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UPCOMING EVENTS

To find out more about our Training Events, please contact Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus, at: helen@myplusconsulting.com

“Helen is an energised and thoroughly engaging presenter. Her point of difference is that she is a positive and powerful role model. Helen uses her own lived experiences of disability and examples from the students she coaches, to unpack many practical examples on how to build disability confidence, address discrimination and self-advocate to gain employment.”

Susan Beard, National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Australia

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disability confidence in careers and employability: Part 2_understanding how employers support disabled applicants

A MyPlus webinar hosted in partnership with NAGCAS

Tuesday 7th September; 4pm – 5pm AEST

Recruitment processes are designed to be challenging and competitive, however for those with a disability they can be impossible if appropriate support and adjustments are not put in place. Not surprisingly asking for this support is challenging even though employers not only expect to provide support but are also well versed in doing so.

By understanding more about the support that employers offer, and how students can most effectively engage with employers to access this support, those providing employability and careers advice will increase the chances of their disabled students successfully transitioning into employment. In addition, they will help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety associated with requesting support.

This webinar will enable delegates to:

  • Build your understanding of support and adjustments available during the recruitment process
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of student and employer in implementing support
  • Confidently advise their students on how and when to request support during the recruitment process
  • Explore real-life recruitment adjustment scenarios
  • Access practical tools to support students during the application process

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Closed captions will be included for this webinar. If you have any other requirements or adjustments, please inform us of these when you book your place.

Helen’s session offered insightful knowledge borne from her wide experience of engaging with employers that will certainly add to the skills and advice of practitioners and student advisors in further and higher education.”

Ian Carter, Director; National Association of Disability Practitioners

“Helen is an engaging presenter with lived experience who clearly articulates her message.”

Vicki Walsh; Business Leader, Uniting Employment Services & School Leaver Employment Supports

“Helen is an energised and thoroughly engaging presenter. Her point of difference is that she is a positive and powerful role model. Helen uses her own lived experiences of disability and examples from the students she coaches, to unpack many practical examples on how to build disability confidence, address discrimination and self-advocate to gain employment.”

Susan Beard, National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Australia

PAST EVENTS

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disability confidence in careers and employability: part 1 supporting your disabbled students

A MyPlus webinar hosted in partnership with NAGCAS

Wednesday 11th August; 4pm – 5pm AEST

Key reasons that students go to university are that they either wish to pursue a particular career or to help them to get a better job than they would have done if they hadn’t gone. The same is true for disabled students yet it remains considerably harder for them to find employment upon graduating than for their non-disabled counterparts.

To close this employment gap, and successfully support disabled students as they transition from education to employment, careers & employability advisers and academic support staff must have the confidence and knowledge to provide the specific careers advice required. In addition, they must be able to support their students as they navigate the added challenges that having a disability brings to navigating the recruitment process.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Examine the employment landscape for disabled students.
  • Outline the challenges faced by students as they navigate the recruitment process
  • Develop our knowledge of how to advise students on 4 key areas:
    • Disclosure
    • Requesting support
    • Accounting for mitigating circumstances
    • Positively positioning their disability with employers
  • Provide you with practical tools to enable you to support your students

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

By the end of the webinar, delegates will have the knowledge and confidence to either get started on their journey to being disability confident or be able to progress the journey you are already on.

Closed captions will be included for this webinar. If you have any other requirements or adjustments, please inform us of these when you book your place.

Helen, as always, was great at presenting and facilitating the session and drawing out comments from the participants.”

Catherine Alexander, Careers Consultant, University of Cambridge

“Helen is an energised and thoroughly engaging presenter. Her point of difference is that she is a positive and powerful role model. Helen uses her own lived experiences of disability and examples from the students she coaches, to unpack many practical examples on how to build disability confidence, address discrimination and self-advocate to gain employment.”

Susan Beard, National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Australia

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disability confidence in careers and employability: getting started

A MyPlus webinar hosted in partnership with AND

Thursday 29th July; 4pm – 5pm AEST

Key reasons that students go to university are that they either wish to pursue a particular career or to help them to get a better job than they would have done if they hadn’t gone. The same is true for disabled students yet it remains considerably harder for them to find employment upon graduating than for their non-disabled counterparts.

