News Tag: Members

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ABC pitch and Myer Foundation EOI

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.

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Monthly Blog

Yesterday, we produced the first edition of our monthly blog posts. This edition was to welcome our pilot testers. 

Members of the platform will receive new editions every month. This will be a combination of content produced by members of the Advisory Board and guests. This will cover important, interesting, and inspiring topics relating to disability entrepreneurial topics. 

If you know an Australian who lives with a disability, who you think might be interested in the platform, encourage them to email us at [email protected] or phone us on 0436 480 769…

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We are a full house

A couple of registrations earlier this week means that we currently have ten active pilot testers and still two more where we are confirming their registration.

This is an incredibly exciting milestone and we are looking forward to working with our testers and assisting them to pursue their entrepreneurial goals and potential.

So no more nominations are sought to be a tester, but we’re still very interested to receive expressions of interest to become a member.  Any additional members will be included in our first cohort when we go live (in January 2022)…

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A discussion sheet about being “a sticky business”

Gary has started a discussion sheet about positive and constructive approaches to make the relationship between your revenue-generating endeavour ‘sticky’.  We aren’t talking about the psychological hacks some social media platforms, but something less insidious, intended to build a long-lasting constructive connection to your customers.

This is the approach Gary has tried to take with his own company, AHRECS.

The drafting is likely to take a couple of weeks.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Reflections on using stock image libraries

As our followers know, we are happy users of stock photo libraries and have made great use of them across the pages of our website, our brochures and promotional material.

But we’ve noticed a couple of trends we need to keep an eye on, the most common type of disability pictured is people in a wheelchair.  Even though a wheelchair is an obvious physical aid for some disability, there are plenty of visible disabilities where a chair would be irrelevant or even a hindrance.  The images also tend to be white, young and attractive.  This seems to be especially the case for the cartoon images.  This is a shame because some of the compositions are otherwise great.

Researchers and advocates have pointed out that factors that isolate can be cumulative, so some people experience more layeers of prejudice and isolation than others.  This is something we take very seriously… call for philanthropic partners

A new approach to membership, services and costs

Having reflected on our experience with the pilot testing, a few months of operation and feedback from the disability community, we have decided upon a few tweaks to the concept of the platform.

Once we have secured some grant/philanthropic funding, we will tweak the join form to reflect this. In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming a Bronze Member, drop line to [email protected]

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Special area for sheets

Our Resource Library now includes a specialist area where we will only post our sheets (discussion sheets and resource sheets).

These are the in-house resources we are producing for members of the platform.  They contain tips, ideas, warnings about trips and traps, as well as useful links.

Our hope is these tailored resources will provide essential guidance and support for aspiring disability entrepreneurs.

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Pondering a refinement of our services, membership and fees

Based upon our interactions with our pilot testers, the generous advice of our pro bono lawyers MinterEllison and our thoughts about how to best support Australia’s disability community, the Board is currently considering a tweak of our service offerings and pricing structure.

Once we have settled on the plan, we will report back.

Despite this rethink, we are energised by the members we are working with and their incredible plans.