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Latest news 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.
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