Disability information update
Updated 18 Sep 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey – accessibility
For the coming voluntary postal survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be providing various accessibility options. These include:
- use of the National Relay Service for people with hearing or speech impairment
- use of a secure access code for people with vision impairment
- some remote-location pick-up and drop-off points.
Easy Read material is not available, but people can ask a trusted person to help them with the survey. This person can be a friend, family member or anyone you trust to help you. It is also possible to complete the survey online or over the phone.
Have your say – audio description on Netflix
Sara Brennan, a Masters student at the University of Montreal, is surveying people who use the described audio description feature on Netflix. She wants to learn more about their experiences with online television watching. The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
Deadline for survey responses - Wednesday 20 September 2017
Youth Reconnect Transition Program for people with TBI
Brain Injury SA’s Youth Reconnect Transition Program is for people aged between 16 and 25 who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a motor vehicle accident or other road trauma. It is a nine-week program, beginning mid-September 2017. Registrations essential. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.
When – starting from Wednesday 20 September 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Where -70 Light Square, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Phone 8217 7600 (country callers phone 1300 733 049)
NDIS community expo – Port Pirie
The Government of South Australia is hosting free community expos in the Yorke and Mid-North 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 - Thursday 21 September 2017
Where - Northern Festival Centre, 106 Gertrude Street, Port Pirie
Cost - Free
Phone 1800 952 962
NDIS community expo – Clare
The Government of South Australia is hosting free community expos in the Yorke and Mid-North region to provide information on the NDIS and job opportunities in the disability sector. Representatives from the government, NDIA and service providers will be present. Registrations are encouraged.
When - Friday 22 September 2017
Where - The Valleys Function Centre, 180 Main North Road, Clare
Cost – Free
Phone 1800 952 962
Know Your Rights – changes to legislation affecting SA’s LGBTIQ Community
Catalyst Foundation is hosting a symposium about changes to legislation in the areas of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill 2016, the relationships register, adoption and IVF treatments. The day will also include information on changes to the aged care and disability sector for older LGBTIQ people.This event is receiving funding from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).
When - Saturday 23 September 2017
Where - at UniSA (University of South Australia) City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Phone Paul Stone on 8168 8723
Train disruption – Outer Harbor and Grange
The Outer Harbor and Grange rail lines will be temporarily closed from 10.00 pm Sunday 24 September to early December 2017 to allow works to continue for the Torrens Rail Junction Project. Substitute buses will be provided. All bus substitute services are wheelchair-accessible.
If you have a large mobility device that does not fit on buses, phone the Torrens Transit Mile End depot on 8292 8113 to request an Access Cab. Bicycles are not permitted on bus substitute services.
When - Sunday 24 September to early December 2017
Phone 1300 311 108
TTY 133 677
Vision Australia – seeking members for Client Reference Group
Three positions are available on Vision Australia’s Client Reference Group for volunteers with lived experience of blindness or low vision. Members communicate the concerns and interests of their clients, and the broader blindness and low vision community. Each member of the group has a speciality. Client Reference Group volunteers are currently being sought for: technology, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Deadline for applications - Monday 25 September 2017
Phone Cassandra Strakosch on 1300 84 74 66
Unley Community Grants
The City of Unley’s Multi-Year Community Impact Grants are open. These grants provide three-year funding for community initiatives that directly benefit the City of Unley community and enhance social inclusion. Amounts between $5,000 and $10,000 per annum for the three years are available.
Deadline for applications - Friday 29 September 2017
Phone Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on 8372 5108
Ten-dollar note with tactile feature issued
The redesigned ten-dollar note will enter circulation on 20 September 2017. As part of the revamp, the note has a tactile feature that will make it easier to identify by people with vision impairment. On each of the note’s long edges, there are two bumps. These bumps indicate a ten-dollar note. Different tactile features will be included in other denominations when more of Australia’s redesigned notes enter circulation. The ten-dollar note’s size, blue colour and portraits of AB ‘Banjo’ Patterson and Mary Gilmore were retained.
Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) awards – nominations open
The DEAI is seeking nominations for the Outstanding Achievers Awards in six categories.
Deadline for submissions - Sunday 1 October 2017
Phone 0455 932 220
International Carers’ Conference in Adelaide
Hosted by Carers Australia, this conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, encourage innovation and collaboration; and share improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities.
When - Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 October 2017
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $400 to $1190
Inclusive Education Summit
The Inclusive Education Summit invites participants to come together to think about education, research and inclusion. The conference venue is accessible for people using wheelchairs. All hand-out materials are available in accessible electronic format upon request. A draft program is available, but the call for papers is still open.
When - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017
Where - UniSA (University of South Australia), City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Cost - $140 to $360
Cost of Living Concessions begin
Almost 135,000 South Australians on low or fixed incomes began receiving the State Government’s Cost of Living Concession from the beginning of September.
