Archive for February, 2015

ANZ Graduate and Abilities Programs

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The ANZ Graduate Program is now open to all students and they would particularly like to promote this opportunity to students with a disability and demonstrate the reasons why disclosure can be an advantage.

They are actively seeking to increase the number of applications from students with disabilities.

The application period has already begun and will finish on 20th March for students in Victoria. Applications can be made on-line at the ANZ Graduate website. I will be contacting every student that discloses that they have disability in their application so that I can help them through the process and hopefully achieve a better outcome.

For more information contact

Rob Crestani
Senior Consultant – Abilities Program
Australian Recruitment | Diversity
03 8655 0922

Time Management Workshop

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Monash Counselling Service at Clayton campus is offering a free one-hour workshop on time management, specifically for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This workshop will provide practical strategies and exercises for managing your time at university and problem  solving when you are stuck.

Date: Monday 23rd of March
Time: 11am-12pm
Venue: CCD Seminar room, 1st floor, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP to Disability Services ( by Monday 16 March, as places are limited.


Seminar: Media representation of persons with disabilities

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Great FREE event happening on Tuesday night 6pm-7pm, Media Representation of Disability with Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Beth Haller is Professor of Journalism/New Media and the Graduate Director of the Communication Management master’s program in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University in Maryland, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1996. She is the author of Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media (Advocado Press, 2010). She is also the former co-editor of the Society for Disability Studies’ scholarly journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, (2003-2006). She is adjunct faculty for the City University of New York’s Disability Studies master’s program and for York University’s Critical Disability Studies graduate program in Toronto.

Haller currently maintains a blog on disability issues in the news, Media dis&dat. She has been researching media images of disability since 1991, when she did a master’s thesis at the University of Maryland-College Park on the coverage of Deaf persons in The Washington Post and New York Times. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Temple University investigated elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

RSVP here.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

University of Melbourne
234 Queensberry St
219 Theatre
Carlton, VIC 3053

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)

This event will be audio-recorded. The recording and a transcript will be made available on within a few days of its conclusion.

O Week 2015!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Monash O -Week!


The sun is out, the festivities are buzzing, the music is pumping and the lines for free food are growing! Make the most of the week by checking out all the various events and activities and events on your Monash campus.

Just a reminder, as well – the Monash Disability Services is running an Open House all this week. That means if you have any questions at all about disabilities or mental health conditions that you feel might impact on your studies, pop into the Disability Services at 21 Ancora Imparo Way (previously Building 55 – right at the bus loop, near the Law Building and Menzies). You can speak to one of our friendly Disability Advisers who will be able to assist you with any inquiries you might have.

Also, starting tomorrow, we will also be running Disability Campus Tours around the Caulfield and Clayton campuses. Tours are open to all registered students and you can register for one of these tours here.

Clayton tours will run from 2pm on the Thursday and Friday of O-Week (26th and 27th February)

Tours will meet outside 21 Ancora Imparo Way (previously Building 55) at 1.50pm for a 2pm start

Caulfield tours will run from 2pm on the Tuesday of O-Week (24th of February)

Tours will meet outside Monash Connect (Building A, ground floor) at 1.50pm for a 2pm start

Campus maps will be provided on the day and it may be advisable to bring your own pen and paper to take notes. Please let us know in advance if you require Auslan interpreters, electric scooters or have any other accessibility requirements.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the tours, please contact Sarah Mander at or on 9905 3857.

Impress your tastebuds – Food Trucks bringing new flavours to Clayton

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Get ready to impress your tastebuds with some new flavours coming to Monash Clayton. We’ll have some food trucks including Yogurddicition, The Little Mushroom Co and the Curry Truck at various locations around campus. Grab your lunch buddies and try something different for lunch.

See the Monash Food Truck website for schedule and locations.


Arthritis Victoria Youth Workshop

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Are you aged 18-24 and living with muscle, bones or joint pain? Do you want to connect with others in a similar situation? Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria are hosting a Youth Workshop to find out what you need.

The workshop has been organised with young people and will be run by young people. The event will be very relaxed and informal and will involve some discussion groups to capture your thoughts. These groups are led by young people with musculoskeletal conditions who really get it. The topics for discussion are:

  • What are the important issues you have to deal with?
  • What things do you need and what to know about?
  • How do you want products, services and information delivered? (eg face-to-face, social media, phone apps, text message, website etc)

Important things to know about the workshop

  • Sunday 22nd March at 1pm
  • Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria 263-265 Kooyong Road, Elsternwick
  • It’s FREE
  • There’s a FREE (and delicious) lunch
  • Meet others who are in a similar situation
  • FREE onsite parking
  • Youth led
  • If you want, you can bring a friend or partner for support

Absolutely NO lectures or formal presentations

For more information see the Arthritis Victoria website.


I CAN Camp (Young Adults): 13-15 March

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

This camp enabled young people on the Autism Spectrum to enable others to say ‘I Can’ to life’s opportunities, all from the horse’s mouth!

– Daniel Giles, I CAN Ambassador

Have fun whilst challenging yourself

Build your confidence

Connect with others

I CAN Network’s young adults camp, hosted by I CAN’s tertiary networks, will empower young adults (aged 18 – 30) on the Autism Spectrum to live the ‘I Can’ attitude. It will equip participants with the confidence to be leaders in our growing network. I CAN’s Camps are unique. They are run entirely by young people on the Spectrum for young people on the Spectrum. Here’s some of what you will get up to on camp:

  • Games and random fun
  • Team-building/ outdoor activities, including a bonfire
  • Expressing I CAN’ – an exhibition of the ‘I Can’ attitude made by participants’ writing, drawing, music and construction
  • Mentoring Master Class (an optional workshop for those young people ready and willing to take their mentoring or uni network to the next step)
  • TEDxICAN – a showcase of ideas supporting the #AWEtismRethink
  • AWE Ball (Theme: ‘Dress to Obsess’) – don your favourite obsession on the Saturday evening!
  • ‘I CAN’ Talks – talks delivered by participants on what they’re going to say ‘I Can’ to


Register your interest by 25 February. After registering interest, one of our Camp Mentors* will give you a call where you will hear more about the I CAN Camps and the process of completing registration. Please note that the camp costs $150.

If you’ve got any queries, please contact James Ong (Coordinator, I CAN Tertiary Program) at or on 0432 405 384

To give you some inspiration, see our #AWEtismRethink video made at our I CAN Young Adults Camp in April 2014.

**All Camp Mentors have Working With Children Checks. Our team includes a Wellbeing Team with a registered psychologist and Mentors trained in First Aid and Mental Health First Aid.

Sensory friendly movies are back!

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Starting with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” this coming weekend, we are delighted to report that Village Cinemas are continuing to provide sensory-friendly sessions for individuals with ASD and others who have sensory sensitivities.

Sessions will be showing at 11am this Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February at Village Cinemas:

  • Airport West
  • Fountain Gate
  • Geelong
  • Karingal
  • Knox
  • Southland
  • Werribee

Book online here!

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Disability Services Open House

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Monash Disability Services will be running an Open House for all of O Week (23rd-27th January). That means if you have any questions at all about disabilities or mental health conditions that you feel might impact on your studies pop into the Disability Services office at 21 Ancora Imparo Way (formerly Building 55 – right at the bus loop, near the Law Building and Menzies). You can speak to one of our friendly Disability Advisers who will be able to assist you with any inquiries you might have.