Welcome to the July edition of NSW CID enews.
Find the latest news and information for people with intellectual disability - plus links to training workshops, conferences and interesting resources.
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NSW CID Team
In this edition we have:
NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID)
Getting the Best from the NDIS –
Making it work for People with Intellectual Disability !
August 28th & 29th Newcastle
Join us & take part in the biggest conversation happening about intellectual disability & the NDIS this year!
Registrations are now open!
Conference Program available here
2 days of conversation, discussion, debate & ideas. Limited Places - Book Now!
1. The results of Inclusion Australia’s 2014 (NCID) Employment Survey are now available
. “I have found that employment services are unsatisfactory and offer very few options”, "We have found that there are very few agencies that support people with disabilities. Do not provide on going support (as staff are not specialised in disabilities)”, "I want to do a different job other that ADE, but i am finding it difficult to do this"
2. Wings Away/Norma and Harry Rigby Scholarship awarded to Ms Jane Goodwin of NSW to present at the ASID Conference in Fremantle. The scholarship is awarded to post-graduate students to enable them to present their work at conferences, the emphasis on supporting children with disability. See more
3. The Commonwealth Government has released a welfare reform discussion paper, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes. Comments on the discussion paper can be made here
until 8 August 2014. Inclusion Australia says, ‘the paper concentrates on people with disability and not the systems that are supposed to support them into employment’! If the Department of Social Services and employment support providers are happy with a 25% outcome then the focus should be on them not on the minimal payment to people with intellectual disability.
4. The Australian Parliament is currently debating the BSWAT Bill, looking to offer some ‘compensation’ to people with intellectual disability who have had their wages assessed using the BSWAT, which has been deemed discriminatory by the Full Bench of the Federal Court. The Bill has been considered by the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee. Download a copy of the full report
My Choice Matters
My Choice Matters… coming your way…
Did you know that My Choice Matters is able to come to you in your community?
Did you know we can talk about all the changes to the disability support system?
Did you know you can apply for a grant of $5,000, or apply to join our leadership program?
Want to have a person answer your questions about individualise supports/ the NDIS/ what to do before it gets to you?
We’re off to Bankstown, Bathurst, Bega, Belmore, Dubbo, Moruya, Nowra, Orange, Penrith, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Woollahra, Young, & More in the next couple of months.
Go to our website
to find out more.
If you don’t see somewhere near you – call us on 1800 144 653, talk soon!
Social Policy Research Centre - New Publication
Disability and Mental Health
Evaluation of Participatory and Inclusive Approaches to Disability Program
Co authored by Robert Strike, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability Board Member .
Some evaluations of disability programs now apply participatory methods to include people with cognitive disability in the collection of data. However, more inclusive approaches that engage people with cognitive disability more fully in the decisions about the evaluation remain rare. We examined why this may be the case in an evaluation that we did that included people with cognitive disability. Resources and commitment to build the capacity of people with cognitive disability as team members, mentors, advisers, and direct participants is required to make inclusion feasible and an expectation in disability program evaluations. Read the article here
Developmental Disabilities Conference - Save The Date
Developmental Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health: Research to Practice and Policy.
The latest developments in disability and mental health research and practice will be presented by leading international and Australian researchers.
This conference is intended for researchers and clinical practitioners, and will also benefit those working with people with developmental disabilities in the community.
Please save the date : Friday 7 November 2014
Registration and further information will be available in August. Check website
for upcoming information or email here
Free Stepping Stones Triple P programs for Parents!
Free Stepping Stones Triple P training for professionals!
Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) is a new initiative to support families of children with developmental disabilities. Research has shown the programs help to reduce children’s behavioural and emotional problems, decrease parent stress, and increase parent confidence. This initiative will make the programs widely available to NSW families with children with disabilities aged 2-12 years. It introduces parents to a range of proven strategies to encourage positive behaviour, teach new skills and to more effectively manage challenging behaviour.
The NSW SSTP Project is led by Professor Stewart Einfeld from the University of Sydney. The project has received approval from the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.
Parents and professionals indicate interest here: complete the My Say survey
More information: email the NSW SSTP Project Team
, phone 02 9114 4060, or visit and 'like' Facebook page
Reference Group on Welfare Reform to the Minister for Social Services- Report
: A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes
. An easy to read summary
of the first report from the Interim Report Proposes a Simplified Welfare System. An independent review of the welfare system aims to identify what improvements could be made.
: Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2012-13.
The report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), presents information on the use of community support service, employment services, community access services , accommodation support services and respite services. Media release and full report.
NDIS - Webinar
: ‘Preparing for the NDIS’
. Webinar was held recently and can now be viewed online. The panel featured early trial site participants and carers, sharing their insights and responding to questions from the online audience: View webinar.
Pro Bono News - Article: Human Rights Disability Forum
. Human Rights Commissioner Susan Ryan has begun her term as Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, announcing she will convene a National Disability Forum in September to meet with people with disabilities and their representative bodies. Read more
The Bridging Project
: is a team of people from Scope Victoria and the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria at Monash University.The Bridging Project Team wants to make services better for people who have complex communication needs and mental illness. They are doing this in many ways. See the website for information
Resourcing Families - Developing Community Connections Workshop
: strategies to support a person with disability to have genuine involvement and connection with community. 20 August 2014. Free. West Ryde. More info here
. Register here
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) - Training Workshops
Advocacy Strategies, Advocacy Skills, Advanced Media Skills, Tenancy Law for Non-Lawyers, Electricity and Water: helping our clients stay connected, Advanced Negotiation Skills
Warringah Mall - Special Screening of ‘Jersey Boys’:
. August - December 2014. View training calendar here
Centre For Disability Studies - Workshop
: Person Centredness
. Participants will attain knowledge in the background and philosophy of Person Centredness and develop skills to apply it in their daily professional practice. 24 July 2014. Camperdown. $250 + GST. More info
Living a Good LIfe - DVD and Podcast Launch
: ‘Living A Good Life: Personal support networks’
is a series of powerful stories of people living with a developmental disability and their networked supporters exercising control & choice about their lives. Launch: 16 August 2014. Redfern. RSVP by 4 August 2014:. Email here
or phone: Michelle Donelly 0423 986 386.
Tabiss - Sibworks Workshop
: 6 week program for 8-12 year olds who have a sibling with an intellectual disability. Commencing 3 September 2014. $20. Castle Hill. See attached flyer for more information. To register phone: 1300668123 or email here
This film is being screened to fundraise for athletes with intellectual disability who want to attend the Special Olympics National Games in Melbourne in October. 17 July 2014. Brookvale. $25 per ticket. Book here
. More info: Christine Kelleher, Special Olympics on 0414 300 174.
Nepean Disability Expo
: The expo brings together consumers, service providers and businesses and aims to enhance the lives of people with a disability. 12-13 September 2014. Penrith. See website for more info
Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO) Inc- Art Club
: For people who identify as having disability and for whom art is an important part of how they express themselves. 12 August – 9 September. $75 for 5 week course. All art materials supplied. Call Gallery Reception to book a place Ph 4735 1100.
Waverley Community Living program and Family Planning NSW - Information Evening
: Carers and Parents Info Sharing Evening - positively supporting your family member's personal development & sexuality. 12 August 2014. Bondi Junction. Free. Registrations required. RSVP by 25 July. Email Mary
, or phone: 9386 7930.