hope you will take some time to enjoy Canberra and we warmly welcome you to the National Capital.
Melanie Kovacs - Co Chair Pathways 13 Committee
Manager Inclusion & Welfare
University of Canberra
Julie Harrison - Co Chair Pathways 13 Committee
Manager Access & Inclusion
Australian National University
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Pathways 13 Committee (from top left to right):
Margaret Thompson, Canberra Institute of Technology, Hayley Torabi, University of Canberra, Belinda Wallis, Canberra Institute of Technology, Kellie Singer, Consec - Conference and Event Management, Faith Maddalena, University of Canberra, Melanie Kovacs, University of Canberra, Julie Harrison, Australian National University, Susan Hancock, Australian National University