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International Day of People with Disability 2021

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 2021

International_Day_of People with Disability Logo

Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

This year’s UN theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

We are happy to acknowledge and celebrate this important day.

We also are aware that disability inclusion must go beyond this day alone.

Let’s work together to continue to strive for a better future.

Disability inclusion. Today. Everyday. Always.

Video: We need to talk about disability

CP-Achieve Opportunities

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Enter the Lived Experience Photo Exhibition and Win a Prize

The AusACPDM and CP-Achieve are excited to announce the launch of their second Lived Experience Photo Exhibition.

Thee’re seeking people of all ages with lived experience of childhood-onset disability to help celebrate our diverse community by submitting quality original photographs within the themes of Family, Fun, Fitness or Friends.

Photos that meet the exhibition guidelines will be showcased on our website where the community will be able to cast a vote for their favourite.

One photo in each category will be selected as a winner, and the entrant will be awarded a prize of $100AUD.

Submit Your Photos Online

Submitted images may be used to complement future online and published work by the AusACPDM and CP-Achieve.

  • To submit your photos, click on the link:

During the online submission process, entrants will be asked to agree to the exhibition terms and conditions.

There is a maximum of three entries per person.

Entries close midnight 11.59pm 21 December 2021.

The exhibition and voting will open on 31 January 2022 with winners to be announced on 4th March 2022.

CP-Achieve Understanding Survey

The CP-Achieve Understanding Survey is now live!

The survey will help CP-Achieve to learn more about the demographic and clinical characteristics of young people (aged 10-30 years) with CP (Cerebral Palsy).

It will also allow young people with CP to express interest in participating in future CP-Achieve studies.

  • Click on the link below or scan the QR code from the flyer.

Access code: RPLP4EW84

For more information contact:

  • Sevastine Katsakis B. Science (Psych), M.C
  • Project Officer, Centre of Research Excellence: CP-Achieve Neurodisability and Rehabilitation
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Access to Higher Education Day

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Event Reminder — NCSEHE & EPHEA World Access to Higher Education Day

We hope you can join us for WAHED Australasia on 17 November (national times below) hosted by the NCSEHE and Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA).

The free online event will feature a keynote from Prof. Maria Raciti (USC) as well as a disability practitioner and student panel, discussing important accessibility considerations when returning to an on-campus learning model.

The 2021 Champions for Change will be recognised for their extraordinary efforts in supporting students to succeed in higher education.

WAHED 2021 will also mark the introduction of the NCSEHE and EPHEA Australasian Spotlight on Equity: Grants for recognition of impact. Winners will be announced on the day.

Event Highlights

Keynote: Prof. Maria Raciti — Navigating heightened risk among low SES students in VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) times: What’s the next best step?

Disability practitioner and student panel — Accessibility considerations when returning to an on-campus learning model

Awards and grants announcements

  • Champions for Change
  • Australasian Spotlight on Equity: Grants for recognition of impact

Event Details and Registration

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Online via Zoom

  • 9:30 am–11:30 am AWST
  • 11:00 am–1:00 pm ACST
  • 11:30 am–1:30 pm AEST
  • 12:30 pm–2:30 pm AEDT
  • 1:30 pm–3:30 pm NZS

This is a free event, registration is essential.

The webinar will be live captioned and recorded. If you cannot attend, please register anyway and you will be sent a link directly to the recording, slides and transcript post-webinar.

  • Register here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Universal Design for Tertiary Education

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education – eLearning Launch Event

Join us on International Day of People with DisabilityFriday 3 December from 1pm-2:15pm AEDT as the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training launch Australia’s first free online Universal Design for Learning in tertiary education eLearning training.

To mark this special occasion, Dr Frederic Fovet, Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University, Canada will be our guest speaker, followed by an official launch of the Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education eLearning Training.

