Region 16 – Region 16 Home
Region 16: Western Victoria
Welcome to NDCO Victoria Region 16.
Northern Mallee, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Central Grampians, Glenelg & Southern Grampians, Highlands, South West & Geelong Regions
The National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Western Victoria (Region 16) covers a large regional geographical area incorporating twenty two Local Government Area’s of Highlands, Geelong, South West, Glenelg, Central, Northern and Southern Grampians, Southern & Northern Mallee, Sunraysia and the Western District. The area of Western Victoria is approximately 98,104 square kilometres. The region has a population around 775,000 people and an unemployment rate of 5.3%.
The NDCO program has been funded until the end of June 2018 by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. If you would like to speak with your local NDCO please call 0418108555 or email:email@example.com
Region 16 Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016 – Available for perusal!
The purpose of the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme (NDCO) Environmental Analysis is to provide a contextual analysis of the issues facing people with disability at the NDCO regional level. The NDCO programme operates strategically at a local level to improve education and employment outcomes for people with disability from 14 to 64 years. The following information relates to NDCO Region 16 (western Vicotira) incorporating Northern Mallee, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Central Grampians, Glenelg & Southern Grampians, Highlands, South West & Geelong Regions. Broader information has been included where relevant to provide comparisons to state and national data, where data relates to activities undertaken by people with disability in Vocational Education and Training, and Higher Education.
Region 16 – Networks
The NDCO program is linked in with several networks in the region that have a focus on educational inclusion, transition preparation and employment for young people with disability. Each network is unique in purpose, goals, activities and geographical representation. If you would like further information, please contact Pam on 0418108555 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org Some of the networks include:
- Ballarat Autism Support Group
- Wimmera Disability Action Forum
- Glenelg Transition Action Network
- South West Transition Action network
- Ticket to Work Program (Geelong)
- Glenelg Local Action Group
- Tafe Disability Network (TDN)
- Southern Higher Education Disability Network (SHEDN)
- Wimmera Parents Support Network
- Passport 2 Employment (P2E) Partnership Networks
- Ballarat CareersEducators Network
- Geelong Career Educators Network
- Disability Action Network (Mildura)
Region 16 – Updates, Tips & News
FREE CUSTOMISED EMPLOYMENT WEBINAR NATIONAL!
Webinar: Customised Employment – streamlining sustainable transitions
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Time: WA: 10.00am–11.00am NT: 11.30am–12.30pm
Qld: 12.00pm–1.00pm SA: 12.30pm–1.30pm
ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Through the NDIS people with disability are increasingly seeking transition to work supports. Join us in this webinar to gain knowledge and an overview of tools and resources to support people who want to work and achieve suitable and sustainable employment using a Customised Employment approach.
This webinar will:
- Provide an overview of the Customised Employment approach
- Encouraging families to be part of the transition journey
- Explore how to maintain successful workplace partnerships
- Broaden thinking around employment supports
- Question and Answer session
Webinar details: Auslan interpreted, live captioned and recorded
60 minutes duration, FREE to participate
Click on the following link to register:
Accessing the NDIS
Accessing the NDIS Permanent and significant disability One of the requirements needed to access the NDIS is evidence of what the NDIS calls a permanent and significant disability. The NDIS defines a permanent and significant disability as having all of the following factors:
- The person has an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (i.e. it is likely to be lifelong)
- The impairment of the person substantially reduces their ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions
- The person’s impairment affects their capacity for social and economic participation
- The person with disability is likely to require support under the NDIS for their lifetime
During the NDIS Access process people with disability need to complete some documents to show they are eligible for the scheme. The “Evidence of Disability Form” is one of these documents. People with disability who currently receive supports via designated State or Territory Government programs, will enjoy a streamlined process to access the NDIS.
People in “Defined Programs” will be contacted directly by the NDIS National Access Team, who should already have most of their relevant information. It is hoped that this means people already approved for support in their State or Territory will get into the NDIS quickly. Similarly, the NDIS Access process includes a “List A” of conditions that the NDIS accepts will mean people will be eligible for the NDIS.
People with an impairment or condition on List a will also get a streamlined accede to complete Part C of the Evidence of Disability Form. This makes the NDIS Access process a quicker and less stressful experience for those with List a conditions. There is also a “List B” of conditions, which usually include permanent impairments where the functional capacity of the person is variable, and the NDIS requires further assessment and evidence of their disability before the person can be accepted as an NDIS Participant.
This does not mean people with List B conditions are not eligible for, or won’t get into the NDIS; it simply means they must complete more of the Evidence of Disability Forms than those with a List a Condition need to. It is important to know that the NDIS places more importance on the “functional capacity” of a person with disability, rather than their specific diagnosis of disability or illness.
This means the NDIS looks at what supports a person with disability needs to live an “ordinary life: and not the health effect of their disability or illness. As a result, when people with disability are collecting evidence to access the NDIS, it may be just as appropriate to collect it from allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as from doctors or other medical professionals.
