Archive for June, 2014

MSA Teaching Awards – nominations now open!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Have you ever had a lecturer or tutor who went that extra mile to ensure you were accommodated for in class? The MSA Teaching Awards are now open, and include a new category for Inclusive Teaching.

Make your vote count here!


Jo Verrent Sync Leadership Program

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014


The Australia Council is inviting applications from Australian cultural leaders and influencers with disability to participate in an intensive leadership development residency 22-26 October 2014.

The Sync Leadership residency will be presented by Jo Verrent, a UK based artist, producer and consultant with disability who specialises in the development of diversity and access, currently Senior Producer with Unlimited.

Sync and its sister programme in the south-east are training programs that focus on the interplay between leadership and disability. The provide fresh perspectives and also challenge deep seated thinking about leadership and disability. Designed to be radically different to any other training programs for people with disability, it takes its inspiration and name from syncopation – the emphases on an unusually un-emphasised beat.

Sync leadership pairs leadership learning and one-to-one coaching:

The members will be given access to leadership training, including five full days of face-to-face development work as a group.

Following the residency each member will be offered a limited number of personal coaching sessions over the following six months with Jo Verrent, course leader and/or Sarah Pickthall (co-creator of Synd) with options ranging from face to face, by telephone, email or msn.

For more information on the residencies and how to apply, please see the Australia Council website.

How tough is a Guide Dog’s job?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Find out. Take a biscuit.

Respite and recreation expo in Mornington on 13 August

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

For parents and carers living near Mornington, find out more about opportunities for people with a disability at the Respite and Recreation Expo 2014

  • Respite Options
  • Recreation & Arts Info
  • A Large Variety of Stalls

Wednesday 13th August
Peninsula Community Theatre
Cnr Nepean Highway & Wilsons Road
10am – 2pm


For more information contact the MOIRA Expo Coordinator:

Ph (03) 8552 2222

Paid Internship Opportunities With PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Australian Network on Disability (AND) are partnering with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to attract successful candidates who want to gain meaningful work experience within Assurance this summer. PwC are pioneers within their field and are taking a leadership role in providing opportunities to students with disability to access internship opportunities.

Students studying in all disciplines can apply, but must be in their penultimate year of their degree, and show a genuine passion and suitability to work in Assurance. PwC are known for delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services, but their portfolio is growing all the time with opportunities in new markets and new ways to serve existing markets.

PwC’s summer internship program typically runs between November and February for a period of six weeks.

Internship opportunities with PwC are available in the following disciplines:

  • All disciplines

Internship opportunities with PwC are available in the following business and services groups:

  • Assurance

To be eligible:

  • Be in your second/penultimate year of study;
  • Be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Have a strong academic record, i.e. credit average or above; and
  • Be registered with Disability Services at your university.

How to register your interest:

Complete and submit the Application Form, along with all of the required documents, via email to:

Cynthia Sasongko, Stepping into… Program Coordinator

Applications close at 11:59pm AEST Sunday 13 July 2014

Graeme Inne’s electronic farewell card

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes will finish his term at the Commission on the 4th of July 2014, and the Disability Rights Team are looking to farewell Graeme and to thank him for his remarkable contribution to the Commission by creating an accessible farewell card.

If you would like to contribute, please send your farewell message to:

Graeme Innes will address the National Press Club in Canberra on 2 July, just two days before his term ends.


Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 20th, 2014

How is every one? Are exams over yet? Do you have six more in the next two days?

Here are some of this week’s links to take your mind off exams, and hopefully the cold too!

Happy Friday!

Kickstart your Career with WAM!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Students registered with Monash Disability Services can apply for a limited number of funded places for the Willing and Able Mentoring (WAM) Program, now run by Diversity Recruitment and Training. WAM matches mentors with students with disability within the professional area the student is interested in.

In the 13 years the WAM Program has been operating, mentees report that through their participation they have:

  • gained confidence and clarity about their career direction
  • valuable contacts in the professional area
  • increased skills in developing their resume
  • improved interview skills
  • developed ideas about solving disability related challenges

Some mentees gained work-placements and others have even gained a job.

The WAM Program involves:

  1. Induction session (via phone or in person) detailing the program
  2. A series of mentoring meetings in the mentor’s workplace
  3. A program manual to guide the mentor and mentee through the program, plus full support from our staff
  4. Debriefing and certificate presentation event at the conclusion of the program.

How to apply for the half-year intake in 2014

If you are registered with Disability Services and wish to apply for a funded place in the WAM Program, please complete the Expression of Interest Form, which will be sent to: .

You may also post, fax, or drop off the form to the main Disability Services Office at Level 1, Building 55, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800; fax number: 9905 5517.

*NOTE: all applications for funding to Disability Services must be received by close of business, Wednesday 25 June, 2014. No WAM Mentorships for Monash students will be funded without prior approval by Disability Services.

The Monash Autistic Collective pub night!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Saturday 12th July, 5-7PM

  • The Queensberry Hotel, 593 Swanston St Carlton (just north of Melbourne Central, see map here)
  • The Monash Autistic Collective is organizing a pub night in the well-known Queensberry Hotel, just up along Swanston Street from Melbourne Central
  • This is a social event for everyone to come and talk with other university/TAFE students within and outside the spectrum over food and drink
  • BYO money to buy food and drinks in the pub

Everyone is welcome to come to pub night, including:

  • Students within or outside the I Can networks in universities and TAFEs
  • Students within the autism spectrum (they can bring along a friend if needed)
  • People outside the autism spectrum are also welcome to come

RSVP on the using this link to attend:

Is Walking Overrated?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A few days ago, Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic who wore a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton, kicked off the World Cup with a first kick at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

While some see this as a triumph of science and technology from the Walk Again Project, high school teacher Red Nicholson isn’t  quite so convinced. Neither is anthropologist William Peace.

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