Archive for January, 2016

Paid Marketing Internships with Stockland – Stepping Into program

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Stockland Corporation are seeking Marketing interns for paid internships in February-March 2016!

This summer, Stockland is offering four paid Marketing internships to suitable candidates in their penultimate or final year of a relevant bachelor or postgraduate degree. The internships will commence as negotiated in February 2016, and will be for a duration of 152 hours (full-time or part-time).

Positions are based in Sydney, Perth, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast. For full role descriptions and application details visit stockland-centres.html

DWF ‘Study Assist program’ for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Thursday, January 28th, 2016


A way to help you gain higher qualifications

With improved medications, longer life spans and improved social accessibility many people living with HIV are considering various career options, including returning to study. The committee of DWF is proud to announce the start of ‘DWF Study Assist’, a way to support you to gain higher education qualifications.

The DWF ‘Study Assist’ allocation has been established to contribute towards the cost of further education, i.e. books, enrolment fees, short courses etc. Further, there are many equity scholarships associated with Universities / TAFE’s /Colleges, which this project can direct you to. For more information, please make an appointment with the David Williams Fund Coordinator or check university / TAFE websites for more information.

The David Williams Fund is committed to working in a more holistic way to enhance health outcomes through skills development and information acquisition through further education.

Criteria for education assistance

HIV +, living in Victoria and on a Social Security benefit from Centrelink with no more than $5000 in a bank account.

  • In the first instance, find the course you would like to study and look into available TAFE or University scholarships. Scholarship information can usually be obtained through university websites, which stipulate when applications need to be submitted (usually October prior to the commencement of semester). Scholarships can also provide assistance with accommodation fees, books etc for people on low incomes and/or with a Health Care Card.
  • If it’s a short course, scholarships may not be available. DWF however may be able to assist. For your application to be considered you will need to obtain 2 quotes for a comparable course from different education institutions and make an appointment with the DWF Coordinator. These education providers must be recognized and approved learning institutions.
  • Write a proposal as to why you would like to go back to study and how it may improve your health, well being and/or future with career prospects.
  • Whilst studying (for any course of length), 6 monthly review meetings will be conducted to see how you’re study is progressing how we may be able to support you to continue to study.
  • Each grant will be case by case, depending on your situation & funds available. We may be able to assist you with the provision for books, fees and other items that may be necessary for you to return / continue to study
  • The David Williams Fund ‘Study Assist’ application form must be filled out fully with all quotes / health card cards attached to be considered.  Forms are available from the
  • Positive Living Centre (PLC) reception or online at .

If this interests you, please feel free to contact the Positive Living Centre reception on 9863 0444 and make an appointment. Please bring in all the information about the institution and course you would like to study with and costs associated with this.

Current Opportunities and I CAN’s Amazing Race

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Current Opportunities

Working for I CAN is an experience like no other! We’re Australia’s first social enterprise established by people with Autism. Make history and help us power a generation-wide rethink of Autism! We are currently looking for Communications Officers, Mentors, a Mentor Manager, a Network Leader, Personal Assistants, a Social Media Officer and Stakeholder Relationship Managers. Forward this on to anyone who you think would be perfect!

Learn more here.

I CAN’s Amazing Race

Tickets are now available for the I CAN Network’s Amazing Race! In Melbourne on the 30th of January, we will be running around the city and completing challenges so that we can continue to empower people on the Autism Spectrum. Teams of two or three will soon be able to purchase $30 tickets, with proceeds going to the I CAN Network. Any queries can be sent to:

Book tickets here.


This month, we discuss our new I CAN School, Aquinas College (Ringwood), big news for Austin Wyatt’s (Networks Director) being awarded a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, an interview with Kim Noonan (our photographer), and a blog post from Tony Langdon!

Read more here.

Inclusion Through Technology – Latest News

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

CES 2016 accessibility round-up

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in Las Vegas in January, is generally considered the world’s largest showcase of consumer electronics. With products ranging from futuristic prototypes through to things we’ll see in stores soon, it’s a good opportunity to see what some of the accessibility implications are for 2016.

Researchers seek feedback on video-on-demand accessibility

A new ACCAN-funded Australian research project is asking people to take part in a survey about the accessibility of video-on-demand (VOD) websites. The study is conducted by researchers Dr Mike Kent and Dr Katie Ellis of Curtin University, looking into the growing popularity of VOD services delivered via the internet. This 15-question survey aims to gain the “perspectives of people with different disabilities on how accessible the different services offered are.”

ACMA releases submissions to caption quality review

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has posted submissions received in response to its discussion paper ‘Review of Television Captioning Standard’, which was released in November 2015. Submissions were provided from ACCAN, Deaf Australia Inc, Ai-Media Australia, FreeTV Australia, Astra, ABC, SBS and more, as well as Media Access Australia.

Stan introduces closed captions

Subscription television service Stan has quietly introduced closed captioning on a selection of its titles, with more to come. The service was criticised for not providing captions when it launched in January 2015.

Audio description on ABC iview now available on FreeviewPlus

The trial of audio description on the ABC’s iview, which commenced in April, has now been extended to FreeviewPlus. Previously, it was only available in iPhones, iPads, Android devices and desktop computers.

New podcast

ABC iview audio description trial moves to desktop computers

The trial of audio description (AD) on the ABC’s online iview service which started in April has now been extended to desktop computers. Media Access Australia’s Project Manager, Chris Mikul, discusses the progress of the AD trial, new programs available with AD, how many people have been watching programs with AD and responses to the trial so far.

Useful resource of the week

Enrolments are currently open for the next Professional Certificate in Accessibility course, which runs from 22 February to 1 April. With lots of positive feedback from past students, many career benefits for course attendees and countless reasons to make the web accessible for digital consumers around the world, Media Access Australia’s Marketing Executive, Philip Jenkinson, explains why you should become qualified in web accessibility.

Improving Visually Impaired Students’ Access to Graphics in Higher Education – Pilot study

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Calling all vision impaired students. Could you benefit from better access to the graphs, tables, diagrams and mathematics in your learning materials? If so, you are invited to take part in a pilot study to trial new processes and technologies.

We will work with you and university staff to determine the most suitable additions to your usual support. This may include:

  • accessible formats such as interactive electronic diagrams, written descriptions, and tactile graphics
  • interactive 3-dimensional campus map with audio labels
  • training and support for you and university staff
  • and more

You will be asked to complete a screening interview up to 30 minutes in length to discuss your accessible formats requirements. Participants will then be selected to represent a diverse range of profiles.

Pilot participants should be available for weekly communication with the researchers. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete a final interview.

To register your interest or for further information, please contact Leona Holloway at or (03) 9903 2401. Participation is voluntary and confidential.