Archive for December, 2023

Want to Improve Your Employability?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

Applications Open Now – Want to improve your employability? Submit a mentee application.

AND is excited to announce that applications for PACE Mentoring Autumn 2024 are now open! APPLY NOW.

📢 Are you a jobseeker or student with disability, mental health condition or chronic illness?

💡 Are you looking for career guidance, to build disability confidence and gain employability skills?

PACE Mentoring is a nation-wide, free industry mentoring program that matches jobseekers with disability with experienced professionals from leading Australian organisations.

💻 You are invited to AND’s second PACE information session on 30 January 2024 at 2:00PM (AEDT), register using this link.

📲 Join AND’s PACE Mentoring program in Autumn 2024 and open a door to new career possibilities.

Get in early and submit an application form here:


Join AND’s Free Information Sessions

Want to Learn More About the PACE Program?

Check out our online information sessions, details below.

In these sessions, AND will discuss how the program works, what the matching process is like, what to expect from the program and answer any questions you have about PACE Mentoring. The sessions will be held online through Zoom.

*all in Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time (AEDT)

Please let us know if you would like any adjustments for this session.

Got a Question About AND Programs?

You can find the answers to questions about eligibility, sharing disability information, alumni stories, documentation, application processes, timelines, next steps, and more on AND’s Frequently Asked Question pages for the Stepping Into Program, or PACE Mentoring Program.

  • If you can’t find the answers there, please contact the AND team on 1300 36 36 45 or

Contact AND

  • Website:
  • Phone Number: 1300 363 645
  • Email:

Head Office Address:

  • Level 3, 80 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Vale Kevin Murfitt

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

In Memory of Dr Kevin Murfitt OAM

By Jennifer Eborall, Disability Adviser

This is to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of Dr Kevin Murfitt, who made a real and significant positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities.

Kevin contributed to an impressive number of organisations, programs and initiatives, some of which include Vision Australia, Blind Citizens Australia and World Blind Union Asia Pacific.

Kevin’s research in his Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin University) focused on diversity and employment. Kevin made an extraordinary contribution to the disability sector, with only a few of his achievements mentioned here.

I am grateful to Kevin for his work in establishing the Willing and Able Mentoring (WAM) program, which was a national program that matched people with disabilities with mentors/organisations in the workplace. I would like to share the personal impact that Kevin had on my life.

I met Kevin approximately 20 years ago when I was a student at university. As a student with a disability, I accessed the university Disability Services, and my Disability Adviser linked me with the WAM program, which was a wonderful source of information and support. I truly am grateful to Kevin, whom I found to be inspiring, knowledgeable and thoughtful.

Kevin helped me to see the potential success and possibilities for people with disabilities, and he made a significant, positive contribution to many lives. I feel privileged to have known him.

What Is Immersive Reader?

Friday, December 1st, 2023

A Free Tool to Improve Your Reading and Writing

Microsoft’s Immersive Reader is a free tool that is built into popular applications like Word, OneNote, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and the Edge browser.

Immersive Reader implements proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability.

Immersive Reader can help improve comprehension by…

  • Supporting fluency for English language learners or readers of other languages
  • Helping to build confidence for emerging readers as they learn to read at higher levels
  • Offering text decoding solutions for students with dyslexia and other learning needs
  • Providing individual word or whole text translation into over 100 languages (over 40 of which can be read aloud)
  • Providing scaffolding to ensure students with a variety of learning needs have access to grade-level texts

Learn More About Immersive Reader by Watching this Video from Microsoft.