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Pop Culture Conversation Club

May 17th, 2018 by tperry

Love Talking About Pop Culture? You’re Invited!

Love talking about Marvel’s cinematic universe, want to debate Harry Potter fan theories, or chatting all things star wars, pokemon, Dr Who and anything else you might be passionate about?  Then this group is for you.

A youth program based around discussion of popular books, movies and TV series. Come hang out and meet people with similar interests.

Open to 16 to 21-year-olds.

Cost $10 | Meets monthly.
5:00 PM Friday 1st June
Realm Library, Ringwood Town Square
179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Please reserve your place at this event by calling
9800 6430 or book online at

For more information about the organizers, see the Different Journeys Website and mission statement below.

“Our mission is to empower young people with ASD by providing them with a social platform that fosters an environment for them to create positive connections, feeling of inclusion, and linking families with services and support!”

Humans on the Autism Spectrum

May 7th, 2018 by tperry

And that’s a wrap on Humans on the Autism Spectrum 2018!

From the team at I CAN Network:

Thank you to everyone who has joined our movement over the last month. We have loved bringing you Humans on the Autism Spectrum – sharing stories to create inclusive schools, workplaces and societies.

Your likes, comments, shares and contributions have helped our AWEtism Rethink reach thousands of people around Australia. With your help, we are driving real change across schools, workplaces and communities all over the country.

Look back on your favourite moments from the month of April at What was your favourite story? Let us know – or better yet, share it with your friends and let them know!

Although the campaign is officially over, our work is not yet done.

We will continue to create networks that enable people on the Spectrum – but to do that, we need your help. Join us by donating or giving monthly, following us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram and sharing our work with the world.

Plus, we’re looking for more stories of the Autism Spectrum to share throughout the year. Have you got a special talent you’d like to share with the world? Do you want to tell us your I CAN story? Email and let us know all about you – we want to shine a spotlight on you!

Thank you for your ongoing support, whether through liking or sharing posts, or by donating.

Together, we are creating a world that benefits from embracing Autism.

Huge thanks,
The I CAN Team

Disability Advocate Dylan Alcott is a Game-Changer

May 4th, 2018 by tperry

Dylan Alcott: ‘I love having a disability and I want more people to feel like that’

The Weekly Review, April 30 

Dylan Alcott is a game-changer in every sense of the term.
Ten years ago, at just 17, he became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball Paralympic gold medallist, which also earned him a Medal of the Order of Australia. Since then, he’s also found major success as a tennis player, been a TEDx speaker, a Triple J radio presenter, and was recently an ANZ tennis ambassador who featured in television ads around the country. Alcott’s latest venture is the Dylan Alcott Foundation – a charity he founded last year to help Australians with disability fulfil their potential.

Pace Mentoring Spring 2018 Applications – OPEN NOW

May 3rd, 2018 by tperry

Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE Mentoring) connects students and job-seekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian businesses. It gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and confidence in a workplace setting. Previous mentors have come from organisations such as, ANZ Bank, Victoria Police, Bupa, The Attorney Generals Department, and Ashurst.

How it works

You will be paired with an experienced professional who you will meet with six to eight times within a four-month period. The meetings last between one and two hours. You can discuss your career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for your personal and professional development.

Your Mentor will help you identity and reach your career development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment. Meetings with your mentor may include:

  • Reviewing resume and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings.

APPLY HERE before the end of June to be considered for the Spring 2018 cohort of PACE.

Find out more

Join our information session webinar on Wednesday 9th May to hear more about the program.

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367393293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367393293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. We can arrange captioning for the session with 72 hours notice.

For more information, please contact us at or call 03 9621 2276.

Seeking Participants for Design Project

April 12th, 2018 by smatts

Attention: Caulfield Students

Year 3 Communication Design students are currently working on a project which aims to better understand the challenges faced by students managing mental health and other conditions.
They are aiming to develop a user friendly, intuitive and effective app which will connect students in with targeted support services at key points during this semester.

Information gathered from you during a short, informal interview is vital to this understanding and will be integrated into the design of the app for use by university students living with similar circumstances.

The responses you provide during the interviews will be anonymous and all information will be de-identified. Students can participate in the sessions anonymously or under a pseudonym / false name, although real names are required for sign-up.

We are seeking students to participate in the design process. This involves sharing your current experiences as well as giving feedback on design ideas. Participants will enjoy FREE pizza and drink at each (relaxed) session and all participants will go into a draw to win gold class movie tickets or $50 vouchers which can be used at the Campus Bookstore.

Sessions will be held on the following dates:



Session Times

Session duration


Building G 2.35

2pm, 3pm, 4pm

approx 30-45 minutes


Building G 2.35

2pm, 3.30pm

approx 45-60 minutes


Building G 2.35

2pm, 3.30pm

approx 45-60 minutes


Building G 2.35

2pm, 3.30pm

approx 45-60 minutes

INTERESTED? Please fill out this Google Form and we’ll be in touch.


