About the ACE Disability Network

Background

The ACE Disability Network was established in 2003 as a partnership between leading disability organisations and learning centres to

This followed concerns regarding:

The Network has since expanded its role to work across Australia and to include all community groups in response to expressed need.

Vision and objectives

Vision

The Australian community to embrace diversity

Mission

To strengthen the capacity of the community to be fully inclusive of people with a variety of disabilities by providing education and training, information and practical support and by developing and fostering valuable partnerships.

Objectives

The Network supports and assists the community by:

Service reach

The services of the Network are available to any adult education, community organisation or local government (with and without membership) interested in the inclusion of people with disability.

Membership

Membership of the Network is open to any adult education, community organisation or local government and entitles an organisation to:

The cost of annual membership is available by contacting Olympia or Judy.

Network Achievements to date

Structure

The Network is supported and advised by an advisory committee comprising representatives from 12 adult education providers wanting to promote inclusion of people with disability.

Trainer/consultants

The Coordinating Committee of the Network employs two trainer consultants who work a total of 22 hours a week.

Olympia Tzanoudakis

Olympia has been with the Network since its inception in 2003 and has therefore been involved in the work and activities of the Network from that time and has knowledge of its history and progress. Olympia has worked as a disability support worker, tutor, disability service co-ordinator and advocate and believes that the full inclusion of people with disability is a right not a privilege.

Judy Buckingham

Judy has worked extensively in neighbourhood houses as manager, teacher and committee member for very many years. She also worked with the ANHLC for two years as Inclusive Communities Officer. Since then her work has included disability training and project work in local government and disability service organisations and academic research focussing on the needs of people with intellectual and psychiatric disability both in Australia and the UK. She completed her PhD in learning and adults with an intellectual disability in 2004.

The Coordinating Committee

The Network is supported and advised by an advisory comprising representatives from 12 adult education providers wanting to promote inclusion of people with disability. The Committee meets four times a year and applications from interested adult education providers are welcome.

Current committee members include:

Japara Neighbourhood House

Yooralla
Yooralla provides a myriad of services and programs for people with a range of disability. Courses are also provided to suit people with all disability types.
For all queries phone 9916 5800
Inclusion Melbourne
Inclusion Melbourne supports the community to welcome and include people with disability, while supporting people with disability to pursue regular lifestyles and opportunities.
For all queries phone 8508 6705
Knoxbrooke Incorporated
Knoxbrooke Incorporated provides services, programs and opportunities to people with disability. These include employment, education, day programs and residential.
For all queries phone 9758 3666
Vicdeaf
Vicdeaf is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf adults in Victoria. Vicdeaf provides a range of services and supports aimed at breaking down communication barriers and increasing the status and participation of deaf people in society.
For all queries phone 9473 1111, TTY: 9473 1199
Vision Australia
Vision Australia (formerly RVIB, RBS of NSW and Vision Australia Foundation) is the largest provider of services to people who are blind or have low vision in Australia, assisting more than 38,000 children and adults to live the lives they choose.
For all queries phone 1300 84 74 66

Most Network partner agencies also offer accredited and pre-accredited education and training programs for people with disability. VicDeaf offers a Deafness Awareness Training and Sign Language Classes.