Disability information update
Updated 18 Jun 2018.
Royal Society for the Blind Techfest
Techfest is a showcase of the latest in adaptive technology that can help people who are blind or vision impaired. Join the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) for two days of displays and demonstrations of the latest adaptive technology, including:
- fitness apps and equipment
- Braille equipment
- electronic magnification devices
- reading machines and more.
There will be displays of supplier products and information.
When - Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - 230 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Phone Andrew on 1300 944 306
Disability Employment – achieving an inclusive public sector
This forum will discuss barriers to employment, effective strategies to increase employment and career development for people with disability, plus resources on access and inclusion. The event will be live streamed.
When - Friday 13 July 2018 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm
Where - Flinders University, Level 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Phone 8415 4368
Auslan interpreters must be shown on broadcasts
FreeTV, the industry body representing Australia’s commercial free-to-air television licensees, has changed its Advisory Notes regarding emergency information broadcasts:
‘Where an Auslan interpreter is present at a news conference, official briefing regarding an emergency, or a public announcement of national significance and other events, licensees will include the Auslan interpreter in the frame…licensees will take all reasonable steps to ensure that interpreters are included in the camera shot and in a manner where they can be clearly seen.’
If you see an Auslan interpreter cut out of a television broadcast, you can advise FreeTV or Deaf Australia.
Text Deaf Australia on 0458 256 796
Landmark disability Bill passed
State parliament has passed important legislation that will help to ensure South Australians living with disability have equal access to all sectors of the community. The Disability Inclusion Bill 2018 sets a framework for greater access and inclusion for people with disability to a range of community activities and services, such as public transport, the health system, and education. Under the Bill, state and local governments will develop and implement disability access and inclusion plans (DAIPs), which will make sure people with disability have the same rights as other members of the community.
Carers SA Carer Achievement Award – nominations open
Family carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends living with disability, illness or who are frail aged. The Carer Achievement Award recognises a South Australian family carer who has not only provided substantial long-term care, but who has also worked to improve the recognition, services and supports for other carers. Criteria apply.
Deadline for nominations - Wednesday 1 August 2018
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Rules, Explanatory Statements and NDIS (Quality Indicators) Guidelines are now available.
Guide for promoting healthy living
The Guide for Promoting Good Lives Through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity directs service providers to have policies, procedures and mechanisms in place to ensure a good life for people with disability by ensuring access to healthy and safe food and physical activity. The Guide does not attempt to address the specific nutritional requirements or physical activity programs of individuals, rather it provides the framework for organisations and the people who work within them, to establish and maintain best practice in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
Resource - Colour filters on your Apple device
Colour Filters can help you differentiate between colours on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. There are four pre-set options: greyscale, red/green, green/red and blue/yellow. To assist you, you'll see three examples of colour spaces to help you select an option that fits your needs. You can turn on Colour Filters with the Accessibility Shortcut or from the Settings app.
Have your say - NDIS participants survey
University of Melbourne is conducting an online survey about how NDIS participants decide which disability service provider to use. The University’s human research ethics committee has approved the research. Results will appear in academic journals and on the internet and will also be part of a PhD thesis.
Deadline for survey participation - 30 June 2018
Email Aviva Beecher Kelk at email@example.com
Joseph Seridis Trust Fund
The Joseph Seridis Trust Fund aims to assist people of all ages with physical and multiple disabilities by meeting the cost of equipment associated with enhancing daily living, independence and quality of life. Holiday expenses may also be considered. Eligibility criteria apply.
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Older, still current news
Melbourne Disability Institute
Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI), established by the University of Melbourne, facilitates interdisciplinary research to improve the lives of people with disability, carers and families. MDI was launched on 28 May 2018. You can sign up for the MDI newsletter to receive updates on disability research, planning and opportunities to engage.
Sport Access Foundation Grants
The Sport Access Foundation annually awards grants of $2000 each to children aged 7 to 17 years with physical or intellectual disability. The aim of the grant is to support children to participate in sporting activities that are otherwise beyond their financial means. Criteria apply.
Deadline for applications - Friday 29 June 2018
Kids and Youth Disability Expo
The KYD-X Expo focuses on the services and products available for people with disability under 25 years.
When - Saturday 13 October 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - Priceline Stadium, Mile End
Cost - Entry is by gold coin donation
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The Commission will begin operating in South Australia, and controlling registration of service providers, from 1 July 2018. The Commission will also manage complaints about service providers from this date.
Resource - Brain Injury Australia's 2018 report on family violence and brain injury
Among the findings from this report are that of the 16,000 Victorians who attended hospital over a decade due to family violence, two in every five sustained a brain injury, nearly one in every three victims of family violence were children and, of those, one in every four sustained a brain injury. Completed in five months from July to December 2017, this research project identifies a strong association between brain injury and family violence, and significant gaps in service responses.
