Disability information update
Updated 09 Feb 2018. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
Stay healthy in the heat
South Australia can experience long periods of extreme heat. It is very important for everyone to know what the effects of extreme heat are, who is at risk and what to do to prepare for and cope during times of extreme heat. SA Health has tips on staying healthy in the heat, some especially for people who are frail, aged or living with disability.
Law for Community Workers - helping clients with legal problems
This is a free session for community workers from the Legal Services Commission. It will help you to identify legal problems, understand the law and the legal system, give legal assistance and make appropriate referrals. You can attend this session by webcast or in person.
When - Thursday 15 February 2018 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Where - Details are given when you register
Cost - Free
Phone 8111 5749
NDIS Community Expo – Eastern Adelaide
The Government of South Australia is hosting a free community expo in the Eastern Adelaide region to provide information on the NDIS and job opportunities in the disability sector. Representatives from the government, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and service providers will be present. Registrations are encouraged.
When - Tuesday 20 February 2018
Where - Influencers Church, 57 Darley Rd, Paradise
Cost - Free
Phone 1800 952 962
Adelaide National NDIS Provider Forum
National Provider Forums are a series of events from the NDIA that will deliver information and insights about the role of Providers in the growing NDIS market. These one-day events target registered providers to learn about improvements to the NDIS, your obligations and potential business opportunities.
When - Tuesday 27 February 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where - Pullman Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Empowering women with disability
The Y Connect program from the YWCA seeks to empower women living with disabilities and progress their goals for employment or career development. This free 10-week mentoring and workshop program will build participants' knowledge and use of their personal strengths, helping them set goals and develop confidence. Y Connect aims to expand networks and build personal professional development. Participation is free. You must be over 18 and other eligibility criteria apply.
Phone Lisa or Carmel on 8203 9400
SMS 0437 650 946
Changing Places toilets - regional areas
Changing Places accessible toilets are set to be built in the cities of:
- Port Lincoln
- Victor Harbor
- Mount Gambier.
This follows the announcement earlier this month that $1.7 million will be invested to build the toilets in popular Adelaide locations including Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall, Glenelg, and the U-City development in Franklin Street.
Changing Places toilets - information session
Changing Places toilets are best practice facilities for people not able to use standard accessible toilets.
- a height-adjustable adult-sized change table
- a tracking hoist system
- non-slip flooring
- increased space to accommodate a person in a wheelchair and up to two carers.
Expand your knowledge about the Changing Places concept – the new generation of accessible toilets for people with disability.
When - Friday 16 February 2018 from 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (registration from 9:00 am)
Where - Flinders University at Victoria Square, Room 1, Level 1, 182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Phone the DCSI Disability Policy Unit on 8272 5186
Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival - entries open
Entries for this film festival must have a person with a learning disability at the centre. This means that a person with a learning disability is the writer, the composer, the director, the producer, the cinematographer, the animator, the rock star or the hero…or all of those things. People not living with a learning disability can give support and advice. Films must be less than ten minutes long and have English subtitles, for accessibility.
Deadline for entries - Monday 30 April 2018
Phone Festival Coordinator Suzanne Merrall 8422 6511
Have your say – NDIA information
The NDIA is seeking feedback from NDIS participants and carers to make sure their new information material is accessible, engaging and effective. The research will be held as an online forum on a weekday evening for an hour. You will need access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection. Places in the online forum are limited, so not everyone will be called.
Resource - Down Syndrome and Dementia (a guide for families)
Down Syndrome Australia and Dementia Australia worked together with Dr Jennifer Torr of Monash University to produce this new resource.
New free legal advice service
A new legal advice service has begun at the SA Equal Opportunity Commission in collaboration with the University of Adelaide Law School. This service offers free assistance to parties with discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation matters. Services are provided by final-year law students working under the supervision of a solicitor employed by the Law School. They can help with advice on the complaint and conciliation process, help to write complaints, preparing for tribunal hearings, and more. Appointments are available on Mondays only (some Tuesdays during school holidays).
Phone 8207 1977 (ask for EOC Legal Advice Service)
SACOSS Disability and Essential Services Conference 2018
This conference will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with disability (including families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space. Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations. If you are on a low income and living with disability, we may be able to subsidise your conference place.
When - Monday 14 May 2018
Where - Cathedral Room, Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide
Cost - $275 to $429
Phone 8305 4224
Resources - Easy Read legal help
The Legal Services Commission has many resources available to download or read online. Some of these resources are produced in Easy Read format - for example, 'Laws to protect people from abuse', 'Free legal help flip book', and 'Legal help Easy Read guide'. To view these and other documents, see
Older, still current news
Do you need support during a heatwave?
The Red Cross calls people during a heatwave to check on their wellbeing. This is a free service. To be eligible, you must:
- be over 18
- feel vulnerable in extreme heat, and
- not have family or friends nearby who can check on your welfare.
Phone 1800 188 071
The Inclusive Beaches Project aims to support children of different abilities and backgrounds to join their local Surf Life Saving Clubs and Nippers programs and learn to be safe at the beach.
