Respite South fortnightly newsletter

Are you a carer of someone with a disability?  You can subscribe here to receive fortnightly updates emailed to you which summarise the latest in disability news, events, NDIS updates and more. It's a good way to keep in touch with news that might help you.   

Subscribe to the mailing list.

Latest News 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.
Read flyer

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.
Read flyer