Monday, 20 April 2015

Seminar: Comics for Cause, Comics because...

Amanda Josling – Corrective Services NSW
Zoe Humphreys – Ability Links worker, St. Vincent de Paul

5.30 pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Room cb10.5.580
Building 10
University of Technology, Sydney
Jones St, Broadway

NSWALNC were invited to Supernova, a comics and graphic arts expo, by Comics for a Cause and Amanda and Zoe volunteered. They were both enthusiastic about the possibility of collecting comics & graphic novels for literacy students because they have both worked in a range of settings with people who have become disengaged from learning. Graphic texts provide a range of opportunities for reading, story-telling and understanding text construction. 

Zoe Humphreys and Amanda Josling volunteered to work with Comics for Cause, when the organisation approached the NSWALNC about their charity. They began to collaborate on the issue of using graphic texts as a means to engage disadvantaged and disengaged learners. They both have teaching histories that included some of the most socially disengaged people. They focus on approaching literacy from different perspectives and capture opportunities to engage with with learners where they are. 

Zoe currently works as a linker, supporting people with disabilities, their families and carers to access and participate in community opportunities for learning and engagement, Amanda currently teaches a legal literacy program for Corrective Services.