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During the last few days we submitted a pitch to the ABC for a story about the platform, as part of the public broadcaster's preparations for World Disability Awareness Day in December.  We also submitted an Expression Of Interest in the incredibly exciting Myer Foundation - a scheme we have applied to before, that we know will be massively competitive. All pretty speculative, but we know we have to keep 'swinging the bat'. We are continuing to receive great community support, which is both welcome and affirming.
We are disappointed to share the news that our application for the NDRP Pilot Research Funding Round was unsuccessful.  The application reflected a great team effort and we were very happy with it. Apparently, they received 123 proposals and were only able to fund 9 applications (7%).  This apparently is pretty indicative of the budget landscape in general. We have a few other large applications under review at the moment, but we won't pretend this one didn't sting. It would have funded a firm embedding of research into the opera0tion of the platform...
We have started work on the next discussion sheet which is, Taking things to the next level. This will cover why it is good practice to aspire to take endeavours to the next level, approaches to planning, suggested progression and drawing upon the good practice of others. We hope to finish that work in the next few days and we will post an alert once we have uploaded it.
It is thoroughly sickening and positively medieval that disabled students are being subjected to this kind of shock treatment in Australia.  It's torture, it's abuse and it is absolutely unacceptable.  Please add your name to the petition.
We aren't talking about farming or food.  Instead, we are talking about followers and customers for your business, as well the community that surrounds your online efforts. Paid advertising could seem a quick and effort-free way to get big numbers.  In our experience, it is a seductive and misleading trap.  Yes, you may get a surge in numbers but their engagement is likely to be ephemeral and without genuine substance.  Third-party recommendations and endorsements, coupled with a positive reputation, is more likely to generate positive. Consequently, we recommend our members...
List your business in The BAZAAR, as a form of free advertising and it gives your endeavour a web presence, without the expense. So potential customers can engage you for less money and use a low-risk approach to test your services on a gig basis so as to test your potential as a new potential service provider. While this may feel like a distraction from setting up your business, it is actually a great way to connect with new customers.  It might also provide a way to generate income between big jobs...
Currently, the Centre for Accessibility is calling for nominations for the 2021 Australian Access Awards.  It is a great award scheme, that has a category for websites of Not-for-profits. We know it's very cheeky, but we've nominated ourselves. If we are successful, we figure it could only help with our profile building and quest to raise funds.  We've run out of digits to cross and are being nice to every black cat we meet.
If you don't already have an idea for a new business of your own, there are a few places you can turn for inspiration: (i) ask yourself, what do you, your children, family and friends wish were available; (ii) read a variety of magazines; (iii) members of our Advisory Board get some of their best ideas from watching a few TED Talks; and...
We have noted with concern news reports about deportations/visa denials because an individual lives with a disability.  So presumably will be a drain on the public purse.  This appears to have been mutely accepted by the mainstream media.  This is NOT ok.  Even though the numbers are not as good as North America, the UK and Europe, people who live with a disability are more entrepreneurial than their able-bodied peers.  We have already been meeting with Australians with great money-generating ideas...
Our talented programmers have given us a quote to: (i) to create three levels of membership (Bronze (free), Silver, and Gold); (ii) control to limit who can access different areas and what they can do; and (iii) a tweaked membership form and process. This will facilitate us offering a free basic service to all Australians who live with a disability, their carers and people with an established connection to disability in Australia...
We have started work on the next discussion sheet in the series: Equipment and supplies. This will cover: (i) Identifying your minimum needs; (ii) Paying for your minimum needs; (iii) Sourcing items; and...
We don't have a great hit rate with the Moreton Bay Regional Council's Local Community Support Grant and the grant is only for $3K, but we're going to have a crack again. This would enable us to build the new Bronze Member area of our site.  T0 his will be a free area for our community#, that will provide access to a basic version of the platform. The area will include free access to...

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