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We currently have 797 followers on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/enabledvip),  which is incredibly exciting.  Especially when you consider that we are a new and plucky start-up, that hasn't spent any money on advertising. Can you ask your friends, colleagues and family to follow us?  And follow our journey towards launch as a national service for Australians who live with a disability. Our goal is to be disruptive in the disability employment space.  We believe that disability entrepreneurship is not only a viable option and a way to achieve financial independence, it should improve dignity, mental health and social engagement.  We also thank a person with a disability working for themselves and setting up their workspace/duties is a logical response to the prejudice,  discrimination and ignorance too many of us face in the workplace...
On Friday, Gary met with the Director on the Centre for Accessibility.  It was a terrific chat about the Centre and the platform.  There are great opportunities for collaboration and mutual support. Amongst the matters discussed promoting our respective activities and strategies.  Step one will be Gary writing a piece about disability entrepreneurship, escaping prejudice and ignorance at work, and about the platform.  We plan to also ask the Centre to do an audit of our website and services. There are great areas of synergy between the Centre and the platform.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration and grow together.
This week, Gary happily accepted an invitation to be interviewed for a US disability podcast.  It is an exciting opportunity to speak about what we are busily working on. It will be a great chance to talk about disability entrepreneurship, escaping discrimination and ignorance and the platform. Speaking in an international forum might seem a little strange, but Gary has a wild dream of the platform being replicated in other countries.
On Thursday morning, Gary met with TDi - The Difference Incubator.  It was a great discussion about the platform, supporting disability entrepreneurship, community connections and marketing. It was an excellent discussion, that covered some extremely useful ideas.  We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the valuable discussion.  It was also a welcome affirmation of the concept of a community of practice to support disability entrepreneurship. Many thanks, @TDI and thank you, Erin!  We hope to continue this exciting collaboration.
Access to digital materials has become such a key consideration in modern life.  This Centre for Accessibility item discusses a welcome development in this space.
I am genuinely excited that today I will be presenting a session as part of the THC Bold ideas better solutions online seminar.  I will be giving a lightning talk about disability entrepreneurship and the platform.  After which, I will be live for the questions and discussion component. I will be one of a great cohort of speakers and I am humbled to be in such an august company. Details of the free event registration link are below. REGISTER NOW for @TheHopkinsCentre virtual #BoldIdeas #BetterSolutions FREE live online #research seminar series, to be held on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 11am-1pm AEST. Register here: http://bit.ly/3hlaV5T
How often in life that good news follows quickly on the heels of the bad?  Although perhaps, at least in the case of Enabled.vip, that has been our experience and perhaps that experience is peculiar to us.  But just after the bad news about the NCIP grant application outcome, we received a couple of pieces of good news. (i) We've received an email from a philanthropic group, that provides in-kind support, asking what kinds of support we are hoping for. (ii) We've received an expression of interest from a Griffith University student asking about doing an internship with us. (iii) On Friday, Gary will be meeting with another philanthropic group to talk about the platform...
Enabled.vip now has a not-for-profit registration with the incredibly impressive Centre for Accessibility.  We admire and support their important work.  We anticipate sharing their news, resources and links over the coming weeks. Their efforts cover such matters as disability advocacy, support, dignity and inclusion.  We hope to have an opportunity to collaborate with them and support their events. We have already heard from them and we are excited about what comes next.
In the last few days, we were notified that our application for an NCIP grant was unsuccessful.  That caught us by surprise because we were very happy with the application, it reflected a great collaboration between the researcher members and disabled business person members of our Advisory Board and it was set to make a massive contribution to the rollout of the. platform. Our enthusiasm and belief in the concept of a virtual business incubator is undiminished.  We are still absolutely committed to the use of a community of practice to support Australians who live with a disability to pursue their entrepreneurial potential.  But our lack of success with grant applications warrant a pause and rethink of our funding strategy. Members of the team are meeting Monday morning to discuss.
On Thursday, Gary was interviewed was recorded.  This was a lightning (3 minute) talk about disability employment, why disability entrepreneurship is often a rational and important option and what's happening with the rollout of the Enabled.vip platform. This will be played as part of the exciting THC event being conducted on Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 11am-1pm AEST. REGISTER NOW for @TheHopkinsCentre virtual #BoldIdeas #BetterSolutions FREE live online #research seminar series, to be held on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 11am-1pm AEST. Register here: http://bit.ly/3hlaV5T.
This week, Gary had terrific meetings about the platform: (i) with Janine Shepherd, talking about the platform, disability entrepreneurship and her philosophy with regards to the challenges of living with disability; (ii) with Macarla Kerr about Gary being interviewed for the upcoming THC fantastic event; and
This will be a fantastic event and we are thrilled that Gary will be participating.  Entrepreneurship is a marvellous option for Australians who live with a disability.  The platform will provide tips, hints and resources to assist members to establish and operate their own money-generating endeavour.  Australians that live with a disability can join the platform for green as Bronze members - see https://enabled.vip/login-register/.  Given this event is free, we hope to see many of the members of our community there!

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