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IBM – A Legacy of Inclusion

June 20th, 2019 by tperry

How IBM Sets the Standard in Access and Inclusion

IBM has a proud history of diversity and inclusion which dates back over a century. Way ahead of its time, IBM hired women long before they were given the right to vote and hired its first employee with disability 76 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recognised as the Top Performer in AND’s 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index, IBM continues to set the standard in access and inclusion.

AND (Australian Network on Disability) spoke with Keri Le Page, IBM Inclusion and Diversity Partner Australia/New Zealand, about accessibility at IBM today, and what that means for their suppliers and partners.

PACE Mentoring Update

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

PACE Mentoring Program Spring Applications 2019 are Now Open!

PACE Mentoring connects students with a disability, mental illness or ongoing medical conditions with mentors from leading Australian organisations. It gives the mentees an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting.

Mentees meet their mentors 6-8 times at their mentors workplace, and work on activities designed to increase employability skills. You could be matched with mentors from ANZ Bank, Cummins, Arup, Bupa, IAG, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Hays and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Cummins Supports PACE Mentoring in Scoresby

The mentors from Cummins in Scoresby will be skilled in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as well as HR, Supply Chain and Finance which means you will not need to travel into the city to meet your mentor.

For more information click here or APPLY HERE. Please email if you have any questions.

Below is a little paragraph about the Scoresby opportunity and here is a link to a Facebook post about the opportunity:

Opinion: Stop Hiring Autistic People for the Wrong Reasons

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

Three Reasons That Should Not Drive Your Decision to Hire a Person with Autism

“I’m not a unicorn”says Ashlea McKay.  “Believe me, I want you to hire autistic people, but here are three reasons that should not be driving the decision to do so.”

“As an autistic job seeker myself, I can tell you that it’s pretty tough out here. I’ve been searching for 2.5 years now with no success. The job market is a minefield of myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings for autistic people and our unemployment rate is abysmal. A recent study found that here in Australia, 31.6% of autistic people are unemployed — a rate that is 3 times that for people with disabilities in general and is almost 6 times the unemployment rate for people who do not have a disability.”

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Inclusive Design Expands Customer Reach

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

World-first report: Research reveals inclusive design can expand customer reach fourfold

New research launched today by the Centre for Inclusive Design in partnership with Adobe and Microsoft has revealed that products and services designed with the needs of people experiencing poverty, disability or the effects of aging in mind can reach four times the number of intended consumers and impact the bottom-line of organisations.

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Help for Travellers with Low Vision

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

Travelling Interstate or Overseas can be Very Overwhelming for a Person with Disability

Having a disability and travelling interstate or overseas can be very overwhelming. Airports are busy places bustling with people getting to their next destination or returning home.

Whilst a lot of work is done to help passengers move through airports to access food and retail shops, toilets, lounges and ultimately the right gate for their flight, spare a thought for people experiencing blindness or low vision.

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New Disability Discrimination Commissioner

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

Australia has a New Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Australia has a new Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett.  Ben replaces the outgoing Commissioner, Mr Alastair McEwan.

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2 weeks left for the Monash Youth Survey

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

There’s only 2 weeks left for the Monash Youth Survey and we want to hear from your community!

For direct access to our online survey, please click the following link:  The survey can also be found under ‘events’ at the homepage.

Monash Youth Services are currently encouraging all young people aged 10-25 who have a significant link to the City of Monash to complete the Monash Youth Survey.  The result of this survey will contribute to the Monash Youth Action Plan which guides the themes and actions that the City of Monash will take in response to the needs of young people in the community.

Everyone who completes the survey can go into the draw to win Beats Studio3 Wireless HeadphonesCompetition and survey closes Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

If you’re a young person linked with Monash you’re encouraged to complete the short survey to ensure that you are represented in the data.

The survey is available online at via the ‘events page’ but a copy is attached if you need.  Any completed hard copies can be posted to Monash Youth Services, 14 Bogong Ave Glen Waverley, or they are happy to arrange a time to collect them from you.

Samantha King

Senior Youth Worker

Phone: 03 9518 3900 | Mobile: 0412 589 238

Fax: (03) 9518 3444
National Relay Service: 1800 555 660

14 Bogong Ave, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150

How to Make a Website Accessible

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

How to Make a Website Accessible For All [With 6 Core Steps]

Are you feeling the weight of having to make your website accessible to those with disabilities but don’t know where to begin?

There’s good news for you. You just need to make a few slight tweaks to your web pages (and images) to get them out of the dark ages.

After all, there are one billion people in the world experiencing some sort of disability. So it may be a good idea to get your site up to speed for 15% of the world’s population.

Our team at was able to track down two web accessibility experts to help you turn your website into a page no one will want to leave. They’ll provide you with some valuable tips and tricks that they’ve taught to hundreds of others for decades.

In this article we’ll help you to:

  • Learn about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • Understand the six core skills (including alt text for images) to use to improve your website’s accessibility
  • Figure out what a screen reader is and how they work
  • Highlight the main ways websites are misusing some great accessible web tools
  • Leave you with a handful of tools to evaluate and further improve your website’s accessibility

Read the rest of the article here.

Accessible Design is Better for Business

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

Accessible Design and Culture: Why it’s Better for Business and All Your Users

If you think that creating accessible design means making compromises, think again.

Brands big and small are creating a beautiful, accessible experience that not only better serves all users – it’s helping drive big business, too.

And if you need proof, we can tell you that it’s working quite well for Apple and Microsoft (with more on that below).

In this article, we bring together accessibility experts to show you what accessible design is (with three key aspects), show you why compliance with guidelines doesn’t equal accessibility, highlight what companies are leading the way in accessible design and culture, and finally, leave you with some resources to help you build out a culture of accessible design at your company.

Read the rest of the article here.

An Individual Perspective on Friedreich’s Ataxia

June 17th, 2019 by tperry

The relationship between Dysarthria and individual communication aspects of Friedreich’s Ataxia

To try to focus on the ugly reality of Friedreich’s Ataxia, along with the term and phrase dysarthria will have many confused. Meanwhile, those suffering from the condition find it increasingly difficult to engage in meaningful communication about their condition.

And so, those of us suffering from this blight, find ourselves baring the brunt of stereotype, stigma and presumed lack of ability. Our place in the economy is defined by our “disutility”.

But there is no doubt we can still achieve. In my own case, my achievements have been considerable, but there is still the possibility of further and ongoing achievement, as there is with all who have to battle with Friedreich’s Ataxia.

In my recent blog post, I discuss the relationship between Dysarthria and my individualistic style of Friedreich’s Ataxia. Read it here.

Peter Gibilisco