How will the process work when the NDIS is available?
People with disability who are already accessing services from a State or Territory Government may be automatically eligible for NDIS, meaning they meet the access requirements. The NDIS calls these state and territory government services “Defined Programs” For example people with an Individual Support Package (ISP) in Victoria, or people in NSW accessing services from EnableNSW.
The purpose of Defined Programs is to make the transition easier for people who are already eligible for similar support programs they have been accessing through states and territories. For example. Those who are in Defined Programs do not need to fill out as much paperwork as those who are not. Another benefit of the easier access to the NDIS for those in Defined Programs is that it will make the process of accepting the large number of new NDIS Participants easier to manage for the NDIS itself. Those people with disability who are not in any Defined Programs, or are not accessing any services at all will need to go through the standard NDIS Access process.
- It is important to know that the NDIS is not income support. The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is for Australians with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability unable to work for more than 15 hours per week because of their disability. The only change with a DSP will be mobility allowance as this will now be the NDIS responsibility and should be included in your plan…
Once the National Access Team of the NDIS has confirmed a person with disability meets the initial NDIS Access requirements, or the person is in a Defined Program, they will become an NDIS participant.
After this process, a different NDIS representative (LAC) will contact the NDIS participant to go through the process of getting an approved NDIS First Plan. Three steps are needed before the NDIS participants receives an approved NDIS First Plan:
- Getting Plan Ready (working out support needs)
- The Planning Conversation
- NDIS Plan Approval
Please note the first plan will focus primarily on specific support needs of the participant. The second plan will add aspirations, getting a job, etc.
NDCO Region 16 – West Vic News Autumn 2017
West Vic News
National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16
Welcome to autumn 2017! I hope you are well on your way into the New Year and have noticed how quickly Easter is approaching….it will be Christmas again before we know it…Yikes!
Passport 2 Employment (P2E) recognised in Western Australia!
In December last year, the NDCO and Brad Charman (Glenelg Shire Council) proudly presented a program developed by the Glenelg Southern Grampians Transition Action Network and Glenelg Local Learning & Employment Network called Passport 2 Employment (P2E) at the National Pathways 13 Conference in Canberra last year. The Pathways 13 Conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professionals from across Australia, and students with disability, to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in education and training. Our presentation at the Pathways 13 Conference was so well received that we were invited to present the program to the NDCO’s and a group of stakeholders in Western Australia.
On 27th February 2017 the NDCO headed to Perth and was warmly welcomed by Dale Arthur (NDCO Southern WA Coordinator), Mark Bateman (Northern WA Coordinator) and Alex Murphy (Perth WA Coordinator). The NDCO presented at National Disability Services (NDS) in Perth, Edge Employment Solutions, Subiaco and Worklink, Albany. The P2E presentations were a hit among the NDCO’s and the stakeholders who attended. As a result three working groups have formed to pilot the P2E partnership in Perth, Albany and Mandurah, Western Australia.
“The group I presented to was enthused and indicated that they would pilot the P2E program in Perth this year. The schools I spoke with indicated there were at least twenty-seven students from Years 10-12 who would benefit from attending the program”
The P2E program aims to empower young people with disabilities to build their confidence and skills in leadership and self-advocacy. Since its establishment the program has been delivered in Portland, Warrnambool, Horsham, Geelong, Colac and Gippsland. The aim is to roll it out in a number of additional locations in 2017.
“I would just like to acknowledge my appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful NDCO’s of Western Australia and the Glenelg Transition Action Network. I must also thank the wonderful organisation and people I work for, Ben and Sally, thank you for allowing me to take this journey!! I will never forget this experience,”
Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16
Mobile: 0418 108 555
Priority Investment Approach to Welfare and Try, Test and Learn Fund
Department of Social Services
NDCO Region 16 worked in partnership with NDCO NT (Julie Forrest Davies), Elicia Ford (NSW), Lloyd Gris (NSW) and Gillian Hilt (NSW) to submit three ideas for the national Try, Test and Learn Proposal (Priority Investment to Welfare Approach) Department of Social Services – Young Students at Risk at long term unemployment. Ideas submitted and deemed eligible as follows:
Part time work and work experience for tertiary students with disabilities and mental health needs leads to greater success in securing long term employment
- Specialist Employment Service for Graduates with Disability
- Job Seeker App for PWD
About the Priority Investment Approach to Welfare and Try, Test and Learn Fund:
Under the Priority Investment Approach, the Government has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to undertake an actuarial analysis of the social security system to identify risk factors driving long-term welfare dependency. This will help the Government to better assess the effectiveness of policy designed to decrease welfare dependency. New insights to be gained through the Priority Investment Approach will allow for the design and assessment of innovative policies which can increase the chances of sustained employment and self-reliance.
