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The Business Case for Inclusive Design

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Global First Report Launched with partners Microsoft and Adobe

A new report by CfID, with partners Microsoft and Adobe, ‘Designing for Everyone’ is full of information to help you get inclusive design over the line

Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre for Inclusive Design, said,

“Inclusive design is design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.”

After calls from customers of Centre for Inclusive Design to identify the business benefits, they realised this research had never been done.

Along with partners Adobe and Microsoft, they commissioned PwC to identify how organisations and industries can gain economic benefit from inclusive design.

The outcome is a powerful resource for anyone looking to build a business case for incorporating inclusive design in to their work.

“We knew instinctively economic benefits exist, but the outcomes from the report show an incredible, largely untapped, opportunity.” said Dr Amin.

“Inclusively designed products and services have the potential to reach four times more customers than those that are not designed inclusively.”

Jeremy Thorpe, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC, said,

“Inclusive design is a no-regrets process that creates significant benefits. It is an overlooked step in maximising the potential of Australian business and ensuring a more productive Australia.”

David Masters, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Australia, said,

“Accessibility is often focused on compliance, and while that is incredibly important, this report clearly shows that inclusion drives economic benefit too. Embedding inclusion in the upfront design phase ensures organisations are delivering products and services for everyone. Inclusive design is driving innovation at Microsoft and is a concept that all organisations should be embracing.”

Suzanne Steele, Managing Director, Adobe Australia and New Zealand, said,

“Through our partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Design and Microsoft, we want to raise awareness of the importance for organisations to include a diverse range of voices and perspectives within their teams in order to reflect the diversity of the Australian population in their products and services.”

The report analyses three key industries in Australia – education, retail and financial services – that can benefit from implementing inclusive design and drive financial, economic and social improvements.

Among these benefits, businesses have the opportunity to increase their revenue by growing their target markets and include Australians vulnerable to exclusion, who possess over $40 billion in annual disposable income.

You can access the full report and a summary here:

http://www.centreforinclusivedesign.org.au/community/blog/2019/may/21/world-first-report-research-reveals-inclusive-design-can-expand-customer-reach-fourfold/

PACE Mentoring – Applications Open Now!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Apply Now for PACE Mentoring

PACE Mentoring connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your career development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment.

How does it work?

PACE runs across 16 weeks between August and December. You’ll meet with you mentor once a fortnight during that time. Meetings last around one to two hours and are planned to suit you and your mentor’s schedules.

Mentees can discuss their career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for their personal and professional development. Meetings with mentors may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings

After you apply, AND matches you with a mentor based on the information provided in your application. Consideration for matching includes your preferred industry, the skills you want to develop, the goals you set, and your location.

Am I eligible?

 How do I apply?

Apply Here Now!

Dial in to an Info Session:

For more information about what to expect from the PACE Mentoring program, dial in to one of our info sessions via webinar.

  • Friday 31 May 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Thursday 13 June 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Monday 24 June 11:30am – 12:15pm

(If you are dialling in from outside Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra, please consider time differences)

Step 1: Webinar Login

http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/redback

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. We can arrange captioning for the session with 72 hours notice.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

The Programs Team (Philip, Sneha, Tess & Isabel)

Stepping Into & PACE Mentoring

Level 3, 80 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000

Level 1, 2 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

1300 36 36 45  |  W www.and.org.au  |  E applications@and.org.au

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Disability – to Share or Not to Share?

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Have You Shared Information about Your Disability with an Education Provider or Employer?

Ali Parker, from National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) team, wants to help people build skills and confidence to share information about disability with potential education providers and employers. This includes information about adjustments or supports that may be needed.

How can you help?

The NDCO needs as many people as possible who have a lived experience of disability to complete a survey.

Have you shared or tried to share information about your disability with an education provider or employer?  Is this you? They would love to hear from you!

Thank you – from the National Disability Coordination Officer team.

Ali Parker

National Disability Coordination Officer – Western Melbourne Region 12

M  0413 362 076   |  E  a.parker@deakin.edu.au   |   www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Peter Gibilisco Book Launch

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

6 and ½ Years on a Dunghill: Life in Specialist Disability Accommodation

New Book by Monash Alumnus Peter Gibilisco

Peter Gibilisco’s aim in this book is to affirm vital principles that must be better understood and implemented if the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to be of benefit and fulfil its mandate; so that care doesn’t become careless.

