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Welcome to the April edition of NSW CID e-news

As the change of season sweeps across NSW there are changes at CID, new information and interesting events to chat about. This month you will find the latest news and information for people with intellectual disability and CID's advocacy in Mental Health and NDIS. We also have links to training workshops, conferences and professional development, research and resources for families and workers.

Please send us any information you would like to see included in our e-news: and remember for information on NSW CID or anything related to intellectual disability call Ask CID on 1800 424 065


In this edition we have:


Challenge, Change, Create; Action on Intellectual Disability #cidconf16
CID's Annual Conference is shaping up to be informative and influential. Topics of interest put forward include; transport, how to become a self advocate, dealing with death, media skills, sexuality and relationships, using technology to have a good life and NDIS experiences as it rolls out across NSW. Keynote speakers, workshops and places to have your say will ensure an inclusive and interactive event.

Speak Up Sydney AGM
Speak Up Sydney is a group of people with disability who come together to make change in their community and get ready for changes in the disability system. They are holding their inaugural AGM and invite interested people to attend "we want you there with us". Thursday 28 April, 2 pm Waverly Library, Bondi Junction. RSVP to

Easy Read is Our Business and Better for your Business
Did you know NSW CID are experts in creating material that is easy to read? Trained staff work with members to co-design and test material including flyers, info sheets, booklets, PowerPoint presentations and other written material to ensure it is accessible for people with intellectual disability. Contact for more info or to get a quote.


Become a Leader

My Choice Matters has launched an online leadership course for people with disability and their families.  Become a Leader Online guides you through becoming a leader in your own life and in your community. There is a forum where you can connect with other leaders, support and mentor each other and network for your own causes. Check it out at

NDIS; What's New?

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Intellectual Disability Reference Group highlight what they do and how they ensure NDIS delivers for people with intellectual disability.
Watch the video on the NDIS website and keep an eye out for a couple of familiar faces.

Advocacy In Action

CID has a say on NDIS ILC
Members of NSW CID met with NDIA staff to talk everything ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity Building). Key themes included learning, connecting, teaching others and the best ways to make this work for people with intellectual disability. NSW CID is also having a say through a written submission, you can read our position here 

Help CID make some noise about Mental Health and Intellectual Disability
This week we visited Canberra and met with Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Shadow Minister for Mental Health Katy Gallagher. We are seeking all commonwealth physical and mental health initiatives to include specific consideration of what needs to happen to make them work for people with intellectual disability.
Join us in making noise by liking us on  Facebook and sharing our posts Follow us on twitter @nswcid and retweet our tweets or send a message directly to Sussan Ley asking her to commit to our call for action.

Down Syndrome NSW welcomes expert in Mental Wellness to Australia in May

Down Syndrome NSW has announced Dennis McGuire PhD, renowned behavioural expert in the field of developmental disability, especially Down syndrome, will visit Australia in May, 2016. Dennis is co-author of Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome and The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome. For info and to register go to Sessions will be held in Sydney and Newcastle for workers, families/carers and young people with Down syndrome.

Resources for Professional Development

NSW CID is proud to promote the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competencies Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals. It is available for free download here:  The Framework aims to improve the quality of mental health service delivery to people with an intellectual disability. It outlines what is important from the point of view of people with intellectual disability and their carers. It also provides a framework for professional development and relevant tools and resources.
Julian Troller, Chair of Mental Health Intellectual Disability at University of NSW and team are good friends of NSW CID and we congratulate them on this framework.

Complex Support Needs Planning Resource Kit
For workers in planning related roles, this resource kit aims to strengthen existing good practice and provide guidance for engaging a person with complex needs in planning. The term 'complex needs' captures the sense of multiple factors that span disability, health, behavioural and social issues. The kit has sections on pre-Planning; Planning Conversations and Plan to Action and can be downloaded at   

Active Support
All workers supporting people with disability should check out these short, sharp and to the point clips on Active Support
Active Support is about engaging people with disability in everyday activities and choices with the type and amount of support they choose. Sound simple? It is!


Parents of kids with mild intellectual disability
Are you a parent of a child with mild intellectual disability? Or a professional who works with kids with mild intellectual disability? If so, you might be interested in giving feedback on a new program to treat anxiety in kids. University of Technology and Northcott Disability Services are holding focus groups (1-2 hours) so if interested contact

Online survey for parents of adults with intellectual disability
What are your experiences with services addressing your adult child's mental health/challenging behaviours? Interested in sharing your experiences in an online survey? You may win a $50 gift voucher.
Contact or

Active Support Online Research
Centre for Disability Studies at Sydney Uni have an Active Support Community of Practice and are doing online research in Active Support for professionals and people with disability (who are actually the professionals in their own lives) go to


Families, Friends and Carers; just for you

Sexuality and Relationship Forum for parents and carers in Newcastle
Find out how to support your family member's personal development and sexuality in a positive way. Information, resources, a choice of workshops and chance to meet and chat with other parents. Hosted by Family Planning NSW 30 April 2016, 1-5pm Fletcher Community Centre. RSVP to Danielle


Thinking Outside The Box Conference; where Active Support and the NDIS join
Presented by Flintwood Disability Services on 28-29 April in Sydney contact or call (02) 9630 1777
Level 2 | 418A Elizabeth St | Surry Hills NSW 2010
ph. 02 9211 1611 | 1800 424 065
NSW CID provides an information service for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and carers.

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