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Respite South newsletter - 23 July 2018 
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13 June 2018

For Carers - workshops, events and support groups

Alfred Health Carer Services Workshop: Mindfulness, Helpful Thoughts and Resilience
Learn helpful strategies to deal with stress, manage unhelpful thoughts and support personal wellbeing.
When: Thursday 14 June and Friday 29 June, 10am - 12pm
Where: Old Cheese Factory Chapel, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick
Click here to register

Workshops: Peninsula Arts Society 
Alfred Health Carer Services is proud to support carers' attendance at the Peninsula Arts Society. Limited places are now available for term three, classes cover all art mediums and run morning, afternoon and night.  Please note classes are open to the general public.
Email carlnbarb@gmail.com for more information

NDIS Information Sessions - find a session near you

Yooralla NDIS discussions
Yooralla is holding free, one-on-one NDIS discussions in Chelsea, Kew and Carnegie throughout June.
Kew: Thursday 14 June
Chelsea: Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Thursday 28 June
Carnegie: Tuesday 26 June 
Click here to book

Port Phillip NDIS Expo - St Kilda
To help carers prepare for the NDIS.
When: Thursday 19 July, 10am - 3pm
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
View flyer for more information

NDIS Community Information Sessions
Information sessions delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and Local Area Coordinators. Multiple locations and dates are available as listed below. 
Click here to register or simply drop in  

  • Tuesday 19 June, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Quest Dandenong Central, 2-10 Walker St, Dandenong
  • Wednesday 20 June, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Toomah Community Centre, 18 Golden Green St, Pakenham

NDIS Contact Email
Do you have questions, complaints or need to clarify information provided through the NDIS/NDIA?
Email: viceast@ndis.gov.au

For people with disability - events, activities and support

After-Care Australasia School Holiday Program July 2018 
See the school School Holiday Program running from 2-13 July.  
Click here for more information

Junior Balloon Football event 22 August
See Junior Balloon Football in action, and support players from across the state. The program provides pathways to participation in sport and active recreation for children with complex and multiple disabilities.
Click here for more information

Other News 

How Kaspar the robot is helping students with autism to socialise
Kaspar is a moving, talking humanoid developed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, now being trialled for the first time in Australia.
Read more

New Xbox controller could open whole new world to gamers with disabilities
Microsoft recently introduced its new Xbox Adaptive Controller, designed specifically for gamers with disabilities.
Read more

2 March 2018

Activities

BAM Allstars
All Abilities dance classes for groups and individuals are happening in Frankston and Mornington on Wednesdays. Click here for the flyer and contact Lisa on 0425 721 848 for bookings. www.bamallstars.org.au 

Experience Casey
Celebrate and experience the City of Casey’s diverse community.  
When: 17 March 2018 - 11.00 am to 3.00pm
Where: Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
This event is free and accessible, including an adult change table and hoist.  (Bring your own sling) See flyer for details.

Special Needs Disco Nights at Pakenham Dance Studio
When: 3rd Saturday of the month 7pm-10:00pm (see flyer for exact dates)
$12 entry, snacks and soft drinks available for purchase
See flyers for more details: Regular Calendar and St Patricks Day Event

Social Lunch for People with Spinal Cord Injury
Where: Steeples Restaurant at Mornington Racecourse
When: Tuesday April 17th at 12.30
A chance to meet up with like-minded people who have similar spinal cord injuries to chat, exchange experiences and have fun! Family and care workers are also most welcome. Please RSVP by 10th April.
Gerry  Ph. 0431222951, gerryrussell01@gmail.com
Jeanette. Ph. 0417343204,  jwarner@live.com.au
 
Memetica ‘Street Skeeters’
A series of free arts based workshops, funded through the City of Melbourne and in collaboration with Disability Sport & Recreation, for people with disabilities. The project invites up to 12 participants to work together to design, build and perform giant puppet creatures on sport wheelchairs called Skeeters at a free public roving performance at the Melbourne Museum Plaza.
When: Over 2 weeks between Mar – April 2018

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/Memeticapuppets/

Circle of Support Workshop
Circles of Support is a group of people who are intentionally invited to come together in friendship and support of a person with disability, for the purpose of achieving their goals.
When: Wed 7th Mar, 2018: 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Where: Burwood District Bowls Club, Warrigal Rd, Burwood
Cost: Concession $60.00 | Standard $180 (Incl GST)
More information

Workshops and Events for Carers

Mindfulness, Communication and Relationships
In partnership with Glen Eira City Council, Alfred Health Carer Services is hosting two workshops for carers of a person with a disability on the topic of mindfulness and communicating mindfully in relationships. These sessions are designed to help carers improve their communications and strengthen their relationships.  See flyer for more details.
When: Thursday 19 and 26 April, 10am–12.30pm
Where: Caulfield Park Pavilion Balaclava Road, Caulfield
Cost: Free
 
Carer Luncheon – Sails on the Bay
Alfred Health Carer Services is inviting carers from the Inner South region who have recently used our service to join us for a carer luncheon. You will be served a two-course lunch and share in trivia as entertainment.  Places are limited, make a booking by phoning 8781 3400.  Please advise of dietary requirements when booking. See flyer for more details
When: Thurs 15 March 2018 -  Arrive at 11.30am; lunch from 12.00 - 2.30pm
Where: Sails on the Bay, 15 Elwood Foreshore, Elwood

Carers Victoria Workshops - March, April and May
Caring for Yourself  23 March
Aged Care Program 1-22 March
Disability Program: Carers, Families and the System 27 Feb-27 Mar 
Dementia Program: Carers, Families and the System  7-28 March
LGBTI Carers – Caring for Ourselves 29 March
Mental Health program, Carers, Families & the NDIS 10 April to 1 May
For more information (or to book your spot) select the session from the list above or call 1800 242 636.

Carers Victoria Offer
Take a well-deserved break with our Carers Cottage Special, pay 2 nights, and get the 3rd night free. The perfect place for caring respite or a tree change for you and the people you care for, the cottage has accommodation facilities for up to 10 guests. Located just an hour from Melbourne, the cottage is an oasis of calm country tranquillity and only a five minute drive to the local shops, pub and medical centre.  Find out more or request a stay by visiting the website, emailing carerscottage.officer@carersvictoria.org.au or calling 1800 242 636.  Offer available until the end of April 2018.
 
