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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 20th, 2020 by tperry

Resources to use and share this Global Accessibility Awareness Day

#GAAD – From Australian Network on Disability

Thursday 21 May 2020 marks the 9th annual celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and the first year of celebrating it virtually! It is an opportunity to get people thinking, talking and learning about digital accessibility and inclusion.

Digital accessibility is about designing and developing websites, software, applications, and tools that can be used by everyone. At a time where many people are working remotely, it is especially important for organisations to make sure communication and information can be easily read and understood by all potential audiences.

To discover some practical tips to make your content accessible and inclusive, please see this article on Australian Network on Disability’s website.

Free Workshops: Surviving COVID-19

May 14th, 2020 by tperry

Free Online Workshops – Register Now!

In this unprecedented semester of COVID-19, many students are grappling with the challenges of maintaining motivation and a positive mindset.

To support students with their mental wellbeing and study skills, Library learning skills advisers have partnered with university counsellors to co-teach the below online workshops.

These live, interactive workshops will provide students with practical strategies for mental health, study motivation and time management.

Workshop 1

  • Surviving Covid-19 and staying motivated (repeat)
  • 2:00pm, Friday 15 May

Workshop 2

  • Exam busters
  • 1:00pm, Thursday 11 June
A video of the previous Surviving COVID-19 and staying motivated session (held in week 5) can also be viewed here.

PACE Mentoring Spring 2020: Information Session

May 14th, 2020 by tperry

Applications Open Now for Spring 2020

PACE Mentoring applications are open now for Spring 2020.  The AND Programs team would like to invite you to an information session that will go through the program in more detail.

To participate in the webinar you will need to dial in to the teleconference for audio and the webinar for visuals. Login details are below for you:

Step 1:  Click here to login to the webinar website and enter this code into the ‘I am a participant’ field: 6367393293

Step 2:  Call the Teleconference number: 1800 896 323 and enter the participant code: 6367 393 293#

Please advise AND if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. They can arrange for live captioning if advised in advance.

Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian businesses.

What is PACE Mentoring?

The program is a four-month commitment between August and November.

Mentors and mentees meet approximately eight times during the four months. During the program, the mentee and mentor will set goals and desired outcomes, discuss experiences, skills, and career pathways.

Activities may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Worksite visits
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Discussing workplace adjustments
  • Building confidence
  • Mapping career objectives
  • Understanding key strengths and abilities

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be over the age of 18 and identify as having disability.

  • Wed 20 May 2020 12pm – 1pm (AEST)
  • Webinar: http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/redback; Teleconference: ph. 1800 896 323, Participant Code: 6367 393 293

AND are also running additional sessions, if this time doesn’t suit. Click here to view all session times.

We hope to see you at the session!
Kind regards,

The Programs Team (Philip, Tess, Rosie & 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

IDAHOBIT 2020

May 4th, 2020 by tperry

Why IDAHOBIT?

30 years ago – on 17 May, 1990 – the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

IDAHOBIT recognises this day, and it’s used to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally, and raise awareness for the work still needed.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education) and Monash LGBTIQ Executive Sponsor, Professor Susan Elliot, says IDAHOBIT is a great expression of the inclusive culture we strive for as a University.

“IDAHOBIT is a day where we publicly state that we stand always with our LGBTIQ colleagues, family, and friends. It’s part of our commitment to ending discrimination,” Professor Elliot says.

“Let’s come together virtually to speak up for those who can’t, share stories and learn from others, and celebrate our diversity. Together, we’ll continue achieving inclusion and equality for all in our community, and contribute to breaking the silence.”

*For more information about the week’s events for students and staff, see Monash’s IDAHOBIT week website.

NDIS Plan Information Session

May 1st, 2020 by tperry

Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan Information Session for Victorians

  • If you find yourself saying “I have my NDIS plan; what are the next steps?”, then this session could be for you!

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Disability Loop team has developed an information session for people with disability and their families or carers, called “Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan”. The information and resources you will receive from the session have been designed to assist you to gain maximum benefit when putting your plan into action.