Recreation options for people with disability
Recreation Link-Up is a service that provides recreation planning, information, education and introductory assistance to people with disability. If you would like to try a new activity this year, there are many recreational and social opportunities open to you. Recreation Link-Up can give you information relevant to your local area and help you develop a personalised recreation plan.
Phone 8200 2508
Residents of South Australia with permanent disability may be eligible for a Companion Card if they need attendant care support to attend recreational or leisure events. The card allows free entry for a carer at participating venues. The card also allows free travel for a carer on public transport when they are with the card holder who has a valid metro ticket.
Phone 1800 667 110
Adelaide Fringe Festival - 16 February to 18 March 2018
For disability access and companion card tickets, or assistance with accessibility information at Fringe venues, phone the Accessibility Booking Line or visit a FringeTIX Box Office. The Adelaide Fringe Festival supports the Companion Card program.
Phone 8100 2089
Fringe Frequently Asked Questions - look for Ticketing and Accessibility
Adelaide Festival of Arts - 2 to 18 March 2018
The Festival of Arts website has an ‘access’ tab that provides information on a text-only website, general access information, booking tickets, blind or vision impaired patrons, Deaf or hard of hearing patrons, physical access and venue access. The Festival supports the Companion Card program.
Phone 8216 4444
Youth Mental Health First Aid
If you have frequent contact with young people at work, or you are the parent of a young person, this course will help you learn skills to confidently assist young people experiencing mental health problems or crises.
- eating disorders
- substance use
- help and first aid in a mental health crisis such as suicidal thoughts.
When - Monday 26 February and Monday 5 March 2018
Where - SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Cost - $160
Resource - Protecting children with disability from sexual abuse
The Department for Education and Child Development produced this guide as a starting point for parents and carers. It provides basic facts about protecting and teaching children with disability.
Special Olympics National Games coming to Adelaide, 16 to 20 April 2018
The Special Olympics Australia National Games will be held in Adelaide in April 2018. One thousand athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports. The National Games is the culmination of a four-year training and competition cycle. Volunteers are requested to assist with the Games. This event is supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Have your say - Supporting people with intellectual disability to vote
Living with Disability Research Centre is surveying staff who work with people with intellectual disability about how they support people to vote in elections. This survey is receiving funding from the Victorian Electoral Commission.
Have your say - Supported Employment
The Commonwealth Department of Social Services is seeking feedback on the government’s supported employment policy. People with disability and their families and carers, Australian Disability Enterprises, employers of people with disability, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are invited to make a written submission on any or all of the 20 questions raised in the discussion paper.
Deadline for submissions - 9 March 2018
Resource - Health videos using Auslan
Health information in Auslan is available from the Victorian Government. Topics include raising children, diabetes information and dispute resolution.
Resource - Changes to copyright
The Australian Copyright Council has introduced an information sheet outlining changes to the Copyright Act to ensure that persons with disability are getting fully accessible information.
Video - Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant
A little boy helps his blind mother experience an art gallery in the most surprising way. Uniting Ability Links and Bus Stop Films created this short film to promote social inclusion and celebrate 2017 International Day of People with Disability.
NDIS rollout continues across South Australia
From 1 January 2018 people with disability in new regions and age groups in three states across Australia are eligible to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), improving the lives of people with disability across Australia. In South Australia the new rollout covers people aged 18 to 64 years in:
- Eyre Western
- Far North
- Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
- Southern Adelaide
- Yorke and Mid North regions.
Changing Places toilets to provide more independence for people with disability
People living with disability will soon have access to four new Changing Places toilets at:
- Adelaide Oval
- Rundle Mall
- the new ‘U City’ development on Franklin Street, and
Changing Places toilets include a hoist, adult-sized change table and other customised features. The government will also purchase two portable Changing Places – Marveloos – for use at major public events including concerts and festivals.
NDIS Community Expos
Did you miss the NDIS expo in your region? You can still find out about how the NDIS will affect you.
Here are some options:
- Look on the My Support My Choice website for another NDIS event in 2018—there will be expos in western Adelaide, eastern Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills
- Visit the My Support My Choice website Frequently Asked Questions page on to read information from previous expos
- Visit the NDIA website to see the events they are hosting in South Australia.
Training – capacity building after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Led by experts in the field of ABI in Australia and the USA, the training will inspire, challenge and engage you in your ongoing work or informal support provided to people living with brain injury. Who should attend: professionals working in the area of brain injury, people with brain injury and family members. Supported by Flinders University and Brain Injury South Australia.
When - Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 February 2018
Where - Flinders University, City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - $385 to $1,320.
ABC regional scholarship for people with disability
The ABC is launching a new three-month scholarship to regional writers and content makers. The ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship, valued at more than $20,000, gives regional Australians with disability the opportunity to enhance their storytelling skills and experience. The scholarship will be tailored to the recipient’s content project, professional goals, and skills.
Deadlines for applications - 18 February 2018.
Disability Engagement Register
The Disability Engagement Register is a way that people with a lived experience of disability can provide independent advice to inform South Australian policy and program development. Interested? Read on!