To close this employment gap, and successfully support disabled students as they transition from education to employment, careers & employability advisers and academic support staff must have the confidence and knowledge to provide the specific careers advice required. In addition, they must be able to support their students as they navigate the added challenges that having a disability brings to navigating the recruitment process.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Examine the employment landscape for disabled students.
  • Outline the challenges faced by students as they navigate the recruitment process
  • Develop our knowledge of how to advise students on 4 key areas:
    • Disclosure
    • Requesting support
    • Accounting for mitigating circumstances
    • Positively positioning their disability with employers
  • Guide you as you plan for success

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

By the end of the webinar, delegates will have the knowledge and confidence to either get started on their journey to being disability confident or be able to progress the journey you are already on.

Closed captions will be included for this webinar. If you have any other requirements or adjustments, please inform us of these when you book your place.

For the first time in 20 years of my career, I heard the voice of someone who spoke about disability without any inhibitions…. It has been a truly enriching experience.”

Employer Engagement, Kings College London

“Helen is an energised and thoroughly engaging presenter. Her point of difference is that she is a positive and powerful role model. Helen uses her own lived experiences of disability and examples from the students she coaches, to unpack many practical examples on how to build disability confidence, address discrimination and self-advocate to gain employment.”

Susan Beard, National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Australia

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The MyPlus ‘Be Disability Confident on Campus’ Toolkit

A webinar hosted by MyPlus

Tuesday 3rd November - 3pm – 4pm AEST

The MyPlus Disability Confidence on Campus Toolkit provides information, resources and guidance to University staff who are supporting students with disabilities as they search for placements, internships and graduate roles.

In addition to insights around disability and the challenges facing students with disabilities as they transition from university to employment, the Toolkit provides practical resources to upskill both staff and students.

Following on from our previous webinars, ‘Disability confidence on campus’ and ‘Encouraging openness’, this webinar will showcase the MyPlus Disability Confidence on Campus Toolkit including what is included and how to leverage it to get the most out of it.

During the webinar, delegates will have the opportunity to view the contents including:

  • Why disability matters
  • Understanding disability
  • Employment challenges facing students with disabilities
  • The Staff Development Session
  • Student Skills sessions
  • Conversation cards

The workshop will be delivered by Helen Cooke, Director of MyPlus. It will provide the delegates with plenty of opportunity to ask questions; the format will also enable delegates to learn from others working in this challenging space


Helen’s experience as a graduate, an employer and a consultant gives her a unique insight into the issues faced by students with disabilities, educators and employers. Her work has always been solutions focused, helping drive industry change and improving outcomes for students.

- Stephen Isherwood;
C.E.O Institute of Student Employers

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Shhhhhhh. It’s a secret

A webinar hosted by MyPlus

Tuesday 27th October - 3pm – 4pm AEST

Over three quarters of disabled students would prefer not to share information about their disability with an employer. This reluctance is preventing them from requesting the support they require to compete in the recruitment process and, in some cases, stops them from applying altogether

Based on research undertaken into ‘Openness’ this workshop will enable delegates to understand the concerns that disabled students have about disclosure and how these can best be addressed; recognise the benefits that come with being open (and the consequences of not); and enable them to advise students on when and how to inform an employer.

The workshop will:

  • Highlight why employers ask about disability and how they use the information
  • Provide insights into why students are so reluctant to be open about their disability
  • Build understanding into the benefits of being open, and the consequences of not
  • Enable delegates to confidently advise their students on whether to disclose, how and when
  • Provide practical tools to use with students in preparing to disclose a disability

There will also be the opportunity to hear from employers and students who will provide insights and share their experiences.

The workshop will be delivered by Helen Cooke, Director of MyPlus. It will provide the delegates with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss the key issues. The format will also enable delegates to learn from others working in this challenging space


Clear visual presentation, very informative and memorable; friendly and brilliant Q&A session.

- Oliver Walkden,
University of Leeds

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Disability confidence on campus

A webinar hosted by MyPlus

Tuesday 20th October 2020 - 3pm – 4pm AEST

To successfully support disabled students as they transition from education to employment, careers advisers and academic support staff must be able to confidently understand and be able to address the challenges that face them. But what does ‘disability confident’ actually mean and what additional expertise is required to support this group into employment?

During this webinar, we will explore the 5 pillars of disability confidence and challenge delegates to think about what this means for their institution and how they can get started on their journey. It will also provide insights into the disability and employment landscape and the challenges faced by both students and careers and placement advisers.

The webinar will:

  • Examine the employment landscape for disabled students.
  • Outline the current challenges faced by both students with disabilities and those tasked with supporting them into employment
  • Explore the 5 key pillars of disability confidence
  • Guide you as you plan for success

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, Director of MyPlus and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

By the end of the webinar, delegates will have the knowledge and confidence to either get started on their journey to being disability confident or be able to progress the journey you are already on.