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Autism at Leidos Program

June 15th, 2021 by tperry

Work With The Leaders At Leidos!

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative pathway for people on the autism spectrum to connect with employers who recognise and value the contributions and talents that individuals on the spectrum can bring to their organisations.

Leidos is looking to employ and nourish this talent, and they value individuals who are curious, open-minded and wanting to bring their great ideas to the table.

Leidos are looking for five people to join the Leidos team on a full time, permanent basis with flexible ongoing working arrangements, including working from home.

Leidos job opportunities

Leidos has diverse employees who support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

  • They offer flexible working arrangements, discounted health insurance, novated leasing and more.
  • They have a strong track record of fostering careers by way of internal promotion and career transitions.
  • They offer complete access to learning and development and mentoring opportunities.

Apply now:

GradWISE Wins Award

June 11th, 2021 by tperry

GradWISE team Wins the NESA Innovation in Disability Employment Award

A big congratulations to our GradWISE team for receiving the NESA Innovation in Disability Employment Award at the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Excellence Awards in Canberra recently.

The program was nominated for their work of “bridging the transition from study to work for students with disability”.

Well done Ed and all the GradWISE team! A fantastic and well-deserved result.

Intern Opportunity

June 8th, 2021 by tperry

Department of Social Services Casual Intern Positions Now Available

The Department of Social Services is looking for 3 interns for a general Office Admin role.

The aim is for students to gain exposure and experience in an office environment.

Ideally they would like someone based in their Tasmanian office and the other 2 interns are open Australia wide.

The Internship Position

  • Paid internship – market casual rate
  • 6 week internship
  • Normally 9-5pm, will accommodate Reasonable Adjustment for what the candidate can work.
  • Reasonable Adjustment throughout the recruitment process.
  • No specific background / degree
  • Close date Friday 11th June

Key Duties

Duties performed by interns may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with administrative support to work area
  • Respond to routine enquiries or straightforward matters from stakeholders
  • Gather basic information and respond to written and telephone requests
  • Undertake basic data entry and retrieval
  • Create, update and maintain files and records
  • Work collaboratively to assist in the resolution of minor operational issues
  • Maintain knowledge of procedures and tasks relevant to own work
  • Some roles may require undertaking preliminary information and data gathering work for research tasks

Skills Required

  • Love working in a team environment
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Administration or assistant experience is desirable but not necessary
  • General understanding of office management systems and procedures
  • Time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to communicate new ideas
  • Eager to learn

*For more information, including how to apply, please contact Edward Osano from GradWISE at:

Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week

June 4th, 2021 by tperry

GradWISE Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week

GradWISE will be hosting their Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week from Monday 21st of June to Friday 25th of June, and would like to extend an invitation to Monash University Students.

The theme is Resilience and Reinvention, highlighting the resilience of previous GradWISE Participants.

Over the week, their will be a combination of GradWISE Alumni and Industry Partners to share their career journey and provide helpful information to help students/graduates stand out from the crowd.

GradWISE will be hosting three sessions a day, to register please use the link here!

  • Session One: Our Industry Partner and a GradWISE Alumni
  • Session Two: A panel discussion with a range of our GradWISE Industry Partners
  • Session Three: An Industry Partner and GradWISE Alumni sharing their career pathway story

To find out more, please read the attached document.

Accessibility News

June 4th, 2021 by tperry

Soundfair Monthly Accessibility Newsletter

  • This content is from Soundfair’s monthly digest of the latest research, accessibility and representation news, including opportunities to get involved.

Xbox Becomes More Accessible with Party Chat

Xbox Party Chat will now support transcribing speech into text and synthesis of speech from text

These features can be used to help gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or cannot or choose not to speak to participate in Xbox Party Chat without special accommodation from others in the party.

Microsoft has recently announced a 5-year plan to improve #accessibility to people with #disabilities

In this interview, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie, who is hard of hearing herself, talks more about her role and goals.

Community News

I’ve always been terrified of losing my hearing – but when it happened, I craved silence

Most people assume that when you go deaf the world gradually gets turned down. The reality is anything but. By Fiona Murphy.