  • 1pm – 2:00pm AEDT: From curiosity to systemic implementation: Making UDL buy-in a strategic institutional reality presented by Dr. Frederic Fovet. Includes question and answer opportunity.
  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm: Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education eLearning Training official launch


Dr Frederic Fovet

Dr Frédéric Fovet

Dr Frédéric Fovet is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University.

He has previously held the position of Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Education of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Over the duration of his PhD., he was Director of the Office of Students with Disabilities at McGill University.  He has also served as a teacher and principal in the K-12 sector.

He is an inclusion specialist with a specific interest in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD), critical pedagogy and universal design for learning (UDL).

Frederic also has a strong grounding in Disability Studies. He acts as a consultant, both nationally and internationally, in the area of UDL and inclusion – in the K-12 and the post-secondary sector. He was the instigator and program chair of the first three pan-Canadian conferences on UDL in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Presentation Overview

From curiosity to systemic implementation: Making UDL buy-in a strategic institutional reality

There has been growing but sporadic interest around Universal Design for Learning across the post-secondary sector in most jurisdictions over the last decade.

This, in itself is encouraging and there is no doubt that the notion that inclusion must be achieved through proactive inclusive design rather than through retrofitting and accommodations is finally gaining in popularity and visibility.

While many of the initiatives seeking to implement UDL are effective and credible, these are usually led by individual instructors or small communities of practice.

As such, they represent powerful illustrations of UDL in action but they fail to tackle the complexity of how systemic implementation can be achieved across institutions.

This presentation will offer an ecological view of the numerous factors that come into play when institutions consider campus-wide UDL implementation, and will prepare participants to proactively prepare for this complexity.

It is undeniable that the COVID pandemic and the pivot to online teaching and learning have further muddied the waters, and the presentation will seek to explore what specific post-pandemic UDL efforts are now necessary.

  • If you would like to showcase some of the work you have been involved with in implementing UDL principles please contact  


My Disability My Plus

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

My Disability My ‘Plus’ – Join AND’s upcoming Employability Series Webinar

Free Webinar hosted by Helen Cooke, CEO & Founder of MyPlus (UK)

You are invited to join our upcoming webinar to hear from disability expert, Helen Cooke, on how students and jobseekers can use disability to stand out from the crowd.

What we’ll cover:

  • Disability – help or hindrance?
  • Identifying your ‘Plus’
  • Writing your Strength Statement
  • Top Tips
  • Resources
  • You will also hear from a Stepping Into Alumni on their experience of talking about their disability with employers.

Event Details

  • Where: Online via MS Teams

Thursday 28th October

  • Melbourne/Sydney/Canberra/Hobart – 6:00-7:00pm
  • Brisbane – 5:00-6:00pm
  • Adelaide – 5:30-6:30pm
  • Perth – 3:00-4:00pm
  • Darwin – 4:30-5:30pm

Click here to join the session​, or dial in via phone at 1800 571 212, participant code: 921 529 172# to listen in via audio.

  • Accessibility: Please contact if you have any accessibility requirements. We can arrange live captioning with 72 hours notice if requested.

This webinar is part of Australian Network on Disability’s Employability Series. Click here to read more.

Disability in Arts Forum

Monday, October 18th, 2021

Disability Representation, Access and Inclusion within Performing Arts

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance Critical Performance Studies Stream announces:

A Forum on Disability Representation, Access and Inclusion  within the Performing Arts Industry

A 90 min open forum on disability representation, access and inclusion within the performing arts industry with a focus on lived experience.

This forum will be moderated by disability arts organisation, Loom Arts and Management, with a panel of some of Melbourne’s most exciting performers with disability.

We extend an invitation to ALL interested Monash students and staff and members of the public to join us in this important and engaging discussion.

  • Wednesday 20th October 1 – 2.30pm
  • Zoom Link:

The forum will be facilitated by Zoe Boesen and Hannah Reekie from LOOM Arts and Management.

