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Welcome to October edition of
NSW CID e-news

Find the latest news and information for people with intellectual disability - plus links to training, workshops, conferences and interesting resources.

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In this edition we have:  

CID Annual General Meeting

NSW CID will be holding our AGM on Tuesday 15 November 2016. Members will receive ballot papers to vote for our Board of Directors.

If you are a member and would like to attend, you must register by email or over the phone 1800 424 065.

Click here for the easy read notice for the AGM.

Going to hospital; share your experience for research

The NSW Government has asked us to interview people with intellectual disability who live in group homes about their experience being in hospital.

Participants will be given a $75 gift card for their time. Lunch will be provided. We can interview the person where they live or at a place suitable to them.

We can pay for the cost of a support worker identified by the participant if they request one to be present during the interviews.

Click here to download the easy read information sheet.

Guest blog article

Guest blogger Belinda Ratcliffe PhD who is a Clinical Psychologist talks about improving mental health in children with autism and intellectual disability. 

The blog explores the insights gained from her research, in particular, how to improve the social skills of children with intellectual disability and autism. Click here to read the article.

NSW CID conference video

NDIA interviewed delegates at our conference in September asking "what is inclusion?" 

Click here to watch the video.

Reasonable adjustment for university

The Australian Disability Clearing House have released guides for educators on reasonable adjustments for exams and assessments for students with disability at TAFE or university; the guide include adjustments for people with intellectual disability. They can be viewed here.

Positive Cardiometabolic Health

Michael Sullivan, Chairperson of NSW CID was part of the launch of the Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People With Intellectual Disability resources. There are resources and tools available including postcards to take to your doctor.

Cardiometabolic health of people with intellectual disability differs from members of the general population. The resources aim to inform medical practitioners, those who work with or care for people with intellectual disability, people with intellectual disability, and prescribers of psychotropic medication on the affects on specific health conditions of people with intellectual disability.

Click here to download resources.

NSW Disability Innovation Awards

Do you know of any innovative disability service, team, program, resource or individuals who you think should be recognised for their work? The Disability Innovation Awards are looking for nominations and this year have produced an easy read information pack and nomination form. Click here for more information.

Mental health and intellectual disability

Vice-chair person Fiona Mackenzie gave a presentation at the Global Partnerships in Intellectual Disability Health Symposium on the topic of people with intellectual disability and mental ill health.

Click here to watch the presentation.

If you would like a guest speaker at your next conference or event from NSW CID, please get in touch.

Get More Skills: Hands On

Get More Skills: Hands On is designed to work with small groups of people to get hands on learning about voice, choice and control when setting and reviewing goals with the NDIS.

It is a 3 hour workshop that introduces the concepts with activities and tools, followed by each participant receiving 4 hours of one on one time with a facilitator tailored to their individual needs. 

Get More Skills: Hands On will be provided throughout Australia for free. My Choice Matters can provide support for people to attend including interpreters, personal support and transport where needed.

If you would like to know more or take part in the program, contact Brandon -


Intellectual disability and challenging behavior
UNSW are looking for family members to share their experiences of receiving behavioral support for a family member who has intellectual disability and challenging behavior. Click here.

Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships
Deakin University want to hear from people with intellectual disability who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex. Click here.

Barriers in accessing psychological services for parents of children with disability
The University of Technology, Sydney want to hear from parents whose children have an intellectual disability and their experiences in accessing psychologist services for themselves. Click here to complete the survey.

PWDA establishing Youth with Disability Network
PWDA want to hear from young people with disability living in NSW about their thoughts on establishing a Youth Disability Network. Click here to complete the survey.

Inclusive research
Click here to read an article by the Centre for Applied Disabiltiy Research on inclusive research in Australia and where to from here.

Events and professional development

Understanding Abuse’ and 'Staying Safe' forum
Representatives from VALID will share their Staying Safe program for people with disability.

NDS Zero Tolerance Initiative team will talk about Understanding Abuse online training tools for service providers. Click here for more information, click here for easy read flyer and click here to register for free.

Disability Justice Training
Various courses about people with cognitive disability and the justice system. Click here.

My Choice Matters Get More Skills workshops
Various dates and locations - hear about changes to the disability support system and what it will mean for you. Talk about planning and things to consider for your life, see what some people are already doing. Click here.

Workshops on financial decision making for people under guardianship
The NSW Trustee and Guardian would like to hear from people who are under financial guardianship who may be able to manage their own finances with training and support. Click here for their latest newsletter.

Disability, relationships and sexuality workshop
The workshop will explore relationships and sexuality for people with disability. It will look at social skills, relationships and sexuality from a human rights perspective, values, myths and assumptions, providing sex education and duty of care. Click here for more information.

Postgraduate studies in developmental disability
The University of Sydney have released their postgraduate program for studies in developmental disability for 2017. Click here to view available courses.


NSW NDIS resources
The NDIS team at NSW Department of Family and Community Services have developed new resources on the first plan process and many other resources including videos and Easy English factsheets. Click here.

My Choice Matters - Good Life workbooks
My Choice Matters have released an updated version of the what will give me a good life workbooks. They are designed to help people plan for the NDIS, include examples and practical tasks and are in easy read. Click here to view them.

Touching Base - accessing sex workers
Touching Base have released new resources for workers and people with intellectual disability accessing sex workers. NSW CID was part of the initial consultation process in the development of the resources. Click here.

Say Less, Show More
Resources about children with disability receiving routine medical procedures such as physical examination and blood tests using pictures. The resources won the Judges Choice in the category "Implementing Evidence Based Practice" in the The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Quality Awards. Click here.
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