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Humans on the Autism Spectrum 2017: sharing the untold stories of Autism

April 6th, 2017 by smander

Hi there!

This April, to mark Autism Awareness Month, the I CAN Network is revisiting Humans on the Autism Spectrum.

Humans on the Autism Spectrum aims to share the stories of people on the Autism Spectrum, and celebrate their individual strengths. Every day in April, we will share the story of a person on the Autism Spectrum on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.

We’ll be checking in with some of our incredible Humans from last year, and also introducing you to a few new faces. This year we’re focusing on stories of individuals on the Autism Spectrum overcoming adversity and proving people wrong.

The stories we are telling often go untold. Our stories are needed so that society can better understand how to embrace Autism, and create the inclusive society that we all deserve.

Here are three things that you can do to celebrate these stories and support us:

  • Invite your friends to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
  • Share our images on your page or in other groups, comment on the stories and tag your friends!
  • Consider making a regular donation to join our movement and help our mentoring programs reach more young people on the Autism Spectrum.

These simple steps will increase our impact in April and throughout the year.

We hope you enjoy sharing these stories with us.

The I CAN Team

Graduate and summer Internship programs

February 23rd, 2017 by smander

Guess what! Students with a disability can apply now for The ANZ Graduate and Summer Internship Programs – but you had better be quick!

Applications open on Friday, 24th February 2017 and close after 4 weeks. Applications can only be made on-line at .

Rob Crestani (see below) will be contacting every student that shares with ANZ in their application that they have a disability, to help them through the process and hopefully achieve an incredible outcome for their future.

For further details contact:

Rob Crestani
Senior Consultant – Abilities Program
Australian Recruitment | Diversity
ANZ | Level 2, 833 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008, AUSTRALIA  :
 : +61 3 8655 0922

support services … way to go!!

February 14th, 2017 by smander

I like this response we got from Caroline after she was asked if she might need the note-taking service this semester.

“Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your email.
Last semester I found that I was able to take my own notes using mulo. I would go listen to the lecture live and then go home and rewatch and pause when I thought I needed to write a note down. I used dragon and found that I was not using as much the notes from the note taker.
Considering that this semester I only have 2 lectures, I don’t think I will need note taking for lectures.

Thank you so much though for organising it last year. The note taking was very helpful as I was still getting used to uni and finding what works.

Kind regards,
Caroline “

Competitive advantage for the job market?

December 9th, 2016 by smander

Check out this new Monash program – Student Futures

(its for all students)

Use this to:

  • Find opportunities to develop the skills employers need
  • Track and reflect on your progress
  • Prepare for job applications and interviews

For more information and to get started login to Student Futures

Go for it!

Scholarship applications open again! Dept of Justice.

December 9th, 2016 by smander

Once again the Victorian DoJ are offering a number of scholarships for 2017 for people with a disability in Victoria in the following areas of study:
social work
other justice-related fields.

Applications close March 31 – but don’t leave this till the last minute!. For further info see

Good luck!

Who won the movie tickets?

December 9th, 2016 by smander

Thanks everyone for the great response to our 2016 USER SURVEY. The 5 winners of the double Gold Class Movie tickets were drawn and notified last Monday (Dec 5). They are happy to be named, as follows:

Ella Motteram
Stephanie Thompson
Megan Underwood
Shalom Verghese
Danielle Stephenson


ANZ Internship Program available for Students with a disability.

November 1st, 2016 by smander

ANZ’s Financial Control team are influential in finding financial solutions for internal and external customers. ANZ are offering a limited number of positions and the program will take place at their Docklands office over the summer. Here is a link to the program description. Applications should be sent to Rob Crestani, Senior Consultant – Abilities Program at (03 8655 0922)

Stepping Into – applications open for summer program

October 18th, 2016 by smander

Once again applications are open for the summer program (is it that time again already?) See Stepping Into™ home page and this for the extensive list of opportunities. Applications close on Friday – but they always extend so apply anyway.

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Applications open for Vision Australia’s graduate program, Career Start.

October 7th, 2016 by smander

Hi there

Vision Australia are currently looking for three talented graduates, Australia wide. Do you know anyone who is blind or has low vision and has graduated within the last four years or will have finished their studies by April 2017?

About Career Start
Career Start is designed to provide experience in the workplace to people who are blind or have low vision. Graduates may have previously experienced barriers in entering the workforce. This program enables participants to develop workplace skills, apply their qualification in practice and develop a network of contacts and mentors.

Career Start is a 12 month program consisting of a nine month paid placement within Vision Australia and a three month paid placement with an external employer. Support is provided following the placement to transition into ongoing employment.

How can you help?
Please help us to spread the word to your networks and encourage anyone to apply who may be suitable. Job positions and locations are flexible. After expressions of interest are received we develop the job descriptions that match the skills and expertise of our candidates. We encourage anyone interested to apply for the program or to contact us to discuss their situation. There are print friendly large-print posters and flyers attached, as well as an accessible word document which can be forwarded to your contacts.

Eligibility to participate in the 12 month paid placement
· Graduated within the last four years/ Will have completed study by April 2017
· Obtained a qualification at Diploma level or higher
· Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
· Live within commutable distance to a Vision Australia centre
· Be able to commence the placement in April 2017
· Be able to participate in the program for a minimum of 0.8 EFT (full-time preferred)
· Have a current eye report (with the last 12 months)

Find out more
Contact Melissa Curulli in our People and Culture team to find out more about the Career Start program:
· Phone: 03 9864 9406
· Email:
· Web:

Thank you for your support.


Michelle Hardisty
Marketing Advisor
Vision Australia

Become an Access Monash Mentor for 2017

October 7th, 2016 by smander

Hi students,
Want to share your story and inspire young people to study at university? Become an Access Monash Mentor for 2017!
As a Mentor you will:
· Help students from under-represented schools decide on their pathway

· Run events, campus tours and mentoring sessions

· Join a network of other high-achieving Monash students

· Take part in exciting leadership and networking opportunities

· Get a Community Leaders Scholarship – $4000 per year!

We’re looking for students who have a 65% + average, can commit at least two hours per week and who have an understanding or personal experience of the barriers that can prevent students from coming to university (e.g. attending an under-represented school, financial disadvantage, first in family to attend university, non English speaking background, living in a rural area).

Applications close at 5pm on October 30. Apply now at:

AM mentoring 2017 web social media