The next information session is being held online in May:

  • Part 1 – 20th May 2020, 11:00am to 12:30pm.
  • Part 2 – 22nd May 2020, 11:00am to 12:30pm.

Information Sessions Online

Because of the need to avoid face-to-face meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, information sessions are being held online. However, if you don’t have the ability to use the internet, you can telephone into the meeting with a standard landline or mobile phone at normal call costs. More information on how to join the meeting will be provided to you once you register.

How To Get the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan

During the session, they will cover understanding your plan, how to find and work with service providers, options if you have concerns about your plan or when using it, how to prepare for your next plan and how to use your plan to live a better life in the community.

  • You will be given many useful suggestions and tips, and feel more empowered and confident in how to implement your NDIS plan.
  • Accessible materials and supports are used for attendees. Alternative formats are available if needed. A transcript of the session will be provided afterwards.
  • The session will be held in two parts on two different days and will run for about one and a half hours for each part. You are encouraged, if possible, to attend both parts.

You can learn more about our NDIS sessions and register by visiting ADFO’s Disability Loop Events page.

Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan

Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd May 2020, 11:00am to 12:30pm.

  • Please register by 13th May 2020.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with registering, please email disabilityloop@afdo.org.au or call us on (03) 9662 3324.

AND Update

April 27th, 2020 by tperry

Keep inclusion on the agenda while working from home

Due to the unprecedented nature of COVID-19, we will be running our PACE mentoring program virtually this Autumn. We are grateful that technology can allow us to provide our PACE mentoring program in a virtual capacity, allowing organisations to keep access and inclusion on their agenda while working remotely.

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

The rapid spread of COVID-19 worldwide is creating heightened levels of uncertainty and change in both business and personal lives. This in turn, is having adverse effects on mental health.

Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers some advice on how to look after your wellbeing.

Find out more about how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MONASH Wellbeing

April 27th, 2020 by tperry

Maintain Your Wellbeing at Home

We hope you’re safe and well during this time and are taking the opportunity to get more connected with yourself, your family and the environment.

Please find below a list of programs and opportunities that will help you maintain your health and wellbeing while at home.

World Hand Hygiene Day-5th of May 2020

The World Health Organisation’s annual call to action for healthcare professionals means that safer care and improved outcomes are provided to patients.  Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections.  We are aware of this now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic.  And this message is the only thing we want spread in the community!

Soap + water + time = Good Hand Hygiene

Alcohol hand rub is still in short supply and while it is a convenient way to keep up your hand hygiene, soap and water is shown to be more effective.  The two most important steps to remember with use of soap and water are:

  1. time – 20 seconds is the minimum time to take when washing your hands, to ensure full coverage, and
  2. to make sure to scrub your whole hands – the backs of your hands, between your fingers, your fingertips and under your nails.

No gym, No worries

Monash Sport have got your back and have created daily 30 min workouts that you can bring into your backyard or into your lounge room. Catering to all levels of ability, this is an opportunity for you to move your body during the day and get the family or kids involved too. Check Active Bodies Online for details on what activity is happening each day.

The Mothers Day Classic has now gone VIRTUAL!

Join TeamMonash on Sunday the 10th of May in either a 4km or 8km virtual walk or run in your local area to support breast cancer research.

Given the challenging times we are experiencing, we want to take this opportunity to provide a distraction, a motivation and a reason for you to be a part of something special, to practice some self care and to get your families involved too.  Register here to join

Let’s all meditate online

We are excited to announce that the free lunchtime meditation classes have now moved online via zoom. Join us at 1:15pm every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and bring yourself back to the present moment. Zoom links can be found here

GradWISE Update

April 27th, 2020 by tperry

GradWISE Appointments still Available

For all Students and Graduates who are part and wishing to be part of the GradWISE program, all appointments will continue as planned, these appointments will be now be held with your consultant via either Zoom, phone call or FaceTime meetings – your consultant will be in-touch to confirm which medium is best for you.