National Virtual Disability Conference: Better evidence better outcomes
Provider/Organiser: University of Melbourne, National Disability Services & Scope Australia. Bringing the Australian disability community in conversation online. The conference theme, ‘Better evidence, Better outcomes’ focuses on research informing practice and practice stimulating research and advocates for innovative practices to continuously improve outcomes for Australians with disability, and those who support them. Register online  More information
When: Wed 21st Mar, 2018
Where: Online
Cost: See registration information for details

NDIS Information

Windermere
A series of free group-based general NDIS information sessions. Windermere also offers individual NDIS pre-planning sessions to assist preparation for NDIS planning sessions, at a one off cost of $50. For session dates and further details visit www.windermere.org.au, call 1300 946 337 or email  info@windermere.org.au

Fundraising

McCrae House
The Frankston Peninsula Carers is a voluntary group building houses for people with intellectual disabilities on the Mornington Peninsula. They are planning to build a house in McCrae that will provide 24/7 support for 6 people, and are asking for donations to support the build. If you would like to contribute, go to https://donate.grassrootz.com/fpc/help-build-mccrae-house 

Research

All Abilities Inclusion Consultation

City of Glen Eira invites community members to consult on how they can best support community inclusion for people with disabilities. The consultation aims to reach people with disabilities and their families, service providers, businesses and interested community members. This process will help to shape and focus Council activity towards a strengthened role in planning, advocacy and leadership in disability support across the municipality.  Closing on: March 9, 2018  Online feedback form
 
Transport accessibility project
The Disability Resource Centre would like to capture the experiences of Victorians with disabilities who use (or want to use) public transport, taxis and Uber.  It’s your opportunity to have your voice heard and to shape the final report being submitted to the Victorian government later this year.  Go to survey

16 February 2018

Activities

Bunjil Place - Kickback Fridays
Have teenagers at home on a Friday night? From 3.00 – 5.00pm every week in February, the Plaza is just for them with music, movies, games on the big screen and more. More Information

Inclusive Art Group
This art group welcomes young people with disabilities.  Learn about art and try different styles with a supportive and creative tutor.  
Date: Classes start in February 2018.
Location: Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis St, Hampton 3188
When: Wednesday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Cost: $15 per session
More Information

ArtsAccess - ARTfinder
Join an an art program in 2018. ARTfinder is an inclusive and accessible online database for people living with disability or mental health issues. For more information or to list an arts program go to ARTfinder

ArtsAccess - Get Out!
A visual and performing arts program in Frankston for adults with disability. Enquiries:  grobinson@artsaccess.com.au or for More information

Oakleigh Bowling Club
In it's 6th year!  Safe, creative opportunities for adults (18+) of mixed abilities to extend personal and social skills through dance, drama, singing, public speaking and more.  It's about meeting new people, chatting, relationship building, learning and fun!  3rd Wednesday each month.  More information.

Workshops for Carers

Alfred Health Carer Services presents NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops suitable for carers throughout the year.  They aim to bring carers together to chat, share challenges and keep up-to-date with community initiatives.  Registrations are now open for NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops at various locations in Melbourne's south.
See range of workshops and register

MyTime is a peer support program for parents and caregivers of children 0-18 with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. Take some time for yourself to connect with other parents and caregivers who also care for a child with complex needs. For more information go to MyTime

Carers Vic - If you haven’t already, take a moment to check out the their website: www.everythingcarers.org.au to find news on upcoming workshops.

Down Syndrome Victoria is offering a variety of workshops in 2018 to build essential knowledge and skills which will assist a person with Down Syndrome to live a rewarding life.  See the flyer here 

Uniting lifeAssist is offering a Mindful Self-Compassion workshop for Carers of a person with a mental illness, intellectual disability, or Autism, who live in the council areas of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia. The workshop will be facilitated by a Clinical Psychologist.  More Information

NDIS Information

Yooralla
Free, one-on-one NDIS pre-planning discussions, to help people with disability and their carers to prepare for their NDIS planning meeting.  You can discuss your personal circumstances and needs and have your questions answered in private.

Carnegie: 19-23 February 2018

Chelsea:  5-9 March and19-23 March 2018
Book now for a free pre-planning discussion.

Association for Children with a Disability

Free workshop for members of the South East Disability Inclusion Network (SEDIN), to prepare for NDIS planning and transition. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Workshops may be cancelled if numbers are low. 

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018, 10.00am – 2.30pm
Location: Emerson School, 1430 Heatherton Road, Dandenong
Please register via SEDIN.eventbrite.com  by 20th March, 2018 Registration password: 1005SEDIN

Funding opportunities

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund
This fund assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants.
Applications close 31 March 2018.  More Information
 
Disability Donations Trust
The trust is a set of charitable funds, managed by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Grants are available to improve the quality of life for people 18 or under with an intellectual disability and assist to meet their needs.  Applications close 31 March 2018.   More Information

Research

Survey for parents of children with Autism
Monash University’s Department of Psychological Sciences is researching potential barriers to participation in therapy to identify these barriers and methods to help families overcome them. Monash needs insight from parents to examine how parent stress and child behaviour affect attendance at therapy appointments and completion of set therapeutic homework. 
Read more: Survey for parents of children with autism

29 January 2018

Everything Carers

Carers Victoria is inviting community or health organisations or groups to promote their services, events and activities on the Carers Victoria website www.everythingcarers.org.au.

Everything Carers aims to create a place where Victorian carers can find information that they need to sustain their caring role and features local caring news, information about peer support groups and local service providers and contains information and advice about topics of interest to carers  Read more.

Glen Eira is getting ready for the NDIS

Do you live in the City of Glen Eira?  Council is running workshops for residents to help them to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  From January to March they are partnering with various organisations to provide workshops for:

People with a disability, family and carers
Series of workshops on Monday 12, 19, 26 February
and 5, 19 March, 9.45am–2pm
Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, corner North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena. Facilitated by VALID

Parents/carers of a child with a disability

Saturday 24 March, 9.30am–3.30pm
Glen Eira Town Hall — Caulfield Cup Room Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield. Facilitated by Association for Children with Disability (ACD)
 
Places are limited. Read more.
To register, contact 9524 333 or email lmandel@gleneira.vic.gov.au

City of Port Phillip is getting ready for the NDIS

Do you live in the City of Port Phillip?  Council has partnered with local organisations to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Readiness Workshops for Port Phillip residents. These free information sessions will provide information about the NDIS and how to prepare for your planning meeting. Register for the sessions relevant to you. For more information phone: ASSIST 03 9209 6777 or email: rsvp@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

People with mental health and psychosocial disability

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 1.00pm to 3.00pm or Thursday 22 February 2018, 10.00am to 12.00pm

Venue: Training Room, Ground Floor St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Facilitated by Victoria Mental Illness Council (VMIAC) 03 9380 3900
 

Parents/Carers of a child with a disability

Friday 16 March 2018, 9.30am to 3.00pm

Register: acd-events.eventbrite.com

Venue: Training Room, Ground Floor St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Facilitated by Association for Children with Disability (ACD) 03 9880 7000
 

Young people with a disability aged 12-25

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 10 am to 12 pm

Register: ydasndisready@yacvic.org.au Venue: Training Room, Ground Floor St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda Facilitated by Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) 03 9267 3709

Places are limited. Read flyer.

Funding opportunities

Disability advocacy sector capability building grants 
The Department of Health and Human Services is calling for submissions to fund advocacy initiatives for people with a disability.  The Victorian Government is providing an additional $1.4 million to ensure Victorians with a disability (including diverse and isolated groups) and their families can access timely and targeted advocacy support when they need it. 

Victorian based advocacy groups and organisations that represent the needs and interests of diverse or isolated community groups are invited to apply for funding. 

Applications close 2.00 pm, 1 March 2018.  An information session will be held for interested groups. 
When: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm 
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 

To register for the information session, contact Amy Gough at amy.gough@dhhs.vic.gov.au. To find out more visit the tenders website.

NDIS bulletin for ethnic communities

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the voice of multicultural Victoria. They have recently been funded to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers and their families to understand and access the NDIS.  As a result, there is a new fortnightly bulletin relating to NDIS events for consumers and organisations. The bulletin will also include resources that have been developed that will be useful in supporting CALD consumers. It aims to encourage CALD consumers to engage with a variety of organisations as well as build awareness of broader NDIS Readiness activities within the CALD sector. Subscribe to newsletter

Survey for carers of people with traumatic brain injury

Flinders University is investigating if sustained resilience can be achieved in caregiver relationships with survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Researcher Christine Pryor says caregivers are dedicated people who are more often in relationships with the person they care for, and their ongoing dedication often goes unrecognised. Ms Pryor is conducting a survey of carers who are parents, spouses, partners, siblings, adult children, friends or other relatives of people with TBI. The survey will provide information about what is needed to help sustain resilience. The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete. Go to: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CareTBI
Read more: Survey for carers of people with traumatic brain injury


Carers Victoria workshops

Carers Victoria has workshops open for registration for 2018. For more information select the course below or call 1800 242 636. 

NDIS Information Session - Tuesday 13 February

Carer Support Group Facilitator Training - Thursday 15 February

Disability Program: Carers, Families and the System - Tuesday 27 February to Tuesday 27 March (4 sessions)

LGBTI Carers – Caring for Ourselves - Thursday 29 March

Carers Victoria is also offering a free workshop Moving Forward after Better Start for parents and carers of children with a disability aged 4-6yrs who are receiving Better Start funding. The session will provide information and strategies to help navigate the disability landscape and outline the support available for their child when their Better Start period ends. To find out more or register, visit Carers Victoria website

Respite and recreation EXPO - 2 March 2018

The 2018 Respite and Recreation Expo presented by MOIRA and Alfred Health Carer Services is a free event for families and carers living in the south.  It will be held 10.00am - 2.00pm on Friday 2 March 2018 at the Lynbrook Community Centre. Learn about recreation and respite opportunities for people living with disability.  There will be aids and innovations to purchase, service providers on hand and speakers during the day. 
Read flyer.

Need some NDIS advice?

Carers Victoria recently launched a new free NDIS Carer Advisory Service that is set to provide personalised phone-based support for carers and families supporting a person to transition to the NDIS. They can assist you to get ready for the NDIS, resolve issues and provide advice to assist with the transition. This service is available to carers in all regions of Victoria. To contact the team call the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.   

Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship

The 2018 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship will be held Wednesday 21-Friday 23 March 2018 at Casey Stadium in Cranbourne. For updates and more information, follow Disability Sports Australia on Facebook. Casey Stadium is home to a number of All Access activities.  Have a look at their website www.caseystadium.ymca.org.au


Alfred Health Carer Services NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops

Throughout the year, Alfred Health Carer Services presents workshops suitable for carers.  They aim to bring carers together to chat, share challenges and keep up-to-date with community initiatives.  Registrations are now open for NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops at various locations in Melbourne's south.
See range of workshops and register

Sporty All Stars 

Sporty All Stars is a weekly program for people 15-25 years with an intellectual disability, combining a range of fun indoor sports all in one safe and central location.  Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Swimming and more.  The program runs every Saturday through the school terms at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and costs $ 9.00 per person with no booking necessary. Read flyer. 

Yooralla's 2018 recreation guide and calendar

You'll always have something fun to do with Yooralla's new recreation guide and calendar. It’s jam-packed with things for people with disability of all ages and needs to do; and opportunities to get out and about, including:

school holiday programs
camps and getaways
youth and social groups
camps for siblings of children with disability
Melbourne and Victorian getaways
adventure and fitness activities
arts and culture activities
how we can help if you want to do your own thing, and plenty more.

Download a copy from the Yooralla website 

Pre-school music therapy program

Arts Centre Melbourne is home to Sound Beginnings – a small group music therapy program for pre-schoolers. Run by two registered music therapists, motivating music experiences are carefully planned to promote developmental skills.  Each term, a block of 6 sessions is offered for a total of $180 - this cost is kept low due to generous support from Arts Centre donors. Term 1 commences on Thursday 22 February.  Places are limited. Read flyer

NDCO Inclusive Learning Conference 2018

The conference will be held in Frankston this year on 1 June 2018.  A call for presenters is now open. Submissions close 29 March 2018. Initial confirmed details for the conference are:

Keynote Presenter: Sarah Barton Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/
Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Workshop Streams
Educational Inclusion Practice: Intellectual Disability and Education and Learning Disability and Education 
Educational Inclusion Pathways: Diversity Pathways and Programs

Download presentation application form  For further information about the Inclusive Learning Conference 2018 go to http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events or contact  Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au  9784 0400.


15 January 2018

Come along to a carer hub in 2018

This year Uniting lifeAssist is running three Carer Hubs in the Southern Region for people caring for someone with a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, and who are living in the Council areas of Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong.
 
The Hampton Park and Pakenham Carer Hubs are a space for carers to gather with other carers and participate in self-care and relaxing activities. 
 
The Narre Warren Carer Hub will offer NDIS workshops on a weekly basis, that aim to prepare carers for their care-recipients’ NDIS planning meeting. There will also be opportunity for one-to-one NDIS support offered after the workshops (by appointment) and as part of lifeAssist’s Carer Support program.
 
For more information, please refer to the following flyers, or contact 9239 2500.

Hampton Park Carer Hub
Pakenham Carer Hub
Narre Warren Carer Hub - NDIS workshops - starting early February

 

Glen Eira is getting ready for the NDIS

Do you live in the City of Glen Eira?  Council is running workshops for residents to help them to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  From January to March they are partnering with various organisations to provide workshops for:

Carers of a person with a disability

Tuesday 30 January, 6.30pm–8.30pm
Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Road, Caulfield. Facilitated by Carers Victoria 

People with mental health and psychosocial disability

Thursday 8 February, 10am–12pm
Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Road, Caulfield. Facilitated by Victoria Mental Illness Council (VMAIC) 

Young people with a disability aged 12–25

Wednesday 28 February, 4.30pm–6pm
Youth Information Centre, 86 Robert Street, Bentleigh. Facilitated by Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) 

Parents/carers of a child with a disability

Saturday 24 March, 9.30am–3.30pm
Glen Eira Town Hall — Caulfield Cup Room Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield. Facilitated by Association for Children with Disability (ACD)
 
Places are limited. For further information or to register, contact 9524 333 or email lmandel@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Association for Children with a Disability NDIS workshops

The Association for Children with a Disability is running NDIS readiness workshops in Highett, Springvale and Frankston.  (Please note Highett is currently fully booked however organisers will schedule a further workshop if there is sufficient interest).
Frankston commences 13 February 2018
Highett commences 15 February 2018
Springvale commences 8 March 2018

Carer education: understanding and support behaviour

Uniting lifeAssist is offering a workshop on behaviours to carers of someone with a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, living in the Casey, Cardinia or Greater Dandenong. This two-day workshop aims to build your skills and knowledge of behaviours relating to autism and other neurodiverse needs, to help you support these behaviours.
Read more 

Alfred Health Carer Services NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops

Throughout the year, Alfred Health Carer Services presents workshops suitable for carers.  They aim to bring carers together to chat, share challenges and keep up-to-date with community initiatives.  Registrations are now open for NDIS, wellbeing and education workshops at various locations in Melbourne's south.
See range of workshops and register

YMCA "Having a say" conference

Adolescents and young adults with a disability are invited to attend a YMCA Camping Escape.  It is coming up soon (5, 6 & 7 February) and a group is off to the "Having a Say" Conference.

Participants will have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, experience presentations and performances by people with a disability, participate in workshops and information sessions and attend the Dinner Disco event.  Come along, make new friends.  Travel and accommodation support as part of a group.  Read more.

The value of volunteers 

A major new research project has been launched in a bid to measure the value of volunteers for people with disabilities and to identify models of best practice that will pave the way for volunteer services in the future. The research, being carried out by Interchange Incorporated in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first of its kind in Australia and aims to provide an evidence base to inform policy and practice nationally.  Read more

Welcome to the Game Victoria

Welcome to the Game Victoria is a new program funded by the Victorian State Government under the Multicultural Sports Fund, and auspiced by the Australian Paralympic Committee. This program is designed and funded to support young people from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant backgrounds living with disabilities, to engage in sport and recreational activities and in turn feel welcomed, building long term social supports in the community. There are no other similar programs currently active in Victoria for this growing group.  Read more.

For more information on Welcome to the Game Victoria, or to refer a young person to the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Nathan Hamilton at Nathan@welcometoaustralia.org.au or 0466 573 383.

Yooralla is celebrating 100 years of supporting people with disability in 2018

Help them to commemorate the occasion by sharing your stories and memories about Yooralla. This could be your recollections of:

  • events and activities
  • fundraising events such as the telethons
  • key dates – i.e. when a site was opened, a new technology was introduced, or
  • a personal reflection of how Yooralla supported someone’s life.

If you have memorabilia, such as old photos or documents, they would be greatly appreciated too. Please email marcoms@yooralla.com.au with your recollection with attached scans of relevant photos and details of memorabilia. A member of Yooralla’s marketing and sales team will then be in touch if more information is required.

Yooralla's 2018 recreation guide and calendar

You'll always have something fun to do with Yooralla's new recreation guide and calendar. It’s jam-packed with things for people with disability of all ages and needs to do; and opportunities to get out and about, including:

  • school holiday programs
  • camps and getaways
  • youth and social groups
  • camps for siblings of children with disability
  • Melbourne and Victorian getaways
  • adventure and fitness activities
  • arts and culture activities
  • how we can help if you want to do your own thing, and
  • plenty more.

Download a copy from the Yooralla website

Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network 

Have a look at two new resources that are available for young people with additional needs and local organisations looking to implement inclusive volunteer programs.
 
Both resources are available in hard copy and are downloadable.  There is the HANDS UP! Student Volunteer Workbook and the Taking that extra step 2nd Edition – Organisation Resource.
See resources

18 December 2017

Beach bathing more accessible

Two inner city beaches have become more accessible for people with disabilities. Port Phillip Council has provided floating wheelchairs and special matting at St Kilda and Port Melbourne under a $65,000 initiative.

Port Phillip mayor Bernadene Voss said: “Everyone should be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches.” “As our council is always trying to improve inclusion and accessibility, we wanted people with disabilities to have the same opportunity to explore and experience Port Phillip beaches.”

Have your say Peninsula Disability Action Plan

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is currently seeking feedback to inform the development of their 2018-2022 Disability Action Plan. They are asking people who are residents, workers or visitors of the Mornington Peninsula, particularly:
·         People with disabilities
·         Carers of people with a disability
·         Disability support workers and services
·         Community services,  businesses,  community groups

To complete a survey either online or over the phone, and give your thoughts on how to:
·         Help to remove physical barriers for people with a disability
·         Increase opportunities for inclusion and participation, and
·         Ensure people with disability have equal access to services and facilities 
The development of the DAP is overseen by the Shire's All Abilities Consultative Committee
Complete the survey
Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPSaccesssurvey
Phone: 1300 846 606 for help to complete the survey over the phone.
In person: assistance and information is available at Council offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

Inclusion makes the world more vibrant

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, this short film depicts a little boy helping his blind mother experience an art gallery in the most surprising way. Congratulations to Uniting, Ability Links NSW and Bus Stop Films for tackling inclusion in such a creative way. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXY5TyCUTlo

NDIS workshops - psychosocial disability

In February and March 2018 there are two FREE NDIS Courses specifically for carers of someone with a mental health issue/psychosocial disability
1. For carers living in Glen Eira, Stonnington, Port Phillip, Bayside and Kingston… to be presented in February 2018 by Carers Victoria in the Ashley Ricketson Centre, Caulfield Hospital. The course consists of four, consecutive, weekly sessions and aims to build carers’ knowledge and confidence to engage with the NDIS if appropriate to their situation e.g. the potential NDIS participant has a psychosocial disability and is under 65 years of age. 
RSVP quickly to Ph: 9076 6150 as places available are limited. See flyer for details
 
2. For carers living in Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia… to be presented in March 2018 by Carers Victoria in the Ermha offices (Dandenong South). The course consists of four, consecutive, weekly sessions and aims to build carers’ knowledge and confidence to engage with the NDIS if appropriate to their situation e.g. the potential NDIS participant has a psychosocial disability and is under 65 years of age.
RSVP quickly to Ph: 9212 3000 as places available are limited. See flyer for details 

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA's of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.  They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud.  The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin.  Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)
ndis.bsl.org.au
Join their mailing list by emailing your contact details to: NDIS.Info@bsl.org.au

NDIS BSL is also holding popup sessions where you can call by for a chat: 
19 December 1.00pm - 5.00pm St Kilda Library
18 January 10.00am - 7.30pm Bayside Plaza Frankston 

The NDIS in easy English

Here's a guide to the NDIS written in easy English.  It is designed to help more people understand the NDIS.
Read here 

Do you have a question about the NDIS?

Do you have a good question for the NDIS or want to see what others are asking? They publish a weekly Q&A on their website every Friday. Use the #ndisqanda hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to ask them a question.  

Disability Advocacy In Action

Federal Parliament Establishes Disability Watchdog

An important law was approved by the Government last week – the “National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This means there will be a new organisation in the NDIS set up to keep an eye on things to try to make sure NDIS participants are safe from harm. It is called the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The Commission will register providers, respond to complaints and reports of abuse or neglect, and provide advice on key issues (such as the use of physical restraints). The commission will also work with states and territories on a nationally consistent policy for screening workers.

A big win for advocacy is the inclusion of independent advocacy in the Bill.  Acknowledgment  to DANA for the huge efforts behind the scenes to bring this about with support from AFDO and VCOSS, amongst others.
Parliamentary digest
Summary of the Act through Parliament 

Time to process requests 

This time of year is among the busiest for disability respite providers and support services.  When making requests, please allow a little bit of extra time for response and processing.  Some requests for respite can be complex and care needs to be taken to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for all.  

Bricks 4 Kidz 

Bricks 4 Kidz run school holiday programs all over Melbourne for children of all abilities including children on the autism spectrum.  Activities start for children aged 5+.  Kids can build famous game characters like Mario and Luigi and Sonic the Hedgehog using 3D and Technic LEGO Bricks.  Lots of different activities at different locations throughout Melbourne.  Look under PROGRAMS on the website www.bricks4kidz.com.au

St Mary's for school holiday activities

St Mary’s school holiday programs are developed through close consultation with disability specific industry networks and service providers to cater for the needs of children of all abilities.
Programs are led and facilitated by qualified staff skilled in the Disability Sector. Run strictly in accordance with Disability Services legislation, the programs are a safe, secure and structured environment where learning and developmental outcomes of the children are paramount.
See summer holiday schedule 

Yooralla's 2018 recreation guide and calendar

You'll always have something fun to do with Yooralla's new recreation guide and calendar. It’s jam-packed with things for people with disability of all ages and needs to do; and opportunities to get out and about, including:

  • school holiday programs
  • camps and getaways
  • youth and social groups
  • camps for siblings of children with disability
  • Melbourne and Victorian getaways
  • adventure and fitness activities
  • arts and culture activities
  • how we can help if you want to do your own thing, and
  • plenty more.

Download a copy from the Yooralla website 

Auslan interpreted Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight

Why not attend the Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Gates open at 5.00pm.
Read details here 

Respite South Newsletter back in 2018

This will be the last issue for 2017.  The Respite South Newsletter will return 15 January 2018. 

4 December 2017

Sailors with disAbilities summer sailing

Sailors with disAbilities has opened its 2018 booking calendar for Melbourne and would like to welcome aboard new and old faces. Their Winds of Joy sails start from 5 February and they are inviting interested groups and individuals to reserve a date as soon as possible. Sailors with disAbilities will pack as many sails in through February and March as they can to take advantage of the warmer weather. 

The organisation also has a carers day available 'Winds of Care' allowing a group of carers to have a respite sail courtesy of volunteer crew members. Please call to organise these sails at dates that suit. Sails are FREE and occur from the Docklands in the city.  Refer the website, login or sign up and reserve your sail on the booking calendar. If you have any questions call 0421 725 170. 

Summer respite for 12-24 year olds with autism spectrum disorder

The Tipping Foundation provides support to people with disability throughout Victoria. The Epping short term accommodation/respite facility has been designed specifically for young people, aged 12 to 24 years old, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
 
Young people who stay at the Epping facility are able to make new friends, try new activities and develop their independence. The Epping team is passionate and experienced at providing support to young people with autism spectrum disorder.  https://www.tipping.org.au/our-services/what-we-offer/respite-services/

To make an inquiry about respite over the Christmas break and summer holidays please call Susan Harris on 0419 712 020 or email epping@tipping.org.au 

Congratulations to award winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists in this year's National Disability Awards announced on 3 December. 
Read more

Have you heard about Coles quiet hour?

Grocery shopping can be a daunting experience for people who live with autism or who have family members on the spectrum. The bright lights, constant music and noise from trolley collections can be a sensory overload, but Coles supermarkets will now offer a "quiet hour" for just such customers.  From 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesdays, store lights in 18 supermarkets in Victoria and 68 nationally will be dimmed 50 per cent, the radio will be switched off and the volumes of registers and scanners will be reduced to a minimum.
Trolley collections will halt and roll cages will be removed from the shop floor, while announcements will be made only in emergencies. Additional staff will be rostered on to support customers. The rollout comes after the supermarket chain, in partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), ran a successful trial in August of a "quiet hour" at two Victorian stores. The Victorian supermarkets taking part range from inner city to regional areas.Read more 

New videos to help you navigate the Vic health system

The Health Translations Directory has published new videos about navigating the Victorian Health System. Victoria’s health system offers a vast range of services and support to Victorians across the state. Whether you are seeing a doctor, going to hospital for surgery or in need of emergency or crisis support, these videos outline the services that are available. All the videos have translations in multiple languages.

Be an Every Australian Counts champion

The Every Australian Counts community think it’s really important that the voice of people with disability is heard loud and clear as the NDIS rolls out. There’s a lot of ways to do that, but one way is to make sure the community is represented by passionate people with disability who are keen to make change happen and create an NDIS that works for everyone. 

Champions will represent the Every Australian Counts community at campaign events and speak to the media, politicians, and people at community events. Champions will be enthusiastic about speaking to anyone and everyone about why the NDIS is so important and why we have to get it right.

While it’s obviously not a full time job, EAC will offer training and support to get started, and pay you for your time. So don’t worry, you don’t have to have any experience. EAC needs champions who like meeting new people and are happy explain why the NDIS is so important to people with disability. 
Does that sound like you? Introduce yourself by sending in a 2 minute video here.  

Understand your rights - new resources

Consumer Affairs Victoria, along with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and consumer affairs regulators across Australia, have created resources to help consumers with a disability understand their consumer rights. The resources include a general consumer guide, an Easy English consumer guide as well as a fact sheet for consumers with a disability and an industry guide for providers. You can download soft copies of these resources in several languages here. 

Youth Disability Advocacy Service videos

What's the best thing about having a disability?  Young Australians share their stories in a video produced by Youth Disability Advocacy Service and published on You Tube ahead of International Day of People with Disability.
Watch video here 

NDIS safeguards 

In NDIS news, an important law was approved by the Government last week - the "National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017". This basically means there will be a new organisation in the NDIS set up to keep an eye on things to try to make sure NDIS participants are safe from harm. It is called the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.  

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA's of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.  They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud.  The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin.  Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)
ndis.bsl.org.au
Join their mailing list by emailing your contact details to: NDIS.Info@bsl.org.au

NDIS BSL is also holding popup sessions where you can call by for a chat: 
14 December 10.00am - 6.30pm Mornington Library
15 December 10.00am - 5.00pm Rosebud Library
19 December 1.00pm - 5.00pm St Kilda Library

We will update you with more popups as they are scheduled.  

The NDIS in easy English

Here's a guide to the NDIS written in easy English.  It is designed to help more people understand the NDIS.
Read here 

Do you have a question about the NDIS?

Do you have a good question for the NDIS or want to see what others are asking? They publish a weekly Q&A on their website every Friday. Use the #ndisqanda hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to ask them a question.  

It's time to think about school holiday activities

After-Care has published its school holiday program with trips to the Melbourne Zoo, movies, Boneo Maze and more.  Registration closes on Friday 15 December.
Read more here 

Flags and Bags Workshop

Arts Access Victoria’s Art About artists invite you to their Open Studio event. The Art About artists who have a lived experience of disability have been proudly working on the Flags and Bags project. The project is about ‘placemaking’ by creating artwork that affirms a sense of connection to place. Receive a free screen printed bag! Saturday 9 December 11.00am – 3.00pm Nebula mobile art studio At Seawinds Community Hub 11a Allambi Avenue, Capel Sound. See flyer here.

International Human Rights Day on the Peninsula

To mark International Human Rights Day the annual Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Oration will be held on Thursday 14 December from 6.00pm-9.00pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington. This years' keynote speaker is Peter Aldenhoven, President of Willum Warrain (Aboriginal Association Incorporated), an Indigenous rights advocate, and the Director of Indigenous Education at Woodleigh School. Originally from Stradbroke Island, Peter's passion has led him to be actively involved in promoting Indigenous rights and equality. Bookings can be made here https://human-rights-oration.eventbrite.com.au 

MyTime group meets locally

MyTime is a peer support program for parents and caregivers of children 0-18 with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. If you feel like you need some time for yourself to connect with other parents and caregivers who understand caring for a child with complex needs, MyTime is an opportunity to do that. Local groups are currently running in Seaford, Berwick, Pakenham, Cranbourne and there's a Vietnamese group in Springvale.
 
During group sessions, play helpers keep preschool children (including siblings under school age) busy with activities such as singing, drawing, playing with toys, blocks or sand so members can spend time catching up with one another. For more information on MyTime have a look at the MyTime website, or to enquire about one of the MyTime groups listed above please email Helen, helenc@dsav.asn.au 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - relaxed performance

The Arts Centre Melbourne will be presenting a relaxed performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Featuring remarkable, immersive staging, the Australian premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and MTC is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed.

Tickets to the Relaxed Performance at 1pm on 25 January 2018 are now on sale for $35 each for audiences who will benefit from a more ‘relaxed’ environment. A designated Quiet Area and pre-show resources (Visual Story) are available. To book the Relaxed Performance and view the visual story - book here.

20 November 2017

International Day of Disability Coin

On 3 December 2017, the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability.  The United Nations sanctioned day promotes the understanding of people with disability and encourages support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing. To mark the occasion, the Royal Australian Mint will release a 20c International Day of People with Disability coin.

Jeremy the Dud

Jeremy the Dud is a new comedy set in a world where everyone has a disability, and those that don't are treated with the prejudice and condescending attitudes people with disabilities sometimes face in our own society. Jeremy (Nick Boshier - Soulmates, Bondi Hipsters, Trent from Punchy) is a dud, or "without specialty". He has been living in assisted government housing his whole life after the death of his parents when he was young. Now, too old for assisted living, he is off to live with his auntie and cousins, and ready to make something of himself. The only trouble is the outside world isn't very accepting of "Duds". Watch on YouTube

Invention to help disabled brother

Eight year old Melbourne schoolgirl, Amelia Fox is off to the NASA space centre after winning a national science prize. Amelia was announced as the winner of the Little Big Ideas competition for her simple but very effective fabric hoist lifting design.  It may look like a few pieces of carefully arranged fabric but it has the capacity to change lives. The hoist was designed initially to help Amelia's parents move her 11-year old brother Jake who lives with a disability. "I'm pretty sure it'll help them a lot - most children struggle to lift their children," Amelia said.
Watch news story here

Wellbeing workshop on this week

Caring can lead to increased feelings of stress and tiredness. This workshop will explore strategies that can be incorporated into your daily routine to help you relax.
When: Tuesday 28 November 2017 from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Where: Uniting Place, 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park VIC
Who: People living in Cardinia, Casey or Greater Dandenong and are supporting a person with emotional distress, a mental illness, autism or intellectual disability
Cost: FREE, lunch provided at the session. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
RSVP here or at events@lifeassist.org.au or call 9239 2500  

Melbourne through the eyes of a friend

Reinforce invites interested people to attend the launch of “Melbourne through the Eyes of a Friend” - a stunning film launch and photography exhibition Celebrating Diversity, Disability, Humanity and the work of powerful self-advocates at Reinforce and their friends.
When: November 29 11.00 am to 1.00pm (Exhibition runs from November 29 to December 1)
Where: Ross House 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne.  See flyer.
RSVP to: sw@reinforce.org.au

Yooralla resources

If you are struggling to get to an NDIS information session or are feeling overwhelmed about developing goals for your child's NDIS plan, Yooralla has useful information on their website, including a free guide you can download.
Read more here

Free activities day at GESAC

GESAC is hosting a community event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.
When: Wednesday 6 December, 9.45am–1.30pm
Where: Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, 200 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East. Activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • T-ball

Don't miss the powerchair hockey exhibition game.  Try out wheelchair basketball.  Barbecue lunch provided.
For further information or to register, contact Glen Eira Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333 or email metroaccess@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Casting call: 18-35 travel enthusiasts with disability 

Are you aged between 18-35? Do you have a good sense of humour and a thirst for adventure? If you love to have fun and explore new places, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Carry On is a documentary series that will follow four young travellers with different disabilities or impairments as they take part in the right of passage that is young, fun travel. Casting is currently underway for 4 x budding travellers. You may be well-travelled or looking forward to your first big adventure. Either way - you're welcome to apply.  You'll need to submit a short video OR written response and photo by 15 December 2017.   Filming to occur in 2018.
Read more here

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA's of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.  They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud.  The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin.  Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)
Read more and see schedule of local information sessions.