He wants to encourage people to keep on pushing the case for disability justice! His book is aimed at those providing a service to people with disabilities with high support needs.

Peter wants to address all who are involved in disability care: professionals, social workers and especially those managing facilities that look after communities and groups of people.

Reviewer’s comments:

“Peter Gibilisco writes of his experience living with a disability and fighting for his rights. It is a remarkable insight into the frustrations of dealing with bureaucracies for those with disabilities. Peter describes his experiences and his views on how the lives of those with a disability can be improved by changing processes and removing barriers.”

Prof. Martin Delatycki, Med. Dir., Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Dir. Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre, Co-Dir., Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

“This book will strike a chord with people who have disabilities everywhere, especially those with severe physical disabilities living in shared supported accommodation facilities. With great intelligence and integrity it describes the mental torture associated with a disintegration of control and individuality worsened by factors as fundamental as a lack of empathy and continuity in the caring relationship. It gives voice to serious shortcomings in a system that is failing many in the provision of truly individualised care.”

Jenny Williams, BA BSW MSW, Social Worker, Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre 

Ordering: 

Six and a Half Years on a Dunghill can be purchased from Amazon as a paperback or in kindle ebook format. It can also be purchased from Fishpond for Australians.

You can also order directly from Peter Gibilisco.

Stepping Into Winter 2019

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Internship Applications Closing on 7th APRIL 2019

The Australian Network on Disability runs the Stepping into Program twice a year. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to assist them to gain meaningful work experience in the area of their study, to assist them to transition into employment once they complete their degree.

Students learn about the recruitment process, job interviews and if successful, gain exposure to degree-relevant work in a forward-thinking organisation

Internships generally last four to eight weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments).The AND programs team are available throughout the entire process for support, advice and guidance on how to ensure your internship is a success.

This Winter cohort we have a variety of organisation participating

  • Arup Group
  • Max Solutions
  • Australia Post
  • Melbourne Water
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • City of Yarra
  • NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Education and Training, Federal
  • Office of the Children’s Guardian
  • Department of Environment and Energy, Federal
  • Penrith City Council
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Federal
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • University of Sydney
  • Department of Social Services, Federal
  • VIC Department of Human and Health Services
  • George Weston Foods
  • VIC Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers
  • VIC Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • VIC Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • IAG
  • Vision Australia
  • IVE Group
  • Victoria Police
  • Yarra Valley Water

To view the current positions available, please visit our website. www.and.org.au/pages/current-internships.html

Opportunities are based in:

  • Canberra
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Newcastle

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants must be in the penultimate year of their degree – this means due to graduate either middle or end of 2020
  • Applicants must identify as having disability
  • International students may apply pending they have full time working rights within Australia
  • Applicants from all degree areas are encouraged to apply

How do I apply?

To be considered for the program, Apply Here before midnight Sunday 7th April 2019

  • Please keep your Stepping Into application form generic.
  • The team at AND will contact you to arrange your Skype/ phone/ face-to-face Interview
  • The team at AND will inform you of the outcome of your application May 2019.

For previous applicants and still eligible

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the AND website, email applications@and.org.au, or call 1300 36 36 45 to speak to a member of the Stepping Into team.

Inclusive Design Goes Mainstream

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Taking Accessibility Into The Design Process (Hassell Inclusion)

Inclusive design is starting to ride a wave of popularism, formed from companies like Microsoft and Adobe making a commitment to ID.

READ MORE…

 

Clothing For People With Disability

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Inclusive Clothing (ABC News)

‘When Trish Jackson goes shopping at any department store, she knows it will be a difficult experience to find items that suit her needs.

More than 4 million Australians are estimated to have a disability, yet there are only a handful of boutique manufacturers across the country making inclusive and adaptive clothing for them.’

READ MORE….

Funding for People with Print Disabilities Conference in Brisbane May 2019

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

2019 Round Table Conference Funding Support

Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc  (Round Table) has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services’s National Disability Conference Initiative 2018-19 grant, administered under the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme. The purpose of the grant is to help offset the financial cost to self-funded individuals with a print disability wishing to attend Round Table’s annual conference, which is to be held in Brisbane from 4-7 May 2019.

