For those of us who watch the 'grumpies' not as comedy but as documentary, social media can be all a bit of a mystery. I pulled my own Facebook page when it became too time consuming (about 2 years ago) and I have never gone back. However NOVA does have excellent representation on Facebook and other social media thanks to our Jodie DeRuvo.
Apart from being our advertising pin-up girl during 2010, Jodie manages a couple of important web places for us. Her main page is www.candoability.com.au where you can keep up to date with current news and general news related to all things disability oriented, Jodie also looks after an important social media site: http://www.facebook.com/DisabledAccomplishments that will (or should) pass an important milestone – more than 3000 ‘friends’.
Our monthly newsletter also is approaching an unbroken 3 year run and we have many thousands of subscribers.
During 2011 we will be upgrading the format somewhat and making our newsletter more ‘let’s get you a job’ focussed. We are still going to carry the encouraging ‘good news’ stories that feature prominently right now and, since we are presently seeing so many people that want to register with us, we’re going to see if we can support everyone to get working as quickly as possible by providing some handy hints and tips and more resources to support every job seekers search for a good job.
If you have any ideas as to what you’d like to see or you want to make a contribution don’t be shy! Send them straight to us or discuss your idea with your employment consultant and enlist their help to get your contribution published.
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