Disability information update
Updated 12 Jan 2018. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
NDIS rollout continues across South Australia
From 1 January 2018 people with disability in new regions and age groups in three states across Australia are eligible to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), improving the lives of people with disability across Australia. In South Australia the new rollout covers people aged 18 to 64 years in:
- Eyre Western
- Far North
- Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
- Southern Adelaide
- Yorke and Mid North regions.
Changing Places toilets to provide more independence for people with disability
People living with disability will soon have access to four new Changing Places toilets at:
- Adelaide Oval
- Rundle Mall
- the new ‘U City’ development on Franklin Street, and
Changing Places toilets include a hoist, adult-sized change table and other customised features. The government will also purchase two portable Changing Places – Marveloos – for use at major public events including concerts and festivals.
Do you need support during a heatwave?
The Red Cross calls people during a heatwave to check on their wellbeing. This is a free service. To be eligible, you must:
- be over 18
- feel vulnerable in extreme heat, and
- not have family or friends nearby who can check on your welfare.
Phone 1800 188 071
Come 'n' Try Blind Soccer
This event is open to people of all ages with vision impairment. Supported by One Culture Football, The Royal Society for the Blind, Belgravia Leisure and Noarlunga Leisure Centre. Please register your interest if you would like to come along.
When - Saturday 20 January 2018 from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Where - Noarlunga Leisure Centre, David Witton Drive, Noarlunga
Cost - Free
Phone Belinda Smart on 8384 1144
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.
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.
Have your say - Supported Employment
The Commonwealth Department of Social Services is seeking feedback on the government’s supported employment policy. People with disability and their families and carers, Australian Disability Enterprises, employers of people with disability, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are invited to make a written submission on any or all of the 20 questions raised in the discussion paper.
Deadline for submissions - 9 March 2018
Resource - SA Mental Health Strategic Plan
The newly-released plan sets out a 20-year vision for building a more resilient, compassionate and connected South Australia.
Resource - Health videos using Auslan
Health information in Auslan is available from the Victorian Government. Topics include raising children, diabetes information and dispute resolution.
Resource - screen reader user survey
The results from last year’s WebAIM survey are now available. The most problematic items reported by respondents were:
- screens or parts of screens that change unexpectedly, and
- links or buttons that do not make sense.
Resource - Changes to copyright
The Australian Copyright Council has introduced an information sheet outlining changes to the Copyright Act to ensure that persons with disability are getting fully accessible information.
Video - Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant
A little boy helps his blind mother experience an art gallery in the most surprising way. Uniting Ability Links and Bus Stop Films created this short film to promote social inclusion and celebrate 2017 International Day of People with Disability.
Older, still current news
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:
- Look on the My Support My Choice website for another NDIS event in 2018—there will be expos in western Adelaide, eastern Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills
- Visit the My Support My Choice website Frequently Asked Questions page on to read information from previous expos
- Visit the NDIA website to see the events they are hosting in South Australia.
Your rights as a consumer
You have consumer rights when you pay for a product or service yourself, as an NDIS participant, or through your state or territory's disability support system. Resources from The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) can help you understand and use your rights.
Training – capacity building after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Led by experts in the field of ABI in Australia and the USA, the training will inspire, challenge and engage you in your ongoing work or informal support provided to people living with brain injury. Who should attend: professionals working in the area of brain injury, people with brain injury and family members. Supported by Flinders University and Brain Injury South Australia.
When - Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 February 2018
Where - Flinders University, City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - $385 to $1,320.
Safe Work Instruction (SWI) on transport
Safe Work Instructions (SWIs) are a collection of instructions that show people how to perform carer tasks safely and competently. Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has issued a new SWI - Assisting a Person to Transit in a Vehicle (SWI 001 2017).
Code of Practice for transportation of clients
The updated Code of Practice for the Transportation of Clients for the South Australian Disability Service Sector 2017 replaces Disability Sector Code of Practice for the Transportation of Clients. The updated Code of Practice is available on the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion’s website.
New online mental health resource
The Department of Health has created a new website linking Australians to mental health resources, information and services. ‘Head to Health’ contains around 370 mental health services and resources funded by the Australian Government.
ABC regional scholarship for people with disability
The ABC is launching a new three-month scholarship to regional writers and content makers. The ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship, valued at more than $20,000, gives regional Australians with disability the opportunity to enhance their storytelling skills and experience. The scholarship will be tailored to the recipient’s content project, professional goals, and skills.
Deadlines for applications - 18 February 2018.
Have your say - Review of Housing Standards in SA
The prescribed minimum standards within the Housing Improvement Regulations 2017 (the Housing Improvement Regulations) are being reviewed and the government wants to hear what you think. The Regulations set minimum standards for issues including construction, amenities, sanitation and fire safety. The prescribed minimum standards were last reviewed in 2007, and may not reflect the community’s thinking about health and safety risks today. For more information, and to have your say,
Restrictive Practice documents
The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) has released two new guides for the South Australian Disability Services Sector:
- The Human Rights Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector assists service providers in developing and implementing their human rights policies and practices. It also provides a framework for the second document.
- The Person-centred Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector gives advice to service providers on how services can be made truly person-centred.
These guides complement two other documents released earlier this year, clarifying the restrictive practice requirements of disability service providers and outlining safeguarding mechanisms to eliminate the use of restrictive practices.
Cricket available to all players
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is committed to providing accessible options for all players. Current options include:
- blind cricket
- deaf cricket
- cricket for people with intellectual disability, and
- entry-level programs for children with disability.
SACA also sends teams to participate in competitions such as the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, where players representing South Australia compete in the blind, deaf and cricketers with an intellectual disability divisions.
Phone SACA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Amy Wiseman, on 8300 3296