Archive for October, 2014

Friday Link Round Up!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It’s that SWOT VAC kind of year. Hope everyone’s exam preparations are going well! You might have seen yesterday we posted that there are now 24 hour study spaces at Clayton, for all those night owls who work best after dark.

Also its Halloween! Are you getting your trick or treat on?


PhD in Disability Studies

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Are you interested in Disability Studies? There are two great new opportunities being advertised at the moment!

Curtin University has an ARC funded project within the Faculty of Humanities in Disability and Digital TV: Access, representation and reception. This project investigates the impacts digital televisions have on the social inclusion or exclusion of people with disability through a user-focused analysis of accessibility and representation.

Further abroad, the University of Leeds has a position for a University Academic Fellow in Disability Law.


Clayton: 24 Hours Study Spaces

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

As we start to enter exams period, all current Monash students can access a 24 hour study area to study in preparation for exams around the clock:

Building 10, Ground floor, Center Cellar Room

Students will require their Monash Student ID to gain access to the space after hours. This space is now available for use and will be until at least Friday 21 November.


Improving Visually Impaired Students’ Access to Graphics in Higher Education

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Are you a student or recent graduate with a vision impairment? Would you like to help improve access to graphical materials in university educational materials?

Graphs, maps, schematics, diagrams, cartoons, non-standard scripts and many other visual representations can be used to convey important information in study materials. A research team from Monash and Deakin Universities is investigating how vision impaired University students access these materials and how the current processes can be improved.

You will be asked to share your experiences and opinions in an interview up to one hour in length at your place of study or via phone in November 2014. Participation is entirely voluntary and confidential, as detailed in the attached explanatory statement.

Responses from the interviews will be used to develop a model for improved provision of accessible graphics which will be promoted throughout Australian Universities. Participants will have the opportunity to register to trial this new model for their 2015 study materials.

To get involved and help make a difference, please contact Leona Holloway at or (03) 9903 2401.


Department of Education – Disability Support Program Evaluation

Monday, October 27th, 2014

KPMG has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Education to conduct an evaluation of the Disability Support Program. The Disability Support Program is one of the Australian Government’s key responses to assisting people with disability and removing barriers that may be preventing access and participation.

The evaluation will use a variety of methods and tools to collect information including this online survey.  The survey asks broad questions of your experience as a student with disability at university and you do not need to have knowledge of the Disability Support Program. The survey is entirely voluntary and please be assured your responses will be confidential.

Interviews (face to face or telephone) will also assist in the evaluation of the program. The final question of the survey asks if you would be willing to participate in a short interview with one of KPMG’s team. Your participation, whilst very much valued is optional. If you would like to be a part of the interviews would you be so kind as to indicate “Yes” and then complete the contact details as KPMG will need a way to contact you. Guidance about how KPMG will store and use your information can be found in KPMG’s privacy statement.

We greatly appreciate your participation in this survey as we understand this is busy part of the year for you.

Follow the link to the online student survey.

The Delta Project ‘Under My Skin’

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

A first stage development presentation by The Delta Project of Under My Skin’; a new dance work exploring the layers in which we shroud ourselves to present to the worlds in which we exist, to reveal /or not reveal what lies beneath.

The Delta Project is a new Melbourne based dance theatre company of deaf and hearing performers, exploring the technical and physical manifestations of bringing two worlds together through visual and sound and creating a performance accessible for both a hearing and deaf audience.

This event will have Auslan interpreters and a Q and A forum after each session.

FREE Showings@ Sylvia Staelhi Theatre, Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054

Dates: 24 – 25 October (With Q and A sessions on the working processes of this development on both nights.)
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free (bookings are essential)
Bookings: click here
For further info contact Fiona Cook: 03 86406006


Becoming Independent – An Aspergers Victoria Panel Evening

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Each year Aspergers Victoria hosts a panel evening where members of the Adult Group present on a theme, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. These evenings are popular with parents anticipating the future for their children, and adults seeking to benefit from the experiences of others.

There are many reasons why a young adult might want or need to move out of their parent’s home: to be closer to work, to set your own schedule, to develop a relationship, to avoid conflict with other family members, to share with a housemate, or because ageing parents wish to retire.

However there are also many issues and skills to be learnt: domestic chores including shopping, cooking and laundry, managing financial commitments, looking after the property, possible loneliness, coping with unexpected issues, feeling overwhelmed by new demands and the possibility of being exploited.

Our four guest speakers James Fahey, Nik Nikoliev, Penny Robinson and Chris Varney have successfully faced the independence issue, or are facing it now, and will present short segments about their experiences, before answering questions from the audience.

This is a great opportunity, whether you are a young adult Aspie considering becoming independent, or a parent wondering how to assist your family member with this major milestone.

Wednesday October 29, 2014
7.30—9.30 pm, followed by a light supper. Doors open at 7pm

The Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Rd, Blackburn VIC 3130
Aspergers Vic members: $ 15 Non-members: $ 30*
Book and pay online at


A love letter to Siri…

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“You’re a really nice computer.”


Disability Services Friday Link Round Up!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Happy Friday every body! It’s going to be a cracker of a weekend, so make sure you get some sunshine (and study for exams of course…).

There’s a whole bunch of news this week about the visibility of people with disabilities in the media.

In other disability news…


Worlds of Work

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The I CAN Network and Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) are partnering to deliver a personal development experience ‘Worlds of Work’ (WOW) for students with high-functioning Autism or Asperger’s from Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 October.

WOW is aimed at Year 10-12 students. It provides participants with a week of personal development and exposure to different career paths in the CBD, such as in software development, technology, business, consulting, law, health, fitness, community development and many more. Over the three days students respond to the question ‘What does it take to succeed in life and work?’

The upcoming week with I CAN Network will be run by FYA facilitators experienced in working with students with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Recently FYA and I CAN ran a successful WOW program for students at the Northern School for Autism.

WOW details

  • Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 October (9am – to approx 3.30pm each day)
  • Vincent 2, Level 1, 349 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne
  • Facilitators: Patrick and Mandy

How do you register?

  • Email before Thursday 23 October
  • Make the $135 payment via
  • Bring the attached parental consent form to WOW on Tuesday 28 October
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