Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 16 May 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.

Soundwaves to close

Tony Doyle has come to the decision to terminate the Tony Doyle Visions SoundWaves project. The remaining community workshops and cabarets will be:

  • Soundwaves Cabaret - 18 May at Thebarton
  • Soundwaves Beats - 25 May at Thebarton (No June workshop)
  • Soundwaves Cabaret - 8 June at Thebarton (Note this is not on the usual third Thursday)
  • Magical Mystery Tour - 13 June at Enfield.

You are invited to come along and celebrate the great achievements and the wonderful creativity of people with disability.

Phone 8232 4554

Deadline for Tony Doyle Visions Soundwaves Project - 30 June 2017

Teens music and song writing group

Tutti Arts runs an after school, NDIS-registered, music-based social program for teenagers with disability aged 14 years and over.

When - Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm during school terms
Where - Tutti Arts, Brighton

Phone 8422 6511

TKY- Tutti Kids and Youth Program

Behaviour Support and Keeping Your Child Safe

If your child has behaviours that can make things difficult for your family, school staff, support workers and/or providers, and you want to learn about ways to keep your child safe from inappropriate behaviour ‘management’ methods, then this session is for you. Led by The Growing Space, with Professor Richard Bruggemann (Office of the Senior Practitioner) leading the way, this session will also be an opportunity for parents to connect, share strategies and find a community of parents who ‘get it’. It may be possible to use NDIS funding to pay for this session.

This event is strictly for parents, unpaid carers and adults with disability. It is not a session for children or disability workers.

When - 22 May 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where - Clapham
Cost - $61.60


Behaviour Support, and Keeping Your Child Safe - Registrations

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)


Deadline for early bird registration - 31 May 2017

Positive Practices in Behavioral Support Through Nonlinear Applied Behavior Analysis

Have your say - Mental Health Strategic Plan

The SA Mental Health Commission wants to hear from you about what you think should be in South Australia’s Mental Health Strategic Plan. Here’s your chance to make a difference. Help set the direction for the mental health and wellbeing of your fellow South Australians by sharing your views.

Deadline for submissions - 31 May 2017

New SA Mental Health Strategic Plan

World Continence Week – 19 to 25 June 2017

World Continence Week is an initiative of the International Continence Society and is coordinated in Australia by the Continence Foundation. This year’s theme is, Incontinence: no laughing matter, encouraging people to recognise incontinence as a health issue requiring specialist treatment. More than 4.8 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems.

World Continence Week 2017

RSB Information Sessions on NDIS

If you are under the age of 65 years and have vision loss impacting on your day-to-day life, you may like to attend an information session on the NDIS run by the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).

When - Friday 9 June 2017 from 10:30 am to 12 noon
Where - RSB Knapman House, 230 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Phone 8417 5599

Deadline for bookings - 5 June 2017

RSB NDIS Information Sessions 2017

Have your say - NDIS code of conduct

The Commonwealth Government is developing a national Code of Conduct to promote safe and ethical service delivery for the full scheme NDIS. Consultation is now open and people with disability, their families and carers, providers and workers are encouraged to share comments and feedback. You can read the discussion paper, complete a survey or make a submission.

Deadline for feedback - 21 June 2017

Engage - Department of Social Services

Have your say - Disability Access and Inclusion Consultation

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) is hosting a consultation about access and inclusion and invites people with disability to register. We are interested in hearing about your experiences, including what is working and not working in your community. We would also like to know about initiatives and models that could be used to improve the participation of South Australians with disability.

When - Thursday 15 June 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where - John Harvey Gallery, 12 James Street, Salisbury.

Phone 8207 0767

Disability Access and Inclusion Consultation Registrations

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc

TADSA (formerly Technical Aid to the Disabled) is able to help more people needing technical solutions. If you have clients in need of non-commercial equipment or aids, contact TADSA. The latest newsletter is now available to read online.  

Phone 8261 2922

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc newsletter

Resources to help people report abuse

Abuse is not ok. Everyone has the right to speak up. Scope was supported by the Victorian Government to produce a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties to help everyone identify and report abuse.

Phone 03 9843 2000

Speak up and be safe from abuse

National Disability and Carers Advisory Council (NDCAC)

The National Disability and Carers Advisory Council (NDCAC) held its second meeting on Wednesday 3 May 2017 in Melbourne. The Council is an important mechanism to help drive implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020. The Council will also advise Government on reforms in Disability Employment Services (DES) and in carer supports and services. Members will be advising on issues relating to the full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and its interface with mainstream services.

NDCAC Communiqué 3 May 2017

Older, still current news

Rules About Sex – Getting them right

This one-day workshop is for disability support workers, service coordinators, social workers or psychologists, special education teachers, school services officers, parents, sexual assault workers, and 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 - 1 June 2017 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Where - 64 Woodville Road, Woodville
Cost - $157 to $175

Phone 1300 794 584

SHine SA courses – disability workers

Have your say – Carers SA

Every two years, Carers SA surveys carers about a range of issues. These surveys are an important source of information and help Carers SA identify issues and advocate for what carers want and need. The online survey is voluntary and anonymous. The results of each individual survey are kept confidential. Completing the survey online will take up to 20 minutes.

Deadline for survey - Tuesday 30 June 2017

Carers SA – Carer Survey 2017

Guide Dogs SA/NT newsletter

The latest edition of ‘Paw Prints’ is now available in standard print, large print and audio.

Guide Dogs SA/NT – Guide Dogs Blog

Sensory supermarket shopping

Cara has partnered with Foodland to introduce 'Quiet Hour Shopping' on Tuesdays at Frewville and Wednesdays at Pasadena, between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm. 'Quiet Hour' provides a peaceful environment to help people with sensory overload, including autism, to take part in everyday tasks such as grocery shopping. During the 'Quiet Hour', lights are dimmed, music is switched off, the volume of the beeps on the checkouts is lowered, and strong smells are reduced.

When – Tuesday 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Where - Frewville Foodland, 177 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville

When – Wednesday 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Where - Pasadena Foodland, 20 Fiveash Drive, Pasadena.

Phone CARA on 8347 4588

Quiet Hour - Cara

Minda newsletter

The latest issue of Vocal Point is now available from the Minda website.

Newsletters - Minda

TED Talks on Designing for Disability

TED Talks (technology, entertainment and design) are short presentations delivered to live audiences by subject experts and recorded on video for later viewing online. The Designing for Disability playlist is 10 TED talks on good design, life hacks and smart technology to empower and include people with disability. The videos are free.

Designing for Disability (10 talks) - TED

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

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 - Tuesday 30 May 2017 from 4.30 to 6.00 pm
Where - National Disability Insurance Agency Office, 15–31 Ayliffes Road, St Marys
RSVP or phone 0475 827 181

When - Tuesday 20 June 2017 from 4.30 to 6.00 pm
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 - Tuesday 13 June 2017 from 2.00 to 3.30 pm
Where - Tea Tree Gully Library, 571 Montague Road, Modbury


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.

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.

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 - 1 Aug to 19 Sept and 24 Oct to 12 Dec.
Where - Gowrie SA, 39a Dew Street, Thebarton. Cost: $50 per participant discounted from $200. Phone 8234 5219.

Parenting programs

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.

Deadline for applications - Friday 23 June 2017

Phone Jelena Evans at SafeWork SA on 8303 9980 or visit SafeWork SA’s website.

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.

Deadline for submissions - 31 May, and feedback will be used to finalise the document.

Suicide prevention plan and consultation opportunity

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 for Frozen Girl

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

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

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo - Exhibitor Registrations

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

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

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