All applicants seeking a portion of the funding support made available by this grant must

  • be an Australian resident.
  • complete and lodge an application on or before Friday, 22 February 2019.

Management Process

  • Applicants must complete an applicationThis can be done either by completing and submitting the on-line application form or by contacting the Round Table Administration Officer.
  • Within twenty-one days of the close of applications applicants will be notified in writing of the success or otherwise of their application, the amount of funding allocated to them, and the process to be followed when making a reimbursement claim.
  • Successful applicants must, within fourteen days of receiving this advice, advise the Round Table’s Administration Officer (in writing) that they wish to accept the funding offer. Failure to notify their intention within this time-frame will mean that the offer lapses and the funding support can then be reallocated by Round Table’s Executive Committee.
  • Claims for reimbursement. Receipts pertaining to travel, accommodation and registration fees, for which the applicant is seeking reimbursement, must be in the applicant’s name (not a third party), and must be lodged with the Round Table’s Administration Officer within two working weeks of the close of Conference. Failure to do so will render them ineligible for reimbursement.

Please Note:

  • Late applications may not be able to be considered.
  • All decisions are made by the Round Table Executive Committee and are final.
  • Funding is limited and some applicants may therefore not be successful with their request for support.
  • Priority may be given to first time attendees, as well as those who are listed as a “presenter” in the Conference Program.
  • Each successful applicant will be allocated a predetermined amount of funding reimbursement which will be a contribution only toward the cost of conference travel, accommodation and registration fees.
  • Conference registrants are responsible for payment of their own costs and can only claim reimbursement from Round Table upon presentation of their receipts which must show that costs have been paid in full.
  • All reimbursements will be made according to the instructions given on the application form and within 30 days of the claim being lodged.

 Applicants are requested to complete and lodge an application before 22 February 2019.

For further information, or assistance with completing the application form please contact the Round Table Administration Officer.

I CAN Network Turns 5

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The I CAN Network is now officially five-years-old

An Update from Monash Alumni Chris Varney, Founder and Chief Enabler, I CAN Network

It is incredibly humbling to see how our network has grown from the story of one determined Mum (my Mum, Lisa) and a trio of three Autistic graduates: myself, Penny Robinson and James Ong.

In our five years of operation we have employed 34 Autistics to deliver 113 mentoring programs to 1,608 Autistics aged 8-50+ so that they can feel proud of their Autism, a sense of belonging and are confident and optimistic about their future.

You can view this video which shows the impact we have achieved in our five years.

The vision of I CAN Network is a world that benefits from embracing Autism.

We have four strategic goals:

  • To grow a sustainable social enterprise with a 50% Autistic team
  • To ignite a movement to drive a nation-wide rethink of Autism
  • To build a national mentoring program by and for Autistics
  • To partner with organisations who are ready to leverage the strengths of Autism

In our immediate future, we will be implementing the below strategic initiatives:

  1. Creation of a formalised mentor traineeship program
  2. Phased expansion of our online mentoring programs
  3. Phased expansion of our individual mentoring pilot
  4. Pilot of an I CAN Schools subscription, to complement our existing school program
  5. Creation of an award for school staff who embrace Autistic students: ‘Horvath Wake Medal’

Our successes would not have been possible without you.

If you would like to help us power our mission, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation via www.icannetwork.com.au/donate. Every bit helps and we are so grateful for your support.

Here’s to the next five years of I CAN Network!

Participants Wanted for Research Project

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Recruiting Participants for Research Project on Disability and Employment

Paul Williamson is a Research Associate in the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP) at the University Of Sydney.

New research is being undertaken into the workplace experiences of people who develop a disability in the mid-career stage to build a better understanding of their experiences. With a large disability employment gap, the belief is that more can be done to support people to stay in the workforce after developing disability.

Attached is a copy of the Media Release, and here is a short ‘talking-head’ explainer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aff6sM6wKkw&feature=youtu.be.

The direct link to the survey is at https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=4YPC9TJWDX.

Please feel free to give Paul a call on 0402-974-010 if you would like more information on the project.