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It’s Open Season

Bonjour lovely people, and welcome to the futuristic world of February 2017, where supercomputers fit in your pocket, video games look almost photorealistic, but there is still no cure for the common cold. I come with glad tidings; applications are now open for I CAN Network’s camps for this year,

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Traveling Outside my Comfort Zone

By Carla Maree On the 9th of January I took a big step to solidify my confidence in the world, and travelled overseas to New Zealand. I had no idea what to expect, but there was some comfort in knowing that our neighbouring country was for the most part fairly

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I CAN Goes North

This past week, our Chief Enabling Officer Chris Varney and Mentor/Speaker extraordinaire Elise Muller travelled more than 1300 kilometres to Brisbane, in a flying metal cylinder powered by the remains of organisms that lived before the dinosaurs. Their mission: to establish I CAN Network in Queensland. Long story short, it

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I CAN Story: Simon Edwards

I was diagnosed with Asperger’s about 10 years ago, in my mid-thirties. I had started work as a support worker not long before that.  At the time I remember thinking that I was probably the only one (support worker with an Asperger’s diagnosis) in Australia. Now I find that thought somewhat self-indulgent, however

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I-C-A-N to the A-N-Z

On the 2nd of December ANZ held a conference hosted by Channel Nine news reporter Peter Hitchener, focusing on what they call the Abilities Network, whereby ANZ celebrate the abilities of those with various disabilities. Three members of the I CAN Network attended. Paul, Business analyst and Network Leader, Ben

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From Panic to Promotion

One of the original three founders of I CAN Network, Penny Robinson also works at Monash University, where she was recently promoted to the position of Lecturer. That’s quite an achievement for anyone, but Penny’s journey has been a particularly herculean one. “As a young child I wasn’t able to

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I Can Mentor

About this time last year, I was offered the chance to join I CAN Network’s schools program as a classroom mentor. I’d been a mentor on several I Can Camps prior to this, and I was already working as a speaker and as Editor in Chief, but becoming a school

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The Power of Imagination

May 2015 was when the I CAN Network, one year into its high school program, stepped into its very first primary school: St Bernadette’s in Ivanhoe. They’d put together an amazingly Neurodiverse group from grades 2-6, all with very different interests and personalities. Of course, we knew they all had one

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Awetism Expo 2016

A student stands before a crowd of about forty people in a room at NAB Bank in Melbourne. Their voice climbs the silent air. Just months ago, this same student never uttered a word in class. Just being in a room with ten other students was an ordeal. Yet here

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I CAN Story: Liam Dow-Hall

I have been working hard ever since I was in primary school to overcome my challenges. I have mild Cerebral Palsy and High-Functioning Autism. When I was a baby I loved the piano so much that my parents adjusted my high chair so that I could play till I was

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