Under the Try, Test and Learn Fund, the Department of Social Services will seek evidence-based proposals for policy interventions from relevant Commonwealth agencies and external experts and from the not-for-profit and non-government sector who will all have access to the relevant data.
To review Try Test and Learn Fund successful submissions please click on link: https://engage.dss.gov.au/try-test-and-learn-fund/try-test-and-learn-fund-view-ideas/
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. Central Grampians LLEN (CGLLEN)
NDCO attended Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at CGLLEN in Ararat held over two days. The course delivered by Grampians Community Health, provided an introduction to Mental Health Problems and Mental Health first Aid particularly focussed on youth – adolescent development, depression in young people, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis in young people and substance use problems in young people.
Australians aged 16-24 with common mental illnesses in any one year: Anxiety disorders: Males 9.3%, Females 21.7%, Substance Use disorders: Males 15.5%, Females 9.8%, and Depressive Disorders: Males 4.3%, Females 8.4% and any common mental illness: Males 22.8%, Females, 30.1%.
The course focussed on self-help strategies for young people, professional s who can help and the important role of a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First aid Action Plans have been developed for each mental health disorder in young people. Action 1: Approach the young person, assess and assist with any crisis. Action 2: Listen non-judgementally. Action 3: Give support and information. Action 4: Encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help and
Action 5: Encourage other supports.
For further information about attending a course in Western Victoria, please see link: http://grampianscommunityhealth.org.au/service/mental-health-first-aid-courses/youth/
NDIS Understanding Workshops – Disability Loop and AFDO Project, Bendigo
NDCO attended a three day workshop delivered by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations/Disability Loop in Bendigo recently. The sessions included:
How does the NDIS Work
- Reasonable and Necessary
- Planning and Standing Strong
- I have my plan, what now,
- Plan management explained and is self-management for me?
The workshops were delivered by Carl Thompson, a NDIS participant himself and focussed on the different disability support systems in Australia, why the NDIS is needed and how it is different to previous state systems. Many case studies were discussed in regards to accessing the NDIS during the trial phases. People on the Disability support Register, Futures for Young Adults and in supported accommodation will be the first to transition to the scheme in each area. Followed by people in residential institutions, community respite, therapy, PSD and HACC…
People with disability who are not in any Defined Programs, or are not accessing any services at all will need to go through the standard NDIS Access Process. People on Disability Support Pension with mobility allowance, will no longer receive mobility allowance once signed up in the scheme as it will become part of their NDIS Plan and paid every fortnight. Currently, 30,000 people have NDIS Plans. In addition to this, between 2016 and 2019 the NDIS will need to develop NDIS Plans for over 430,000 people across Australia.
In regards to reasonable and necessary, supports must be reasonable, meaning they provide value for money – this does not mean supports should be the lowest price possible, but must bring a large benefit to the NDIS Participant.
Introducing “Nadia” NDIS new virtual assistant:
Nadia has been developed to provide people with disability with information about the NDIS when and how they want it. Initially Nadia will be used to answer the most common questions people have about the Scheme, but over time, with your help she will develop the capacity to provide detailed responses to a wide range of queries. Nadia has been co-designed by people with disability with the NDIS’s Digital Innovation Reference Group taking the lead. Nadia will be accessible 24/7 through the myplace portal. She can speak, write and chat online and has been designed to meet international accessibility guidelines. The more interactions she has with people, the more her knowledge bank will grow. The plan is for Nadia to be released in a trial environment on the myplace portal in the next few months. Nadia will start as a “trainee”. It will take 12 months and a great deal of interactions with NDIS stakeholders for Nadia to become fully operational. The Agency will hold information sessions to inform people how they can engage with and use Nadia over the next couple of months. Cate Blanchett donated her time to provide the voice of Nadia.
Professional Development, Conferences and Events
National Disability Insurance Agency Information Sessions NDIS, Western Victoria
The NDIA will be delivering Community and Provider Information Session on the NDIS in Western Victoria as follows. Please check the sessions in your local area.
Community Information Sessions – What is the NDIS?: This information session will be delivered by NDIA staff and partners wanting to start raising awareness and understanding of the scheme for potential participants, family, providers and community members
Provider Information Sessions – An introduction to the NDIS for Service Providers – This information will be delivered by NDIA staff wanting to start raising awareness and understanding of being a service provider for the NDIS for providers.