ANZ 2019 Graduate Program

April 6th, 2018 by smatts

ANZ’s 2019 Graduate Program Opportunities for Students with Disability

ANZ’s Graduate Program is designed to challenge, reward and help grow curious minds. ANZ is interested in people from diverse backgrounds, who are excited to be a part of an industry that’s rapidly transforming for a digital and social world and who want to make a difference for ANZ customers, culture and community.  The Graduate Program aims to provide students with the foundations needed to grow and succeed.

Diversity of thinking is key to success, so ANZ encourages students from all degree disciplines to apply for their program.  Their university marks aren’t all that is considered.  ANZ is equally interested in their creative thinking and comfort in adapting to new people and situations.  ANZ are looking for people who learn from challenges and failures and who are digitally savvy and data literate.  Their interests, hobbies, skills and experiences also help us because students are more than a list of skills and attributes.

ANZ has always had a strong history of recruiting students with a disability.  Last year alone they recruited seven students with disabilities into their 2017 Summer Internship Program and will be taking on another three into their Graduate Program for 2018.

ANZ welcomes suitable candidates with disabilities to apply by encouraging those students that identify as PWDs to share this information on their application for ANZ’s 2019 Graduate Program.

Applicants who choose to identify as a person with disability will allow them to help these candidates through the various on-line phases of their application and prepare them for the possible Assessment Centre process.  It will also allow them to provide the necessary reasonable adjustments so that they can increase their chances of success.  Any applicant who shares they have a disability in their application will be contacted by Rob Crestani, Senior Consultant – Abilities Program, personally.

This also allows ANZ to manage their induction and on-boarding to ANZ should they be successful.  Another benefit could be opportunities for unsuccessful candidates to be considered for informal internships through our Abilities Program which works with the various businesses within the Bank to create employment for people with a disability.

Students can apply at for the 2019 ANZ Graduate Program at and can go to this website now to find more details about the program.

Feel free to contact Rob Crestani ( +61 3 8655 0922) should you have any questions or concerns.

Autism Awareness

April 6th, 2018 by smatts

April is Autism Awareness Month

Join the I CAN Network to celebrate acceptance of Autism and encourage everyone to embrace the benefits of the Spectrum.

Over the month of April, I CAN will be sharing the stories of young and old Autistics, many of whom have never before shared their story publicly. They will allow them to show, in their own words, their talents, skills and how they have overcome challenges to embrace their Autism.

You can find out more at: I CAN Network Autism Awareness Month.

Grad Access

April 6th, 2018 by smatts

What is ‘GradAccess’?

GradAccess is a centralised recruitment stream for people with disability into Australian Public Service graduate programs.

GradAccess gives you the opportunity to gain a graduate role in a number of Australian Government agencies through a single centralised recruitment process.

As a graduate in the Australian Public Service you will experience dynamic roles across a wide variety of work areas. This unique opportunity will equip you with skills and knowledge to give your career a professional edge.

Over the course of the graduate period, graduates will experience:

  • Ongoing positions in their employing agency which may involve rotations in different business areas;
  • On the job structured training designed to help establish and build a fulfilling career; and
  • Networking opportunities to build personal and professional networks.

GradAccess is a safe and supported entry point to a fulfilling career in the Australian Public Service. The GradAccess team will offer you friendly and professional support throughout the entire process.

  • Applications for the 2019 graduate programs will open on 28 May 2018.

The majority of the graduate opportunities in 2019 will be located in Canberra. If you are successful, your employing agency can assist you with relocation costs.

Department of Justice Scholarship

April 6th, 2018 by smatts

Applications close on 27 April 2018

The Disability Scholarship Program is an initiative from the department’s Disability Action Plan. The program aims to achieve a long-term increase in the number of qualified people with a disability employed across all areas and all levels of the public service.

The 2018 program will be offering a limited number of scholarships for people with a disability in Victoria in the following areas of study:

  • law
  • criminology
  • para-legal
  • psychology
  • social work
  • other justice-related fields.

The scholarship will be awarded on a merit principle, taking into account an applicant’s eligibility, past academic results, ability to complete a course of study, and competitiveness against other scholarship applicants.

The scholarship program will provide eligible students with a fortnightly study allowance as detailed in the scholarship guidelines.

Please find below links to electronic copies of:

Stepping Into

April 6th, 2018 by smatts

Apply NOW – by 8 April 2018

What is the Stepping Into program?

  • Are you in your last or second last year at university?
  • Are you registered with your university’s disability services?

AND’s Stepping Into program can help you gain paid, hands-on work experience with leading Australian businesses.

We work closely with these sought-after organisations to ensure quality internships are delivered in accessible and inclusive working environments.

Grow your self-confidence and build your network of contacts, while you study. Stepping Into will make it easier for you to transition from study to employment.

View a full list of eligibility criteria.

If you have questions, you might find the answer you’re looking for in our frequently asked questions section.

Applications  for Winter 2018 positions are now open. Visit the current opportunities page to review positions available.