Nothing funny about hearing loss – as my child knows

Hearing loss is a serious challenge that brings with it many frustrations for a diverse range of people. By Megan Blandford.

Deaf Children Australia Youth Grants

Are you deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 23 years old? Did you know you can apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help you achieve a personal goal or project?

Hearing Services Program Review – Draft Report

On 14 August 2020, the Hon Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, announced a review into the Hearing Services Program. Stakeholder and community consultation is a key part of the Review. Interested parties can provide feedback on the Draft Report via a short written submission (3 page limit) through the Consultation Hub. Submissions close at noon AEST on Thursday, 24 June 2021.

Arts Access Victoria is asking Victorian music workers (e.g. sound engineers and musicians) about their experience of deafness and/or disability in the music industry. If you’d like to participate anonymously, click here.

Enabling Autistic Students Online

June 4th, 2021 by tperry

Supporting Young People with Autism

As Victoria endures another lockdown period, the I CAN Network appreciates that the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 continues to impact many people in their network, especially young people with autism.

With that in mind, I CAN would like to share some insights and Autistic-led resources to support people in their network – not just in times of lockdown, but for overall well being, including:

Managing Overwhelm

It can be helpful for young people with Autism to hear from Autistic voices of all ages to reassure them that they aren’t the only one feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

This tip sheet attached on Managing Overwhelm was created by Autistic young adult members of the I CAN team. It offers tips to younger peers, as well as advice aimed at adults (parents/carers/teaching staff) who support Autistic young people.

The Joy of Autistic Passions

Autistic passions can provide great comfort, particularly amid very uncertain times.

They can also be a source of immense joy and connection, including when the people around us show an interest in the things we love.

For any of our young people or adults who are feeling on edge right now, we encourage you to embrace the things that fuel your passion.

Again, Autistic young adults from our team offer some tips  to help their younger peers and the adults who support them. This tip sheet on Staying Connected With Passions & People might also come in handy for the upcoming school holidays.

I CAN Online Interest Groups

I CAN’s Autistic-led online group mentoring program continues to offer a steady, safe, fun space where Autistic young people can connect each week with peers and mentors.

For so many of mentees, that regular weekly spot provides an anchor of security.

I CAN are especially excited to be expanding the number and range of interest-based groups we offer, as well as expanding their ages served to include 9-22 year olds.

Their next cycle, which begins the week of 26th July, includes interest based groups for:

  • AFL (new)
  • Anime
  • Dinosaurs (new)
  • Drawing & Art (new)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (new)
  • Marvel (new)
  • Minecraft
  • Pokemon (new)
  • Screens, Tunes & Characters (expanded to accommodate up to age 22)

These will be offered along with I CAN’s standing groups for age-based cohorts (9-13 and 13-15) and their groups for, Autistic/LGBTIQA+ teens.

I CAN also offer our I CAN Imagination Club® for 9-12 year olds, which is a non Autism-specific group.

To learn more and/or to submit an Expression of Interest, please click here or on the button below:

Seeking Feedback on Careers Support

May 26th, 2021 by tperry

Research Project to Determine Best Practice Career Support for Students with Disability

The National Careers Institute has funded a project to investigate best practice career support for students with disability with the aim of establishing the first dedicated national Career Development Learning Hub for students with disability.

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Curtin University and is commencing data collection.   

They are seeking to recruit participants from three categories:

  1. Students of university, TAFE or VET who identify as having disability
  2. Parents/ carers of primary, secondary or tertiary students with disability
  3. Stakeholders in careers or disability services: practitioners, career advisers, school leaders, equity practitioners, career services providers, member of industry bodies who have an interest in disability support

Survey Link for Students

We are seeking students with disability to contribute to research on careers support. Interested? Take our short survey: Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee approved this study (HRE2021-0219)

Survey Link for Parents/Carers

We are seeking parents/carers of students with disability to contribute to research on careers support. Interested? Take our short survey: Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee approved this study (HRE2021-0219)

Survey Link for Stakeholders

We are seeking stakeholders in disability/careers support to contribute to research. Interested? Take our short survey: Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee approved this study (HRE2021-0219)

  • If you would like to receive updates on the project, please visit the project webpage and register your email with to receive the quarterly project newsletter.