The decision to pause all on-campus meetings is due to the implemented social  distancing and to enable the safety of not only the GradWISE Students and Graduates but their families and loved ones as well.

We are looking forward to helping you navigate through your student journey towards employment and beyond.

If you are wishing to book-in a time to see what the GradWISE team can do for you please don’t hesitate to contact us via email the team on: GradWISE.enquiries@wiseemployment.com.au

Message from MSA Disability and Carers

April 27th, 2020 by tperry

A message from the MSA Disability and Carers (D&C) Department

We know it’s been really tough lately and wanted to invite you to join our supportive community, which is a safe space to hang out, and have fun.

We’re a collective of students from many different backgrounds that have a medical condition, mental health condition or disability, or who have caring responsibilities, and more. You don’t have to identify as ‘disabled’ or consider yourself an ‘official’ carer to join.

Get Involved

🌟Join us on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MSA.Disabilities/

🌟Join our  “virtual lounge” here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MSAdisability/

This group is a place for all your queries, questions and overwhelming support 🙂

Contact Us

The current Office Bearers are:

✨ Nathaniel Diong (nathaniel.diong@monash.edu)

✨ Basia Mitula (basia.mitula@monash.edu)

 

We’re here to support and help you. We can help to guide you towards services that might help and advocate on your behalf to the uni. 🤩

 

Our official email is: msa-disabilities@monash.edu

Our physical lounge is located on Level 1 of Campus Centre opposite the Student Advocacy or Clubs & Societies Office, but is currently closed. It’s a safe space where students can chill, rest, and socialise.

We have stim toys, ice/heat packs, a button activated entrance, colouring supplies, and more – see you there!

2021 Graduate Opportunities

April 8th, 2020 by tperry

GradWISE Graduate Opportunities for Students with Disability for 2021

The GradWISE Program is pleased to partner with a series of national employers in focusing on the delivery of graduate recruitment processes and graduate recruitment programs that meet the needs of individuals’ experiencing a disability.

Please see below a list of employer partners and their graduate recruitment schedules:

Coles

  • Applications close 12th April 2020.
  • Coles are committed to attracting and employing a team which is representative of the community they serve, and actively encourage and support the employment of people with disabilities. Coles has a gold membership with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • Store Support Graduate Program – Click here!
  • Operations Graduate Program – Click here!
  • Please notify your GradWISE Career Coach once you have submitted your application so they can communicate your reasonable adjustments to Coles

IAG

  • Applications close 13th April 2020 – Click here!.
  • IAG’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy outlines what they believe in and stand for. Their approach recognises that they need to build diversity, inclusion and belonging into everything they do. IAG has a focus on flexibility, equity and accessibility.
  • Please notify your GradWISE Career Coach once you have submitted your application so they can communicate your reasonable adjustments to IAG

Linfox

  • Applications close 19th April 2020 – Click here!
  • Please notify your GradWISE Career Coach once you have submitted your application so they can communicate your reasonable adjustments to Linfox

Victoria’s Big Build

  • Applications close 19th April 2020 – Click here!
  • Big Build Victorian encompasses the following government transport projects:

    Major Road Projects Victoria

    • North East Link Project
    • Level Crossing Removal Project
    • Rail Projects Victoria – Metro Tunnel and Regional Rail Revival and Melbourne Airport Rail
    • West Gate Tunnel Project
  • Please notify your GradWISE Career Coach once you have submitted your application so they can communicate your reasonable adjustments to Big Build

How GradWISE Can Help

Your GradWISE Career Coach can assist you with your application in the following ways:

  • Review your application documents, including your resume prior to your application submission
  • Assist you in determining what reasonable adjustments would be suitable for you throughout the recruitment process and graduate program, should your application be successful
  • Utilise their networks within their employer partners to advise them of your application and advocate for your reasonable adjustments, should your application progress
  • If you want to submit an application or are interested please email GradWISE at: GradWISE.Enquiries@wiseemployment.com.au