Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 23 Apr 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.

30 April deadline for BSWAT payment

Thousands of current and former supported employees with intellectual disability may get a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment. You can subscribe to a newsletter to keep updated. Around 8,500 supported employees have registered for the BSWAT Payment Scheme. Around 10,000 people are eligible for a payment. People must register for the scheme by 30 April 2017. If they don’t register they cannot apply for a payment, even if they may have been eligible. Call the BSWAT Payment Scheme hotline on 1800 799 515 or email bswatpayments@dss.gov.au

Water Matters consultation continues

Come and have your say about anything and everything to do with water. JFA Purple Orange has been contracted by the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) to run a consultation about issues that people with disability may have with their water supply, water supplier or sewerage. Bookings essential. Online and paper surveys are also available on request.

When: Friday 28 April
Where: Kangaroo Island – register

When: Wednesday 3 May
Where: Port Lincoln – register

When: Thursday 4 May
Where: Unley –  register

When: Thursday 18 May
Where: Murray Bridge – register

Emergency Relief Directory – version 2

Emergency Relief services are an essential part of society's support of the most vulnerable in the community. The Emergency Relief Directory 2017 released in February has been updated.

NDIS Community Information Sessions

General information

The session will cover topics such as: what is the NDIS and how does it work? who is eligible and when can the scheme be accessed? what kind of support can be accessed through the NDIS? where can I get more information?
When: 4.00 to 5.30 pm, Wednesday 26 April
Where: Berri Hotel, Riverview Drive, Berri
RSVP or phone: 0475 827 181

Getting Plan Ready – for participants

The NDIA is running regular workshops for participants, their families and
carers to help them: get information about accessing the NDIS and prepare for their first plan. These sessions are for people who have been made eligible as well as their families and carers who are supporting them.
When: 11.00 to 12.30 pm, Monday 24 April
Where: Burton Community Centre, 386 Waterloo Corner Road, Burton
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

Learn how to become a service provider

The National Disability Insurance Agency is holding provider introductory sessions in line with the regional rollout of the NDIS across Australia. Subjects to be covered include: overview of the NDIS and transition to full scheme; how to register as a NDIS provider; market information (including information about the new Terms of Business, new provider portal and 2016/17 Pricing Guide). Non-registered providers are encouraged to attend. Organisations are asked to limit representatives to 1-2 at each session.
When: 10.00 to 11.00 am, Thursday 27 April
Where: Berri Hotel, Riverview Drive, Berri
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

Sessions for existing service providers

The National Disability Insurance Agency will be holding provider information sessions in line with the regional rollout. Topics to be covered include: update on the NDIS and the transition to full scheme; overview of the provider portal, service agreements, service bookings and payment requests; and a question and answer session. Registered providers are encouraged to attend, but to limit representatives to one or two at each session.

When: 2.30 to 4.00 pm, Monday 24 April
Where: Burton Community Centre, 386 Waterloo Corner Road, Burton
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

When: 10.00 to 11.00 am, Thursday 27 April
Where: Berri Hotel, Riverview Drive, Berri
RSVP https://www.stickytickets.com.au/51296 or phone 0475 827 181

When: 5.00 to 6.30 pm, Wednesday 3 May
Where: National Disability Insurance Agency Office, 47-49 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

When: 2.00 to 3.30 pm, Wednesday 17 May
Where: Burton Community Centre, 386 Waterloo Corner Road, Burton
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

When: 4.30 to 6.00 pm, Tuesday 30 May
Where: National Disability Insurance Agency Office, 15–31 Ayliffes Road, St Marys
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

When: 4.30 to 6.00 pm, Tuesday 20 June
Where: National Disability Insurance Agency Office, 2 Sturt Reserve Road, Murray Bridge
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

Provider information session – for new providers

The National Disability Insurance Agency will be holding provider introductory sessions in line with the regional rollout. Topics to be covered include: overview of the NDIS and transition to full scheme; how to register as a NDIS provider; and market information (including information about the new Terms of Business, new provider portal and 2016/17 Pricing Guide). Non-registered providers are encouraged to attend, limiting participation to one to two representatives at this session.
When: 2.00 to 3.30 pm, Tuesday 13 June
Where: Tea Tree Gully Library, 571 Montague Road, Modbury
RSVP https://www.stickytickets.com.au/51613 or phone 0475 827 181

Twelve factors that can influence the participation of Aboriginal people in disability services

Indigenous Health Line has released research about what influences Aboriginal people in engaging with a disability service. They reported that disability rates are almost double in Aboriginal people than in the rest of the population. How do disability services bridge these barriers? What policies and practices need to change? See the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin.

Come and try information day

Find out from Disability Recreation and Sports SA about the disability sports and recreational activities available for women of all ages – basketball, balloon soccer, tennis, paracanoe, rowing, lawn bowls, rugby and more.
When: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 29 April.
Where: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, 207 Hampstead Road, Northfield.

Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights

The Disability Discrimination Commissioner’s national consultation to help guide his priorities and seek input from the disability community is complete. Stories, videos and infographics summarise what he heard during his national consultations. The priorities identified for his term are employment, education, housing, the criminal justice system, implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and violence. Detailed actions will be released later this year. Read the Shaping our future report.

Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference (IDS17)

Inclusive Sport SA and the Office for Recreation and Sport invite people to be part of their conference ‘First Contact’ to be held May 1 and 2 at Adelaide Oval. IDS17 will discuss how sport continues to play a pivotal role in shaping and leading a more inclusive Australia for all people. Hear from speakers: Russel Howcroft (ABC’s Gruen); Dr Niki Vincent, SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity; and Jason Ball, advocate for LGBTI equality in sport and anti-homophobia campaigner. Registrations for the conference open.

Circle of Security Parenting

This 8-week program for parents of children with autism runs for 1.5 hours each week. It is a parent education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed Circle of Security Parenting protocol.
When: all sessions from 10.00 to 11.30 am on Tuesdays 9 May to 27 June, 1 August to 19 September and 24 October to 12 December.
Where: Gowrie SA, 39a Dew Street, Thebarton. Cost: $50 per participant discounted from $200. Phone 8234 5219.

Parenting programs

Using evidence to improve programs and services

The recently established Early Intervention Research Directorate (EIRD) is focusing on using evidence to improve programs and services that serve the needs of the community and, in particular, vulnerable children and families. It is part of the Government’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. Hear about the work of EIRD, meet some of the External Experts Consortium, and ask questions about EIRD and what effect it might have on work.
When: 2.30 to 4.00 pm, Monday 8 May
Where: The Bradley Forum, Level 5 Hawke Building, City Campus West.

Email zoe.gill2@sa.gov.au to register.

Technology symposium for aged care and disability service providers

Learn and share ideas on information technology within the aged care and disability sectors. The conference will deliver a day focused on industry specific changes and opportunities and examine how technology can change your business delivery.
When: Tuesday 23 May
Where: Adelaide Pavilion, Veale Gardens, corner South Terrace and Peacock Road
Register

Supporting people in rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the NDIS

Two Easy Read strategy documents explain how the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) will work with, and support, people in rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  The Easy Read documents describe the strategies in a clear and easy to understand way. Find the documents on the NDIS website.

New draft South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 open for consultation

Help shape the new South Australian Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 by providing feedback and telling the State Government and SA Health what you believe is important to include in the new plan. View the plan and provide feedback by Friday 19 May 2017.

Enter the Augusta Zadow Awards

SafeWork SA has $20,000 available through the Augusta Zadow Awards, to develop an initiative that makes a significant contribution to the health and safety of women working in South Australia. This initiative can be through research, education or developing a solution to a work health and safety problem. Applications close Friday 23 June 2017. Contact Jelena Evans at SafeWork SA on 8303 9980 or visit SafeWork SA’s website.

Rainbow Tick accreditation: Become accredited as an LGBTI inclusive service provider

Attend SHine SA’s HOW2 workshops based on a set of six national standards developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), in conjunction with QIP (Quality, Innovation & Performance), known as Rainbow Tick Accreditation. Participants need to attend all four sessions provided on a Thursday at SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville. Each session runs from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Session dates: first, 18 May; second, 29 June; third, 10 August and fourth, 21 September. Each session runs from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Cost: $990 (incl GST) per participant, with a minimum of two participants required from each organisation ($1980).

Rainbow Tick Accreditation

Consultation open to make public transport more accessible

The federal government invites organisations, individuals and interested parties to have their say on its new guide to improve disability access on public transport systems across Australia. Submissions to the guide will close on 31 May, and feedback will be used to finalise the document.

Suicide prevention plan and consultation opportunity

Prepare for the NDIS

Five tips to help people get ready for the NDIS rollout in their area.

Five tips

Pop-Ability available on ABC iView

This documentary series follows the group of five women, along with their music producer, as they get set to launch an ambitious music video that could change the face of pop music. Pop-Ability shows the creative process of writing and recording their songs, facing the everyday challenges of living with disability, as well as some bigger life changes.

Pop-Ability on iView

World premiere of Frozen Girl by Tutti Performing Arts Ensemble

As part of the DreamBIG Children’s Festive, Tutti Performing Arts Ensemble will present Frozen Girl, experimental theatre that asks what happens when a 13-year-old becomes lost in her own world. Limited public run.
When: 18 to 27 May 2017
Where: DreamBig Festival, Tandanya
Book tickets

Vacancies in Tutti Visual Arts

There are vacancies for the Tutti Visual Arts program, located in a new studio at Fontanelle in Port Adelaide. Email: info@tutti.org.au

Tutti Visual Arts

Club Rock events

Featuring choreographed dance sets, musical instruments and free dance, kids will learn new dance moves, develop a sense of rhythm, make friends and learn social etiquette. Parents are encouraged to stay and mingle over a coffee or watch. The monthly event is an encouraging and safe environment facilitated by Leigh-Anne Hodgetts, Club Slick coordinator and volunteers.