BCA Scholarships

May 19th, 2021 by tperry

BCA Scholarship Applications are Now Open!

Blind Citizens Australia, (BCA) is strongly committed to ensuring people who are blind or vision impaired have opportunities to develop skills which equip them to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of Australian communities.

Funded by the Commonwealth’s Information, Linkages and Capacity-building program and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, BCA is offering a total of 15 scholarships of up to $5,000 for educational expenses through Semester 2, 2021, and Semesters 1 and 2, 2022. Each semester will have a separate application and awarding process, scholarship recipients will be funded for one semester only.

  • Applications for the first round of 5 BCA scholarships are now open May 17 – June 30, 2021 and will be received via this link.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Recognition of personal ambition, promoted and celebrated through organizational channels,
  • Alumni network of support,
  • BCA support and/or advocacy as appropriate to ensure their study is accessible to them,
  • Support for their place of study to further develop its institutional accessibility and inclusion by utilizing BCA’s expertise, advice and/or resources,
  • Pathway to BCA leadership and/or committee roles, and
  • Access to BCA programs to support their study and skills development, as well as
  • Financial support for study.

Eligibility criteria

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Be a full member of BCA (membership forms available here), and
  • Provide evidence of enrolment or acceptance letter for a post-secondary educational program that results in a recognized qualification (Internship and Graduate Program applicants may apply while waiting for confirmation of acceptance; with Scholarship awarded on successful application), and
  • Not be a current BCA staff member or Director (board member).

Application assessment

Applications will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Course of study is a logical trajectory for the student’s skills, interests and goals, and
  • The potential of the scholarship to enhance ability to successfully complete the program of study.

Preparing Your Application

Applications will be received online via this link.

Please note that in order to submit your application you will need to:

You can review the application particulars via the BCA website

Program Objectives

The BCA scholarships program has two key objectives:

  • To increase the opportunities available to people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in tertiary/further education, by offering financial assistance.
  • To raise the awareness of main-stream education providers of the valuable contributions and unique perspectives people who are blind or vision impaired offer to education and training.

Need more information?

Business School Industry and Alumni Mentoring

May 19th, 2021 by tperry

Are You a Penultimate or Final Year Business School Student?

If so, and you would be interested in being mentored by a Monash alumni or industry professional, please see the opportunity below.

Guidance for Mentees

Navigating through university and into the working world can be a challenge at times. With guidance from someone who’s walked a similar path, student mentees will feel better equipped to make their next move.

Mentoring is a collaborative learning relationship where both parties share mutual responsibility and accountability. The goal is to help the mentee work towards the fulfilment of clear and agreed goals. This happens through a series of time-limited, confidential, one-on-one conversations and other learning activities with a mentor.

Monash Business School Mentors

The Monash Business School mentors come from a variety of private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, and many have management and leadership experience.

All are dedicated industry professionals who have volunteered to support future entrants into the working world.

Mentees are penultimate and final-year Monash Business School students, who will be individually matched with a mentor relevant to their professional goals.

Over the course of the semester, mentors and mentees meet frequently providing the opportunity for mentees to learn how to best set themselves up for success in a supportive environment.

Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 31 May
Mentor applications close Sunday 4 July
Mentee applications open Monday 31 May
Mentee applications close Sunday 4 July
Program commences Monday 26 July

Program Contact

Gillian Skwarek
Graduate Development
Monash Business School

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

May 14th, 2021 by tperry

Help Celebrate the Tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)!

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.

What is Digital Accessibility?

Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web.

Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities.

This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

State of Accessibility

In 2020, WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found the following:

According to WebAIM Million Report:

  • 98.1% of Home Pages Had At Least One WCAG 2.0 Failure
  • 60.9: Average Number of Errors Per Home Page

For more information see: