Cornerstone

Welcome to Cornerstone, an online space created so you can access resources and tools that will help empower you in ways you may not have imagined. Tell us what you think so we can continue to source resources you need. Watch this space grow and thrive with your help! We hope you enjoy your time here.

Dressing for Success

Vildana is about to apply for a new job. We go shopping with her and learn about ways in which we can buy smart and dress smart so we bring out the most confident version of ourselves. In this video series, Cathy from the boutique clothing store The Ark, helps Vildana navigate through her styling questions.

Part One

Part Two

What you can do next?

  1. Speak with our employment services about employment goals and learn how we may help you to achieve the outcomes you are seeking. Request a call back from Employment Services.
  2. We have volunteer stylists who can help you to go shopping and select clothing that is comfortable for you. Contact us to inquire about this service. Register your interest for our volunteer stylist service.
  3. Two tools were used in this video, AIRA and the colour scanner. To find out more about these tools, connect to our Vision Store.

How to communicate your value

Ben lost 98% of his eyesight overnight at the age of 16. Yet he discovered true and limitless vision, allowing him to see clearer than ever before. In this two part video series, Ben shares with you his insights and wisdom that help you to see beyond your self-imposed limits and dream big.

Part One

Part Two

What you can do next?

  1. Vision Australia offer employment services support where you can be coached by qualified consultants to help you achieve your employment goals. Request a call back from employment services.
  2. A vocational counsellor can provide guidance around exploring your career potential, your strengths and identifying any gaps you may need to consider. Contact the service design team to find out more.
  3. Our mentoring program provides an opportunity for you to connect with a professional mentor to achieve the goals that you have around career and vocation. We have a variety of mentors who are ready to partner with you. Contact the service design team to find out more.

Disclosure Options

Ben Pettingill speaks about disclosure. It’s a complex but important topic that can create some confusion and anxiety for people who are blind or low vision. Do you tell your potential employer that you are blind or have low vision in your resume or cover letter? Do you wait and mention it in an interview? Do you avoid it altogether? Ben explores different options in this video to help you make an informed choice about your preferred way forward.

What you can do next?

  1. Vision Australia’s employment consultants can support you with options around disclosure and conduct mock interviews with you to help you feel more confident with your approach. Request a call back from employment services.
  2. The American Foundation for the Blind has a resource that can help you to get more information about the types of disclosure.
  3. Speak to your family or a friend about disclosure options and seek guidance about which option may be best for you. They may be able to advise and help you prepare for this. It helps to practice what you are going to say and how before you are in the situation.

Makeup Tutorial

Priceline makeup director Sarah Laidlaw created two gorgeous looks for women who are blind or have low vision! Sarah also talks through some helpful application tips and techniques

What you can do next?

  1. Vision Australia has service providers who can help you to set goals that are in line with personal grooming and presentation. Connect with our service providers.
  2. Makeup is a skill that takes a lot of practice for anyone. As you embark on this, you may want to go shopping with a friend or family who can help you choose colours that are right for you. Sales people at stores such as Myer are also happy to help match the right colours and shades to your skin and preferences.
  3. Read this detailed article from VisionAware that talks about makeup application and options.

I applied for job and got a rejection letter! What happened?

Have you ever spent hours looking and applying for work only to receive an email telling you that you haven’t even made it through to the interview stage? This can be frustrating and emotionally exhausting. In this podcast, Randstad, a leading recruitment organization, gives us insight into what could have happened and how you can improve your chances in the future

What you can do next?

  1. Vision Australia’s employment services team can help you to navigate through a job finding and application process. Request a call back from employment services.
  2. Do you have an example of when this happened to you? What did you learn from your experience and what did you do differently? Share your reflections with us at servicedesign@visionaustralia.org. We will contact you about sharing your learnings with others in our community.
  3. Our mentoring program provides an opportunity for you to connect with a professional mentor discover the root causes of why you may not be finding success when applying for a job. We have a variety of mentors who are ready to partner with you. Contact the service design team at servicedesign@visionaustralia.org to find out more.

The voice within you

Lisa is a life coach. She has helped hundreds of people who experience mindset challenges such as procrastination, self-sabotage and lack of self-love and self-belief to overcome the emotional walls that hold them back. In this podcast we speak with Lisa about how we can be our own worst enemy and how a simple shift of changing your inner voice can transform your life and your future.

What you can do next?

  1. Put on some music with no words so that you are not distracted. Close your eyes and just be still until the music ends. During this time, simply observe the thoughts that are going on through your mind. Were they judgemental, positive, distracting or useful? Write down your reflections in a diary or take note on your phone. During the week, repeat this exercise each day and see how the thoughts shift or not, and if you are able to steer them and change them as you are reflecting.
  2. Have a conversation with a family or friend and ask them what their inner voice sounds like.
  3. Lisa talks about the BE DO HAVE model in this audio. What is your HAVE and what are you doing to help you achieve it?

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