Disability information update
Updated 14 Aug 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.
Fund My Neighbourhood grants available
‘Fund My Neighbourhood’ is a $40m program that invites you to suggest and then choose projects to improve your local neighbourhood. Projects could be small scale infrastructure upgrades, events or activities that build neighbourhood resilience, accessibility and connection. One-off grants of between $10,000 and $150,000 will be available. Once all project ideas are in, the public will be able to vote to decide which are funded.
Deadline for submissions - 8 September 2017
Taxi voucher scheme for people with disability extended
The state government will extend the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants. The extension to mid-2019 will cover all eligible members, even if they have transitioned to the NDIS. SATSS provides members with 80 vouchers for subsidised taxi travel every six months.
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Law for Community Workers – free sessions
The Legal Services Commission of South Australia is offering free seminars for community workers to help them identify legal problems, assist clients and understand the range of legal assistance services available. You can attend in person or via a webcast.
- child support
- family law
- family violence
- credit and debt
- Centrelink issues
- tenancy law.
Sessions run from Thursday 17 August 2017 to Thursday 26 October 2017. Bookings essential.
Phone LCW Coordinator, Paula Meegan, on 8111 5749
Brain Injury Week 2017
An official launch for Brain Injury Week (21 to 27 August 2017) will feature guest speaker Professor Jacinta Douglas and a panel of people with lived experience of acquired brain injury, who will talk about their journey. All welcome. Registrations essential.
When - Monday 21 August 2017 from 10:00 am
Where - The John Halbert Room, Adelaide Oval
Phone 8217 7600
Mindshare Creative Writing Awards 2017
This poetry and creative writing competition is are open to South Australians who have a lived experience of mental illness. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant and unpublished. The competition is presented by mindshare, with the support of Living Arts, NEAMI Arts, Access2Arts and the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia
Deadline for entries - Monday 28 August 2017
Phone 8212 8873
Disability Employment Services 2018 - Registrations of Interest
The Australian government is inviting organisations to register their interest to deliver Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018. This is an unrestricted registration process, open for four weeks. The second stage is a restricted grant application process that will only apply to organisations that registered.
Deadline for registrations - 29 August 2017
Phone the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283
Quote 2017-1034 Disability Employment Services 2018 Registration of Interest
YWCA SHE Leads Conference
This year’s conference will showcase female leaders who are using their voices to be powerful and create change in their workplaces and communities. There will be keynote speakers, panel discussions, skills-building breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The SHE Leads Conference is fully accessible and Auslan interpretation is provided.
When - Thursday 31 August 2017
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $210 to $315
Phone 8203 9400
Young Carer Bursaries (Grants)
The Young Carer Bursary Program is a $3,000 scholarship offered to young carers (12 to 25) who are actively engaged in education in addition to their caring duties. The bursary aims to help relieve financial pressure for young carers. A bursary is similar to a grant. It is not a loan, and does not need to be repaid.
Deadline for applications - 7 September 2017
Phone 1800 756 238
International Carers’ Conference in Adelaide
Hosted by Carers Australia, this conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, encouraging innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. Delegates will enjoy a range of challenging debates, thought-provoking presentations, interactive workshops and exhibitions.
When - 4 to 6 October 2017
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $400 to $1190
Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc
If you have clients in need of non-commercial equipment or aids, TADSA (formerly Technical Aid to the Disabled (SA) Inc.) may be able to help.
Phone TADSA on 8261 2922
Volunteer dog walkers
The City of Tea Tree Gully has a companion dog support program for residents who need help to walk their dog. Eligibility criteria apply. All volunteers are screened and receive appropriate training as part of this program.
Phone Sharlene Walker on 8397 7427
Government funding to help people attend conferences
The federal government will spend $313,000 to help people with disability take part in conferences across the country. Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to 33 organisations under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI).
The grants can be used to help cover such things as:
- conference fees
- domestic travel
- Auslan interpreters
- conference materials in alternative formats.
Older, still current news
Restrictive practice documents launched
South Australian disability service providers now have two new documents to assist them reduce restrictive practices:
- Positive Behaviour Support Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector
- Restrictive Practices Reference Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector.
These documents clarify the restrictive practice requirements of disability service providers and outline safeguarding mechanisms to eliminate the use of restrictive practices. Both documents will help service providers meet requirements of the NDIS. The documents were produced in a collaborative effort, led by the Office of the Senior Practitioner in Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).
Cost of Living Concession – applications open
The Cost of Living Concession (managed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) is one of a range of household concessions provided by the state government to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australian households meet their cost of living expenses. Pensioners, people receiving Centrelink payments and those on low incomes may be eligible for concessions for energy, water, sewerage and the Emergency Services Levy.
Phone the ConcessionsSA Hotline on 1800 307 758
Deadline for applications - Tuesday 31 October 2017
Invictus Games 2017
The third Invictus Games will showcase more than 500 military competitors from 17 nations competing in 12 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 - 23 to 30 September 2017 in Canada
Where - Toronto, Canada
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
The Pacific Rim International Conference encourages and respects voices from diverse perspectives across numerous areas, including people with disability, family members and supporters, program providers, researchers and academics.
When - 9 to 11 October 2017
Where - Hawaii
Kids and Youth Disability Expo
KYD-X will continue to focus on services and products for children, and this year will include products and services for teens and young adults. Topics covered will include education, social activities, day options, employment services and independent living. Bookings for exhibitors are now open
When - Saturday 14 October 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where - Priceline Stadium
Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2017 - registrations open
The annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo is an exciting community event that attracts audiences of up to 4,000 people with more than 160 exhibitors. Registrations for exhibitors is now open.
When - Friday 27 October 2017 from 10.00 am to 4:30 pm
Where - Adelaide Showground
Phone Catalyst (formerly Seniors Information Service) on 8168 8702
Incontinence National Conference
The 26th National Conference on Incontinence will showcase the latest research and practice in the field of incontinence management and continence promotion.
When - 15 to 18 November 2017
Where - Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost - $70 to $980
Phone 07 3851 4298
Deadline for early bird registrations - 6 October 2017
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Sometimes people need extra support to move from school to employment. SLES is a new NDIS support for students with disability. SLES offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing year 12 to help people get ready for work and plan a pathway to employment. The program is tailored to meet individual employment goals.
Come along to an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.
When - Sunday 20 August 2017 from 11.45 pm to 2.15 pm.
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry
Phone 0408 848 649
JFA Noske Christmas Fund – applications open
Applications are now open for the JFA Noske Christmas Fund. The Fund distributes grants of up to $200 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or a degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas. In the past, eligible people have received grant assistance for various personal items including short holidays, electrical goods, presents for loved ones, personal gifts, clothing, food for Christmas day and more.
Deadline for applications - Friday 25 August 2017
Key Word Sign Workshop
This fun and interactive workshop is presented by Key Word Sign SA. You'll learn all the tips and tricks needed to get you started with signing and over 100 signs to use with children and adults with complex communication needs. Bookings essential.
When - Saturday 23 September 2017 from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
Where - Down Syndrome SA, Ridleyton
Cost - $130 per person
Email Karen Sowton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Word Sign bookings - Sticky Tickets (Search KWS)
BSWAT Payment Scheme
Thousands of eligible supported employees with intellectual disability could get a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. Registrations for the scheme closed in April. Many people who registered for the scheme applied for a payment at the same time. Some people registered for the scheme only, which means they now need to submit a payment application. You can submit a payment application form online, by post or email.
Deadline for payment applications - Thursday 30 November 2017
Phone 1800 799 515
Tax help for people on low incomes
You may be eligible for the Tax Help program if you need help lodging your tax return and your income is around $60,000 or less. Tax Help is a network of trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. You will need to have a myGov account linked to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); volunteers can help you with this too. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia. Conditions apply.
Phone 13 28 61
Easy Read guide to breast health
‘A Guide to Breast Health’ is an easy read booklet for women with low literacy, sight impairment or intellectual disability, along with families and carers. The booklet helps women learn about the importance of breast health and regular breast screening. It covers breast awareness, clinical breast examination and mammography screening. You can download a copy from the SA Health website or ask for a free printed copy.
Phone 8274 7102
New look for MIFSA
Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA) has changed name and branding. They are now Skylight Mental Health. The new name and brand have emerged from the words, hopes and experiences shared by participants, staff, volunteers and members. Phone numbers are the same, but look out for new email addresses and a new web address.
Cara Adelaide conference
Cara is presenting a two-day conference in Adelaide. The conference will feature high-calibre speakers whose experiences will encourage business leaders to embrace the transformation necessary for survival and success in an era of change.
When - 12 to 13 September 2017
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $310 to $1200