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Disability in Victorian Schools – Landmark New Report

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Launch of Report on the Education of Children with Disability in Victoria

You are invited to the launch of our new report – Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria.  This comprehensive report includes 36 wide-ranging recommendations for the Victorian Government.

Date: Friday 29 June 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Colin Biggers and Paisley, Level 23, 181 William Street, Melbourne

In recent years, there have been regular reports of discrimination, exclusion and inadequate support for children with disability around the country. Although Victoria has initiated a wide-ranging inclusive education framework, significant concerns remain over whether vulnerable children are receiving the education they deserve. To address these concerns, the Castan Centre – together with the Monash Faculty of Arts – has conducted a wide-ranging review of the Victorian education system and produced this final report.

At this free public event, the report’s three principal authors will discuss the report’s key issues and share their vision for a more inclusive education system where every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The report was funded with a grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board.

Disability Access

This event will be held at a fully accessible venue providing inclusive access for people with disabilities. The event will also feature Auslan interpreters. If you have any queries regarding disability access to this event, please contact Janice Hugo ( or 9905 3327).

Social Media

Whether attending the event or following along online, the Twitter hashtag for this event is #CCDisability.

Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Submit Your Nomination for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards

On behalf of Professor Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor, we warmly invite nominations for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognise students and staff who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash. This focuses on students and staff who have gone above and beyond to further inclusion, connection and belonging for people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

In 2018, there is a total of $15,000 to be awarded (allocations will be determined by the Selection Committee). These awards recognise programs and initiatives that support the ethos of the Focus Monash Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020.

Nominations close Friday 29 June

Nominations should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Education – Developing teaching practice, curricula and programs that foster inclusion for a diverse range of students
  • Environment – Building and supporting inclusion and diversity at Monash, and positively influencing the learning and/or working environment
  • Community – Engaging with the wider community to encourage participation by disadvantaged and marginalised groups

Visit the website for more information and instructions on the nomination process. You can also read about the 2017 award winners here.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards take place during Diversity and Inclusion Week (August 27 – 31). More details will follow, but for now please save these dates in your calendar.

Vision Australia’s Employment Pathways Exhibition

Friday, June 12th, 2015

An exclusive employment event for people who are blind or have low vision. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain an excellent understanding of the employment pathways available to you, meet and network with corporate organisations and universities, get job seeker support (career counselling, advice adaptive technology and orientation and mobility) and learn practical skills you can use right away.

Light dinner and water provided for registered attendees.

To register visit the Vision Australia website or call 1300 84 74 66. All attendees have a chance to win an iPod.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Locations: The NAB Village, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands VIC

Guest speakers:

  • Key note speaker: Mark Wild – CEO of Public Transport Victoria
  • Nastasia Campanella – ABC News Journalist will share her experiences about being blind and searching for employment
  • Jack Tyrell – Recent university graduate and Vision Australia Graduate Program participant


MSA Disabilities and Carers Week!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Next week is the MSA’s Disabilities and Carers Week! The Disabilities Officers have something on every day Monday to Thursday at Clayton next week and  events are open to everyone!

Monday: Social Model 101 with Andrew Day
Get to grips with the basics of Disability critical theory and learn how your Disabilities and Carers department can better make a difference to your life at Clayton.
TIME: 1:00

Tuesday: Foodapalooza!
Not so much foodapalooza as we’re handing out pumpkin soup – nice change from sausages and I think much needed in this frosty weather.
VENUE: South Lawn (near Lemon Scented Lawns)
TIME: 12:00 – 2:00

Wednesday: Disabilities and Employment
Christine Giannakopolous who works with Dandenong Valley Job Support – a FREE to use disability employment support service – will be coming in to talk about how people with disabilities can better navigate the job market and what they can access to assist them in finding and keeping a part time job at university.
TIME: 1:00

Thursday: Mental Health Workshop
MSA Queer officer and mental health nurse in the making Vivian Stewart will be holding a small workshop on common mental health problems experienced at university, how to navigate them, services available and how you can be a better ally for someone with mental health problems.
VENUE: MSA Meeting Room.
TIME: 1:00


Speld Vic’s Adult Support Group

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Do you have a learning difficulty such as dyslexia? Are you interested in meeting other adults who are similar to you?

Speld Vic’s Adult Support Group provides adults with learning difficulties the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals, share experiences and build-up a social network. Speld’s Patron and notable dyslexic, Keith Houghton will be the driving force behind the Adult Support Group, where people can share their experiences and stories.

“If you are dyslexic you are not alone. You may not want to come out but you are not alone.”

Register your attendance here.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

SPELD Victoria Inc.
60 High Street
Preston, VIC 3072

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Hands up for Auslan!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Luke King and Geoff Riding are putting their hands up to teach a weekly class in the basics of Australian Sign Language. Learn how to communicate in everyday Auslan over six Thursday evening classes, which has got to be one of the coolest skills a person can have. Be quick as spaces are limited.

26 March 2015 – 30 April 2015
Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Schoolhouse Residents $90 / Non-residents $120 Limited places.


Disability Services – Friday Link Round Up!

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Each Friday we bring you a link pack of disability related articles, events and resources from around the world! So kick back, relax and check out our link round up for this week.

I’ll let Iggy take it from here…


Take One Step for Better Mental Health

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

beyondblue is bringing its big blue bus ‘Roadshow Rhonda’ to Monash University, Clayton for Survival Week! Currently on a 50,000km journey around Australia to encourage and support people everywhere to ‘Take 1 step’ for better mental health, the beyondblue team will set up at Monash University, Clayton:

Wednesday 25th March
Free BBQ and activities
Law Building Forecourt, 15 Ancora Imparo Way
No bookings required

The visit is a great opportunity to find out more about depression and anxiety and where to get support. For more details, visit


Public Lecture: Disability Discrimination

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Hallmark Disability Research Initiative presents a free one hour lecture with speakers Beth Gaze and Lisa Waddington. This lecture will cover current disability discrimination law for European and Australian jurisdictions. It will then cover the current major gaps in law and suggestions for future law reform. There will be a discussion on the future directions in the field of disability discrimination law.

Professor Lisa Waddington

Maastricht University

Lisa Waddington holds the European Disability Forum Chair in European Disability Law. Professor Waddington’s principal area of interest lies in European and comparative disability law, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and European and comparative equality law in general. In 2000, she received an ASPASIA award from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). Between 2004 and 2007 she coordinated a large EU research and education project on European non-discrimination law. Professor Waddington is currently a visiting professor at the Melbourne Law School.

Professor Beth Gaze

Beth Gaze is a professor in the Melbourne Law School and has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, including employment discrimination, and on tribunals, and has conducted socio-legal research in both areas. She has acted as an expert adviser to parliament and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. With Anna Chapman, she is presently engaged in a major project on the intersection between provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and anti-discrimination law.

The event is FREE an you can register here.

Room 1.09, Level One,

Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street

Carlton, Vic 3053


Tuesday, 24 March 2015 from 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM

Seminar: Media representation of persons with disabilities

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Great FREE event happening on Tuesday night 6pm-7pm, Media Representation of Disability with Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Beth Haller is Professor of Journalism/New Media and the Graduate Director of the Communication Management master’s program in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University in Maryland, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1996. She is the author of Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media (Advocado Press, 2010). She is also the former co-editor of the Society for Disability Studies’ scholarly journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, (2003-2006). She is adjunct faculty for the City University of New York’s Disability Studies master’s program and for York University’s Critical Disability Studies graduate program in Toronto.

Haller currently maintains a blog on disability issues in the news, Media dis&dat. She has been researching media images of disability since 1991, when she did a master’s thesis at the University of Maryland-College Park on the coverage of Deaf persons in The Washington Post and New York Times. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Temple University investigated elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

RSVP here.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

University of Melbourne
234 Queensberry St
219 Theatre
Carlton, VIC 3053

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)

This event will be audio-recorded. The recording and a transcript will be made available on within a few days of its conclusion.