Caulfield NDIS information this week

Alfred Health Carer Services is hosting sessions to help carers to understand more about the NDIS; to be held at Caulfield Hospital. 
Session 1  NDIS Basics and Access…Thursday 23 November
Session 2  NDIS Pre planning…  Tuesday 5 December
RSVP is essential so please register ASAP.
Read flyer

More NDIS sessions coming up soon

If you haven't managed to attend an NDIS information session yet, there are a few more on this week and next  (delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, local councils and The Brotherhood of St Laurence). All welcome and bring your questions. 

Frankston Arts Centre - Thursday 23 November (daytime)
Read flyer for more information and booking details 

Rosebud - Tuesday 28 November (evening)
Book online here.

St Kilda, Betty Day Centre - Thursday 30 November (evening)
Read flyer for more information and booking details

Do you have a question about the NDIS?

Do you have a good question for the NDIS or want to see what others are asking? They publish a weekly Q&A on their website every Friday. Use the #ndisqanda hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to ask them a question. 

It's time to think about school holiday activities

After-Care has published its school holiday program with trips to the Melbourne Zoo, movies, Boneo Maze and more.  Registration closes on Friday 15 December.
Read more here

Our Choice Expo 21 November 2017

Tomorrow at Caulfield Racecourse, visit the Our Choice Expo.  The Expo will feature information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with disability and their supporters. 
Read flyer

Come and try in Dandenong

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability The Bridge is hosting an arts come and try spectacular at Harmony Square, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong on Thursday 30 November, 11.00am - 2.00pm. 
Read more and register

International Day of People with Disabilities event 

The Communities in Partnership (CIP) Network is once again celebrating the International Day of People with Disabilities with their annual fete on 1 December 10.30am - 2.00pm and you are invited to be part of this great day.
Read flyer


6 November 2017

Transition to secondary school for students with a disability 

Transition to secondary school can be an exciting and challenging time for you and your child. Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) will facilitate a workshop in late November in Caulfield to discuss strategies and supports for parents to help prepare children for this change. Read flyer.

Women with disability sought

More than the sum of my parts: Women with disability from migrant and refugee backgrounds research project.  This project will work with women with disability as co-researchers to conduct in-depth interviews with other women with disability from a immigrant and/or refugee background to explore how different identities, being a woman, having a disability, and being from a migrant background, intersect to influence sexual and reproductive health and rights. Closing on 30 November 2017. Read flyer

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA's of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.  They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud.  The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin.  Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)
Read more and see schedule of local information sessions.


Lesley Hall Scholarship applications open

Honouring the life and activism of the late Lesley Hall, a tireless advocate for the human rights of people with disability, this program will support a winning applicant to deliver an arts project or artwork that highlights the experience of disability, promotes human rights for people with disability or advocates for social change. 
Read more. 

Free & Equal

Free & Equal is a celebration of women with disabilities featuring performances from special guests, the presentation of the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award and a showcasing of some resources Women with Disabilities Victoria has been developing to empower women with disabilities.
Thursday 30 November 2017: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm 
Register online

I CAN AWEtism expo 2017 

Do you care for a child on the autism spectrum? 
Tickets are selling fast to the I CAN AWEtism 2017 Expo - follow this link to purchase tickets. Teachers may like to escort some students to attend. Young people and students can also submit an idea.
Hear more from Chris Varney CEO of I CAN.  Check out the ICAN website.

Arts Access has online arts database

Have a look at ARTfinder, an inclusive and accessible online arts program database for people living with disability or mental health issues. ARTfinder lists programs for all ages and skill levels and it is a useful tool for NDIS planning. Find a program near you! For more info or to list an arts program on ARTfinder, contact rwalker@artsaccess.com.au or 8640 6025. 

Bandmates Victoria End of Year Celebration

Come and hear great live music by DJ Oily Shoes and The Hackkets!  Snacks provided, drinks available at bar prices. Bandmates Victoria matches people with disability or mental health issues with volunteers to go out and see live music in local venues. Book your free spot here!
Saturday 18 November 2017, 2.00pm to 6.00pm.

Pop Up Globe now more accessible

The Pop Up Globe Theatre has committed to disability inclusion after discussions with Arts Access Victoria. Due to the set up of the theatre, wheelchair users were only able to access the stalls where tickets cost $75 instead of $20 for inaccessible floor seats. After discussions The Globe CEO, Miles Gregory immediately recognised the inequity and has committed to charging $20 for all wheelchair users as well as providing refunds for patrons who have already purchased tickets. Congratulations to Miles and The Globe team for their open minded and fair response to access needs. Season runs until Jan 28. Book here.

Australian LGBTQI drama wins key festival prize

A drama about a gay teenager with a disability who changes into the body of a beautiful women so that he can find love has become the first Australian film to win a $US20,000 prize at Korea's Busan International Film Festival. 
Read more. 

Book for Caulfield NDIS session

Alfred Health Carer Services is hosting sessions to help you understand more about the NDIS.  They will be held at Caulfield Hospital commencing 23 November to assist local carers to understand and prepare for the NDIS; and become confident in dealing with the new disability system. 
Read flyer

NDIA Community Information sessions

The National Disability Insurance Agency is holding a series of community presentations in coming months, prior to the rollout of the NDIS in April 2018. There will be one in Rosebud on Tuesday 28 November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at the Rosebud Country Club, 207 Boneo Rd and you can book online here.

For details of presentations in other areas go here https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/vic.html or call 1800 800 110.  

NDIS sessions are on this week


Attend an NDIS information session during November in Melbourne's south, to be delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, local councils and The Brotherhood of St Laurence. All welcome and bring your questions. A number of the sessions are on this week so don't miss out. 

The City of Port Phillip has sessions in the evening for carers who may work. They will be held at the Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium. Read flyer for more information and booking details

The City of Stonnington will host a daytime session at Malvern Town Hall, Banquet Hall.
Read flyer for more information and booking details

Frankston City Council has evening and daytime sessions planned at the Frankston Arts Centre.
Read flyer for more information and booking details 

Glen Eira City Council has a session this week at Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium.
Read flyer for more information and booking details

A number of events are planned in Kingston.
Read Kingston Clarinda flyer
Read Kingston City Hall flyer 

Do you have a question about the NDIS?