Deadline for concession applications - Tuesday 31 October 2017
Phone the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Cricket available to all players
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is committed to providing accessible options for all players. Current options include:
- blind cricket
- deaf cricket
- cricket for people with intellectual disability, and
- entry-level programs for children with disability.
SACA also sends teams to participate in competitions such as the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, where players representing South Australia compete in the blind, deaf and cricketers with an intellectual disability divisions.
Phone SACA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Amy Wiseman, on 8300 3296
Bowling – Club Strike
Club Strike is a program of Down Syndrome SA. The program encourages friendships and is an activity bowlers can enjoy independently, without parental assistance, increasing their decision-making skills. At the end of the year, trophies are awarded to bowlers who participated regularly throughout the season. The next session is at Westbourne Park on Friday 3 November 2017.
Phone Laura Millbank on 8245 4600
Older, still current news
Family carers of people with dementia – information day
Alzheimer’s Australia SA’s free Information Day is an opportunity for family carers to learn more about dementia, dementia research, the signs and behaviours of dementia, and strategies around loss, grief and resilience. The day provides an opportunity to network and socialise with other carers. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea provided. Bookings essential.
When - Wednesday 20 September 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where - Eagles Function Centre, Oval Ave, Woodville South
Cost - Free
Phone 8372 2100
Grants available – SA Youth Week
Local councils, state government agencies and non-government organisations working directly with young people aged 12 to 25 years are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,500 or $3,000 to fund SA Youth Week 2018 events and activities.
Deadline for applications - Friday 22 September 2017 at 5.00 pm
Phone 8415 4327
Have your say — Changing Places toilets
The State Government wants to hear from people with disability about where Changing Places toilets should be built in South Australia. Changing Places toilets include a range of features not available in standard accessible toilets, such as:
- 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.
The 2017–18 State Budget announced $200,000 to fund partnerships to build five Changing Places toilets. You can say where they are most needed via the online survey. An Easy Read version of the survey is available.
Deadline for survey responses - Saturday 23 September 2017
The Emoji Movie – sensory-friendly session
This movie session is for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families and carers. It is closed to the general public. Lights and sounds will be reduced and people will be free to leave their seats to move around the cinema.
When - Sunday 24 September 2017 from 10.00 am
Where - Wallis Noarlunga cinema
Cost - $10 adults, $8.50 children
Phone Wallis Cinemas on 8326 1313
Vision Impaired Football
Disability Sports Australia invites you to try Vision Impaired Football. With support from Vision Australia, Blind Sports SA, Royal Society for the Blind and local government, this program will give children and adults living with vision impairment the chance to play the beautiful game.
When – Each Monday from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Where - Marion Leisure & Fitness Centre, corner of Oaklands Road and Rosedale Ave, Morphettville
Phone 0403 703 816
Universal Design Forum in Adelaide
The theme of the forum is 'Designing and Building for All'. Topics will include issues related to universal design in planning, the public domain, housing, tourist and recreation venues, and outdoor areas. This forum will provide a valuable exchange of ideas, research and solutions as well as establishing connections and networks for future innovation in universal design in Australia. Recommended for public and private sector, local government, advocacy, and the construction, architecture and design industries.
When - Thursday 26 October 2017
Where – Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $495 (early bird) or $590 after 29 September 2017
Guide Dogs SA/NT newsletter
The latest edition of ‘Paw Prints’ is now available in standard print, large print and audio.
With this free app you can easily keep track of medicines and access important health info anywhere. Features include a medicines list builder, prescription refill and dose reminders, appointment reminders and allergy records. This app could be helpful to people managing multiple medicines, busy lifestyles, or carer responsibilities. MedicineWise receives funding from The Department of Health.
Phone 02 8217 8700
Have your say – Justice Project
The Law Council has launched a national review into access to justice in Australia. To find out how to deliver a fairer and more just system, the Justice Project has produced a range of consultation papers particularly for vulnerable groups such as:
- people experiencing homelessness
- people with disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- people seeking asylum, and
- LGBTI people.
You can find the consultation papers (including Easy Read) on the Law Council of Australia website.
Deadline for feedback - Saturday 30 September 2017
Taxi voucher scheme for people with disability extended
The state government will extend the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants. The extension to mid-2019 will cover all eligible members, even if they have transitioned to the NDIS. SATSS provides members with 80 vouchers for subsidised taxi travel every six months.
Law for Community Workers – free sessions
The Legal Services Commission of South Australia is offering free seminars for community workers to help them identify legal problems, assist clients and understand the range of legal assistance services available. You can attend in person or via a webcast.
- child support
- family law
- family violence
- credit and debt
- Centrelink issues
- tenancy law.
Sessions run to Thursday 26 October 2017. Bookings essential.
Phone LCW Coordinator, Paula Meegan, on 8111 5749
Government funding to help people attend conferences
The federal government will spend $313,000 to help people with disability take part in conferences across the country. Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to 33 organisations under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI).
The grants can be used to help cover such things as:
- conference fees
- domestic travel
- Auslan interpreters
- conference materials in alternative formats.
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).
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
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
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