Community Information Sessions
Horsham 5 April 2017
10.30am – 12noon & 7pm-9pm
Grains Innovation Park
10 Natimuk Road, Horsham
Community Information Sessions
Hamilton 6 April 2017
11.30am-1pm & 7pm-9pm
Provider Information Session
2.30 – 4pm
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
113 Brown Street, Hamlton
Community Information Sessions
Portland 12 April 2017
11.30am – 1pm & 7pm
Provider Information Session
South West Institute of TAFE
154 Hurd Street, Portland
Community Information Session Warracknabeal 19 April 2017
11.30am – 1.00pm
Yarriambiack Shire Offices
34 Lyle Street, Warracknbeal
Community Information Session
Nhill 19 April 2017
7pm-8. Nhill Memorial Community Centre
77-79 Nelson Street, Nhill
Community Information Session
St Arnaud 20 April 2017
5.00pm -7.00pm St Arnaud Town Hall
40 Napier Street, St Arnaud
Community Information Session
Stawell 21 April 2017
Stawell Entertainment Centre
59-69 Main Street, Stawell
Community Information Sessions Warrnambool 11 April 2017
11.30 – 1pm & 7pm-9pm
Provider Information Session
2.30pm – 4pm
Warrnambool Lighthouse Theatre
185 Timor Street, Warrnambool
National Disability Services VIC Conference 2017
Location: Melbourne Park Function Centre
Date: 27/03/2017 to 28/03/2017
With the continued rollout of the NDIS, planning for change is something our sector understands.
At the 2017 NDS Victorian State Conference we’ll be taking the conversation in the direction of exploring the realities, risks and opportunities of delivering change and creating great outcomes for both participants and provider organisations. With a diverse variety of insightful keynote speakers, professional development workshops and exhibitors, you’ll learn innovative and practical strategies that you can implement to: enhance opportunities for NDIS participants in their daily lives, strengthen disability culture and develop your organisation in a market environment.
For registration and sponsorship/exhibitor queries, please contact Alyssa Mason at Alyssa.Mason@nds.org.au or on 02 9256 3133
AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference
17 – 20 May 2017
The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia
The AGOSCI Conference Theme for 2017 is “Ready, Set, AACtion”. The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills. Registration for the AGOSCI Conference is now open. You can easily register via an online form or download the registration brochure and manually complete a form.
Register Online Now
AGOSCI Scholarship Information
Limited funding will be available for scholarships to support people with complex communication needs to attend the AGOSCI 2017 Conference. Applications close 28 February 2017. Click below for further information on how to apply and who is eligible.
Policy, Research & Resources
Welcome to the Cultural Atlas
The Cultural Atlas is an educational resource providing comprehensive cultural information on the countries that Australia’s biggest migrant populations have originated from. The aim is to improve social cohesion in Australia and promote inclusion in an increasingly culturally diverse society. The Cultural Atlas was developed to supplement SBS’s Cultural Competence Program. Click on link: http://theculturalatlas.org/
National Disability Practitioners (NDP) has unveiled its new website and is offering tailored development opportunities for NDS members.
NDP is a division of NDS committed to engaging, developing and supporting the disability workforce. Since launching in December 2014, NDP has grown to represent a community of more than 14,000 individuals. Members range from disability support workers to allied health practitioners, leaders, business support staff, students and volunteers. Individuals can join NDP for $45 per person, per annum. NDP recently unveiled a new website, www.ndp.org.au. The upgraded site showcases a growing range of member benefits and tailored resources. There you can download factsheets on a variety of topics, access up-to-date information on the NDIS, attend free online courses and view video content.
A skilled, informed workforce is crucial for the NDIS. As an NDS member, you have the opportunity to support the information, learning and development needs of your staff with an NDP group subscription. Group subscriptions start at just $20 per person, per annum*.
NDP strives to build and maintain a community of capable, professional and engaged individuals who are committed to delivering high-quality supports and life opportunities for people with disability. To find out more, visit www.ndp.org.au or contact Belinda Allen, Executive Officer at orphone 02 9256 3194.
Access and Inclusion Index
Access and Inclusion is the consideration and incorporation of the needs of people with disability in all areas of an organisation’s operations. This means ensuring that people with disability have equal access to employment, training and development, products and services, premises, communication and information communication technology. For more information about the Access and Inclusion Index and how to use it go to https://accessandinclusionindex.com.au/overview
Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)
An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) supports individuals and organisations to embrace accessibility as ‘business as usual’ at no cost. The DAT puts the power of accessible functionality into the hands of content authors, for the ultimate benefit of consumers with disability or age-related impairment. https://www.visionaustralia.org/dat
Decision-making support: Building Capacity within Victoria
The aim of the Supported Decision Making Project was to build knowledge on how people with cognitive impairment can be supported to make major life decisions, such as post-school options and accommodation. The research, conducted by La Trobe University, explored the processes and dilemmas associated with supporting people with cognitive disability in decision making. The outcomes of the research were then used by Scope to develop a range of resources to improve knowledge and build capacity in the area of decision-making support. The multimedia and print resources target families and carers, service providers, and legal professionals. http://www.scopeaust.org.au/research-project/decision-making-support-building-capacity-within-victoria/
Disability Knowledge Clearing House
The CADR Disability Knowledge Clearing House exists to help us understand ‘what works, for whom, under what circumstances, at what cost’. Here you will find a repository of links to a wide range of disability research and evaluation resources. CADR is constantly adding material to this site with the aim of building the most comprehensive collection of disability research and resources for the Australian context. http://www.cadr.org.au/
Downloadable Disability Access Symbols
There are over 54 million citizens with disability who want and need access to work and the buildings in which people work. Apart from all ethical considerations, the law demands that people with disability are accommodated. These symbols advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your building or offices. Examples of places you’ll want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps. http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/resources/publications/118-downloadable-disability-access-symbols
Employ Outside the Box
Employ Outside the Box is a series of publications to encourage businesses to diversify their workforce. By providing a clear business case and a systematic approach to internal procedures, the guides help businesses to hire people with disability, mature-age workers, Indigenous Australians and other categories of people with skills to offer. https://www.acci.asn.au/program/employ-outside-box
Get Ready Workbook Series
The NDCO program has developed a series of workbooks for young people with disability, a chronic medical condition or a mental health condition to help plan life after school. These workbooks are based on the top ten tips for moving into post school education, training and employment pathways. They contain practical activities, facts on rights and responsibilities, useful links and more! There are three workbooks: Get Ready – Top Tips for Students with Disability; Get Ready – Top Tips for ATSI Students with Disability & Get Ready – A Guide for Parents. The workbooks are FREE to download and can be progressively completed electronically and saved to a computer. There is also a plain text version for users of assistive technology and an Easy English version of the Student and ATSI workbook for people with low literacy or language skills. You can download all versions at www.westernsydney.edu.au/ndco/
Person-Centred Practice across Cultures resources
Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures is a series of resources focusing on the crucial importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity in disability support and service delivery. There are 14 workbooks to assist you to be sensitive to and maximise cultural and linguistic diversity in your work. They cover issues such as choice and control for CALD customers, attracting people, engaging with local communities, bilingual workers and interpreters, and the business case for culturally-sensitive service delivery. The Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures project was designed by futures upfront for NDS. Funding was provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.
Supporting tertiary students with ASD
Information for university and TAFE students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents, and tertiary staff interested in learning more about ASD. This information pertains to supporting students with an ASD in academic settings and comes from a variety of sources including local and international information, peer reviewed research and research conducted at OTARC (funded by DHS, Victoria). The information provided is general and not targeted for specific tertiary institutions. http://www.latrobe.edu.au/otarc/families-individuals/support
Consultation Overview – Victorian State Disability Plan 2017-2020
The Victorian Government consulted with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the Victorian State Disability Plan 2017-2020. The Consultation overview provides a summary of key ideas that emerged from a formal consultation period that ran for six weeks from May to July 2016. The key ideas are presented by the themes of the discussion paper that was released as part of the formal consultation. To assess the Consultation Overview please visit: http://www.statedisabilityplan.vic.gov.au/consultation-overview
The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities. You can access contact to all Victorian NDCO’s via the state website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au
The Wonderful World of Work – A Workbook for Asperteens
ASPIE EMPLOYEES (Jeanette Purkis 2014)
Some people call Asperger’s syndrome a disability or a deficit. Some of them think that people on the Autism spectrum are incapable of doing all the things that other people can do, like going to mainstream school, socialising, having empathy, playing sport or working. This is not a very helpful way of treating people on the Autism spectrum and sometimes it can pull us down and make us feel inadequate. There is another way of looking at this issue and that is that we can do anything we choose to. Our Aspie thinking styles and understanding of life are actually positive attributes which others value. Qualities like honesty, dedication, loyalty and integrity are very common among people with Autism, and almost everyone, Autie or otherwise, values these qualities in a friends or in an employee. There are examples of people on the Autism spectrum doing all sorts of things that people might not expect them to be able to do. Asperger’s is not necessarily a disability; its just a different way of processing information and approaching the world. Often what makes it a disability is the attitudes of other people and society generally. If everybody in the world had Aspergers, the world would still function. It would function in a different way to what happens now, but it would still work!
Author: Jeanette Purkis (2014) – The Wonderful World of Work – A workbook for Asperteens
You can buy the whole book from the following websites:
Jeanette has also published “Finding a Different Kind of Normal – Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome” available online.
The Human Library – a Unique Experience for IDPWD!
The Human Library … where the Books are Alive
As part of International Day of People with Disability, the City of Greater Geelong is hosting the “Human Library …where the books are alive”.
The Human Library brings people together and invites them to have a one-to-one conversation about the lived experience of disability. It’s a great way to break down barriers, encourage understanding and learn about the impact of disability.
How it works
The Human Library works in the same way as a regular library but instead of borrowing a book, visitors borrow a person, that is a Living Book. They can then have a direct, one to one conversation with the Living Book as a way of learning more about disability.
