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Our I CAN Barwon and Central Highlands region offers face-to-face mentoring programs across Barwon and online programs across Central Highlands schools.

Barwon and Central Highlands is the newest region to host the I CAN Network, established at the start of 2021. It is rapidly expanding and managed by Amy Emons and a team of mentors and program facilitators. Amy is an accomplished secondary teacher and allied health professional. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in NSW, NT and Vic. As an educator, parent and being neurodiverse herself, Amy is a strong ambassador for the I CAN Network in schools, a setting she understands well. Amy’s key skills lie in stakeholder engagement and professional learning. She has worked hard to establish the I CAN Network across Barwon and Central Highlands and bookings for 2023 are filling up fast. 

BARWON/GEELONG – For all enquiries for our program in the Barwon region please contact our Program Manager: Amy Emons at:


Mel Vanderkley, Geelong High school’s Inclusion Coach gives her testimony about how she and her students have found the I CAN School® program.

I CAN Mentor (Disability Inclusion Ambassador) – Barwon – Casual Position

About You

We are looking for an individual who can relate to the experiences of school students, and who wants to be developed into a mentor and speaker for I CAN Network in which they would promote the purpose of I CAN and the Victorian Department of Education’s Disability Inclusion reform. From a practical sense you will possess:

  • Strong connection to the unique strengths of Autistic people
  • Relatability to the experiences of school students
  • Willingness to learn, and to embrace feedback
  • Willingness to embrace the I CAN Network mentoring program and deliver group mentoring programs
  • Openness to public speaking training, and to speaking to audiences of school students, parents and teachers

About the Role

Reporting to the Program Manager Barwon, the Mentor (Disability Inclusion Ambassador) will co-deliver group mentoring programs and deliver speaking engagements (eventually solo) as an I CAN Mentor. The successful applicant will be able to relate to the experiences of young Autistic individuals and have a genuine passion for supporting the individual strengths of Autistic young people. 

This involves mentoring Autistic young people and planning/running activities during group mentoring sessions with the support of a Program Facilitator. 

Depending on availability, the successful candidate will work in our School Mentoring Program (sessions run at schools or in the community throughout the day) and/ or in our National Online Program (sessions run online during the afternoon or evening). 

To work in our School Mentoring Programs a Driver’s License and own transport is strongly preferred. Successful candidates may be offered work across both the School Mentoring and National Online Programs.

This I CAN Mentor (Disability Inclusion Ambassador) is a casual position. Please refer to the Position Description for full details.

How to Apply?

Please apply in writing to by 27th November 2022 with ‘Attn: Amy  – Barwon Program Manager’ in the subject title. You will need to attach a CV and cover letter. After 27th November 2022 you will be notified as to whether you have progressed to the next round of the recruitment process. 

Visit our Youtube channel to view more videos from our South West region including stories by Autistic students, principals and our I CAN Network Mentors. 

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