The Panel

  • Rima Hadchiti (she/her), whose practise spans acting, performance art, Middle Eastern and contemporary dance, burlesque, cabaret, and aerial work. Rima has performed for MTC, Circus Oz, Dark Mofo and for the past four years has been touring with Cirque Du Soleil. Rima is a person of short stature.
  • Andrew Tresidder (he/him) who is an actor and film critic. Andy is agraduate of Ignition Theatre at Melbourne Polytechnic and a member of Rollercoaster Theatre’s ensemble. Andy has performed in multiple productions including short film Comican’t for which he won Best Actor at Tropfest 2019. Andy has lived experience of disability.
  • Artemis Muñoz (they/them) is a prolific cabaret performer,writer, and actor. Artemis is soon to complete a Masters in Writing for Theatre At VCA. Artemis is currently developing their solo cabaret show “Artemis: Utter Mess” which explores their intersecting identities and societal labels. Artemis is neurodivergent, gender non-binary, aspec (asexual) and bi-racial.
  • Kate Hood (she/her),actor, writer, activist with 37 years of experience within the industry. Kate Performed in a long standing role on season 8 of Prisoner as Kath Maxwell. Once Kate began using a wheelchair her job prospects drastically changed. Kate is a well known advocate within the disability arts community, Artistic Director and founder of disability-led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple, and remains an exceptional actor.
  • Dr Melinda Smith (she/her) is a dancer, aerial performer, visual artist, mentor and lecturer with lived experience of Cerebral Palsy. Melinda has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal, and an honorary Doctorate from Deakin University for her outstanding contribution to the arts and inclusion for people with disability.

*This forum is supported by Monash University Performing Arts Centres funding.

  • For more information contact Felix Nobis <>

Celebrate with GradWISE

Friday, October 15th, 2021

GradWISE Celebrate an Incredible Year of Graduate Outcomes and Partnership with Monash!

Through the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, GradWISE students and graduates have demonstrated agility and resilience in what has been a year of transformation during 2021.

Are You Thinking About Your Graduate Career?

On the back of the great success achieved in 2021, GradWISE look ahead to a new year and look forward to helping you shape your future careers.

Through one-on-one, group and online services, GradWISE will give you the skills, assistance and industry exposure you need in finding your perfect graduate or entry level role.

GradWISE Information Session

Join the GradWISE team for an information session to learn about the award winning program and supports available to students and graduates living with a disability, injury or illness in securing sustainable employment in their field of study.

  • Register here to save the date: Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 11am AEDT

Disability Employment Service Reform

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

DSS Committed to Creating Better DES Model

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is committed to creating a disability employment services model that better serves jobseekers with disability, service providers and employers.

Have your say through either or both of the below channels.

Complete the Survey

To support in this reform, PwC has been engaged by DSS to seek input from a wide range of stakeholders including employers, service providers and jobseekers to understand experiences, expectations and what is important to you in the disability employment services.

The survey should only take 10 minutes or less and responses will be anonymised and completely confidential.

If you are an employer or an employee of an organisation, PwC wants to hear from you.

Provide Feedback at AND Workshops

Australian Network on Disability will be representing the voice of our network at the Disability Employment Services reform.

AWETISM 2021 – Register Now

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

AWETISM 2021 Virtual Expo

AWETISM 2021 is Australia’s biggest Autistic youth event also delivering free training for industry professionals.

A range of substantive content which will be shared at I Can Network’s free AWETISM 2021 Virtual Expo on Friday 12th of November 2021.

*Content will be available for an additional month, until the 12th of December to anyone who registers.

Training For Educators

For educators who are keen to understand their Autistic students better and accrue hours toward Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning, there are two sessions of interest:

1) Insights for Teachers from an All-Autistic Panel – 12:30pm – 1:30pm AEDT.

Due to popular demand we are screening an exclusive replay from our 2020 AWETISM Expo in our I CAN SCHOOLS Auditorium which features the below speakers.