AFL for everyone
AllPlay Footy provides practical information to ensure every child can enjoy the national game. AllPlay’s mission is to break down the barriers faced by children with developmental challenges and disability. By visiting the AllPlay website, you can access practical tips, strategies, and videos for coaches, clubs, health professionals, parents and players, which encourage and teach inclusivity.
Online Course - Global Adolescent Health
This free, online course on adolescent health is taught by the University of Melbourne and suits counsellors, parents, youth and health workers, teachers or anyone with an interest in understanding and helping teens. Topics include chronic illness and disability, mental health, substance use, sexual health, nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You are welcome to do as much or as little of the course as you like. The full course is three or four hours a week for eight weeks.
Affordable Living SA
The Affordable SA app and website can help you find services in your area. Topics include concessions, utilities, food, accommodation, health care, transport, education and domestic violence. Affordable Living SA is an initiative of the Government of South Australia and the Salvation Army.
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) now Department of Human Services (DHS)
Following the state election, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) has been renamed the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Disability and associated NDIS reforms remain the responsibility of this department.
The Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC is the new Minister for Human Services.
Updates to departmental websites, email addresses and other branding are underway.
NDIS Correspondence Nominee
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has created a system where participants can nominate a ‘Correspondence Nominee’ in line with Section 78 – Section 98 of the NDIS Act 2013. The NDIS Operational Guidelines - Nominees further explains the process of appointing a nominee, and what steps are required to be taken by the participant, the prospective nominee, and the NDIA. Once these steps have been completed, the correspondence nominee will receive a copy of the written correspondence sent to the participant.
Phone the NDIA on 1800 800 110
Have your say - chronic-illness-related fatigue
Monika Dryburgh, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, is seeking participants for research interviews about chronic-illness-related fatigue in working-age Australians. The aim of the study is to describe the experience of fatigue for people with physical illnesses and/or disabilities, and how they experience the medical system. This project has been approved by the University of Melbourne Health Sciences Human Ethics Sub-Committee.
Deadline for participation - Friday 29 June 2018
World Down Syndrome Congress 2018
The Congress program will encourage debate through plenary sessions, selected workshops and presentations. All these offer delegates a chance to look in more depth at examples of new or emerging research and good practice, as well as hear the exciting developments in the lives of people with down syndrome.
When - 25 to 27 July 2018
Where - Glasgow, Scotland
Cost - £162 to £598 (AUD$291 to AUD $1074)
Phone +44 (0) 131 306 0120
‘Dance Down’, a program of Down Syndrome SA, is looking for more young groovy dancers to join the fun! Dance is a wonderful activity to improve strength, coordination and musicality. NDIS funding can be used for this program
When - Mondays after school during term time
Where - Glenunga Hub, Conyngham St, Glenunga
Cost - $20.24 per hour if using NDIS funding, or a ‘per term’ cost arranged through Down Syndrome SA
Phone Karlee, the ‘Dance Down’ Co-ordinator, on 8245 4600
NDIS - Psychosocial Disability
From 1 July 2018, people with psychosocial disability can qualify for the NDIS. Psychosocial disabilities are disabilities born from a mental health issue. There are eligibility criteria for those who enter the NDIS including age, residency, and disability requirements. People with a psychosocial disability must have:
- a mental health condition that impacts on their day-to-day life
- a permanent or likely-to-be permanent disability as a result of their mental health condition
- an expectation that they will require ongoing support.
The NDIS has prepared a page full of resources on psychosocial disability and how to apply.
New disability information website
The Disability Australia Hub is a new gateway to disability knowledge, advocacy and information resources. Launched in May 2018, the Hub was created by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) in partnership with the Information Access Group. The project was funded by the NDIA in the first round of ILC national readiness grants. The website connects readers with news and disability organisations around the country.
Have your say - Adults on the autism spectrum interacting with police
This study will gather information from adults on the autism spectrum and their families about the nature of their interactions with the police in Australia, and investigate how traits of autism may affect these interactions. Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) will use the findings to see if there is a need to improve the ways in which police in Australia interact with people on the autism spectrum. The study is via an online survey and an optional personal interview. The study is approved by Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval reference no. GU 2018/109) and Aspect Research Approvals (#1806A).
Deadline for survey - 30 July 2018
Registration is open for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conference. The conference theme is AACcess All Areas. The special focus of the ISAAC Conference is the Asia-Pacific Region. Early Bird rates have been extended to 14 March 2018.
When - 21 to 26 July 2018
Where - Gold Coast, Queensland
Training - Working with people with disabilities in remote and Indigenous communities
This two-day workshop from the Centre for Remote Health will give you the skills you need to provide quality care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and their communities. The course is designed for allied health professionals, nurses, disability workers, primary health care and related workers.
When - Wednesday 1 August and Thursday 2 August 2018
Where - Adelaide
Cost - $425
Disability Engagement Group
The Disability Engagement Group 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!
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