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How I Became the ‘Hoodie Girl’

January 9th, 2024 by tperry

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

January 8th, 2024 by tperry

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.”

Want to Improve Your Employability?

December 19th, 2023 by tperry

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

December 12th, 2023 by tperry

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?

December 1st, 2023 by tperry

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.

All Abilities Football

November 28th, 2023 by tperry

MUSC All-Abilities Football Program – Expression of Interest

Monash University Soccer Club (MUSC) is asking for your interest in starting an All-Abilities Football Program for Monash students with a disability.

As a club MUSC would like to know if you may be interested in getting involved with a program like this as either a participant or a volunteer. We would love to create a program that is able to cater to the diverse needs of the Monash community, and that means that we need your input into what might interest you!

MUSC are hoping to add a program to the club in 2024, with the intention to grow and develop this space within the club going forward.

If you would like to be a part of this in any way, please complete the Expression of Interest Form.

  • If you have any further queries about this, please don’t hesitate to contact MUSC via email at or through their social media pages.

Women in Sport Leadership Retreat

November 27th, 2023 by tperry

Team Monash – Women in Sport Leadership Retreat!

On Thursday 8 – Friday 9 February 2024, Team Monash is proud to be hosting the Women in Sport Leadership Retreat!

Applications are now open for the event, which aims to empower female-identifying student leaders who are engaged in sporting communities, external to or within the University.

A total of 30 female-identifying student leaders will be selected to attend the event that will consist of 2 days of workshops, networking, self-development, guest speakers and more!

This even will be held at the Pullman in East Melbourne. All accommodation, meals and session expenses are covered.

User Study on Maps for Cognitive Impaired

November 21st, 2023 by tperry

Participants Needed for Study Interviews – Designing Wayfinding Systems

  • Are you a carer/support worker of individuals with cognitive impairment/intellectual disability/neurodiversity?
  • OR are you a Health professional providing healthcare to individuals with cognitive impairment/intellectual disability/neurodiversity?

We are conducting a user study to design better maps for people with cognitive impairments (PwCI) /intellectual disabilities/neurodiversity.

In this study, we are eager to engage with caregivers, support workers, psychologists, and therapists who play pivotal roles in assisting these groups and possess invaluable firsthand knowledge regarding their unique needs and challenges.

  • The study will involve attending interview sessions for insights and experiences related to PwCI’s navigation challenges and needs.
  • The sessions can be conducted online (Zoom).
  • The duration of each interview session will last for 45-60 minutes.
  • The in-person sessions will be held in a Monash University meeting room.

Are You Interested in Participating?

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Wei Wang (

  • Thank you for considering this opportunity to participate in our research study.

eSolution Support Officer

November 14th, 2023 by tperry

ATTN: Monash Students Only!

IT Service Centre Support Officer Position

  • Expression of Interest sought for: IT Service Centre Support Officer
  • Remuneration: $78,255 – $89,888 pa HEW Level 05 plus 11% employer superannuation
  • Duration: 1/12/2023 to 22/03/2024 (Fixed term full time)
  • Location: Clayton Campus

We have an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic Service Centre group, providing excellent front-line IT support.

As a Support Officer (SO), you will provide remote and deskside technical support to users regarding ICT issues. This includes following procedures and protocols.

  • Incident Triage: Initial assessment, categorisation, and prioritisation of incidents reported to the team. Analysis of incidents to ensure appropriate resources are allocated for resolution.
  • Responding to Inquiries: Addressing IT-related queries and issues from users with professionalism and efficiency.
  • Customer Service Excellence: Delivering outstanding customer service to build positive user relationships.
  • Collaboration: Working closely with the team to resolve and escalate issues.

At the Service Centre, we are proud of our service excellence and collaboration with staff. We’re working hard to create an inclusive workplace that reflects the diverse community we serve.

To be successful, you will possess strong customer focus, time management and communication skills with the ability to solve problems creatively.

  • Please get in touch with the hiring manager, Tash Murray, at 0428 934 337 for a confidential discussion about this role.
  • Please apply by emailing your latest resume to no later than 24 November at 5 pm.

MATS Lunch and Learn

November 8th, 2023 by tperry

Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) Lunch and Learn

The Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) Lunch and Learn session is being held on Wednesday 22 November from 12.30 – 13.30. You can register here.

During the session Professor Kim Marriott will guide you through the latest innovations in technology designed to empower people with disabilities.

Get ready for an eye-opening journey into the future of assistive technology.

  • Location: IT building, 25 Exhibition Walk on the ground floor in the Monash Assistive Technology (MATS) centre area.