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Young people with disabilities and discrimination in public places research project

June 22nd, 2017 by smatts

Young people with disabilities will receive a $30 Coles Myer voucher for each interview in recognition of their time, and will be invited to provide feedback on written reports at a later date. The researcher (either myself or Cathy) are happy to travel to young people to attend the interview.

Thank you for your consideration of this and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or would like any additional information!



Liz Gill-Atkinson  |  Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Gender and Women’s Health Unit | Centre for Health Equity | Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


download: information flyer. Young people with disabilities and discrimination in public places.pdf

Oops – here is the link to the application form

June 20th, 2017 by smatts

Please complete the online application form to register your interest in becoming a DSS Peer Mentor.

now recruiting PEER MENTORS for semester 2

June 20th, 2017 by smatts

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor?

Disability Support Services is seeking volunteer student mentors as part of our Peer Mentor Program. Successful registered students who are willing to share their knowledge and experience are encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from mature-age students.

The program matches students with a student mentor who is also registered with Disability Support Services for regular meetings throughout semester. Mentors provide support, encouragement and information to their mentee to assist them successfully navigate university life. This could mean attending university social events together, referral to appropriate Monash services, navigation around campus or simply having a chat over coffee.

Mentors are trained and supported by the Disability Support Services. Participants will receive a Certificate of Appreciation at the end of semester (*a minimum of 6 mentor/mentee meetings is required to receive a certificate).

Why be a mentor?

Being a mentor can:

· Enhance your personal and professional development

· Add skills to your résumé to enhance employability

· Introduce you to new friends and social activities

· Increase your networking potential across the University

Peer mentors should:

· Be available to attend a 1 hour training and induction session

· Be able to meet with your mentee regularly for the duration of the semester (about once a week is recommended)

· Be able to provide the details of a referee upon request

· Have knowledge of Monash academic and social life

Please complete the online application form to register your interest in becoming a DSS Peer Mentor.

We will be in touch with further information before the beginning of semester. Participation in the program is obviously dependent upon finding a suitable student for you to be matched with.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Tom Perry on 03 9905 1354 or email .

great simple explanation of ASD for earthlings (etc.)

June 19th, 2017 by smatts

If you haven’t already, check this out!  …

The Story Behind 'Amazing Things Happen'

Two years of love and care went into creating this wonderful animation to raise understanding and acceptance of autism. Enjoy Amazing Things Happen.

Posted by Ai-Media on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

April 6th, 2017 by smatts

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 smatts

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 smatts

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 smatts

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 smatts

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 smatts

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