Archive for June, 2021

Autism at Leidos Program

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Work With The Leaders At Leidos!

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative pathway for people on the autism spectrum to connect with employers who recognise and value the contributions and talents that individuals on the spectrum can bring to their organisations.

Leidos is looking to employ and nourish this talent, and they value individuals who are curious, open-minded and wanting to bring their great ideas to the table.

Leidos are looking for five people to join the Leidos team on a full time, permanent basis with flexible ongoing working arrangements, including working from home.

Leidos job opportunities

Leidos has diverse employees who support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

  • They offer flexible working arrangements, discounted health insurance, novated leasing and more.
  • They have a strong track record of fostering careers by way of internal promotion and career transitions.
  • They offer complete access to learning and development and mentoring opportunities.

Apply now:

GradWISE Wins Award

Friday, June 11th, 2021

GradWISE team Wins the NESA Innovation in Disability Employment Award

A big congratulations to our GradWISE team for receiving the NESA Innovation in Disability Employment Award at the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Excellence Awards in Canberra recently.

The program was nominated for their work of “bridging the transition from study to work for students with disability”.

Well done Ed and all the GradWISE team! A fantastic and well-deserved result.

Intern Opportunity

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Department of Social Services Casual Intern Positions Now Available

The Department of Social Services is looking for 3 interns for a general Office Admin role.

The aim is for students to gain exposure and experience in an office environment.

Ideally they would like someone based in their Tasmanian office and the other 2 interns are open Australia wide.

The Internship Position

  • Paid internship – market casual rate
  • 6 week internship
  • Normally 9-5pm, will accommodate Reasonable Adjustment for what the candidate can work.
  • Reasonable Adjustment throughout the recruitment process.
  • No specific background / degree
  • Close date Friday 11th June

Key Duties

Duties performed by interns may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with administrative support to work area
  • Respond to routine enquiries or straightforward matters from stakeholders
  • Gather basic information and respond to written and telephone requests
  • Undertake basic data entry and retrieval
  • Create, update and maintain files and records
  • Work collaboratively to assist in the resolution of minor operational issues
  • Maintain knowledge of procedures and tasks relevant to own work
  • Some roles may require undertaking preliminary information and data gathering work for research tasks

Skills Required

  • Love working in a team environment
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Administration or assistant experience is desirable but not necessary
  • General understanding of office management systems and procedures
  • Time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to communicate new ideas
  • Eager to learn

*For more information, including how to apply, please contact Edward Osano from GradWISE at:

Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week

Friday, June 4th, 2021

GradWISE Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week

GradWISE will be hosting their Mid-Year Industry AccessABILITY Week from Monday 21st of June to Friday 25th of June, and would like to extend an invitation to Monash University Students.

The theme is Resilience and Reinvention, highlighting the resilience of previous GradWISE Participants.

Over the week, their will be a combination of GradWISE Alumni and Industry Partners to share their career journey and provide helpful information to help students/graduates stand out from the crowd.

GradWISE will be hosting three sessions a day, to register please use the link here!

  • Session One: Our Industry Partner and a GradWISE Alumni
  • Session Two: A panel discussion with a range of our GradWISE Industry Partners
  • Session Three: An Industry Partner and GradWISE Alumni sharing their career pathway story

To find out more, please read the attached document.

Accessibility News

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Soundfair Monthly Accessibility Newsletter

  • This content is from Soundfair’s monthly digest of the latest research, accessibility and representation news, including opportunities to get involved.

Xbox Becomes More Accessible with Party Chat

Xbox Party Chat will now support transcribing speech into text and synthesis of speech from text

These features can be used to help gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or cannot or choose not to speak to participate in Xbox Party Chat without special accommodation from others in the party.

Microsoft has recently announced a 5-year plan to improve #accessibility to people with #disabilities

In this interview, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie, who is hard of hearing herself, talks more about her role and goals.

Community News

I’ve always been terrified of losing my hearing – but when it happened, I craved silence

Most people assume that when you go deaf the world gradually gets turned down. The reality is anything but. By Fiona Murphy.

Nothing funny about hearing loss – as my child knows

Hearing loss is a serious challenge that brings with it many frustrations for a diverse range of people. By Megan Blandford.

Deaf Children Australia Youth Grants

Are you deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 23 years old? Did you know you can apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help you achieve a personal goal or project?

Hearing Services Program Review – Draft Report

On 14 August 2020, the Hon Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, announced a review into the Hearing Services Program. Stakeholder and community consultation is a key part of the Review. Interested parties can provide feedback on the Draft Report via a short written submission (3 page limit) through the Consultation Hub. Submissions close at noon AEST on Thursday, 24 June 2021.

Arts Access Victoria is asking Victorian music workers (e.g. sound engineers and musicians) about their experience of deafness and/or disability in the music industry. If you’d like to participate anonymously, click here.

Enabling Autistic Students Online

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Supporting Young People with Autism

As Victoria endures another lockdown period, the I CAN Network appreciates that the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 continues to impact many people in their network, especially young people with autism.

With that in mind, I CAN would like to share some insights and Autistic-led resources to support people in their network – not just in times of lockdown, but for overall well being, including:

Managing Overwhelm

It can be helpful for young people with Autism to hear from Autistic voices of all ages to reassure them that they aren’t the only one feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

This tip sheet attached on Managing Overwhelm was created by Autistic young adult members of the I CAN team. It offers tips to younger peers, as well as advice aimed at adults (parents/carers/teaching staff) who support Autistic young people.

The Joy of Autistic Passions

Autistic passions can provide great comfort, particularly amid very uncertain times.

They can also be a source of immense joy and connection, including when the people around us show an interest in the things we love.

For any of our young people or adults who are feeling on edge right now, we encourage you to embrace the things that fuel your passion.

Again, Autistic young adults from our team offer some tips  to help their younger peers and the adults who support them. This tip sheet on Staying Connected With Passions & People might also come in handy for the upcoming school holidays.

I CAN Online Interest Groups

I CAN’s Autistic-led online group mentoring program continues to offer a steady, safe, fun space where Autistic young people can connect each week with peers and mentors.

For so many of mentees, that regular weekly spot provides an anchor of security.

I CAN are especially excited to be expanding the number and range of interest-based groups we offer, as well as expanding their ages served to include 9-22 year olds.

Their next cycle, which begins the week of 26th July, includes interest based groups for:

  • AFL (new)
  • Anime
  • Dinosaurs (new)
  • Drawing & Art (new)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (new)
  • Marvel (new)
  • Minecraft
  • Pokemon (new)
  • Screens, Tunes & Characters (expanded to accommodate up to age 22)

These will be offered along with I CAN’s standing groups for age-based cohorts (9-13 and 13-15) and their groups for, Autistic/LGBTIQA+ teens.

I CAN also offer our I CAN Imagination Club® for 9-12 year olds, which is a non Autism-specific group.

To learn more and/or to submit an Expression of Interest, please click here or on the button below: