Friday, 29 May 2009
Thanks guys! Let us know if you decide to sign up too.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
For details of the Accessible Cinema program and the launch event, visit the Accessible Arts website.
For the first time, this page, headed Disability Programs links to lists of all public schools with support classes as part of their programs, and to special schools. The type of disability catered for by each school is clearly identified.
Other linked pages and documents relate to funding, procedures and specialist services, including transport.
All well worth book marking for any family with a child with a disability who attends or might attend a public school in NSW.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Dave Hingsburger has opted for a change - his blog is now called "Rolling Around in My Head". But it's still Dave Hingsburger through and through. The address is the same, and the link is still at the top of our Blogroll (see right).
Monday, 25 May 2009
A workshop for teachers of students with Down syndrome enrolled in support classes and special schools.
10.00 am - 2.30 pm
Wednesday 1st July 2009
Social Enterprise Centre
Cost per person: $44
(includes morning tea and a light lunch)
Click here to download flier and registration form
Saturday, 23 May 2009
UK organisation MENCAP holds a photographic competition and exhibition each year. The online exhibition of winners includes photographs of, and taken by people with disabilities, including a good proportion of people with Down syndrome.
There are nearly 80 photographs, so get a coffee and have a good browse. hard to pick a favourite!
Friday, 22 May 2009
Lots of science and health media has picked up a report about a new study this week, in which the factors associated with Trisomy 21 that appear to protect people with Down syndrome against "solid", or "soft tissue" tumours are further explained. Researchers are already looking at how the new information might be of use clinically,
Thursday, 21 May 2009
“Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Work like you don’t need the money,
And dance like nobody’s watching.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching will have its first public screening at:
Dungog (NSW) Film Festival 2009
12:30pm, Sunday 31st May
We haven't seen the film, but it does sound interesting. From the director's notes, this is a film about living with Down syndrome .....
".....told through the eyes of a young man who has Down syndrome. Paul Matley is a remarkable, charismatic and inspiring young man. We embark with him on a journey to bring awareness to society about those who have Down syndrome and their families. From birth and childhood, through to education, adulthood, employment, and old age, Paul’s journey of discovery opens our eyes to people who are not disabled, just differently-able."
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
ANZ Stadium have also joined the NSW Rugby League Referees to support Down Syndrome NSW by donating 250 tickets to Friday night's Eels v Rabbitohs NRL game. An additional $3000 is expected to be raised from the sale of tickets to the NRL game.
100% of the money raised from the sale of the tickets to Friday night's game at ANZ Stadium will be given to Down Syndrome NSW. To buy tickets visit the Down Syndrome NSW website, here.
MEDIA QUERIES: Brenden Wood - 0417 407 851
A new type of supported housing for people with a mild intellectual disability is to be built in Goulburn by The Abbeyfield Society with support from the NSW Government.
Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch said the NSW Government would provide $500,000 to the Goulburn branch of The Abbeyfield Society to buy the property where the new house will be built.
The patron of the Abbeyfield Goulburn group, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion, Senator Ursula Stephens, welcomed the announcement as a great initiative and investment in the Goulburn community.
“The Abbeyfield house in Goulburn will provide the right mix of independence and a supportive environment for individuals with mild disability. This type of accommodation empowers individuals to live full lives within the community,” Dr Stephens said.
The Abbeyfield model, which was pioneered in England in the 1950s, provides accommodation support for older people with limited income and few assets who want to retain their independence but who enjoy the company and security of others.
This model has been expanded in recent years to meet the needs of people with a disability.
Mr Lynch said the people who would live in the Goulburn house would have low to moderate support needs.
“The Abbeyfield model does not replicate any accommodation types currently provided for people with a disability in New South Wales,” he said.
He said the model was in line with the policy of the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) to increase the range and type of services available and to promote opportunities for people to integrate into the community.
“Under the Abbeyfield model, group accommodation is provided for up to 10 people,” Mr Lynch said.
Country Labor MLC for Goulburn Mick Veitch said the Abbeyfield model allowed each person to have a private bed-sitting room with an en-suite which they furnish themselves.
“Residents prepare their own breakfast and a housekeeper prepares the two main meals of the day, a service paid for by weekly contributions from the residents,” Mr Veitch said.
Mr Lynch said the success of the service was reliant on informal supports provided by family and community members.
“Abbeyfield has established a strong reputation around the world. It has more than 1000 houses in the United Kingdom and houses in 18 countries, including Australia,” Mr Lynch said.
“The Government is keen to support this project because it sees the introduction of this form of housing as being a real benefit for the community,” he said.
The Abbeyfield Society Goulburn Branch Chair Tony Egan said the funding was “fantastic” news for the group, which had been working towards the establishment of the house since it had been formed six years ago.
“Housing for people with a severe to profound intellectual disability is readily available, but there are few options for young adults with a mild to moderate intellectual disability,” he said.
“Moving from the family home to single unit accommodation can be daunting for these young adults, especially those who live outside of town on a rural property,” Mr Egan said.
“By living in the Abbeyfield type of housing with people of their own age and with similar desires, they will gain the confidence they need to integrate into the wider community,” he said.
Mr Egan said his organisation appreciated the role played by DADHC, which had suggested the formation of the group several years ago.
Dr Stephens said: “Everyone has been working hard to support this project, because it is exactly the kind of community service that is essential to an inclusive society.”
“Warrigal Care has shown great generosity in facilitating the acquisition and I congratulate Mr Egan and the Goulburn Abbeyfield Society for their efforts in securing this important funding,” she said.
For recent media releases by the Minister for Disability Services, click here
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services, the Hon Bill Shorten, have announced the terms of reference for an inquiry relating to the health requirement in the Migration Act.
The Joint Standing Committee on Migration will investigate the assessment of the health and community costs associated with a disability as part of the health test undertaken for visa processing.
The specific terms of reference are:
- Report on the options to properly assess the economic and social contribution of people with a disability and their families seeking to migrate Australia.
Read the full text of the Minister's media release here.
Dating Skills Workshops - adults 25+
Woodstock Community Centre, Burwood
3pm – 6pm Saturday 20th and 27th June
The total cost is $120 for six hours of training held over two consecutive Saturday afternoons and covering:-
- Self esteem
- When to ask a person out
- Communication skills
- Turn taking
- Greetings and farewells
- Touching, timing and consent
- Sex and safe sex
- Taking care of myself
Activities, worksheets and DVD’s will be used for structured education sessions in a group. Informal activities to reinforce learning will include going out for a social drink.
To express an interest contact Liz Dore 0416 122 634 or email@example.com
To find out more about this service www.relationshipsandprivatestuff.com
This workshop, to be presented by Liz Dore of Relationships and Private Stuff gives parents and staff strategies for teenagers who have difficulties relating to others. It will include practical ideas to support them to have healthy relationships. The aim being to improve their understanding of issues such as:
- Puberty and self esteem
- Relationship and communication skills
- Appropriate and positive ways to sexual expression
- Sex, consent and safe sex
- Protective behaviours.
Thursday 18 June 10.00am – 12.30 or 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Woodstock Community Centre, Burwood
22 Church St, Burwood. Parking available (enter at 93 Fitzroy St)
Workshop cost $60 for one or $100 for couple. To register send cheque and form to Liz Dore PO Box 1060 Burwood North 2134 before 4 June.
For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Dore’s Qualifications and Experience include:
Bachelor of Special Ed; Grad Dip in Counselling; Sexuality & Human Rights; Responding to Sexual Assault Training; 7 years counselling experience; 13 years education & training; and over 20 years experience working with people with disability.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Family Planing NSW has announced some much needed relationship training events for young people with disabilities:
Friendship Skills Training For People With A Disability
Specifically for 13 – 18 year olds
With guest presenter Liz Dore from Relationships and Private Stuff
The six hours of training over two consecutive Saturdays covers:
- Self esteem
- Feeling good about myself
- Communication skills
- Turn taking
- Developing friendships
- Thinking about others
- Positive sharing
- Taking care of myself
Date: Saturday 30th May & 6th June, 2009
Venue: 13 Reserve Street Penrith 2750
Time: 11am - 2pm
RSVP: Applications and payment by 28th May 2009
Cost: $120 cash or cheques, payable to Family Planning NSW
Informal activities during the lunch break will be used to reinforce learning.