Details can be found in the International Day of People with Disability 2015 Program.
For further information, contact Sandra Muratti.
|Where:||Market Square (next to Novo Shoes)
|Phone:||03 5272 4743|
FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – PORTLAND
The Committee for Portland in partnership with the Glenelg Transition Action Network, NDCO and United Way”
Free Community Breakfast with the focus of
“Employ-Ability, the benefits of employing people with disability”
With Special Guest Don Elgin, World Athletic Champion, Paralympian, motivator and larrikin!
Thursday November 19th at Richmond Henty Blue Room
7.15am for a 7.30am start
Each year the Committee for Portland hosts a free Community Breakfast, this year they have worked together with Glenelg Transition Action Network and with funding from United Way, to add an important and inspirational message to the event.
Employing people with a disability delivers many rewards for the employee and it can have a wonderful impact on your business, your staff and your customers.
To help deliver this message the Community Breakfast will include a special Guest speaker Don Elgin. Don represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games.
Don is living proof that with the right attitude, anything is possible. Having excelled in elite sport and mixed it with some of the biggest names in the film industry, he creates powerful, tailor made presentations based on his real life experience. Don takes his audience behind the scenes on his extraordinary journey from little bush battler to world record beater. This boy from the bush delivers – he is entertaining, motivational and an all round larrikin.
The Glenelg Transition Action Network (GTAN) came together in early 2013, facilitated by the Glenelg and Southern Grampians LLEN. The GTAN identified that a number of young people with disabilities in the region do not take up the opportunity for further education or work after school, and that there was a need to locally establish a group to put local strategies in place to help address this issue.
So, working together with the Committee for Portland, United Way and GTAN members including representatives from GSG LLEN , NDCO, Kyeema, WDEA, South West TAFE, Portland Bay School, Westvic, Bayview College, Portland Secondary College, Heywood District Secondary College, DHS and Glenelg Shire Council are presenting this year’s community breakfast with a clear focus on: Employ-Ability , the benefits of employing people with disability”
With the recent focus on the Melbourne Cup, people will not be forgetting the name Michelle and Steve Payne in a hurry. It is a wonderful story in many ways, but one highlight is how it demonstrates that if we focus on the abilities of people who have a disability, we can provide great employment opportunities and undeniably a feeling of confidence, belonging and pride to the employee.
Many local employers have already acted on this opportunity, they have identified suitable roles/tasks within their workplace and have employed a person with a disability. The benefits are clear to everyone involved business owners, staff, customers and the greater community.
Quotes regarding the event:
Pam Anderson National Disability Coordination Officer for western Victoria and GTAN committee member stated; “Employing people with disability is the right thing to do. Not because it’s right in the moral sense (although it is!), rather because it’s right in the business sense. It is an accepted fact that diverse businesses are more likely to innovate and thrive. Australia’s businesses can no longer expect to find the right people for their business while ignoring one in five possible star employees. Diversity comes with fully inclusive employment practices and being a disability-confident organisation is the key to success… remember we are all human beings who have a need to feel part of something, something that helps us feel wanted and trusted.”
Anne Murphy , Executive Officer from GSG LLEN ” Thanks to our community partners who have worked together to build opportunities and have provided this excellent opportunity to explore potential employment opportunities for young people with a disability. This will greatly assist in building more pathways for our young people.”
Anita Rank, Executive Officer from the Committee for Portland Stated “The Committee for Portland has a role to play with regards to creating more jobs that helps families, that builds a town and enables the development of other activities. We are delighted to facilitate this opportunity for business to learn more about how they can employ people with a disability, in the end it can be a win for win for everyone”.
Nicole Angelino, Executive Officer, United Way Glenelg : “We hope the community breakfast will encourage positive partnerships with local employees to reduce barriers facing young people with a disability. “Australian studies (Deakin 2002) have shown that on average employing a person with a disability does not cost any more than employing people without a disability. People with a disability deserve the opportunity to achieve genuine and fulfilling careers.”
Wunga Disability Support Program – Aborigines Advancement League Inc.
Wunga Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Flexible Support Program
Aborigines Advancement League Inc.
Disability Support Program
What is the Disability Support Program?
The Disability Program is provided in partnership between the Northern Metropolitan Department of Human Services and the AALI.
The AALI Disability Program has been developed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the North and Western Region to access support services, for their family members or themselves, to support in managing the complexities of caring for people with disabilities.
Within the AALI Disability Program, three (3) types of support programs are currently delivered:
- Flexible Support Packages, also known as the Wunga Program
- Individual Support Packages (ISP), and
- Short Term Assistance Packages (STAP)
What is Wunga?
The Wunga Program is focused on providing client and family focused case management with a limit of 12 packages at any one time, that encourages:
- improvement in quality of life
- maintain and enhance independence and mobility,
- support access to community and social activities, and
- support families in maintaining their family structure and environment while providing care.
