Disability information update
Updated 26 Jul 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
Restrictive practice documents launched
South Australian disability service providers now have two new documents to assist them reduce restrictive practices:
- Positive Behaviour Support Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector
- Restrictive Practices Reference Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector.
These documents clarify the restrictive practice requirements of disability service providers and outline safeguarding mechanisms to eliminate the use of restrictive practices. Both documents will help service providers meet requirements of the NDIS. The documents were produced in a collaborative effort, led by the Office of the Senior Practitioner in Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).
Cost of Living Concession – applications open
The Cost of Living Concession (managed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) is one of a range of household concessions provided by the state government to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australian households meet their cost of living expenses. Pensioners, people receiving Centrelink payments and those on low incomes may be eligible for concessions for energy, water, sewerage and the Emergency Services Levy.
Phone the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758
Deadline for applications - Tuesday 31 October 2017
Seminar - Choice and Control; Opportunities and challenges posed by the NDIS
Associate Professor Paul Ramcharan (RMIT University) will speak on individual choice and control in the context of NDIS-structured disability services. Drawing on his program of research in the field of disability studies and his applied work with Inclusion Melbourne, Associate Professor Ramcharan will explore how power and capabilities may shape ‘choice’ for people with disability.
When - Thursday 3 August 2017 from 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Where - University of South Australia (UniSA) Magill Campus, C Building, Lecture Theatre, C1-60.
Book via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
International Day of People with Disability Awards
The IDPwD Awards are the Australian government’s main celebration of International Day of People with Disability. The awards honour and recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of Australians with disability. Their work should also have contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.
Deadline for nominations - 11.59 pm AEST, Sunday 6 August 2017
Have your say - 2016 progress report stakeholder survey
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is inviting people with disability, their families and carers to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Engagement Survey. Your feedback will help the government to understand what areas need to improve under the National Disability Strategy.
Phone (02) 6146 2507
Deadline for survey responses - Monday 14 August 2017
NDIS expos continue across South Australia
The state government is coordinating NDIS community information expos across the state to provide more information about the NDIS in South Australia. The next NDIS expos will be held in southern Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula in September. Check bookings using the 'My Support My Choice' website. Information about the NDIS including eligibility, participant and provider information and services is available on the national NDIS website. The expos are organised by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).
Invictus Games 2017
The third Invictus Games will showcase more than 500 military competitors from 17 nations competing in 12 adaptive sports. Tickets are on sale now. The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service members.
When - 23 to 30 September 2017 in Canada
Where - Toronto, Canada
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
The Pacific Rim International Conference encourages and respects voices from diverse perspectives across numerous areas, including people with disability, family members and supporters, program providers, researchers and academics.
When - 9 to 11 October 2017
Where - Hawaii
Kids and Youth Disability Expo
KYD-X will continue to focus on services and products for children, and this year will include products and services for teens and young adults. Topics covered will include education, social activities, day options, employment services and independent living. Bookings for exhibitors are now open
When - Saturday 14 October 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where - Priceline Stadium
Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2017 - registrations open
The annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo is an exciting community event that attracts audiences of up to 4,000 people with more than 160 exhibitors. Registrations for exhibitors is now open.
When - Friday 27 October 2017 from 10.00 am to 4:30 pm
Where - Adelaide Showground
Phone Catalyst (formerly Seniors Information Service) on 8168 8702
Incontinence National Conference
The 26th National Conference on Incontinence will showcase the latest research and practice in the field of incontinence management and continence promotion.
When - 15 to 18 November 2017
Where - Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost - $70 to $980
Phone 07 3851 4298
Deadline for early bird registrations - 6 October 2017
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Sometimes people need extra support to move from school to employment. SLES is a new NDIS support for students with disability. SLES offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing year 12 to help people get ready for work and plan a pathway to employment. The program is tailored to meet individual employment goals.
Dental health videos
Inclusion Melbourne has created a series of dental health explainer videos for people with intellectual disability. Topics include braces, check-ups, x-rays, fillings and brushing.
Come along to an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.
When - Sunday 20 August 2017 from 11.45 pm to 2.15 pm.
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry
Phone 0408 848 649
Older, still current news
Brain Injury Awareness Week Awards – nominations open
Nominations are now open for:
- The Outstanding Achievement Award - recognising someone with acquired brain injury who has accomplished specific and important goals in the past 12 months.
- The Service Excellence Award – recognising someone who has made significant and tangible contributions to people living with acquired brain injury during the past 12 months.
Phone 8217 7600
Deadline for nominations - Monday 7 August 2017
JFA Noske Christmas Fund – applications open
Applications are now open for the JFA Noske Christmas Fund. The Fund distributes grants of up to $200 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or a degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas. In the past, eligible people have received grant assistance for various personal items including short holidays, electrical goods, presents for loved ones, personal gifts, clothing, food for Christmas day and more.
Deadline for applications - Friday 25 August 2017
Key Word Sign Workshop
This fun and interactive workshop is presented by Key Word Sign SA. You'll learn all the tips and tricks needed to get you started with signing and over 100 signs to use with children and adults with complex communication needs. Bookings essential.
When - Saturday 23 September 2017 from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Where - Down Syndrome SA, Ridleyton
Cost - $130 per person
Email Karen Sowton at email@example.com
Key Word Sign bookings - Sticky Tickets (Search KWS)
BSWAT Payment Scheme
Thousands of eligible supported employees with intellectual disability could get a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. Registrations for the scheme closed in April. Many people who registered for the scheme applied for a payment at the same time. Some people registered for the scheme only, which means they now need to submit a payment application. You can submit a payment application form online, by post or email.
Deadline for payment applications - Thursday 30 November 2017
Phone 1800 799 515
Tax help for people on low incomes
You may be eligible for the Tax Help program if you need help lodging your tax return and your income is around $60,000 or less. Tax Help is a network of trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. You will need to have a myGov account linked to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); volunteers can help you with this too. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia. Conditions apply.
Phone 13 28 61
Easy Read guide to breast health
‘A Guide to Breast Health’ is an easy read booklet for women with low literacy, sight impairment or intellectual disability, along with families and carers. The booklet helps women learn about the importance of breast health and regular breast screening. It covers breast awareness, clinical breast examination and mammography screening. You can download a copy from the SA Health website or ask for a free printed copy.
Phone 8274 7102
New look for MIFSA
Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA) has changed name and branding. They are now Skylight Mental Health. The new name and brand have emerged from the words, hopes and experiences shared by participants, staff, volunteers and members. Phone numbers are the same, but look out for new email addresses and a new web address.
Some South Australian adults to enter NDIS from 1 July
People across the country will soon be eligible to access the NDIS in a number of new regions and age groups. In South Australia, adults with disability aged 18 to 64 years from the Barossa, Light, Lower North and Northern Adelaide areas will be able to enter the NDIS from 1 July 2017. New resources to help people accessing the Scheme for the first time are available on the NDIS website.
Peter Edwards Memorial Award – nominations open
The Peter Edwards Award is granted in two categories:
- To a person with intellectual disability in recognition of personal development and/or achievement
- To a person who works directly with people with intellectual disability in recognition of personal contribution to the lives of people with intellectual disability.
Nominations for the 2017 Award are sought and can be made by any person or organisation. The Award is open to any person who fits either category.
Phone Nichola Brambleby on 8207 0705
Deadline for nominations - Friday 4 August 2017
Human Rights Awards 2017 – nominations open
The Human Rights Awards acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. Nominations are open for eight categories of award, including the Young People’s Medal, ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award and the Tony Fitzgerald Community Award for Individuals
Deadline for nominations - Monday 14 August 2017
Disability housing workshops
Summer Foundation is holding workshops for people likely to be eligible for NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation payments (and/or family members). Bring along your ideas on home features, accessibility, location and how ongoing housing support could be delivered. Participants will receive an individualised write up of their ‘Housing Vision’ – a great tool for use in planning meetings. Places are limited.
When - Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August 2017
Where - Northern and southern Adelaide, respectively.
Phone Olga Elia on 0438 999 044
Cara Adelaide conference
Cara is presenting a two-day conference in Adelaide. The conference will feature high-calibre speakers whose experiences will encourage business leaders to embrace the transformation necessary for survival and success in an era of change.
When - 12 to 13 September 2017
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $310 to $1200
Seminar series - Positive Practices in Behavioural Support
This is a four-day training program covering the following topics:
- The evidence-based IABA Multi-element Model
- Comprehensive Functional Assessment
- Person-Centred Positive Behavioural Support
- Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies Within a Positive Practices Framework, and
- Assuring Staff Consistency and the Provision of Quality Services.
The presenter, Gary W. LaVigna Ph.D. BCBA-D, is co-founder of the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles, California.
When - 29 August 2017 to 1 September 2017
Where - The Adelaide Meridien Hotel and Apartments, 21-39 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Cost - From $150 (per day) or $550 (full series) to $225 (per day) or $750 (full series)