Contact Ben at FPNSW, The Warehouse on 4749 0516,
Email at email@example.com or fax us on 4731 6787
Buddy Walk - Sydney: Sunday 11th October
- featuring international dance group LoveJunx from Japan
Buddy Walk – Canberra: Saturday 17th October
Check the DS NSW website regularly for more details, updates and dates for Walks in Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga and other parts of NSW
Monday, 18 May 2009
This BBC report links to an interview with Christopher, to a selection of his photographs, and to his own website.
Friday, 15 May 2009
.... a major policy trend nationally and internationally, “personalisation” is about greater choice, voice, and control for people with disability, their families and carers as key partners in the design and delivery of care and support.
The links are categorised under the headings of "personalisation"; "person centred approaches" and "Individualised Funding / Packaged Support / Direct Payments".
This resource has been established and continues to be developed by National Disability Services - NSW. NDS is an industry peak body representing the specific interests of the non government organisations that play the major role in disability service provision in Australia.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Adult Bike and TugAlong trailer. Can be used as a single bike, is easy to transport on a car bike rack. I have used it with my daughter from age of 5-16years. Adult bike is an ordinary geared bike, nothing flash (has flat tyre). Needs to be collected from Sydney.
Contact DS NSW at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9683 4333 to be out in touch with the current owner.
Glenda Graban recognises the need to collect information in order to plan services, but she is lobbying for a change to the name of the register (currently called the Birth Defects Register) and to ensure that parents do not receive their copy of the notification unexpectedly in the mail. Her story is told by the Macarthur Chronicle here.
Down Syndrome NSW understands that most parents are not notified in this way, and joins Glenda Graban in calling for NSW Health to make sure that it does not. The national staticstics, collated by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, are published as the "Congenital Anomalies" report. We are interested in suggestions for a new name for the register, to take to NSW Health - should it be brought into line with the national report, for excample? Or can we do much better than that? Email email@example.com with your thoughts.
Monday, 11 May 2009
AUSTRALIA'S disability support system is inequitable, fractured, under-resourced and slowly collapsing under the weight of its own inadequacies, while sub-optimally consuming billions of dollars of taxpayers' money each year.
This idea however is too important and far reaching to be left just to governments, people with disabilities, carers and disability organisations. It needs everyone's support. The NDIS would give essential security to all Australians because today, tomorrow or next week, you could suddenly be felled by a stroke, or develop multiple sclerosis or mental illness. Your teenage son could have an accident that leaves him severely brain damaged or quadriplegic. You or your daughter could give birth to a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or other lifelong disabilities.
National insurance is the way forward because it recognises that disability, like anything else we now insure against, is a risk that can affect anyone, but will not affect everyone.
Click here to read the complete article.
This link will take you to a short (just under 7 minutes) Boston radio interview with one of its authors, Dr Brian Skotko and Lizzy Myshrall, who both have siblings with Down syndrome.
Just click on the "Listen" button above the interviewer, Deborah Becker's, name.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Accessible Arts Gallery
Pier 4, The Wharf
Friday 22nd May 4.30 - 8.00 pm
Saturday 23rd May 10.30 - 4.00 pm
Boonah Creative Arts Centre: 02 9499 5675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A program of Centacare Broken Bay
Accessible Arts NSW
Friday, 8 May 2009
Michael Silverstein talks about his brother Lewis's life, and concludes:
For more than five decades, my little brother exercised a great and wonderful power over me and my family. He selected people into our lives. Those who found it difficult, uncomfortable or unrewarding to deal with him moved on. But those who had time for us or those who found a place in their hearts for him brought gentleness and spirituality into our lives. His neighborhood became our neighborhood, and simple joys and kindnesses became more precious than great wealth and those things it might purchase.
