Archive for September, 2014

Friday Disability Round Up!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

It’s break time! Hope you have some fun/relaxing plans for your mid semester break!


Consultations on Vision Australia’s Access to Education Public Policy

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Vision Australia are looking for people who are passionate about education to participate in a telephone-based focus group in October.

Vision Australia are seeking feedback and suggestions from our community to help finalise Vision Australia’s policy on education for people who are blind or have low vision. We want to hear from educators, parents, people who are studying, people who support students, and people with an interest in access to education.

Please see below for the teleconference dates and times:

  • Monday 27 October from 2.00pm – 3.15pm
  • Tuesday 28 October from 10.00am – 11.15am
  • Tuesday 28 October from 7.00pm – 8.15pm

For more information, see the Vision Australia website.

RSVP’s are essential. Please email Cassandra Strakosch on or call 1300 84 74 66 by Monday 20 October, 2014.

Fair Work Ombudsman – 2015 Graduate Program

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Australian Government’s Fair Work Ombudsman are seeking graduates from the following areas Legal, HR, IR, Business, Finance and Information Technology.

At FWO, graduates will work with people who are focused on serving the needs of all workers and employers in Australia. The ever evolving area of workplace relations provides exciting and diverse opportunities to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders; make a real difference to the productivity of Australian businesses; and positively influence employment relationships. As a small graduate program, we are able to tailor an individual experience for each graduate including 3 work placements, a mentor, buddy from previous graduate intake and relevant training and development opportunities.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce, and welcomes applications from graduates with disability.

Applications opened Tuesday, 23 September and will close 11pm (EDT) Monday, 6 October.


Quippings: Freaktastic Fringe

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Quippings: Freaktastic Fringe will give you a crip tease under the lights. We will bend your mind, warp your perspective, make you hot and flustered, twist your ideas and ramp you up with our moves. Freaks, queers, poets, musicians and performers who are delightfully, unashamedly different and subversive, we are an experience not to be missed!

Auslan Interpreted Performance, Friday 3rd Oct & Saturday 4th Oct.
Companion Card bookings accepted (please phone the Fringe ticketing number).

See the Quippings Facebook page and Fringe Festival event page for more information.


More paid internship opportunities at Telstra, ANZ, Woolworths and more!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Stepping into… is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability and provides mutual benefits for both employers and the students.

Applications for the Stepping into… summer 2014/15 are now open. Check out the Stepping Into.. website for available opportunities for paid internships this summer and more details about roles, locations and closing dates.

New opportunities may be added to the site on a regular basis so please check this webpage for most up-to-date listing.


Mental Health Week 6-10 October 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Monash Mental Health Week marks World Mental Health Day and National Mental Health Week. The program includes physical activities, seminars, meditation and relaxation programs, presentations and exhibitions and is open to Monash staff and students.

Go to the Mental Health Week website to register for an event at your campus.


Vision Australia Further Education Bursary

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2015 is now open for Applications. In 2015, Vision Australia will award Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision. These Bursaries provide assistive technology, laptops, magnification, audio or Braille devices tailored to the individual student’s needs.

Eligibility Criteria

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course).

Each year a Victorian Bursary recipient selected by our committee to have best met these criteria will also receive the Fairhall Memorial Scholarship of $150.

The closing date for applicants is 31 October 2014.

See the Vision Australia website for more.

Repost: Career Access Through Diversity 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Hear from employers and gain knowledge to assist you making the transition from study to employment. This half day forum is open to students from all Victorian universities with diverse background or needs. The 2014 forum will be hosted by Australian Catholic University (Melbourne) and will focus on diversity in the work place.

The event aims to empower students from a cross section of our society, including those with chronic health conditions (mental or physical); or from an Indigenous or migrant background.

Key objectives

  • Facilitate engagement between students from diverse backgrounds, employers and community support services.
  • Raise awareness of employment programs available
  • Opportunity to hear key employability messages from prospective employers who are committed to diversity in the workplace
  • Inspire you to embrace the future and how you can add value to the workplace

For full program information please go to: Careers Access Through Diversity

The event will be held at Australian Catholic University, Christ Lecture Theatre, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065. See Venue Map.
For further information contact Amber Roberts on 9953 3373 or via
To book your place go the event page.


Fringe Festival – Tactile Tours!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Experience the Fringe Furniture exhibition with a guide who will provide audio description of works and lead tactile interactions with the installations. Tactile Tours are designed to introduce blind and low vision visitors to new ways of experiencing and enjoying the exhibition. Led by an experienced accessibility guide, participants will be encouraged to engage with the works through informed discussion and touch.

The works selected for the tour have been chosen specifically by the Associate Producer and the accessibility guide. There will also be the opportunity for participants to meet an exhibiting artist and discuss their work.

Sunday 28 September, 2pm – 3pm.
Places limited.
Bookings essential, please phone 9660 9600.


Them Aspies

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) presents… Them Aspies, a play created by Jess Gonsalvez and Tom Middleditch

October 7-11 at 7.30pm, with an optional forum following each performance

With the increase in autism diagnoses and the changes in diagnostic criteria over the past twelve months, there is an air of misunderstanding surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome, Them Aspies is an uncompromising new performance piece exploring modern perceptions of Autism. Spanning a range of theatrical forms – from epic to verbatim theatre.

Tickets: MSA Card $10 / Conc $12 / Full $16
Bookings: or at the MSA Reception Desk

In the MUST Space, Ground Floor, Campus Centre (Bld 10), Monash University Clayton Campus

(ph) 9905 8173

MONASH UNI STUDENT THEATRE is an engine room of creativity, a department of the MSA that creates vibrant, innovative theatre by, with and for Monash students and the wider community. Works are diverse, ranging from new text-based and devised works to bold takes on classics, adaptations, events and exhibitions.