  • Dr Emma Goodall – Autistic Autism Researcher, Author and Education Specialist.
  • Lana Wheatfill – Former I CAN Mentee, now I CAN Mentor.
  • Kate Andrews – Parent, Educator & I CAN Northern Victoria Regional Manager.

The panel explore key topics to support Autistic students, including:

  • Supporting anxious students & those with PDA/demand avoidant profiles.
  • Interoception.
  • Accommodations which make a difference.
  • Building a school-home partnership to support student wellbeing.

2) Understanding & Empowering Your Autistic Students – 4.00pm – 5.00pm AEDT. 

  • Chris Varney – I CAN Chief Enabler & Founder.
  • Kate Andrews – Parent, Educator & I CAN Northern Victoria Regional Manager.
  • Tim Chan – Author & I CAN Ambassador.
  • Ayesha Carson, Caitlin Downie-Kempson, Kyal Kay & Sam Rose – I CAN Mentors.

Topics will include:

  • Creating a sense of safety and acceptance for your Autistic students.
  • Leveraging Autistic passions to enhance connection and engagement.
  • Nurturing strengths and positive identity.
  • Respectful, effective support for students with higher support requirements.
  • Insights from multiply neurodivergent (e.g. Autistic + ADHD, Dyslexia) students.
  • Register for AWETISM 2021

Autistic LGBTIA+ Young People

There is a significant overlap between the Autistic and LGBTIQA+ communities.

As part of our ongoing leadership in providing youth-informed resources, we are offering a free training session during our AWETISM Expo for adults who are keen to provide more meaningful support to Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people.

The training will be held in the I CAN SCHOOLS Auditorium – 3:00pm – 4:00pm AEDT, 12th November. 

Leading the training will be Sam Rose, an I CAN Mentor who runs our online groups for Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people and is co-author with Yenn Purkis of an upcoming book for Autistic trans teens.

The training content is heavily shaped by the insights of our 70+ youth collaborators across Australia on what they need to feel safe, accepted and validated.

Topics include:

  • What Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people want you to know.
  • Understanding Autism and neurodiversity.
  • Understanding gender diversity.
  • Navigating pronouns and respectful language.
  • Appreciating and accommodating sensory, social & communication differences.
  • Creating safe and inclusive spaces.
  • Nurturing positive identity.
  • How to find respectful resources & support…and more!
  • This training session was created with funding by the Victorian Government under the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) program.

To learn more about our work in this important arena, including our mentoring programs and recently released tips & resources (3 sets) for Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people, the adults who support them and service providers, respectively, please see our website: AUTISTIC LGBTIQA 

Accessible SVG Floor Plans – Call for Participants

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Request for Participants for Research into Accessible SVG Floor Plans

A research team from the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University are looking for people who are colour blind, have low vision, have a motor impairment or dyslexia to use a new indoor floor plan navigation tool.

This study seeks to understand the users’ experience in exploring adaptive floor plans that gets adapted to fit users’ particular vision or reading difficulties.

During the study, questions will be asked to understand their prior experience with floor plans.

The research team will introduce the adaptive floor plan via a website and will request participants to explore 2 floor plans.

They will ask participants to perform some general way finding tasks and will obtain your feedback on overall user experience.

The user studies will take 30‐45 minutes.

Due to the COVID‐19 pandemic, this study will be done through the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Target users include people who experience:

  • Dyslexia
  • Colour vision impairment
  • Low vision
  • Movement impairment (wheelchair, scooter, cane, or crutch users)

Explanatory Statement and Consent Form

Once you contact the research team, they will send you the Explanatory Statement and the Consent Form in an email to provide you all the details about the project and your involvement.

If you are comfortable with your participation, reply to the email by stating that you consent to participate in this research project, and return the filled Consent form either electronically or by mail.

For more information, or to apply as a participant in this important research project, please contact Desmond Lau, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University