Archive for March, 2015

Hands up for Auslan!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Luke King and Geoff Riding are putting their hands up to teach a weekly class in the basics of Australian Sign Language. Learn how to communicate in everyday Auslan over six Thursday evening classes, which has got to be one of the coolest skills a person can have. Be quick as spaces are limited.

26 March 2015 – 30 April 2015
Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Schoolhouse Residents $90 / Non-residents $120 Limited places.


Disability Services – Friday Link Round Up!

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Each Friday we bring you a link pack of disability related articles, events and resources from around the world! So kick back, relax and check out our link round up for this week.

I’ll let Iggy take it from here…


Take One Step for Better Mental Health

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

beyondblue is bringing its big blue bus ‘Roadshow Rhonda’ to Monash University, Clayton for Survival Week! Currently on a 50,000km journey around Australia to encourage and support people everywhere to ‘Take 1 step’ for better mental health, the beyondblue team will set up at Monash University, Clayton:

Wednesday 25th March
Free BBQ and activities
Law Building Forecourt, 15 Ancora Imparo Way
No bookings required

The visit is a great opportunity to find out more about depression and anxiety and where to get support. For more details, visit


Public Lecture: Disability Discrimination

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Hallmark Disability Research Initiative presents a free one hour lecture with speakers Beth Gaze and Lisa Waddington. This lecture will cover current disability discrimination law for European and Australian jurisdictions. It will then cover the current major gaps in law and suggestions for future law reform. There will be a discussion on the future directions in the field of disability discrimination law.

Professor Lisa Waddington

Maastricht University

Lisa Waddington holds the European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law. Professor Waddington’s principal area of interest lies in European and comparative disability law, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and European and comparative equality law in general. In 2000, she received an ASPASIA award from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Between 2004 and 2007 she coordinated a large EU research and education project on European non-discrimination law. Professor Waddington is currently a visiting professor at the Melbourne Law School.

Professor Beth Gaze

Beth Gaze is a professor in the Melbourne Law School and has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, including employment discrimination, and on tribunals, and has conducted socio-legal research in both areas. She has acted as an expert adviser to parliament and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. With Anna Chapman, she is presently engaged in a major project on the intersection between provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and anti-discrimination law.

The event is FREE an you can register here.

Room 1.09, Level One,

Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street

Carlton, Vic 3053


Tuesday, 24 March 2015 from 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

People With Disabilities, On Screen And Sans Clichés

Monday, March 16th, 2015

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Co-founder, Isaac Zablocki talks to NPR about disability, media representation and cliches.


Willing and Able Mentoring Program (WAM)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The WAM program, offered through Diversity Recruitment and Training, matches students registered with disability (mentees) with people currently working in their discipline or a related field (mentors).

If matched with a mentor, you will be expected to participate in 6-8 face-to-face meetings over 2-3 months, typically held at or near the mentor’s workplace, designed to provide information about:

  • the industry, professional life and career development
  • work role expectations
  • how organisations advertise positions
  • job search skills (for example, developing your resume, interview and networking skills)
  • (if applicable), the graduate recruitment process in that organisation or industry
  • when and how to disclose details of a disability

Timelines – Semester 1, 2015

  • 27 January – Mentee applications open
  • 13 March – Expression of interest to Disability Services due
  • 20 March – WAM application due, following approval from Disability Services
  • 23-28 March – Mentor and mentee briefing/training
  • April-June – Mentoring period

Submit your Expression of Interest to participate in this program for semester 1 by Friday 13 March.

PACE Mentoring for Students with Disability – Applications close SOON!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Australian Network on Disability (AND) has a vibrant and dynamic mentoring program, called PACE, which has been developed to offer students with disability the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting, which can assist them in planning their career journey, as well as aiding their personal and professional development.

PACE recognises that students and job seekers with disability frequently find themselves with little or no work experience, and may not be fully aware of the skills and attributes they can offer an organisation. This can add to the difficulties that students and job seekers may encounter as they try to enter their chosen career. PACE aims to assist mentees to become ‘job-ready’ and reduce some of these hurdles.

How to apply?

The commitment is to meet with a mentor up to eight times during the course of 12 weeks. The autumn program will start just after Easter so applications should be submitted by 13 March, with the chance to be matched with a manager from one of AND’s member organisations, including ANZ and IBM. This can be great preparation for the AND Stepping Into program as well.

To find out more and to download the application form, please visit the AND website.

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