Disability information update
Updated 10 Sep 2018.
Webinar - Law for Community Workers (Family Violence)
This free webinar is relevant to all fields of community work and will provide an overview of:
- legal responses to family violence
- definitions of abuse
- practical steps to consider
- where to refer clients for legal help.
When - Thursday 13 September 2018 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Cost - Free
Workshop - Key Signs
This workshop, presented by Key Word Sign SA, is a chance to learn more than 100 signs helpful when talking to children and adults with complex communication needs.
When - Saturday 15 September 2018 from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Where - Down Syndrome Association SA, 4 McInnes Street, Ridleyton
Cost - $130
Club Cool is an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.
When - Sunday 16 September 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.15 pm.
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry
Workshop - Person-Centred Active Support
The focus of this workshop is on how Developmental Educators and other allied health professionals can use the principles of Person-Centred Active Support in their daily practice to advance the skills and engagement of people with disability. This workshop is presented by Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) in collaboration with the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID).
When - Tuesday 18 September 2018 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Where - Barkuma Inc, Level 3, 151b South Tce, Adelaide
Cost - $80 to $160
Phone Jose Koppelman-Guthrie on 0455 932 220
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
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
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Older, still current news
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 recreational opportunities for adults and young people
YMCA provides inclusive recreational opportunities for people with disability through its LEAP program. LEAP services help you to try new things, engage with your community and live an active, healthy life. You can include LEAP service in your NDIS plan. A Recreation Consultancy service can connect you with recreation activities of all types, with whatever level of support you require. Relax and have fun in whatever way suits you.
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.
Continence Carer of the Year Award - nominations open
The Continence Carer of the Year Award acknowledges the important but often overlooked role of at-home carers, who deal with the complex role of caring for someone with incontinence. The award is open to carers from all around Australia.
Deadline for applications - Wednesday 12 September 2018
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.
Resources - Community inclusion for people with Down syndrome
Down Syndrome Australia has developed a Community Inclusion Toolkit to support the inclusion of people with Down syndrome in the community, including education, the workforce, health settings and sport. Being inclusive is about finding, offering and supporting opportunities for everyone to participate, learn, contribute, and belong. These resources have been developed from talking with people with Down syndrome and their families about the best approach to support inclusion in the community.
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.
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.
Deadline for registration - Friday 14 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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