- respect to the privacy and confidentiality of clients
What is an Individual Support Package? (ISP)
The Individual Support Packages are available through the Department of Human Services to individuals and assists in the purchasing of support equipment and services that encourages;
- Client’s to determine their support needs and goals,
- maintain and enhance independence and mobility,
- support access to community and social activities, and
- support family and carers that they can continue in their caring role
The Aborigines Advancement League Disability Program can assist in providing referrals to this program and support any follow up required.
What do we do?
The AALI Disability Program provides;
- intake and assessment for Wunga Packages,
- develop care and support plans in consultation with the client.
- implement and monitor the care and support plans with the client.
- assist in the referral to other disability services where the AALI is not able to provide assistance or a particular disability service,
- coordinating of services where multiple services providers are involved in the care of the client,
- advocacy to other providers.
To be eligible to access AALI Disability Program the following criteria must be met:
- Person requiring support is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent,
- is between the ages of 6 and 65,
- has complex support needs as a result of a disability diagnosis by medical practitioners,
- the disability is categorised as; intellectual, physical, sensory, neurological or an acquired brain injury (ABI),
- the person requiring support resides within the Northern Metropolitan regions as set by the Department of Human Services
For more information please contact:
Aborigines Advancement League Inc.
2 Watt Street, Thornbury 3071
PH: (03) 9480 7777
Koorie Kids with Special Needs
Koorie Kids with Special Needs Magazine- First Edition – Victorian Aboriginal Indigenous Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)
VAEAI has just released their first magazine focusing completely on the support available for Koorie children and young people with a disability and/or special needs. This is a magazine for families, for community members and for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the programs, services and assistance available.
In 2014, with funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, VAEAI began looking at developing resources to support Koorie families who have children with special needs.
With the help of a steering committee of Koorie parents/caregivers, and the advice of representatives from organisations working in the field of disability, VAEAI developed a radio show which airs fortnightly on 3KND, called Koorie Kids with Special Needs. The radio show features parents/caregivers talking about their experiences and what works for them, as well as organisations talking about programs and supported. The radio show has been a great success and will continue to air on 3KND in 2015/2016. What was discovered is there is a need to promote the assistance available to Koorie communities because there is help available, but not everyone knows about how to access that help.
So complement what VAEAI is doing with the radio show, they created the first Koorie Kids with Special Needs magazine. VAEAI hope to promote the great work that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations are doing to support Koorie Kids with Special Needs and also hope that the parent/caregiver stories featured in the magazine will give confidence to other parents who may be starting out in seeking support for their child. Being a parent is challenging work, and having a child with special needs adds some extra challenges, but with the right assistance your child can thrive and achieve the best education outcomes possible.
For information about the magazine and to order some copies please visit: www.vaeai.org.au or contact your local Wurreker Broker.
Koorie Kids with Special Needs RADIO SHOW!
Every Thursday 12-1 pm
In September 2014, VAEAI began broadcasting the Koorie Kids with Special Needs Radio Program from 1503 AM 3KND….
What they are doing is talking to parents and caregivers of Koorie Children who have special needs. They are talking about their experiences and how they accessed support for their kids. The show also talks to people working in the field of disability about the range of programs that are on offer for kids with special needs.
3KND broadcaster Garry Hansen hosts the program.
The show is very appreciative of all Koorie parents and disability support professionals who come in to share their knowledge. They hope that other families listening in will get useful advice and know that there is support available for their child.
TUNE IN EVERY THURSDAY 12 PM – 1503 AM 3KND STREAMING RADIO!
Visit online at: www.3knd.org.au
If you are a parent/caregiver of a Koorie child who has special needs and would like to share your story VAEAI would love to hear from you.
Remember: Support is available….
Data suggests that Koorie people are under-using disability support services that are available in Victoria, in comparison to non-Koorie people.
There are a number of possible reasons for this:
- Cultural reasons: Koorie people rely on family support, rather than support services
- Not being comfortable/familiar with accessing services
- Underdiagnosis/misdiagnosis of disability and additional needs
It is important for Koorie families to know that they have a right to access services that are welcoming and culturally appropriate. There are a number of guiding documents that set down the rights of people with disability, some of them are:
- UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2007)
- Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006)
- Victorian Disabilities Act (2006)
And for rights of First Peoples:
- Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (2006)
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons (2007)
National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Education Conference, Mercure Pullman on the Park, Melbourne
Region 16 UpdatesHi Everyone, this blog is to provide information about workshops the NDCO is attending at the NATSIEC Conference this week….. The following is a summary of the sessions attended today (Wednesday 11th November 2015)
Summary of Wednesday morning session at NATSIEC:
Workshop 1: Providing a Culturally Appropriate Technology Platform to improve Aboriginal Student Education and Training Outcomes (Aaron Hughes, Des Barton and Lyn Brown)
- Setting SMART goal mentoring and coaching students
- Goals are set at a child’s learning capacity and is achievable
- SMS Messages of your child’s achievements are quickly sent to parents/guardians
- Mum and Dad get great messages to talk to their child when they get home from school
- Creates a very positive environment both at school and home
- Transfers from year to year, school to school and teacher to teacher
- A private timeline/record of achievements and future aspirations are recorded in the one place
- Records achievements over time
- Similar to Facebook but not open to general public
- Within the teacher portal there is an activity feed of all students interactions
- Teachers can search on any student to see their achievements and can then notify parents by SMS
- Manage multiple students and classes from one screen
- Enables teachers to see any students achievements from any class
- Teachers can also reset student passwords if they forget or lose them
- The Community Engagement Tool is a way for schools and community to connect with cultural stories and community needs
- Creates a platform full of culturally appropriate content which supports all Australians in foundational knowledge about Aboriginal Australia.
