Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 28 Mar 2018. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.

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.

Medical alarms and the NBN

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is replacing most Australian landline phone and internet networks. As the NBN is introduced to your area, some things may stop working:

  • medical alarms
  • emergency call buttons
  • Priority Assistance Service.

The NBN has information about how to maintain your emergency service, upgrade or switch to an alternative. It is important to take action before the NBN is installed.

Medical alarms, autodiallers or emergency call buttons - NBN

Club Cool

Club Cool is an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.

When - Sunday 15 April 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.15 pm
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry

Club Cool - Facebook

Celebrating diversity through digital art

People on the autism spectrum are invited to join in a digital art celebration. Showcase your strengths and artistic talent by submitting a piece of digital artwork exploring the theme: celebrating diversity. There are four prizes to be won.

Deadline for entries - Sunday 15 April 2018

Autism CRC Digital Art Celebration 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - 17 May 2018

Mark your diary for this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum Manage Anxiety

This family workshop from Autism SA covers the effect of anxiety on behaviour and some strategies for helping individuals and families better manage feelings of anxiety.

When - Tuesday 19 June 2018 from 10.00 am to 12 noon
Where - Autism SA, 262 Marion Road, Netley
Cost - Free

Family Workshop - Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum Manage Anxiety

Community Visitor Scheme

The Community Visitor Scheme helps protect the rights of people who are:

  • receiving care in a mental health facility
  • living in disability accommodation or a Supported Residential Facility
  • attending a Day Options program.

Community Visitors visit and inspect facilities and provide advocacy and support to the people there. You can request a visit.

Phone 1800 606 302

Community Visitor Scheme

Resource - your legal rights

Rights on Show is a resource about legal rights and the criminal justice system. It was created for people with intellectual disability, cognitive impairment and complex communication needs. The resource includes photo stories and easy read English fact sheets. South Australian laws regarding communication assistance in police interviews is demonstrated for the first time. Created by the Legal Services Commission and SAPOL.

Rights on Show - legal rights and the criminal justice system

Minda newsletter

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

Vocal Point newsletter

Orana newsletter

The latest issue of Oranability is now available from the Orana website.

Oranability newsletter

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. Transcripts and captions are included.

TED talks on Designing for Disability (playlist of 10 talks)

Older, still current news

Removing a name from the electoral roll

If you are caring for someone who is no longer able to understand the nature and significance of enrolment and voting you can complete a form to have their name removed from the electoral roll. A registered medical practitioner must confirm the request.

Electoral Roll – Frequently Asked Questions

DEAI event

Developmental Educators Australia Inc. invites you to Health Literacy for Professionals. The guest speakers are Dr Ruth Walker, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University and Ms Jayne Lehmann, Diabetes Educator, EdHealth Australia. All welcome, but places are limited.

When - Tuesday 10 April 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where - Flinders University City Campus, Level 2 Room 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - DEAI members $20, non-members $30, students free with their student card.


Health Literacy for Professionals - DEAI

Australian Network on Disability Annual National Conference

The AND National Conference connects business leaders and diversity practitioners to advance access and inclusion for people with disability. The conference features ideas and presentations from renowned industry leaders and experts.

When - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Where - Doltone House, Darling Island, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW
Cost - $680 to $920


Australian Network on Disability (AND) Annual National Conference

Report - Carers Count

This December 2017 report from Carers SA outlines the results of the bi-annual carer survey. The report highlights the everyday life of unpaid carers and puts a spotlight on the issues and challenges faced by carers and their families in South Australia.

Carers Count - Carers SA

Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts program

This program provides funding for South Australian artists, organisations and groups where artists who are living with disability or who are Deaf are the project initiators and primary recipients of the funding. You must include artistic support material with your submission for it to be considered.

Deadline for applications - Monday 16 April 2018 at 5.00 pm

Phone Belinda Powles on 8463 5444

Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts program

Resource - Speak up and be safe from abuse

Abuse is not okay. 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 support people identify and report abuse.

Speak up and be safe from abuse

Resource - Disability Discrimination Act Easy Read

To celebrate the Disability Discrimination Act’s 25th anniversary, the Council for Intellectual Disability in NSW has released a new guide to the Act in Easy Read. Easy Read presents information using easy words in lots of white space with supporting graphics.

Disability Discrimination Act - 25th Anniversary Easy Read Edition (2018)

Resource - Keeping Body and Mind Together

This report is about improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with a serious mental illness. The report was prepared by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The RANZCP believes that much more needs to be done to address the gap in physical health and life expectancy between those who live with a mental illness and the general population. This will require a collaborative effort from a broad range of stakeholders involved in mental health, including governments, consumers, health-care providers and psychiatrists.

Keeping Body and Mind Together [PDF 445 KB]

Print disability conference

The Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities is exploring the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for information access and creation, communication and learning. This conference provides three full days of technical, research and panel sessions, presentations and practical workshops on issues related to accessibility. There are also many opportunities for networking and socialising with key speakers, panel members and attendees.

When - Saturday 5 May 2018 to Tuesday 8 May 2018
Where - Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills 2010, Sydney
Cost - $125 to $975

Phone 03 9010 6251

2018 Round Table Conference

Have your say - speech pathology and technology

This survey is for parents of children who are primary school aged (5 to 12 years) to explore their experiences of speech pathology services and their use of technology. Parents who have used speech pathology services and those who haven’t are both welcome to complete the survey. No personal information will be collected and all responses will be de-identified so individual responses will remain anonymous. The survey is supported by Griffith University.

Email Rebecca Sutherland at

Survey - an exploration of the potential for the use of telehealth in speech pathology services

Focus on Ability short film festival

The Focus on Ability festival is back for the tenth year. This festival asks filmmakers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with disability and tell a story on film for the world to view. Entry is free. Films must be five minutes or less, excluding the credits. Captions are encouraged. Films will be judged by a panel and by online contributors. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winning entries.

Deadline for entries - 1 June 2018.

Focus on Ability short film festival

Report - Preventing abuse and promoting personal safety in young people with disability

The Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University has released research results into what makes young people (16 to 30) feel safe in their communities. The team spoke to young people across four states and conducted two surveys. The young people identified social inclusion as being just as important as physical access.

The Safety Project - Research involving Children and Young People with Disability (RCYPD)

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc

TADSA is able to help more people needing technical solutions. Get in touch if you are in the metropolitan area or a country region, and need custom equipment or aids. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.

Phone 8261 2922

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc

AAC Conference

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


International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2018 conference

Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival

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

Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film Festival

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

SACOSS Disability and Essential Services Conference 2018

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 an 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.

Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide 2018

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:

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!

Disability engagement and consultation - DHS

News for service providers

To receive more of the latest disability information, why not register for the DHS News for the SA disability sector?

Future changes to disability and aged care services - DHS

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