Archive for June, 2013

DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Happy Friday, every one!

Hopefully exams are wrapping up nicely, and you’re starting to enjoy your holidays (if you haven’t already started!)!

Here’s a taste of the week’s news:

Sue Austin – Free Wheeling

Happy Weekend!

Telephone Assisted Voting at the Federal election

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Just in case you haven’t had enough of politics this week, Blind Citizens Australia, Vision Australia, Australian Blindness Forum and the Australian Human Rights Commission have been working with the Australian Electoral Commission to ensure that as many people who are blind or vision impaired as possible find out about telephone assisted voting at this year’s election and how it works.

Source: Xavier Barrade (from Creating Democracy)

Create Democracy by Xavier Barrade

There will be lots of information coming out in the next month so keep an ear out! This includes work by Vision Australia and the Australian Blindness Forum (which acts as a peak for blindness service providers) to spread the word to clients of their services.

To help spread the word about telephone assisted voting, Blind Citizens Australia has organised a number of teleconferences on behalf of the AEC.

These will be short 30-45 minute teleconference style information sessions hosted by an AEC representatvie which will begin with a short presentation of what to expect if you choose to cast your vote by telephone, followed by time for questions.

There are a number of dates in July 2013 in both business and after hours.

The first three conferences will be held on:

  • Wednesday 3 July at 5.00pm
  • Thursday 4 July at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 July at 10.00am

Other teleconference dates will also be released based on interest.

To register for a teleconference, please call the National Office on 1800 033 660 or email with the subject line “Accessible voting teleconference”.

Please include your full name, contact phone number with area code, state and which teleconference you would like to join. You will then receive a confirmation email with the teleconference dial in details.

Autism – How My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Monash alumni, Chris Varney is an all round, high achiever, having served as Youth Ambassador for World Vision, Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, among other distinguished positions. Chris also has Asperger’s, and he was invited to talk about his personal support network which enabled him to believe in himself, at the TEDxTalk conference.

In his own words:

Increasingly, I speak publicly on the Autism Spectrum and the need for an ‘I CAN’ approach. I have become very concerned by the stigma surrounding Autism which I believe negatively impacts children and their families who deal with the Spectrum on a day to day basis.

Labels can limit our self-belief. In my experience, I have met too many children and families who have been told they can’t do things. Yet I know these children can do everything they put their mind to and even throw in a little extra! It starts by creating an enabling environment for their different ‘orbit’.

Watch Chris’ inspiring words here.

Read more about Chris’ amazing work here.

DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Happy Friday, everybody!

Hope your exams aren’t too stressful.

Here’s some links to take your mind off it for a while.

  • Planning to check out the NGV’s Winter Masterpieces this year? Check out their Access Tours.
  • Devotee – a tumblr dedicated to images of disability and diversity.
  • Know an outstanding individual who happens to have a disability? The National Disability Awards are now open for nomination! The winners will be announced on the International Day of People with a Disability, on December 3rd.
  • Laser Beak Man, the new production from Back to Back theatre is showing at the Malthouse theatre in mid November. An audio description and Auslan session will be on the 26th November at 6.30pm!
  • If you’re headed to New York on your holidays, be sure to check out the Theater Breaking Through Barriers, performing six plays about disability in 70 minutes!
  • Get your facts straight on Ableism.


Now… to the weekend, and beyond!

Are you the new voice of Disability Advocacy?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

This is an opportunity for anyone aged between 12-25, with or without a disability…!

Ever thought about being on radio?

To talk about issues that concern young people in Australia? – Employment? The National Disability Insurance Scheme? Disability and sexuality? Getting a good education? Finding somewhere to live? Disability and cultural identity? Discrimination and rights? Being newly arrived to Australia with a disability?

SYN FM is hosting a new Disability Advocacy radio show!

YDAS has teamed up with youth radio station Syn Media to run a new disability advocacy focused radio show in the second half of this year.

There will be broadcasting training for participants and then a chance for the new team of broadcasters to be on air in a brand new show from July to December 2013

If you have any questions, please contact Bec from YDAS on 9267 3712 or email

To be involved, please RSVP by June 28th 2013.


*Have an issue that you know you and other young people are passionate about, but that doesn’t have a ‘disability focus?’ Contact us, we would love to talk about how you might be involved.

Check out our Student Profiles!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Meet some of our amazing students who share their journeys to university, their experiences at Monash and their challenges and achievements along the way.

Read profiles here

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Women with Disabilities Victoria- Leadership Program

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

`Enabling Women’ is a 4 day leadership program for women wanting to take the lead in their communities. Covering:

  • Getting to know you
  • The Social Model of Disability Self-Identity
  • Human Rights
  • Communication
  • Advocacy Parts 1 and 2
  • Leadership Evolution

Eligibility: A commitment to being a voice for women with a disability.

Where: Women’s Health Victoria Inc. Level 8, 255 Bourke St Melbourne

When: Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th July 2013.

Applications close on Monday 24th June.

Cost: Gold coin donation per session

Visit Women with Disabilities Victoria for more details and registration information

DLU Student Emergency Response Plan

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) offers the option of a Student Emergency Response Plan to assist students registered with the DLU with the safe management of their condition. The plan is designed to address the impacts of a student’s medical or mental health condition in an emergency situation where a response is required, and to ensure that appropriate contact is made with people listed on the plan.

Students who require emergency planning, or who would benefit from this plan are encouraged to download and print a copy of the Student Emergency Response Plan and ask their doctor or health professional to complete it on their behalf before returning it to us.

Please contact the DLU on 03 9905 5704 for more information.

DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here’s this week’s round up of disability news from around the internet.

Happy weekending!

Take care of yourselves during exams.

Banyule City Council’s Inclusive Arts Forum

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Banyule City Council will be holding an Inclusive Arts Forum, next week on the 20th June from 10am-2pm.

Featured forums include:

  • Marketing and promotion
  • Industry mentor options
  • Pathways and training
  • Finance and administration
  • Art law
  • Presentations from local artists
  • Hands-on workshops

To register contact Colleen Burke on 9457 9930 or Sherridan Bourne on 9457 9940