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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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Send us your stories!

Ahoy there, lovely humans! Here at Grapevine, our mission is to share the stories, strengths, and talents of people on the spectrum. We are always looking for new content, so if you have something to share with us, whether it be your experiences with school/University/the workplace/I CAN Network, or maybe

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My Experience in Italy: An Aspie Travelogue

By Lana Wheatfill, 15 From the 8th to the 30th of September I travelled to Italy with an organisation called Interchange, a disability support service. The weeks leading up to my trip were filled with excited anticipation as I waited eagerly for September 8th to come. I had even packed a

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Spectrum Showcase: Michelle Worsley

Buenos Dias amigos! It’s time for yet another Spectrum Showcase, and this time we’re sharing the wise words of Michelle Worsley, one of our mentors, and a remarkable individual of many talents. Enjoy! “We may think we are merely a singular needle in a haystack, but instead we are the

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