News Tag: Hobbyists

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Know a craft technique or are you passionate about a hobby?

One category of support the platform will support is individuals who are looking to monetise a hobby or craft.

This will include matters such as social media, the internet and use of email.

Mentoring, peer support, learning opportunities and Resource Library content, webinars and an online marketplace will be features the platform will provide.

Contact us at [email protected] or phone 0436 480 769 if you have any questions.

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Launching the platform in early 2022

Even though we are continuing to apply for funding that will be essential for our viability and effective operation, we will be launching the platform as a national service early in 2022.  Which we are incredibly excited by the prospect.

Do you know a would-be entrepreneur who might benefit from participation in the platform?  Are you a business person who is willing to donate a couple of hours a month to be a mentor?  Great! Contact us at [email protected] to discuss.

We provide a range of supports to assist Australians who live with a disability to pursue their entrepreneurial potential. By monetising a hobby or craft, doing gig work or establishing a small business.

Disability doesn’t have to determine entrepreneurial potential, but isolation and lack of support can – if we let them.


A great meeting with the philanthropic group TDI

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.

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Interview recorded

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 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.
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Employment and entrepreneurism with disability advocate Gary Allen – MS Queensland

With a mind for ethics and a heart for equality, disability-advocate Gary Allen is highly regarded and influential in the employment and entrepreneurial sector. Fighting for the representation and inclusion of people living with a disability, we spoke to Gary about his professional journey, the emerging issues present in Australian society, and his pioneering program Enabled.VIP.


Choosing to define himself by his career, not his MS diagnosis, Gary excelled in his profession and went from working in politics in 1996 to managing the ethics team at Griffith University in 2003. For over 20 years, Gary has now worked in research institutions, state and federal government departments and research ethics committees across Australia, Canada, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. “At the risk of sounding arrogant, there’s probably about three or four people in the country that do the same sort of work I do.” However, leading such a successful professional life whilst living with MS required a level of honesty and vulnerability from Gary in the beginning. “I wasn’t coy about my diagnosis. I know that there are people that have been unlucky with that experience, but I was lucky. Although, when I initially went in for the job interview, I consciously left my cane outside the room. I needn’t have worried though, the university was super cool and very supportive. And they have continued to be along the way.”

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Ongoing applications to charitable foundations

In recent days, we have been sending expressions of interest via email and web form to a number of charitable foundations and companies.  We know the individual chances of success aren’t great but we believe deeply in the concept of initiating, nurturing and supporting a community of practice in the Australian disability space.

Gary’s participation in a recent Disability Leadership Institute event about disability enterprises both confirmed for him why he is passionate about the power of disability entrepreneurship and that securing funding for your big idea isn’t easy.  So, we aren’t alone and there are a lot of us chasing funding.

We believe a genuine disability enterprise is one that is led and/or guided by people with a disability.  In our case, our CEO has progressive MS and is wheelchair mobile and three of the six members of our Advisory Board live with a disability. 

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Do you have a right to keep working from home forever? – ABC Everyday (Emma Di Bernardo | July 2021)

It sounds odd to say, but a silver lining of the ominous storm cloud that is COVID-19 is that it demonstrated the viability of working from home and how big tasks can be successfully completed by remote workers.  Both of these reflect positively on the kind of endeavours members are undertaking.  Consequently, this great ABC Today story will not only be helpful for Australians for whom working from home has better suited their disability, but it is also a shot in the arm for anyone wondering if their money-generating idea is viable.