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February 2015

Welcome to the February edition of NSW CID e-news. 

We have been reflecting on our work since starting our work in 2015. In the last few weeks there have been many reminders as to why we do the work that we do. 

Everyday conversations that reveal that day to day life can still be very much a challenge for people with intellectual disability and for those who may support them. 

Click here to read our blog entry discussing some of the people we have helped thus far in 2015

Please send us any information you would like to see included in next our e-news:

In this edition we have:

NSW CID Chairperson Michael Sullivan in the media

NSW CID Chairperson, Michael Sullivan (MJ) was interviewed by the AGE on his reinterpretation of the NDIS and his keynote presentation at the Having a Say Conference in Geelong.

Photo: Christopher Pearce

In MJ's own words, "the 'I' in the NDIS should stand for INVESTMENT, we are 
worth the investment and insurance sounds like something is going to go wrong, it 
is a short term investment for a long term gain". 
To read MJ's inspiring presentation in full, Click here

Inclusion Australia's CEO, Mark Patterson was also interviewed on funding cuts to peak disability advocacy organisations. Click here to read the full story in the Age.
NDIS consultation and safeguards

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has renamed ‘tier 2’ to ‘Information Linkages and Capacity Building’. Most people with intellectual disability will fall into this category and will make up the largest group of people accessing the NDIS.

NSW CID welcomes the NDIA’s initiative to undertake consultation, however, we are concerned that there is no mention of outreach for people who live on the fringe of society. Without a very active process of outreach and relationship building, individuals living on the fringe are unlikely to see the potential benefit of the NDIS and/or seek assistance from it. NSW CID will be working on this issue to ensure that appropriate outreach is undertaken to ensure people living on the fringe obtain information and access the NDIS.

For more information and to be part of the NDIA consultation, click here.

To access easy read information, click here.

The federal government is also conducting consultation on how to best safeguard the NDIS. At present, there is no national safeguarding mechanism or external complaint body but rather some states and territories are have their own processes. For more information and to be involved in the consultation, click here.
National inquiry into institutional abuse gets green light

NSW CID welcomes the leadership of Senator Rachel Siewert and the Australian Greens for successfully calling for a national inquiry into the abuse of people with disability in institutions and group homes.

Click here to read the full article.

Adam from My Choice Matters puts together resource on moving out of home

My Choice Matters recipient, Adam Schwartz, is on a journey and is sharing it with the world.

Adam, together with his circle of support, has put together a great resource about what it takes to move out of home, with informative videos about the process. 

Click here to view his blog on moving out of home.

Person Centred Active Support Training

A new online, free training resource for disability support workers has recently been launched. In line with the NDIS, the ground-breaking Person Centred Active Support program aims to maximise choice and control for people with intellectual disability.    

Professor Christine Bigby was interviewed on Radio National in regards to the training resource and her research. Click here to listen to the interview.

The resource is now live and can be accessed at no fee from smart phones, tablets and computers. Click here to view.
  Photographic exhibition - Outing Disability

Family Planning NSW have put together an innovative project aimed at increasing recognition of the sexual rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability. The project advocates for increased inclusion and access to education and services for the LGBTIQ community. To find out more click here. To view the easy read information click here.

Education is Power: An interview with self advocate Sarah Butler. Click here to listen to Sarah's insightful message.

The Latch-On program:  is a program developed through The University of Queensland and has been developed to support adults with intellectual disability to extend their education and achieve their full potential. Click here for further info.
Boarding Houses Act Evaluation:The first Report of the new Boarding Houses Act is now publicly available on the ADHC website. Click here to read the full report.

We've all had the Flu! A siblings take on Down Syndrome: click here to access.

NDIS Annual Report- The first annual report of the NDIS is now available. Click here to view the report.

Become a Person Centred Facilitator: A series of three workshops are being held in Sydney, beginning in March 2015. Click here for more information.

"Being" (formerly NSW CAG): Are holding a Consumer Advocacy Group on the 25th Feb. They will also being running a Carer Advocacy Group in March. For further details click here.

Family Advocacy- Enriching Lives Workshop: Ryde, Newcastle, Hurstville and Wollongong. For more info click here

Active Ability – Specialize in providing physical activity and health education for people with intellectual disability. Courses starting in February. Click here for more info.

Consumer Advocacy Group - Partners in Recovery are running consumer and carers of people with mental illness advocacy workshops in early March. Contact Travis for more information via email:

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

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