Archive for January, 2024

Industry AccessABILITY Week 2024

Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

2024 GradWISE Industry AccessABILITY Week

Are you curious about graduate career pathways?

GradWISE will be hosting their annual Industry AccessABILITY Week and they want you to join them!

Industry AccessABILITY Week is an event designed for students and graduates living with disabilities.

This event aims to foster connections between talented individuals and prospective employers, providing valuable insights into employment opportunities.

The week will include presentations from:

  • John Holland
  • Victoria Government
  • EY
  • Aurecon
  • NAB
  • Queensland Government
  • ABC
  • Cummins…. and many more!

Date: Monday 12th – Thursday 15th February 2024

Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm

The event is an opportunity for students/graduates to hear from disability-confident employers on their various roles and early career pathways.

This will help prepare recent and soon to be graduates with tips to succeed in navigating the graduate recruitment process and choosing organisations that align with their values and career aspirations.

GradWISE will be hosting three sessions a day. You only need to register once to have access to all sessions.


Wayfinding Systems Study

Monday, January 29th, 2024

Designing Wayfinding Sytems for People with Cognitive Impairment Study

  • Are you a carer/support worker of individuals with cognitive impairment/intellectual disability/neurodiversity?


  • Are you a Health professional providing healthcare to individuals with cognitive impairment/intellectual disability/neurodiversity?

We seek your insights regarding the challenges and needs experienced by individuals with cognitive impairment when navigating maps.

This research initiative focuses on understanding the navigation challenges faced by individuals with cognitive impairments and aims to develop maps that cater to their unique needs.

We seek participants who provide crucial assistance to individuals facing cognitive challenges, including caregivers, support workers, and health professionals, to share their valuable insights and experiences. As a token of appreciation, we offer a $30 gift voucher for each participant.

Click here to register for the interview (40-60mins)!

  • You will receive an AU$30 voucher for your participation!
  • For more information contact:
  • Study: “Maps for Cognitive Impaired
  • Chief Investigator: Dr Anuradha Madugalla
  • Funding: Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) SEED Fund
  • This study is approved by the MUHREC of Monash University (protocol #40245)

How I Became the ‘Hoodie Girl’

Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

How I Became the ‘Hoodie Girl’: Attending Conferences as a Neurodiverse Scientist

From a Nature Article featuring Monash University Biostatistician Penny Robinson

“Diagnosed with autism as a teenager, Penny Robinson navigates life on her own terms. In secondary school, she loved science and found her calling in crunching numbers.

She faced several challenges, such as bullying from other students, following ad hoc plans to complete studies at her own pace and eventually opting to earn a master’s degree instead of a PhD. But those struggles didn’t stop Robinson from becoming a biostatistician and lecturer in the department of epidemiology and preventative medicine at the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia.

Committed to helping others in their careers, she also co-founded the I CAN Network, an organization that mentors young autistic people.”

Neuordivergent People Could Help with Skills Shortage

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Could Hiring More Neurodivergent People Help Fix Australia’s Skills Shortage?

*From ABC News Online

“The most recent data on neurodivergent people in the workforce was collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2018.

“It showed the unemployment rate for people with autism at the time was 34.1 per cent, more than three times the overall rate for people with a disability which was 10.3 per cent.

“Participation in the labour force in 2018, that is people with a job or actively looking for work, among people with autism was 38 per cent, compared to 53.4 per cent for all people with a disability and 84.1 per cent for those without a disability.

“While those numbers have likely changed in the years since the data was collected, at a time when Australia has a historically low unemployment rate and nationwide skills shortage, advocates say businesses could benefit from hiring neurodivergent workers.”