Next Club Rock is Friday 12 May, and June is all about Grease!

When: 4.30 to 6.00 pm
Where: Burnside Ballroom, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore. Free entry.

Older, still current news

Community learning and living

The Community Learning and Life Skills program is for people living with acquired brain injury (ABI), their carers and families. The program helps people to develop skills, increase their independence and move forward with their lives. Immersion Therapy is the next event on the calendar. Join us to hear about Immersion Therapy – what it is and how to access it. Pete from Determined2 will show video footage of a person experiencing immersion therapy and then answer your questions about the service.

When - Tuesday 2 May 2017 from 1.30 pm
Where - Brain Injury SA, 70 Light Square , Adelaide

Phone 8217 7600
Email info@braininjurysa.org.au

Community Learning and Life Skills - Brain Injury SA

Inclusive Education Summit 2017 - call for papers

The Inclusive Education Summit invites researchers, educators, advocates and people experiencing exclusion to present their research or inclusive education projects on the following themes:

  • educational exclusion
  • indigenous education
  • disability and education
  • refugee education
  • education for children living in remote and rural areas
  • poverty and education
  • children living in areas of war and conflict
  • religious and ethnic exclusion / inclusion
  • LGBTG education
  • education policy-making and reform.

When - 28 to 30 October 2017
Where - University of South Australia, City West Campus

To register your interest, email TIES2017@unisa.edu.au

Inclusive Education Summit 2017

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
Email events@catalystfoundation.com.au

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo - Exhibitor Registrations

Rules About Sex – Getting them right

This one-day workshop is for:

  • Parents and carers
  • Disability support workers, service coordinators and social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Special education teachers and school services officers
  • Sexual assault workers
  • Police and court personnel.

Participants receive a free copy of the 'Rules About Sex – Getting Them Right' resource designed to support you to teach and assess sexual knowledge, safety and relationships.

When - 26 April 2017 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where - 64 Woodville Road, Woodville
Cost - $157 to $175

Phone 1300 794 584
Email SHineSACourses@shinesa.org.au

SHine SA courses for Disability Workers

Australian Network on Disability (AND) Conference

The AND conference will give business professionals insight into best practice and current trends that can support and improve their capability to welcome employees, customers, and stakeholders with disability.

When - Tuesday 16 May 2017
Where - Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne
Cost -$640 to $840

Australian Network on Disability (AND) Conference

AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference

AGOSCI is a group interested in complex communication needs. The AGOSCI ‘Ready, Set, AACtion’ conference will cover products and services, the latest research and inclusive communication practices for people with little or no speech.

When - 17 to 20 May 2017
Where - Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne
Cost - $350 to $1220

Phone 8125 2200
Email grace.mulraney@aomevents.com

AGOSCI Conference

Conference for Aboriginal People with Disability

The ‘First Peoples: Living Our Way’ conference is a chance to meet people from across the country, make connections and plan for the future.

When - 23 to 25 May 2017
Where - International Hotel, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Email First Peoples Disability Network at enquiries@fpdn.org.au

Short films on surviving abuse and neglect

Less Silence More Safety is a project of the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner’s office (HCSCC). Less Silence More Safety has collaborated with No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability to produce four short films: ‘Testimonies - stories of resilience and survival’. The films discuss the effects of abuse, violence and neglect (the hidden to the obvious) that accumulate over a lifetime and influence how people with disability experience health and community services. Stories have been shared by people who live with disability and the people who love them.

Less Silence More Safety (LSMS) information and short films

Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

More than $100,000 in cash and prizes is available for the best short films (under five minutes) that showcase the talents of people with disability. Films will be both judged by a professional judging panel and put through an online voting process, with separate prizes for each category.

Deadline for entries - 30 June 2017

Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

Magical Mystery Tour 2017 dates

The Magical Mystery Tour is back in 2017!

When - Tuesdays from 11.00 am to 12.15 pm
Where - Enfield Community Centre, 540 Regency Road, Enfield
Cost - Free

Mark your diary for:

  • 11 April
  • 9 May
  • 13 June
  • 11 July
  • 8 August
  • 12 September
  • 10 October
  • 14 November 2017.

Phone Tony Doyle on 8232 4554 or 0417 798 857

Soundwaves Beats dates for 2017

Soundwaves Beats is back in 2017, funded by the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).

When – Thursdays from 10.45 am to 12 noon
Where - Thebarton Community Centre, corner Ashwin Parade and South Road, Torrensville
Cost - Free

Mark your diary for:

  • 27 April
  • 25 May
  • 27 July
  • 24 August
  • 28 September
  • 26 October
  • 23 November 2017.

No meeting in June 2017.

Phone Tony Doyle on 8232 4554 or 0417 798 857.


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