Archive for December, 2013

Amazing Christmas Special from HumanWare and Vision Australia- Only 5 days left!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Amazing Christmas Special Open now until Friday 20 December!

New Generation of Victor Reader Stream on sale at never to be repeated prices!

This unit normally retails at $425. You can have it for $300 (plus shipping).

This very special once only price is subsidised by Vision Australia Library for people signing up to become online only members using the i-access online service to download books, magazines and newspapers instead of receiving compact disks.

The new Generation of Victor Reader Stream incorporates many features frequently asked for by users. Some of these are listed here:

  • A clock for having the time and date announced;
  • The ability to charge the device with a USB connection to a computer or USB wall charger such as that used for a mobile phone;
  • A clearer and louder speaker so you can easily listen to books and other audio files over normal ambient noises at home or work;
  • New types of Text-To-speech voices (including an Australian voice) which sound almost human-like;
  • A redesigned casing that is smaller, lighter and very comfortable to hold in one hand;
  • Wifi connectivity allows software upgrades and access to Bookshare;
  • 15 hours of playback time.

Orders can be placed with Ramona Mandy at Humanware. Email Ramona at or Call (03) 9686-2601.

Offer is also open to existing library members wishing to become online only members.

Orders received after 20th December will not be accepted.

New Opportunities for Paid Internships this Summer

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


Stepping into… is a paid internship program specifically designed for students with disability, who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience in an industry that is relevant to their degree and chosen field of study.

The internships are offered by participating employers who are members of the Australian Network on Disability. Students in their penultimate or final year (but expect to finish no earlier than June 2014) studying a relevant degree should apply.

The internship will take place in the summer of 2013/2014 during university end of year break.

The following are new positions have become available:

MELBOURNE: Stockland – looking for a Marketing or Communications intern in their Melbourne Head Office. Ideal disciplines/degrees should be studies in Marketing or Communications.

Job description:

  • Assist and project manage updates and activities on our digital channels such as Stockland web, real, facebook and SEO/SEM
  • Assist the marketing team with the execution of Display Village Launch activities
  • Assist the marketing team with the set up and execution of new sales offices
  • Assist in the marketing team with the coordination and implementation of sales promotions.
  • Attend agency and project site meetings with the marketing team
  • Analysing data
  • Data entry.
  • Research (if required at the time) e.g. competitor audit.

SYDNEY: Arts NSW (within NSW Dept of Trade & Investment) – looking for an intern to assist with projects in Policy and Strategy team, based in Sydney. Ideal disciplines/degrees should be studies in Arts Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences/Humanities and Communications.

The intern will assist with projects in the Policy and Strategy team at Arts NSW. The team:

  • coordinates arts policy advice to the Minister for the Arts;
  • is managing public consultation on a discussion paper on a proposed NSW arts and cultural policy; and
  • manages strategic arts funding programs. Current strategic programs include Aboriginal arts and culture, arts programs involving people with disability and arts residencies in schools.

We are looking for a person with a strong interest in public policy work, good verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, initiative, organisation skills and the ability to work in a team.

To discuss suitability and closing date please contact Jenny Watts-Sampson now:
Phone: (02) 8270 9280

To find out about the opportunities and how to apply, visit AND’s website on the below link…-programs.html

• Look under “Apply for Summer 2013/14”

• You can find out more about “Stepping into…” under “Information for Students”

• You can download application form under webpage

Fashion Models for IDPwD

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

German agency Jung Von Matt/Limmat, working with fashion stores WE Fashion, modissa, PKZ, Schild and Bernies in Zurich, crafted a campaign that urged people to think about the definition of “perfect”.

The agency worked with a mannequin designer who re-made mannequins to reflect the bodies of people with various disabilities.

See the video here.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The 3rd December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a dedicated day to place a greater emphasis on the abilities and achievements of people living with disability. Individuals and organisations throughout the country are encouraged to celebrate the day. This year we celebrate the 21st anniversary of International Day of Persons with disability.

IDPwD is unique among community awareness days, as it unites disability organisations, businesses, federal, state and local governments and the community. The day is a collaborative effort to celebrate and acknowledge the experience and expertise of people with disability.

For a list of events around Victoria, see the IDPwD website.