Archive for June, 2019

Born at the Right Time Book Launch

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Ron McCallum Memoir: ‘Born at the Right Time’.

Ron McCallum, AO is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, a former Monash Law student, and the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia.

Ron has been chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, has received a Centenary Medal for his work, and was the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year. He has recently released his memoir, ‘Born at the Right Time‘.

For more information, see this from Allen and Unwin publishers.

*You can register to attend Ron McCallum’s book launch and signing on Thursday 4 July 2019 6.00 pm at Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street by RSVP-ing here.

Graduate Insight Program

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion

*9:30am – 1pm, Friday 12 July 2019

*Register by 7 July 2019

Are you in your penultimate (second last) or final year of either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree?

The Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion is aimed at people with a disability, including those who have physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments that may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. It provides insight into the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Graduate Program and the career opportunities and pathways available.

The program will include:

  • Overview of the Graduate Program and application process
  • Panel discussion with current graduates
  • Morning tea with graduates and employees
  • Introduction to their Diversity Issues Unit
  • Career journey of a staff member with a disability

The Department of Justice and Community Safety are looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work and who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

They embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community they serve. They want to recruit the best people regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background, and hope you will join them.

*Please note, places are limited and registering for this event doesn’t guarantee a placement. Further details will be provided to participants offered a placement in the program. To be eligible for the Graduate Insight Program you must be:

  • An Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen
  • In your second last or final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline.

Click here to register your interest >>

  • Registrations close midnight Sunday 7 July 2019

*For more information, please contact

Rise in Number of Children Excluded from Mainstream Classes

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Children with Autism Excluded from Mainstream Classes

An increasing number of students with autism are being excluded from mainstream classes according to new research which raises concerns about the segregation of children with disabilities.

Monash University research from Kate De Bruin has found that between 2009 and 2015, the inclusion of autistic students in mainstream classes dropped from 18.8 per cent to just 3.3 per cent.

For more information, read the full Age article.

IBM – A Legacy of Inclusion

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

How IBM Sets the Standard in Access and Inclusion

IBM has a proud history of diversity and inclusion which dates back over a century. Way ahead of its time, IBM hired women long before they were given the right to vote and hired its first employee with disability 76 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recognised as the Top Performer in AND’s 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index, IBM continues to set the standard in access and inclusion.

AND (Australian Network on Disability) spoke with Keri Le Page, IBM Inclusion and Diversity Partner Australia/New Zealand, about accessibility at IBM today, and what that means for their suppliers and partners.

PACE Mentoring Update

Monday, June 17th, 2019

PACE Mentoring Program Spring Applications 2019 are Now Open!

PACE Mentoring connects students with a disability, mental illness or ongoing medical conditions with mentors from leading Australian organisations. It gives the mentees an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting.

Mentees meet their mentors 6-8 times at their mentors workplace, and work on activities designed to increase employability skills. You could be matched with mentors from ANZ Bank, Cummins, Arup, Bupa, IAG, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Hays and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Cummins Supports PACE Mentoring in Scoresby

The mentors from Cummins in Scoresby will be skilled in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as well as HR, Supply Chain and Finance which means you will not need to travel into the city to meet your mentor.

For more information click here or APPLY HERE. Please email if you have any questions.

Below is a little paragraph about the Scoresby opportunity and here is a link to a Facebook post about the opportunity:

Opinion: Stop Hiring Autistic People for the Wrong Reasons

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Three Reasons That Should Not Drive Your Decision to Hire a Person with Autism

“I’m not a unicorn”says Ashlea McKay.  “Believe me, I want you to hire autistic people, but here are three reasons that should not be driving the decision to do so.”

“As an autistic job seeker myself, I can tell you that it’s pretty tough out here. I’ve been searching for 2.5 years now with no success. The job market is a minefield of myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings for autistic people and our unemployment rate is abysmal. A recent study found that here in Australia, 31.6% of autistic people are unemployed — a rate that is 3 times that for people with disabilities in general and is almost 6 times the unemployment rate for people who do not have a disability.”

find out more >>

Inclusive Design Expands Customer Reach

Monday, June 17th, 2019

World-first report: Research reveals inclusive design can expand customer reach fourfold

New research launched today by the Centre for Inclusive Design in partnership with Adobe and Microsoft has revealed that products and services designed with the needs of people experiencing poverty, disability or the effects of aging in mind can reach four times the number of intended consumers and impact the bottom-line of organisations.

find out more >>

Help for Travellers with Low Vision

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Travelling Interstate or Overseas can be Very Overwhelming for a Person with Disability

Having a disability and travelling interstate or overseas can be very overwhelming. Airports are busy places bustling with people getting to their next destination or returning home.

Whilst a lot of work is done to help passengers move through airports to access food and retail shops, toilets, lounges and ultimately the right gate for their flight, spare a thought for people experiencing blindness or low vision.

find out more >>

New Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Australia has a New Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Australia has a new Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett.  Ben replaces the outgoing Commissioner, Mr Alastair McEwan.

find out more >>

2 weeks left for the Monash Youth Survey

Monday, June 17th, 2019

There’s only 2 weeks left for the Monash Youth Survey and we want to hear from your community!

For direct access to our online survey, please click the following link:  The survey can also be found under ‘events’ at the homepage.

Monash Youth Services are currently encouraging all young people aged 10-25 who have a significant link to the City of Monash to complete the Monash Youth Survey.  The result of this survey will contribute to the Monash Youth Action Plan which guides the themes and actions that the City of Monash will take in response to the needs of young people in the community.

Everyone who completes the survey can go into the draw to win Beats Studio3 Wireless HeadphonesCompetition and survey closes Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

If you’re a young person linked with Monash you’re encouraged to complete the short survey to ensure that you are represented in the data.

The survey is available online at via the ‘events page’ but a copy is attached if you need.  Any completed hard copies can be posted to Monash Youth Services, 14 Bogong Ave Glen Waverley, or they are happy to arrange a time to collect them from you.

Samantha King

Senior Youth Worker

Phone: 03 9518 3900 | Mobile: 0412 589 238

Fax: (03) 9518 3444
National Relay Service: 1800 555 660

14 Bogong Ave, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150