Archive for April, 2019

Autism and Employment Forums

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Autism & Employment Forums – Melbourne 14th May & Geelong 16th May 2019

Join AMAZE for a Day of Discussion and Receive Valuable Information About Finding and Keeping Work

You’ll hear from Malcolm Mayfield, author of “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment”, researcher and autistic person.

Malcolm is also the founder and managing director of Autism STAR.

Malcolm will be delivering a workshop titled “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job – Practical Strategies”.

In it he will cover:

  • What is the ‘hidden curriculum’?
  • Finding a job – mentors, networking, social media, resumes
  • Job interviews – attire, behaviour, answering difficult questions, online interviews, interview follow up, what are your rights in an interview

You’ll also hear from Stephanie Crawford, a speech pathologist with over 20 years’ experience who now focuses on supporting autistic teenagers and adults to achieve their communication goals.

Stephanie will cover:

  • the hidden rules around communication in interviews and the workplace and strategies to manage these
  • how challenges with executive functioning and abstract language skills can impact on the process of getting a job
  • functional tips on preparing for an interview

This event is suitable for autistic people considering looking for work or wanting tips on getting and keeping a job, as well as people supporting autistic people through employment.

You’ll hear about employment from the perspective of an autistic person, get tips on finding a job and doing job interviews, as well as the kinds of communications often needed in the workplace and how autistic people can prepare for this.

For more information and to book tickets

STEMLabs – Applications OPEN!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Applications now open for the STEMLabs April 2019 Program!

This is suited for you if you are:

  • Looking for an opportunity to experiment with your STEMLabs Skills in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment.
  • Wanting to better understand your autism in order to thrive in the workplace.
  • Looking to recognise your strengths, talents and abilities in a supportive, practical and hands-on environment.
  • Have an interest in IT.

The program is free and is strictly limited to just 10 places.

Applications for the program are currently open!

The applications close promptly at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd April, 2019. The candidates will be notified of their outcome by 5pm, Friday 26th April, 2019.

The successful candidates will then be invited to the training and assessment program commencing on Monday 29th April, 2019 and conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note the program will not be held on any Tuesday.

The program will be held at Max Employment St Kilda, 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or over
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have Australian residency or citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 29th April, 2019 through to Friday 17th May, 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of St Kilda/Melbourne CBD.

Attached is more information about how to apply for the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Georgie Walker

M.Clin.Couns, Grad Dip Psych, B.Bus (Mktg/Mgmt)

Specialisterne Consultant

Specialisterne Australia


M: +61 431017852



Disability Scholarship Opportunties

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Disability Scholarship Program 2019 – Department of Justice and Community Safety

Applications for the 2019 Program close on 10 May 2019.

Find out more:

Contact the Disability/Diversity Liaison Officer at this university or visit

Email –  or – ask for a copy of Scholarship Guidelines and an Application Form.

Disability – to Share or Not to Share?

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Have You Shared Information about Your Disability with an Education Provider or Employer?

Ali Parker, from National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) team, wants to help people build skills and confidence to share information about disability with potential education providers and employers. This includes information about adjustments or supports that may be needed.

How can you help?

The NDCO needs as many people as possible who have a lived experience of disability to complete a survey.

Have you shared or tried to share information about your disability with an education provider or employer?  Is this you? They would love to hear from you!

Thank you – from the National Disability Coordination Officer team.

Ali Parker

National Disability Coordination Officer – Western Melbourne Region 12

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Internship Applications EXTENDED to 14 April 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Are You looking for Paid Work Experience that Counts?

Internship Opportunities are available in: Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide, and Tasmania

The Australian Network on Disability runs the Stepping into Program twice a year. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to assist you to gain meaningful work experience in your area of their study.

 Stepping Into intern Amelia Gates stands in between her colleague Alicia (left) and supervisor Beverley Jefferson (right).

‘I don’t have the same concerns going into this new job that I did before I completed Stepping Into. I now feel confident in my ability to manage any pain and not hide my disability from co-workers,’  said Amelia

Students learn about the recruitment process, job interviews and if successful, gain exposure to degree-relevant work in a forward-thinking organisation. Internships generally last four to eight weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments). The AND programs team are available throughout the entire process for support, advice and guidance on how to ensure your internship is a success.

This cohort our participating members include:

  • Arup Group
  • Australia Post
  • Comcare
  • Department of Social Services
  • IAG, Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers
  • and Office of the Children’s Guardian

To see the complete list of position descriptions and location for internships available visit


  • Stage of study: final or second last year of university
  • Discipline of Study: All are encouraged to apply
  • Residency Requirements: Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident or International student with full working rights in Australia
    Application Process

Complete our Online Application Form

Deadlines for application have been extended until midnight 14th April 2019.

The programs team at AND will inform if you are eligible and the AND Programs team will arrange the interview.
Before applying, please ensure you have the following documents prepared to submit

  • Resume
  • University Transcript
  • Proof of Eligibility (Disability Access Plan or relevant medical documentation)

For previous applicants and still eligible:

  • Email AND’s Programs Team and advise to copy your previous application and confirmed your expected completion of your degree
  • There is no need to attend another interview if you have attended one in the last 12 months
  • Submit your top 3 preferences before or by midnight Sunday 14th April 2019

Australian Network on Disability

Level 3, 80 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

PO Box Q203, QVB Post Office NSW 1230

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