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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.

NDIS rollout continues across Australia

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
  • Glenelg.

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.

$1.7 million Changing Places to provide more independence for people with disability

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.

Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide 2018

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.

Survey - strategies to support people with intellectual disabilities to vote

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

A Strong Future for Supported Employment - DSS

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.

SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022

Resource - Health videos using Auslan

Health information in Auslan is available from the Victorian Government. Topics include raising children, diabetes information and dispute resolution.

Health Translations

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.

Screen reader user survey results - WebAIM

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.

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017

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.

Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant - YouTube 3.06 mins

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.

My Support My Choice website

NDIA website

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.

Consumers with Disability - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

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.

Whatever it Takes - training in capacity building after ABI

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).

Safe Work Instructions (SWIs)

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.

Disability SA policies and guidelines

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.

Head to Health

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.

ABC Regional champions emerging voices in the disability community

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,

Have your say - Review of Housing Standards in SA

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.


Office of the Senior Practitioner - DCSI

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

A sport for all - SACA

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