I miss him terribly already, but I thank God I was able to share 52 years with the little fella.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
WHEN: 6pm Fri 22nd May 2009
WHERE: ANZ Stadium Homebush
COST: $20 Adults / $10 Kids – Anyone can attend
TICKETS: Phone Matthew Hawkins on 0435 249 280 or email email@example.com
All money raised will be donated to Down Syndrome NSW
Supported by ANZ Stadium, Down Syndrome NSW and NSW Rugby League Referees Premier Squad
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Buddy Walk® by entering the Times Square Video Contest (in New York). The video, which showcases individuals with Down syndrome from all over the world, will air on a jumbo screen in the heart of Times Square on September 26, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. The New York City Buddy Walk will immediately follow the video presentation at the Great Hill in Central Park.
Each year, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) receives thousands of photo submissions for the Times Square Video Contest. Because the Buddy Walk promotes acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome, the winning photographs feature children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning with friends and family.
For more information, or to submit a photo, please click here.
The deadline for submitting photos is July 15, 2009.
ONE photo per individual can be submitted to the contest. Please note that this is different than in the past. If you send more than one photo, NDSS will only use the first submission.
Winners will be contacted by a representative from NDSS via email starting the week of August 3, 2009. You will not be contacted if your photo is not selected. Photographs will not be returned.
Click here to view the 2008 Times Square Video.
For further questions about the contest, contact Rebecca Switalski, National Buddy Walk Director, NDSS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wouldn't it be great to see someone from Australia included?
Monday, 4 May 2009
On Friday 1 May 2009, the Family, Community, Housing and Youth Committee launched its report on the inquiry into better support for carers entitled Who Cares ...?
Urgent assistance recommended for carers
Immediate financial relief for carers is a key outcome the House of Representatives Family Committee is seeking in its report ‘Who Cares ...?’ released today.
The committee has recommended increasing the base rate of income support for carers and has called for means testing thresholds to be reviewed.
With hundreds of carers speaking out about their desperate struggle to cope, the committee has responded with 50 recommendations to bring much needed help.
"Carers have told us they desperately need more financial assistance to cope with the additional costs of disability and caring, as well as greater access to respite for time out of the caring role," said Committee Chair Annette Ellis MP (Member for Canberra).
More than 1300 submissions to the inquiry told of carers and their families under serious financial stress, struggling to meet the everyday costs of living, including food, housing and transport.
"With so many carers indicating they are in crisis, urgent action is needed," Ms Ellis said.
The committee has recommended an urgent increase in respite and in-home assistance for carers, with current demand far exceeding supply.
Better coordination of support services is also needed, with the committee recommending a one-stop-shop for information on community care services, as well as support systems that are nationally consistent and more streamlined.
"The current array of support systems for carers is too complex," Ms Ellis said. "All three tiers of government are involved. Services cross several portfolios and are delivered through hundreds of government and non-government organisations. As one carer told us, "the service system is a dog’s breakfast’’. It’s confusing and frustrating for carers and increases the likelihood of administrative inefficiencies."
The committee supports more options for carers who want to manage the purchase of services themselves, including self-managed individualised funding packages. It has also recommended:
- a national education campaign to increase community awareness of the needs of carers;
- national carer recognition legislation and a national carer action plan;
- a national strategy to address the skills and training needs of carers;
- increased access to case management services for carers;
- strengthening options for flexible working arrangements for carers;
- supporting carers to find suitable employment after a period of absence;
- extension of preventative health care initiatives to include carers;
- and more counselling services for carers and their families.
ABC Radio National's Life Matters program examined the issues raised on Friday morning, including a talk-back segment. You can listen to the almost one hour broadcast here.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
In March 2009, speculation intensified that the Commonwealth Government would abandon expected increases to the disability support pension (and other income support payments) in response to the rapid deterioration in Government revenues brought about by the World financial crisis. However, on 26 March 2009, the Prime Minister, Hon Kevin Rudd, provided a public assurance that a rise in the pension was guaranteed to disability support pensioners in the May budget.
This guarantee was also provided by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Jenny Macklin, who said “we have always been clear: age pensioners, disability support pensioners, carers and veterans will get a pension rise in the May budget.”
PWD welcomes the Government’s unequivocal guarantee of a rise in the disability support pension this year.
Friday, 1 May 2009
Mr Moore is currently a Deputy Director-General of DADHC. He replaces Brendan O'Reilly who retired as Director-General in April.
You can follow the news through Patricia E Bauer's blog, News and Commentary on Disability Issues.
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