- A great platform and resource for new teachers and students.
- Predominate usage along the New South Wales Coast with 30 schools currently using the website.
- Values: Provide students with an opportunity to discover more about their identity that builds self-esteem and confidence and is a personalised learning platform. Collaborate with students parents and guardians as students transition from year to year, school to school, teachers to teacher on their individual pathways plans. Fosters excellent partnerships with community.
To find out more go to: www.mgoals.com.au and select signup then select the tools you would like to use. A representative will then contact you and assist with all of the relevant information and support required to get going. This portal is free for all schools and students – not just Indigenous!
Workshop 2: Koorie Academy of Excellence (VAEAI) Michael Donovan
Purpose of the KAE:
- Assists Koorie students to successfully complete Year 12 and/or further study
- Develop leadership capabilities
- Deepen cultural understanding and connection
- Year 7 students through to Year 12
- Currently 70 members from 27 schools in Northern suburbs of Melbourne
- Working to develop online community and is a virtual program
- Family inclusiveness and engagement very important
- Committed to retaining students in academy
- For duration of their secondary education over 6 years working and supporting students in University
- All activities are conducted out of school hours
- Managed by KAE Board including Latrobe University, VAEAI, Mission Australia, LAeCG, Parent Rep and Alumni Rep
Destinations of 2014 Year 12 Cohort
- 1 @ Latrobe University
- 1 @ Monash University
- 3 @ RMIT University
- 1 @ TAFE
- 2 Employed full time
- 2 gained traineeships
- 3 gained full time apprenticeships
2 Alumni seeking work at commencement of 2015. One offered an apprenticeship the other casual work in admin at Latrobe University and is being considered for a communications traineeship. 14 past students now make up 2015 Alumni.
Koorie Academy Liaison Officers (KALOS)
- day to day work with kids and schools
- develop the program
- student support and parental engagement
- school visits
- out of school hours home visits
- manage workload out of school commitments
- Three key areas
- Leadership and cultural immersion
- Focus on academic excellence
Activities of the program include:
- Facilitated workplacements
- Leadership in Action dinners with guest speakers
- Family workshops
- Work related programs, short courses and workshops
- Mentoring with University and corporate partners
- University introductions/familiarisation
- Cultural events
- Social events
- 1:1 Mentoring support
- Latrobe University
- Latrobe University Football Club
- School for Student Leadership
- Microsoft Australia
- Racing Victoria
- Maddocks Lawyers
- Mission Australia
- Ventura Bus Lines
- Carlton Football Club
A real spirit of partnerships nurturing the next generation of Indigenous leaders.
Through intense negotiations and partnerships in the region, VAEAI was able to obtain a funding model to deliver the program. Massive future challenge in funding a sustainable model.
Selection Process for the program: Interviews are held with the family and students to determine commitment to the program. This is not an elitist academy – it is about community and sometimes can be a leap in faith for parents from bad generational experience with education.
Future of the program: Open to other regions in Victoria and possibly Australia!
Workshop 3: Girrwaabugany – What Aboriginal students say is the best way to connect with them.
– see this website for powerpoint information
National Disability Insurance Scheme Roll Out Dates for Western Victoria
FOR YOUR INFORMATION PLEASE SEE BELOW…..Roll out of the NDIS in regional Victoria
Regional Victoria areas
The NDIS will become available in the Central Highlands area from 1 January 2017.
The Central Highlands area covers the local government areas of
- Golden Plains
The NDIS will become available in the Mallee area from 1 January 2019.
The Mallee area covers the local government areas of
- Swan Hill
The NDIS will become available in the Western District area from 1 October 2017.
The Western District area covers the local government areas of
- Northern Grampians
- Southern Grampians
- West Wimmera
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: WWW.NDIS.GOV.AU
Pam AndersonNational Disability Coordination Officer
Western Victoria Region 16
Mobile: 0418 108 555 Email: email@example.com
To access the Audio Click here