Disability information update
Updated 09 Mar 2018. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
State Election - accessible information
Electoral Commission SA provides accessible information about voting in South Australian elections. There is information in:
- languages other than English
- easy English.
The next State Election will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.
Voting option for people with vision impairment
The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) is working with the The Electoral Commission of South Australia to provide electronic voting for people who are blind or vision impaired. VoteAssist software uses audio prompts to guide the person through the voting process. You will need to book a time to use the software.
VoteAssist will be available from Monday 5 March to Friday 16 March 2018 at:
Phone 1300 944 306
State Election - Auslan Video
The Electoral Commission of SA has made a video about enrolling and voting for the 17 March 2018 state election. The video has Auslan, a voiceover and English captions.
Julia Farr Youth Peer Support Network Meeting – North
Youth Peer Support Meetings are free for young adults living with disability to attend and refreshments are provided. At this meeting the Peer Connectors will be sharing their personal stories so you will have a chance to get to know them as well as the other members. They will be chatting about setting goals for the year and how this peer group can support you to achieve these.
When - Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where - Twelve25 Youth Enterprise Centre, 17 Wiltshire St, Salisbury
Cost - Free
Phone: 8373 8333
Brain Injury Support Meeting
Families4Families Inc is hosting a peer support group for families living with acquired brain injury (ABI) and disability. All welcome. This session will be in the form of a Q and A session about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) followed by open discussion. Parking available onsite. Families4Families is supported by the Government of South Australia.
When - Saturday 17 March 2018 from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Where - 34 Dunorlan Road, Edwardstown
Cost - Free
Phone 0433 388 250
Peer Connect Conference - Onkaparinga
Peer Connect is partnering with the City of Onkaparinga and Families4Families to hold an event for people living with disability to find out more about peer support groups. This event will include presentations from members of peer networks.The venue is fully accessible and a hearing loop is available. Lunch will be provided. Support workers welcome.
When - Thursday 29 March 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where - City of Onkaparinga Civic Area, Hannah Road, Noarlunga Centre
Cost - Free
Phone 8373 8333
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
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 email@example.com
Focus on Ability short film festival
The Focus on Ability festival is back for a tenth year. This festival asks film makers 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.
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 latest NDIS newsletter is available.
Law for Community Workers - Child Support
This is a free session for community workers from the Legal Services Commission. It will help you to identify legal problems, understand the law and the legal system, give legal assistance and make appropriate referrals. You can attend this session by webcast or in person.
When - Thursday 29 March 2018 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.
Where - Details supplied when booking
Cost - Free
Phone 8111 5749
Older, still current news
Have your say - Supporting people with intellectual disability to vote
Living with Disability Research Centre is surveying staff who work with people with intellectual disability about how they support people to vote in elections. This survey is receiving funding from the Victorian Electoral Commission.
Utilities Literacy for Community Workers
This two-day workshop will include information on reading and understanding meters and bills, using energy and water efficiently at home, how to choose a provider, concessions and hardship provisions.
When - Tuesday 20 March and Tuesday 27 March 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where - Uniting Care Wesley Bowden’s ‘Lounge on Gibson’, 77 Gibson Street, Bowden
Cost - Free
Paralympic Team announced
The Australian Paralympic Committee has announced the 13 athletes who will compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games taking place from 9 to 18 March 2018.
Have your say - people with disability communication survey
The Department of Human Services wants your help to improve how they communicate with people with disability. They want to make sure the information in the News for People with Disability newsletter is what you want to read about. Friends and family can complete the survey too. It should take about 10 minutes.
Deadline for survey - Thursday 29 March 2018.
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
Changes to over-the-counter supply of codeine
From 1 February 2018, codeine became a prescription-only medicine. NPS MedicineWise has produced resources to help people understand the changes to over-the-counter medicines such as pain killers, cough and cold medicine, and flu medicine. Resources include fact sheets in 10 languages.
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
Resource - Disability Advocacy Finder
You can find disability advocacy organisations across Australia using the Disability Advocacy Finder from the Department of Social Services. The Finder includes NDIS Appeals as well as state-funded advocacy providers.
Resource - Contraception for teens with disability
This review article aims to summarise and assess the evidence and guidance for young women’s use of contraception, particularly with regard to management of menstrual and cyclical problems. Multidisciplinary teamwork is important for recognising and effectively addressing the concerns of young women and their carers. The legal and ethical considerations are also highlighted here, as women with disability are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.
Residents of South Australia with permanent disability may be eligible for a Companion Card if they need attendant care support to attend recreational or leisure events. The card allows free entry for a carer at participating venues. The card also allows free travel for a carer on public transport when they are with the card holder who has a valid metro ticket.
Phone 1800 667 110
Adelaide Fringe Festival - 16 February to 18 March 2018
For disability access and companion card tickets, or assistance with accessibility information at Fringe venues, phone the Accessibility Booking Line or visit a FringeTIX Box Office. The Adelaide Fringe Festival supports the Companion Card program.
Phone 8100 2089
Fringe Frequently Asked Questions - look for Ticketing and Accessibility
Adelaide Festival of Arts - 2 to 18 March 2018
The Festival of Arts website has an ‘access’ tab that provides information on a text-only website, general access information, booking tickets, blind or vision impaired patrons, Deaf or hard of hearing patrons, physical access and venue access. The Festival supports the Companion Card program.
Phone 8216 4444
Empowering women with disability
The Y Connect program from the YWCA seeks to empower women living with disabilities and progress their goals for employment or career development. This free 10-week mentoring and workshop program will build participants' knowledge and use of their personal strengths, helping them set goals and develop confidence. Y Connect aims to expand networks and build personal professional development. Participation is free. You must be over 18 and other eligibility criteria apply.
Phone Lisa or Carmel on 8203 9400
SMS 0437 650 946
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
Have your say – NDIA information
The NDIA is seeking feedback from NDIS participants and carers to make sure their new information material is accessible, engaging and effective. The research will be held as an online forum on a weekday evening for an hour. You will need access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection. Places in the online forum are limited, so not everyone will be called.
Resource - Down Syndrome and Dementia (a guide for families)
Down Syndrome Australia and Dementia Australia worked together with Dr Jennifer Torr of Monash University to produce this new resource.
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
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 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.
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:
- Visit the My Support My Choice website Frequently Asked Questions page to read information from previous expos
- Visit the NDIA website for South Australian NDIA events.
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!
News for service providers
To receive more of the latest disability information, why not register for the DCSI News for the SA disability sector?