Archive for July, 2015

Vision Australia National Bursary

Friday, July 31st, 2015

As of August 1st, 2015, applications will open for Vision Australia’s Further  Education Bursary.

In 2016, Vision Australia will award Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The Bursaries provide adaptive technology to help ensure that these students can fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.

For more information, please visit

I CAN Network Launch & AWETISM 2015 Event

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Since February 2014, I CAN, have been piloting an innovative approach to working with, for and alongside people on the Autism Spectrum.

I CAN Network Launch

  • Monday 23 November, 6pm – 8pm
    • 6pm Arrival
    • 6.30pm – 8pm: Launch program
    • 8pm: Networking
  • The Arena, NAB Docklands, 700 Bourke St, Docklands, Melbourne


Following the Launch, young people on the spectrum will be sharing their talents with the general public at NAB Village (700 Bourke St Docklands) on Tuesday 24 November. The schedule will be available to the public in late September.

For more information on the network click here.

Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Happy Friday everyone,

  • On Friday 31 July, Onesie Day will be a chance for the community to raise funds and show their support for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
  • Liz Pellicano discusses the recent government guidelines encouraging clinicians and teachers to use positive and inclusive language, in response to activist campaigns against offensive and perpetuate a negative view of people with disabilities.
  • Katie Ellis discusses the constructions and representations of disability on reality TV.
  • From BBC News’ Ouch Blog, Kate Monaghan speaks with Laura Green, a 28-year-old business owner with Down’s Syndrome.
  • From a 3D-printed bionic arm to an app that monitors the health of people with epilepsy, Anna Bawden discusses the flourishing of technology for good.
  • This week, thousands of people marched through the streets of New York for the city’s first Disability Pride Parade.

Mentoring opportunities with Cummins Inc

Friday, July 17th, 2015

PACE is the Australian Network on Disability’s (AND) vibrant and dynamic mentoring program developed to mutually benefit employers, and students with disability. This September the Australian Network on Disability is partnering with Cummins Inc, a global power leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of diesel and natural gas engines, to provide Engineering and Finance students with disability the opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals in their field.

During the program, students will work with their mentors to set career goals, gain valuable advice on how to best promote their capabilities to future employers, and network with leaders in their industry. PACE Mentoring builds confidence and networking skills which are invaluable to students seeking internships, graduate positions and future employment opportunities.

The commitment?

The Spring program is due to kick-off in September and will run through to December. Students will meet with their mentors 6-8 times over the 12 week period, and meetings can be arranged around work and study commitments. Students will be invited to an initial meet and greet in September at the Cummins offices in Scoresby, before commencing on the 12 week program.

How to apply:

Complete the application form (found here) and submit to by 5pm Friday 14 August 2015. You can view frequently asked questions and success stories at the PACE website.

Ready to lead by volunteering? Call for volunteers for Share your experiences program

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

We are looking for volunteers who are registered with Disability Services to assist academic staff in understanding the point of view of students with disabilities so they will be enabled to approach students with greater confidence.

The volunteers will NOT be providing practical advice and assistance on how to handle or solve problems caused by students’ disabilities (e.g. accessibility issues and accommodations). That is the role of Disability Advisers within Monash Disability Services. The focus of this volunteer program is to serve as a ‘port of call’ for staff who want to better understand the perspectives and experiences of students with disabilities to enable them to work more cooperatively and sensitively with a particular student. The role is expected to involve a single conversation with the teaching staff member for any given student: recurring queries about the same student/issue will be referred to Disability Services.

If you are considering volunteering, for this program, it is important that you feel comfortable with declaring your disability. Even though your identity will not be on the public Monash website, it will be on the Monash Intranet which is accessible to all Monash staff.

To fulfill the duties of the role you will need to make yourself available 1-3 hours per week.

Training will be provided by Disability Services to further define the role and answer any questions you may have. It is expected this will take no more than one hour.

The following table sets out the broad areas of disability. If you have personal experience of any of these and are interested in volunteering to help staff to discover how they may implement inclusive practices in their classes, please add complete this form. If you have any questions about the program please contact

ANZ Summer Intern Program

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The paid eight-week Summer Intern Program is a great way to explore a career with ANZ, and gain invaluable experience in the corporate world. It is designed to ensure that interns get a genuine feel for a career in the banking and finance industry.

Through the program, you’ll work as part of a team and receive guidance, support, and feedback from your manager. You’ll also get the chance to network with a range of graduates and managers, and develop great skills important for future success in the workplace.

Upon completion of the program, you may be rewarded with an early offer for our Graduate Program. It will offer you the perfect opportunity to launch your career at ANZ.

How does the ANZ Summer Intern Program work?

When you apply for the ANZ Summer Intern Program, you will be asked to preference a specific program stream. Depending on a number of aspects, such as where you wish to undertake the internship and where your interest lies, you can apply to one of the following:

In Australia:

  • Corporate and Commercial Banking
  • Corporate and Commercial Banking – Regional Business Banking
  • Global Wealth
  • International and Institutional Banking
  • Retail Banking
  • Technology

In New Zealand:

  • Commercial & Agri
  • Global Wealth
  • International and Institutional Banking (IIB)
  • Institutional & Commercial Operations
  • Retail
  • Risk
  • Technology

Bear in mind that not all program streams are available in every city. In addition, your qualifications will influence which streams may best suit you but for the most part shouldn’t limit your choices.

For information on the application process, visit the ANZ website.

Awegust for Awetism

Monday, July 6th, 2015

For the month of August, participants will be choosing and undertaking an “everyday challenge”, to raise awareness of the everyday challenges faced by people on the spectrum.

For instance, you could give up coffee, meat, or television for the month. You could confront a fear of yours, such as riding a roller coaster or making a speech to a crowd.

Participants seek sponsorship to achieve these goals, and the funds raised will be used to expand I Can’s operations so we can reach more young people on the spectrum and help them achieve their full potential.

Here’s a short video the I Can Network have made explaining it in more detail:

And here are some of the fundraising pages already set up:

By undertaking a challenge of your own, or donating to someone else’s, you can help build a better future for people on the autism spectrum.

You can find more information at the I Can Network website.


Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Happy Friday every body,