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August 2015
AUGUST ALREADY! We’ve a bumper E-News for you this month! 

Read on to see our conference wrap up, our new website, Kim Walker's book Forgotten and Found, events, what our Members have been up to, training and resources, and sign up to the WE Can Work Campaign.

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The NSW CID Team

In this edition we have:

Launch of new NSW CID website

NSW CID are excited to announce that we have launched our new website! A new and improved design layout will ensure ease of access for everyone who is looking for information on all facets relating to Intellectual Disability.

To check out our new design, click on the pictures below.


NSW CID conference – key messages & presentations

It’s a wrap! With over 450 people attending our We are worth the Investment Conference in July – it was a great success. 

People were very keen to ask questions, hear stories, get more info and debate what needs to happen next. Check out the blog article to read all about it including links to the presentations and key messages. 

Click here to view the key messages.

Click here to view the presentations from our conference.
WE Can work Campaign 

People with intellectual disability can work when they get the right support. Yet only 8% of adults with intellectual disability work in the open workforce. 

This is unacceptable and reflects an ineffective national disability employment service system. It’s time to change to a system of employment support that works.

Inclusion Australia has prepared a petition seeking a national system of transition-to-work and open employment support based on demonstrated high rates of open employment outcomes

Click here to find out more and sign the petition.
Free Supporting Inclusion Training resource

This learning program is based on the principles of person centered active support, and is focused primarily on how this framework can be applied not just within supported accommodation services, but also out in the Community. 

Click here to access this amazing free training resource.
Let us know what you think of it!

NDIA Intellectual Disability Reference Group
NSW CID Chairperson, Michael Sullivan and our Senior Advocate, Jim Simpson attended the Intellectual Disability Reference Group meeting in Melbourne in July. The reference group will continue to meet to inform the board of the NDIA on how to ensure the best outcomes for people with intellectual disability under the NDIS.

Points discussed included what training NDIA staff should receive, ensuring equity of access, reaching those on the fringes, defining intellectual disability and many others.

Read more in our blog post by clicking here.

Michael Sullivan and Jim Simpson with other reference group members.

Senate inquiry into students with disability

Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is asking students with disability and their families to contribute to the current Senate Inquiry regarding access and support at school.

The inquiry will look at a range of issues affecting students with disability.  Click here to find out more.

Vice-Chair gives presentation on Health and people with intellectual disability

Last month, our Vice-Chairperson, Fiona McKenzie, gave a presentation working with people with intellectual disability in health settings at the Solution Design Workshop run by NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Fiona talked about what works best when working with people with intellectual disability.Click here to download the presentation here


NSW Council for Intellectual Disability is starting a social group for young people with intellectual disability. The group will run in Penrith and is for people aged between 16-26. In the group people will chat about what is important to them and what they might want to change about their lives and communities. People who come will also have a chance to learn about the NDIS and how it affects them. You will also makes new friends in a  safe space.

The first group will be held at the Penrith Library Theatrette at 2pm on the 8th of September.

The group is free to attend. If you need any support to attend the group we can help.

If you want to come please call Brandon at NSW CID on 9211 1611 or email

Forgotten & Found book by Kim Walker

Forgotten and found, written by NSW CID Life Member Kim Walker, tells her story from childhood, to institutions, to community life and to becoming an amazing advocate!

Kim tells us the story of her life to explain why no child should grow up in an institution and separated from family. Kim’s story provides a powerful case for what she always wanted – all disability institutions to be closed and all people with disability to have a good life in the community.

Click here if you would like to order a copy of the book.

Research Opportunities

Research into individualised support
The University of Sydney together with Curtin and Deakin  universities are evaluating the quality and outcomes of people with intellectual disabilities who live in their own home with individualised support.  If you are interested in participation, contact Friederike Gadow on (02) 9036 3611 or by email
Click here to find out more.Click here for the easy read version.

Research into people with intellectual disability and their experiences of victimisation.

A PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney is conducting research into people with intellectual disability and their experiences of victimisation. To find out more click here.

My Choice Matters events
My Choice Matters are coming to every corner of NSW in the next few months. They’ll be running NDIS info workshops looking at planning for a good life. They will also be running classes where you can learn how to use My Learning Matters to plan and get prepared.

If you click here you can see whether there will be an event close to you.

Social policy debate on supported decision making: On the 11th of August, the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW held a debate on supported decision making for people with disability. Click here to find out more about this debate, and click here to listening to a recording of the debate.

Programs that prevent abuse of people with disabilities who use direct payments to purchase services: The research is particularly interesting given the transition to the NDIS in Australia and the option to self-manage funding and how this is administered and works in other countries, and what safeguards are in place. Click here to find out more and download the report.

Healthy Start: Parenting in Practice is for workers who support parents with learning difficulties. It aims to help workers share information in ways that match the learning needs and abilities of parents. Click here for more info.

Intellectual Disability Rights Service: A range of fact sheets on a range of topics. Topics include making a will for people with intellectual disability, discrimination, fines, making financial decisions, and many others. Click here for more info.


Centre for Disability Studies: Person Centredness in Employment settings. Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th of August. Click here for more info and registration.

ACI annual forum: The Intellectual Disability Health Network’s Annual Forum will be Thursday 10th September 2015 and is now open for registration. Click here to read the context report and toolkit. Click here to register.

Interaction TABISS Training: TABISS will be running a number of workshops for both parents and professionals to choose from including Click here to find out more.

Family Planning: Sexuality Matters! A course for disability workers to apply a person centred approach in supporting people with intellectual disability with their sexuality: Dubbo 19 and 20 August, Penrith 8 and 9 September. Click here for more info.

Relationships and Private stuff: various workshops and events about relationships for people with intellectual disability. Click here for more info.

Down Syndrome NSW: Estate Planning Seminar. A workshop on important legal topics that families with dependents with disability need to be aware of. 12 September Parramatta. Click here.

My Choice Matters: Get more Skills workshops, Click here to find a workshop near you.Click here.

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