Disability information update
Updated 10 Jul 2018.
Disability Employment Forum – live stream
This forum will discuss systemic barriers to employment and effective strategies to increase employment and career development for people with disability. Helpful resources and programs will be identified.
When - Friday 13 July 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Where - Attendance is by live stream (webinar).
Phone 8415 4368
Club Cool is an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.
When - Sunday 15 July 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.15 pm
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry
Have your say – Disability and Women’s Forum survey
Have your say about health, housing, safety and wellbeing, as these topics relate to women with disability. The survey follows on from a recent forum hosted by the Disability Policy Unit and the Office for Women, both agencies of the Department of Human Services. The survey is open to all women with disability, and to men and women who want to contribute by adding their experience as a person who supports women with disability. To receive a survey in hard copy, phone 1300 786 117.
Deadline for responses - Friday 20 July 2018
Phone Yvette Gray on 8415 4378
Presentation - Making pain a national health priority
In conjunction with Pain Awareness Week, the University of Adelaide will host a Health Matters discussion, presented by Carol Bennett, CEO of Pain Australia. Pain is one of the leading causes of illness and disability, and remains the most common reason people seek medical help. One in five Australians lives with chronic pain (including adolescents and children).
When - Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where - University of Adelaide Flentje Lecture Theatre, Barr Smith South Building, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost - Free
Have your say - Paediatric multilingual speech pathology services
All paediatric speech pathologists living in Australia who work with children under 12 are invited to complete this survey. The purpose of this study is to gather insights about your experience in working with monolingual children and multilingual children who either speak a common language to you, or do not speak a common language to you. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. This study has approval from The University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC number: 2018/414).
Deadline for responses - Friday 31 August 2018
Phone Dr Natalie Munro on 02 9351 9696
Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2018
This expo is the largest event in the South Australian disability sector. This one-day event offers opportunity for the South Australian community to have access to the latest in information, technology, equipment, recreation, vehicle modifications, support services and more. Registrations for exhibitors now open!
When - Thursday 27 September 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Cost - Gold coin donation
Phone 8168 8702
Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund
The aim of the fund is to support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with disabilities to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants. Eligibility criteria apply.
Deadline for applications - 30 September 2018
Phone Frank Hall-Bentick on 03 9429 4210
Tax help for people on low incomes
You may be eligible for the Tax Help program if you need help lodging your tax return and your income is around $60,000 or less. Tax Help is a network of trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. You will need to have a myGov account linked to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); volunteers can help you with this too. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia. Conditions apply.
Phone 13 28 61
Regional parks with accessible features
If you’re planning your mid-year getaway in South Australia there can be lots of things to consider, and accessibility might be one of them. Plan a smooth trip with this list of regional parks that have accessible features.
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission - easy read
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has begun operating in South Australia. The Commission has produced several Easy Read documents in PDF for workers and NDIS participants. The documents explain the purpose and scope of the Commission’s work.
Healthy Mind focus group - participants sought
Black Dog Institute is seeking mental health workers, carers and support workers to evaluate an online tool to help with anxiety and depression for people with mild intellectual disability. The Institute has received funding from the NSW Ministry of Health to design, build and test a pilot program. To test the pilot they are looking for volunteers to provide feedback about its accessibility, usability and feasibility.
Autism SA Workshops
Early Days is a series of free workshops for parents, grandparents, and families of young children (0 to 6 years) who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or who are going through the assessment and diagnostic process. These workshops are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Phone Emma Bennett on 8462 0658
The latest issue of Oranability is now available from the Orana website.
The latest issue of Vocal Point is now available from the Minda website.
Carers SA has moved
Carers SA offices at Royal Park and Wayville have closed. Please update your records.
The new address is 338 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton.
The phone number is still 1800 242 636.
Older, still current news
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
Have your say — school transport under the NDIS
Supported school transport is provided to some children and young people with disability so that they can travel to and from school. Currently, supported school transport is delivered by state and territory governments, and arrangements differ in each jurisdiction. As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out, the government would like to know whether current arrangements for supported school transport should continue or whether the potential model for supported school transport could work under the NDIS.
Phone 8226 2235 or 8226 9852
Deadline for submissions - Friday 20 July 2018.
Living with chronic pain
Come along for a morning tea and chat with Arthritis SA to discuss why chronic pain and acute pain are different. Look at the different techniques that can be used to better manage chronic pain from arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in daily life.
When - Friday 27 July 2018 from 10.30 am to 12 noon
Where - Grenville Community Connections Hub, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
Cost - $4
Have your say — older carers of adults with intellectual disability
Flinders University is researching the service and support requirements of people aged 55 and over caring for adults with intellectual disability. Previous research has found that older carers want to plan for the future but face certain barriers. This is a chance for carers to identify which assistance, resources or programs would be most helpful to them. Participation is via a focus group of about 10 people for approximately 60 minutes. Carers will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles voucher and cab vouchers to assist with transport. This research is supported by SA Health and has received ethics approval from the Flinders University Ethics Committee.
Phone Irene Belperio on 0478 129 766
Deadline for registration - Friday 14 September 2018.
JFA Noske Christmas Fund – applications open
The JFA Noske Christmas Fund distributes grants of up to $200 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas. Eligible recipients have received grant assistance for various personal items, including mini-break holidays, electrical goods, presents for loved ones, clothing, food for Christmas day and more. Eligibility criteria apply.
Phone Katie Bonner on 8373 8333
Deadline for applications - Friday 31 August 2018.
Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc
TADSA helps people needing technical solutions, non-commercial equipment or aids, in metropolitan or country regions. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.
Phone TADSA on 8261 2922
NDIS pricing arrangements
From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will start to implement the first set of recommendations from the Independent Price Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pricing arrangements. To ensure participants are not adversely impacted by this price increase and that they can purchase their reasonable and necessary supports, the price limit changes will be accompanied by automatic updates to participant budgets and service bookings. These adjustments will reflect the additional costs that each individual participant will face as a result of the increases in price limits.
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
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
New disability legislation 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 Act 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 Act, 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.
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.
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.
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 began operating in South Australia, and controlling registration of service providers, from 1 July 2018. The Commission also manages complaints about service providers.
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.
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.
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!
News for service providers
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