Archive for June, 2014

Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws was released on 22 May 2014.

This Discussion Paper is the second consultation document in the ALRC’s Inquiry into Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability before the law, and their ability to exercise legal capacity.

Any public contribution to an inquiry is called a submission. The deadline for submissions is the 30th June 2014. You can make a submission by creating an account on the Australian Law Reform Commission website.

I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In Stella’s TEDx talk, “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” she discusses society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”


DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Happy exams every one! Wishing you all the best in your final assessments for this semester.

In the meantime, here are some of the best articles in disability related news this week:



Stepping Into Applications now open for IBM paid internships!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into… Program are excited to announce our partnership with IBM to offer students with disability at your university an opportunity to apply for an internship with IBM.

Internship opportunities are available in the following disciplines:

  • Business/Commerce
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

Please note the IBM eligibility criteria below:

  • Be in your second/penultimate year of study;
  • Australian Citizenship OR Permanent Residency; and
  • Credit average or above on your academic transcript.

Stepping Into… invites students to register their interest up until Wednesday 18 June 2014 5PM to Cynthia Sasongko on or on 02 8270 9200.

New Social Justice Blog!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The Social Justice Unit (of which Disability Services is a part) has launched a blog, Just for Equity.

The Social Justice Unit (or SJU) offers key areas of support in students with disabilities, medical or mental health conditions, the promotion of safe spaces for our LGBTIQ community and the implementation of anti-racism initiatives.

Check out Just for Equity for information and updates about our programs as well as related social justice news and events from around the world.


Friday Round Up!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The end of SWOT-VAC is upon us… Best of luck to those who are walking into exams in the next few weeks!
For those of you who need something non-study related to read, here’s this week’s Round Up:



Autism research project: ‘Optimising recruitment and retention for longitudinal research’

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

You’re invited to tell us what would encourage you to participate in a four-year study about the well-being of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and people without ASD, and the kinds of things you would like as a thank-you for taking part in a research study.


We’d like to hear from you if you are aged 18+ and either:

  • you have been diagnosed with ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome, or
  • you are the parent, guardian, or carer of an adult with ASD, or
  • you have not been diagnosed with ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome.

When and Where?

We’d like to invite you to a focus group for 1 to 2 hours in June 2014 at a venue close to public transport and parking.

To thank-you you will receive a $20 shopping voucher and we’ll also provide refreshments during the session.


For more information or to participate, please contact us by the 30th of June:

Lahna Bradley
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre
Telephone (03) 9479 3271

NGV Italian Masterpieces Access Programs

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Access evening with Italian Masterpieces Thursday 12 June, 5.30–8pm

An evening viewing of Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado for people with special needs, their families and carers. Participate in a guided tour, browse in the NGV Shop and experience the magic of the Italian Masterpieces. Tours available include Auslan, Audio Describing, All Abilities and Art & Memory for people living with dementia.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment you can call through the NationalRelay Service (NRS): TTY users can phone 133677 then ask for 03 8620 2222

Speak & Listen (speech-to-speech) users can call 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 8620 2222. Internet relay users can connect to NRS on then ask for 03 8620 2222

Venue NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Cost $22.50 Concession
Bookings recommended
Booking Code P1451
For all enquiries and bookings (03) 8662 1555
10am–5pm 7 days or email


English Grammar for University

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

For those who speak English as a second language and are finding things a little complicated, the University of Adelaide has developed a new resource to assist with the trickier parts of English grammar.  The site includes video and text-based explanations, as well as practical exercises to help you understand both articles and passive voice.


Stepping Into… Internships in Geelong!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Do you live in the Geelong area? Are you a Monash student with a disability?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) would like to engage a student with disability who is studying Finance/Accounting to join them for an internship in Julybased at their Geelong office. This is a paid internship position of 150 hours.

For more information, please contact Jenny Watts-Sampson at