Category: Webinar

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Caught up with Tolga Okar – SpeakMyLanguage (Disability)

Gary recently got up with Tolga Okar of the SpeakMyLanguage (Disability) social enterprise.  A group looking at the unique challenges faced by Australians with disability who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.  It was a terrific coversation covering a number of exciting topics.  

The platform’s team are very conscious of the intersectionality of prejudice, discrimination and isolation that can confront some members of the Australian disability community.  So that a person with disability, who speaks a language other than English, who is a person of colour can face three levels of prejudice.  Rather than try to replicate the important work of existing community groups and social enterprises we want to connect to those groups and look for ways to collaborate with them.  We are also very concious that the Advisory Board is very white and speak English as our first language.  

Our hope in connecting to and speak my language is to find a way to collaborate together and perhaps to co-mentor some members.  We would also be thrilled to add a CALD person to our Board.

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Update on launch event for the platform

We are continuing to work with the Queensland Deputy Premier’s office and Griffith University toward presenting a community event where we will be officially launching the program and our relationship with Griffith Inclusive Futures: Reimagining Disability in the near future.

We will update you again as soon as we have the date locked in, and also confirmed our special guest, the keynote speaker.  There will be a separate event later this year with the amazing Janine Shepherd.

We are very excited by everybody’s support.  Thank you all.

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Our recent scheduled participation in a Mable small business networking event

On 31 May 2022, our CEO Gary Allen was due to speak for about 10 minutes about 10 minutes about disability entrepreneurship, the platform and how interested people can get involved.  The event was organised and hosted by the disability service Mable.  The late afternoon event was opened by our Patron Dinesh Palipana OAM.

Unfortunately, some technical gremlins (despite the best efforts of Mable) made Gary’s participation impossible,

Mable kindly offered to distribute material by email.  Gary urged attendees to write blog posts, present at webinars and become mentors for the platform.  There was a great deal of interest in the platform and the transformative potential of disability entrepreneurship.

We aim to include the material here in due course.

Do you know someone with a disability who wants to set up a money-generating endeavour?  Encourage them to complete the form below.  Or contact us at [email protected] or phone us on 0436 480 769 if they have any questions. There is free Bronze membership if they want to get a sense of our services.

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The employment of Australians with a disability

People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower labour force participation (53.4%) and higher unemployment rates (10.3%) than people without disabilities (84.1% and 4.6% respectively).

There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability. Of these, just under half are employed (47.8%), compared with 80.3% of people without disability.

Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% (United Nations Department of Information 2007).

34% of people with disability are managers and professionals (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016).

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Community event discussion under way

We are thrilled to report that discussions are underway with the office of the Queensland Deputy Premier, Janine Shepherd and Griffith University to reschedule the community event to discuss disability entrepreneurship, the platform and how we will see support disabled Australians to pursue their entrepreneurial potential and aspirations. At this event, our terrific patron Dinesh Palipana OAM will say a few words.

This will be a small and free in-person community event that will be recorded and then made available for free from this website.  This will be a big milestone for the platform and a great way to raise the profiles of the work we will be doing.

We greatly appreciate the support and generosity that Janine, Steven Miles MP and Griffith University have shown in the organising of this event.  We will post updates to this feed and to our followers and supporters.

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References for our recent student interns

During the last couple of weeks, we have provided verbal references for our two recent student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  We were very happy to do so because they did such excellent work for us, both have a great work ethic and definitely ‘value-added’ in their time with us.

We wish them well for the future and thank them for the contribution they made to the platform.

Our participation in the internship program conducted by Griffith Business School was simply excellent and we recommend all Queensland social enterprises think about ways in which to engage with them.  Given our connection to Griffith University, we were thrilled to be able to offer authentic work experience to two students and benefit from their input.

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Prac listings for Trimester 2, 2022

Recently we submitted the paperwork to list the platform for Griffith Business School student intern placements at the platform.  These will be building upon the excellent work done by our student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  They set a high bar to match but we hope to have a couple more student interns working with us.

This time, the student interns will be working on:

(i) Policy – Updating our policies, in preparation for us submitting for NDIA registration.  Then shepherding our application through the process to obtain NDIA registration.

(ii) Marketing – Drafting blog posts, and resource items and assisting with our webinars.

We are excited by the prospect of working with two Griffith University student interns and look forward to seeing what they come up with.

For members of the platform’s Advisory Board our Griffith University staff members, so we are delighted to be able to offer a couple of students practical experiences, while we benefit from their enthusiasm and contribution.

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394 resources and free access

Including the 14 resources we have scheduled and 47 Living Well items, we have 391 items in our curated Resource Library.  These hand-picked and excellent items will help members establish and operate their money-generating endeavour.

Paid and free members can access the items in the library.  There are a few items that are limited to Silver and Gold members of the platform.  In addition to the Resource Library, free members can access our webinars, blog and newsletters.  A link to express an interest in becoming a member is below.

Australians who live with a disability, their carers or people with an established connection to disability in Australia can join the platform as Bronze (free).