Disability information update
Updated 20 Sep 2018.
Law for Community Workers - Advance Care Directives webinar
This lunch time webinar from the Legal Services Commission (LSC) will provide an overview of ACDs.
- What are they for.
- What can they cover.
- Who should complete one.
- How you complete them.
- Who can make decisions for you when you are no longer able to make them.
- What you do with your ACD once you've made it.
Resources provided. Certificate of Attendance available on request for professional development records.
When - Thursday 27 September 2018 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Cost - Free
Respite program for people living with mental illness
Skylight (previously MIFSA) offers a range of programs and services for people experiencing mental illness and for family and friends who care for them. Coming up in October is ‘Meerkat Magic’ — a respite program that will include a trip to Monarto Zoo, a dolphin cruise and a big Aussie breakfast. Skylight programs are available for up to four people who are living with mental illness and receive regular support from a family member or friend. Carers are also welcome to attend. Eligibility criteria apply.
When - Tuesday 2 October to Friday 5 October 2018
Where - Adelphi House, Glenelg
Cost - Limited free places are available or access through your NDIS Plan.
Youth mental health forum
This one-day forum will discuss issues affecting youth, including mental health, eating disorders, employment, alcohol and substance abuse, cultural differences and e-mental health and its uses with young people. Representatives from Headspace, SA Health and Flinders University will speak.
When - Wednesday 10 October 2018 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Where - Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park
Cost - Free
The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) is holding national discussions about including minimum accessibility standards for housing in the National Construction Code.
When - Thursday 25 October 2018
Where - Adelaide
Australian Guardianship and Administration Council (AGAC) conference
The theme of the conference is ‘Upholding rights, preventing abuse and promoting autonomy’. This conference is for:
- people with disability
- practitioners in the health, guardianship, elder abuse and social services sectors
Early bird registration available.
When - Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March 2019
Where - Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Cost - $395 to $775.
Deadline for abstracts - Wednesday 17 October 2018
New radio program to break down disability stigma
‘De-Stigmatised’ is Radio Adelaide’s new segment on Sunday afternoons, presented and produced by people with disability. As a thirty-minute program, each show will centre around two or three topics surrounding two eight-minute interviews, offering audiences a lived, first-person perspective of being among those who inhabit the disability community.
When - Sundays 3.00 pm
Where - Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM, on digital radio, or Radio Adelaide online
Emergency toolkit supports people with disability to prepare for natural disasters
The Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) tool was prepared in New South Wales and is aimed at community health and disability providers. The tool helps workers discuss emergency preparedness with the people they support. There are several videos and a PDF guide.
Fifty-dollar note with tactile feature coming
The redesigned fifty-dollar note will enter circulation in October 2018. As part of the revamp, the note has a tactile feature that will make it easier to identify by people with vision impairment. On each of the note’s long edges, there are four bumps. These bumps indicate a fifty-dollar note. Different tactile features will be included in other denominations when more of Australia’s redesigned notes enter circulation. The fifty-dollar note’s size, gold colour and portraits of David Unaipon and Edith Cowan are retained.
National Redress Scheme available in Easy Read
The Australian government has released an Easy Read document about the National Redress Scheme. The scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It aims to provide support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution.
You may find the content in the website causes distress. If you would like to talk to a professional with experience in trauma, you can find a service by clicking on the Support Services button at the top of each page on the National Redress Scheme website.
You can also phone the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377.
Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc
TADSA is able to help more people needing technical solutions. If you have clients in need of non-commercial equipment or aids, in metropolitan or country regions, get in touch. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.
Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2018
This expo is the largest event in the South Australian disability sector. This one-day event offers an opportunity for the South Australian community to have access to the latest in information, technology, equipment, recreation, vehicle modifications, support services and more.
When - Thursday 27 September 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Cost - Gold coin donation
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Older, still current news
Training - FReedom to Explore Sexual Health (FRESH)
The FRESH Course provides youth and community workers with an opportunity to share learning and build their confidence around discussing sexual and reproductive health.
When - Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 October 2018
Where - SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Cost - $199 to $399
Invictus Games 2018
The Invictus Games will be held from The Games will showcase more than 500 military competitors from 18 nations competing in 11 adaptive sports. Tickets are on sale now. The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service members.
When - Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 October 2018
Where - Sydney (various locations)
Cost - $15 to $175
Community Voices program - 2019 applications open
Community organisations that rely on volunteers are invited to apply for the Community Voices program. If successful, Flinders University filmmaking students will produce a short video about your organisation, what you do and your community impact. To be eligible, your organisation must be incorporated, community-based, and not-for-profit.
Public Housing Rent Changes
The Government of South Australia has prepared some information about rent changes to public housing following the 2018-19 State Budget. Changes will be introduced over several years.
Resource - Easy Read guide for women about violence and abuse
Women with Disabilities Victoria has created ‘Our Right to Safety and Respect – Guidelines for developing resources with women with disabilities about safety from violence and abuse’. The resource includes video and print resources, designed to be used together for discussion and education.
Dance for all children
AllPlay Dance provides practical information to ensure every child can enjoy a twirl, a twist, a shimmy or a shake! 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 dance schools, companies, dance teachers, health professionals, parents and dancers, which encourage and teach inclusivity. AllPlay Dance is supported by the National Disability Insurance scheme and Deakin University.
Resource - Accessible features in some of KI’s national parks
From Seal Bay to Cape Borda, here are some of the accessible features in Kangaroo Island’s most popular parks.
Have your say - survey of people with low vision
This survey is intended for users with low vision, meaning individuals with some vision, but vision that cannot be corrected to near 20/20. The questions address how you use online resources like web pages and social media. Completing the survey helps educate designers of online resources, content and web standards. The survey has been approved by Utah State University's Institutional Review Board (#9609).
Deadline for survey responses - Sunday 30 September 2018
Accessing Assistive Technology through the NDIS
Assistive Technology (AT), is the equipment that makes everyday tasks become possible, easier or safer to do. Read the ‘frequently asked question’ fact sheet to find out how AT works and how the NDIA helps people purchase equipment.
Inclusive playground opens in Park Holme
Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground is now open and accessible to all. The playground features a wheelchair-accessible carousel, swings, slides, a nature play creek, play tables, an accessible cubby house and water play areas. The site is fully fenced and protected by shade sails. There are barbecues and picnic spaces. The playground at Hendrie Street Reserve, behind the Marion Outdoor Pool.
Know Before You Go movie reviews
It is not always easy to judge whether a movie is right for your child. What thrills one child, might frighten another. The Know Before You Go movie review service provides descriptions of the content of movies for young people, and highlights areas that may be of concern. Qualified child development professionals review G and PG movies, and selected M movies. Reviews include:
- a synopsis of the story
- overall themes
- descriptions of any violence, frightening content, sexual references or coarse language.
Know Before You Go is supported by the Government of South Australia.
Training - introduction to living with dementia
Dementia Australia has interactive online learning courses to provide you with contemporary, evidence-based dementia information. All courses can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. Some are free and others courses are $10 to $15.
Guide Dogs SA/NT newsletter
The latest edition of ‘Paw Prints’ is now available in standard print, large print and audio.
AccessAbility Day 2018
AccessAbility Day gives employers a chance to connect with people with disability and jobseekers a chance to try out a workplace or role that aligns with their career interests. It is a voluntary, obligation-free day. Registrations are open. Criteria apply. AccessAbility Day is an Australian Government initiative.
When - Monday 26 to Friday 30 November 2018.
Have your say - National Parks
The team at National Parks South Australia is working hard to improve the accessibility of parks and they’re keen to hear your thoughts. If you rely on accessible facilities to visit parks, why not drop them a line by using their contact form.
Have your say - The onset of physical disability in mid-career
The University of Sydney is surveying people who:
- are aged 32 to 50
- acquired a physical disability between these ages, and
- are in paid employment, or have been in paid employment since acquiring a physical disability.
The research will be looking at how people who develop a physical disability in the middle stage of their career experience in the workplace. You can participate online or over the phone. This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sydney (2018/145).
Deadline for responses - Friday 28 September 2018.
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
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
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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