Do you have a good question for the NDIS or want to see what others are asking? They publish a weekly Q&A on their website every Friday. Use the #ndisqanda hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to ask them a question. 

Supporting young people with additional needs

A local information session for parents and career practitioners supporting young people with additional needs was held at Parkdale.  Some of the resources from the night are available electronically on the Bgkllen website.

Carers Victoria newsletter

The latest issue of  Carers Victoria newsletter Voice is available to read online.
Read Voice 

Communication possibilities for people with a disability

Dianne Svensson's son needed support with his communication over a decade ago, and since then she has gone on to develop an impressive range of tools and strategies to help others with communication needs. Di is running a workshop aimed at parents, carers, support workers and people with communication disabilities in the Mornington Library Meeting Room on Friday 17 November from 11.30am - 2.30pm. Lunch is included, and you can book by calling 5950 1099 or 0422 615 862. 
Read the flyer.

Our Choice Expo 21 November 2017

On Tuesday 21 November at Caulfield Racecourse, expect over 120 exhibits at the Our Choice Expo.  The Expo will feature information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with disability and their supporters.  If you would like to be an exhibitor, contact VALID on 9416 4003.

Read flyer 

International Day of People with Disabilities 1 December 2017

The Communities in Partnership (CIP) Network is once again celebrating the International Day of People with Disabilities with their annual fete and you are invited to be part of this great day.
Read flyer


23 October 2017

Girls with disability featured in ABC series

ABC’s new video series is worth checking out. Girls and women talk about how to be strong and how to be advocates. Videos feature girls and women with disabilities including Emily, Jax and Drisana.

The main film is Girls Change the World, and there are extra short films plus activist profiles.

Big Break Friday 24 November at Kingston City Hall

Big Break is a fantastic opportunity for groups and individuals to participate in art-based workshops run by professionals to develop skills in various areas. These workshops have been tailored for people with a disability aged 16 years and over. They include African Drumming, Circus, Hip Hop, Puppetry and Art!

Big Break is run as a 'Come and Try' format and costs each participant $ 5.00 which includes a healthy lunch.  Registrations will be accepted up until Thursday 16 November (or until workshops are full).

Complete the registration form 

NDIS analysis reveals important findings

Brent Woolgar from Disability Services Consulting has published an analysis of the Productivity Commission's report on NDIS costs.  He says there are some really important findings that reflect the majority of challenges the rollout has encountered to date. 
Read more 

Comment on transport in Casey

Transport is sometimes a barrier for many people with a disability.  Have a say and advocate for a better transport system in the City of Casey. To get involved it’s as easy as 1,2,3

  1. Visit www.caseyconversations.com.au/transport-strategy 
  2. Complete the survey online now - it's short and sweet! 
  3. Pin the map online now - drop a pin on the interactive map of Casey to tell them what you like or what could be improved. 

The Association for Children with a Disability NDIS workshops 

The Association for Children with a Disability is hosting Preparing for NDIS Planning workings at various locations, including their head office on Canterbury Road in Surrey Hills. A number of workshops begin in November so book now.  See their website for more details and to link through to Eventbrite to book. 
ACD website

Book for Mornington NDIS session

VALID is holding an information session for people with disabilities and supporting families on Friday 27 October from 10.00am - 1.00pm at the Mornington Library Meeting Room, with a focus on "the money". Book through Mornington Peninsula Shire 5950 1099.

Book for Caulfield NDIS session

Alfred Health Carer Services is hosting sessions to help you understand more about the NDIS.  They will be held at Caulfield Hospital in late November and early December to assist local carers to understand and prepare for the NDIS; and become confident in dealing with the new disability system. Read flyer.

NDIA Community Information sessions

The National Disability Insurance Agency is holding a series of community presentations in coming months, prior to the rollout of the NDIS in April 2018. There will be one in Rosebud on Tuesday 28 November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at the Rosebud Country Club, 207 Boneo Rd and you can book online here.

For details of presentations in other areas go here https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/vic.html or call 1800 800 110. 

NDIS for Chinese Community

People from China who would like to get more information on the NDIS can access it here.

Attend an NDIS session near you in November  

Attend an NDIS information session during November in Melbourne's south, to be delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, local councils and The Brotherhood of St Laurence. All welcome and bring your questions. 
The City of Port Phillip has sessions in the evening for carers who may work. They will be held at the Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium. Read flyer for more information and booking details

The City of Stonnington will host a daytime session at Malvern Town Hall, Banquet Hall.
Read flyer for more information and booking details

Frankston City Council has evening and daytime sessions planned at the Frankston Arts Centre.
Read flyer for more information and booking details 

Glen Eira City Council has evening and daytime sessions planned at Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium on 31 October and 8 November.
Read flyer for more information and booking details

A number of events are planned in Kingston at Clarinda, Dingley and Kingston City Hall.
Read Kingston Clarinda flyer
Read Kingston Gardens flyer
Read Kingston City Hall flyer

Do you have a question about the NDIS?

Do you have a good question for the NDIS or want to see what others are asking? They publish a weekly Q&A on their website every Friday. Use the #ndisqanda hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to ask them a question. 

Younger people with a disability in aged care

What provisions are there for younger people in residential aged care?  Read this flyer to understand the supports the NDIS will fund for younger participants in residential aged care. 

Brotherhood Local Area Establishment team

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has commenced the establishment of Local Area Coordination Services in the Bayside Peninsula area which includes the LGA's of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.  They are now available to assist people with a disability with NDIS queries or access requests. Between now and April next year new offices will be established in Windsor, Elsternwick, Cheltenham area, Frankston and Rosebud.  The establishment team is currently based at 26 Station Street, Moorabbin.  Contact 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634 ext4)

Carers Victoria newsletter

The latest issue of Carers Victoria newsletter Voice is available to read online. Read Voice

Yooralla Big Day Out 

Yooralla will soon be holding its Annual General Meeting and Big Day Out on Wednesday 29 November. This event brings customers, families, carers and staff together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the past 12 months.

This year will feature a panel on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), where you can have your questions answered. When you register you can submit a question for the NDIS panel. The event runs from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. 
Read more and register your attendance.  

Our Choice Expo 21 November 2017 

On Tuesday 21 November at Caulfield Racecourse, expect over 120 exhibits at the Our Choice Expo.  The Expo will feature information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with disability and their supporters.  If you would like to be an exhibitor, contact VALID on 9416 4003.
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Hold the date - 1 December 2017

The Communities in Partnership (CIP) Network is once again celebrating the International Day of People with Disabilities with their annual fete and you are invited to be part of this great day.
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