Archive for October, 2018

Understanding the NDIS

Friday, October 19th, 2018

NDIS Workshops in November

AFDO (Australian Federation of Disability Organisations) is running workshops on the National Disability Insurance Scheme in November in the Southern Melbourne area for people with disabilities. More details are provided in the attached flyer.

Their November workshops will be held in Cranbourne as a weekday evening session (5pm–8pm), and in Narre Warren as a weekend session (10am–1pm).  You can learn more about AFDO’s NDIS workshops and register, by visiting their Disability Loop website “events” page:

This three-hour workshop will cover lots of different parts of the NDIS, including knowing who is eligible for the NDIS, working out what support you can get in your NDIS plan, to actually using the funds in your NDIS plan to live a better life in the community.

A light dinner/morning tea is included. AFDO is also providing a wide range of accessibility supports for attendees with disability, free of charge, to make it easier to participate.

Please register, preferably no later than one week prior to your chosen workshop for one of the following sessions:

Understanding the NDIS workshops

Cranbourne (Southern Melbourne)

Narre Warren (Southern Melbourne)

If you have any questions or would like assistance with registering, please email or call on (03) 9662 3324.

Apply NOW – AND Summer Internships

Friday, October 5th, 2018

APPLY NOW! Australian Network on Disability, Summer Program: Applications closing soon to gain paid internship

How an internship helped Sabine regain confidence

SabineSabine Elvy, from Dickson, ACT, was nearing the end of her postgraduate studies when she realised that she lacked the confidence she needed to get started in the workforce. When she found out about the Stepping Into internship program for students with disability, she saw an opportunity to get involved in work she was interested in with a flexible and inclusive employer.

Continue reading Sabine’s Story Here.

Internships are available for students in their final or second last year of university around the country studying Finance, Law, Social Sciences, IT, Science, Engineering and many more, for a full list of disciplines covered, and eligibility please visit our website. Stepping Into has placed over 1000 students since 2005.

Dial in to an Information Session

As part of the program, for STUDENTS to please attend a Plan For Success Webinar in order to gain a better understanding of Stepping Into, and learn how to write cover letters, prepare for interviews and make the most of networking opportunities. All students should attend one of these sessions:

 Friday 05/10/2018 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM

  • Wednesday 10/10/2018 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Monday 15/10/2018 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM
  • Tuesday 23/10/2018 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Thursday 01/11/2018 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

 To participate in the webinar you will need to dial in to the teleconference for audio and the webinar for visuals.

Login details are below for you.

Step 1:  Webinar Login

Go to the Webinar Login Page

Enter this code in the ‘I am a participant’ field: 6367393293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367393293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. There is no need to RSVP to the webinar.

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PO Box Q203, QVB Post Office NSW 1230

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I CAN Network Turns 5

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The I CAN Network is now officially five-years-old

An Update from Monash Alumni Chris Varney, Founder and Chief Enabler, I CAN Network

It is incredibly humbling to see how our network has grown from the story of one determined Mum (my Mum, Lisa) and a trio of three Autistic graduates: myself, Penny Robinson and James Ong.

In our five years of operation we have employed 34 Autistics to deliver 113 mentoring programs to 1,608 Autistics aged 8-50+ so that they can feel proud of their Autism, a sense of belonging and are confident and optimistic about their future.

You can view this video which shows the impact we have achieved in our five years.

The vision of I CAN Network is a world that benefits from embracing Autism.

We have four strategic goals:

  • To grow a sustainable social enterprise with a 50% Autistic team
  • To ignite a movement to drive a nation-wide rethink of Autism
  • To build a national mentoring program by and for Autistics
  • To partner with organisations who are ready to leverage the strengths of Autism

In our immediate future, we will be implementing the below strategic initiatives:

  1. Creation of a formalised mentor traineeship program
  2. Phased expansion of our online mentoring programs
  3. Phased expansion of our individual mentoring pilot
  4. Pilot of an I CAN Schools subscription, to complement our existing school program
  5. Creation of an award for school staff who embrace Autistic students: ‘Horvath Wake Medal’

Our successes would not have been possible without you.

If you would like to help us power our mission, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation via Every bit helps and we are so grateful for your support.

Here’s to the next five years of I CAN Network!

Participants Wanted for Research Project

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Recruiting Participants for Research Project on Disability and Employment

Paul Williamson is a Research Associate in the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP) at the University Of Sydney.

New research is being undertaken into the workplace experiences of people who develop a disability in the mid-career stage to build a better understanding of their experiences. With a large disability employment gap, the belief is that more can be done to support people to stay in the workforce after developing disability.

Attached is a copy of the Media Release, and here is a short ‘talking-head’ explainer:

The direct link to the survey is at

Please feel free to give Paul a call on 0402-974-010 if you would like more information on the project.