Welcome to our April Newsletter!

This month we have…

  • A story about Newcastle leadership graduate Leonie, written by another Newcastle graduate, Lauren.
  • A reminder to sign up to Become A Leader Online
  • Workshops we’ll be running throughout May and June and
  • Events from other organisations

Remember to contact us on 1800 144 653 or info@mychoicematters.org.au if you have any questions!

 

Leonie Slade: Community through communication

This story was written by Lauren Hislop. Leonie and Lauren graduated from the Newcastle program and met to chat about the course and put this story together.

Leonie graduating with her certificate next to Minister AjakaLeonie’s experience in the leadership program was a positive one. She wanted to convey her perspective as a person with a hearing disability.

Leonie learnt a great deal in the course. She learnt about different cultures and people and herself. Leonie explained, “I was very interested in the people that I was working with in the course…I’ve learnt something from every single person…and that was a really good opportunity to learn for the future. I know more about people and their differences.” She said that although her hearing disability made communication somewhat challenging in the course, she still encouraged people to communicate with her. This was one of her differences that she wanted other people to learn about.

Leonie speaking Auslan to the audienceLeonie was thankful to have interpreters, however she still occasionally struggled to keep up. The language in the course was sometimes difficult to translate and there were times when people were reading and listening at the same time which she was unable to do. Leonie learnt to adapt to this new environment by requesting the information ahead of time and keeping a dictionary with her. She also learnt to speak up when discussion was moving too quickly for her interpreters. This was a learning curve for everybody and really demonstrated to Leonie the importance of deaf people being involved in courses like this and in the community at large.

She felt that the learning she received in the course supported her to take on leadership roles in other areas of her life. Prior to the course she was unsure how to connect with the deaf community but now she is building connections in leaps and bounds. She has seized a number of opportunities including; becoming a deaf liaison officer and undertaking a peer mentoring course with Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH). Leonie said that when she was more confident in the peer mentoring course as a result of completing the leadership program, “I had the confidence to put my hand up and talk about things. So that’s been really good. I realized I can and do understand things and that I can make change and try new ways of doing things.”

a group shot of all the Newcastle leadersLeonie taught other participants that there was a deaf community and that people with hearing disabilities have a different way of communicating. She learned how to encourage people to communicate with her. “One person found it really hard to communicate with me and then that communication started to blossom and now we have a good connection and we email each other. It was worth getting through that block.”

Leonie found group work challenging at times. However after the course Leonie felt more confident in this setting. One group member who understood her explained to the other members what she was saying. Leonie said that they had “a communication collaboration. We were explaining each other to everybody else. It worked.”

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Reminder: Become a Leader Online has launched!

The Become a Leader face-to-face program has reached over 190 people across 13 locations. Now we’re online so every person with disability can become a leader and take control! It is a four topic e-learning course that will take you through becoming a leader in your own life and in the community around you. Throughout the course you’ll have access to a forum where you can connect and be mentored. We have got together a group of key leaders who will drive this mentoring process. Make sure you check it out today at www.becomealeader.org.au!

 

 

Register for Events

May

Date Place Workshop Details Register
16 May Forestville in partnership with Aspect School GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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REGISTER HERE
17 May Sydney in partnership with Australian Chinese Community Association GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
Flyers TBC REGISTRATION TBC
 18 May  Sydney City BECOME A LEADER ONLINE: TRAIN THE TRAINER (CALD)
For people working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
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REGISTER HERE
 19 May Sydney City  BECOME A LEADER ONLINE: TRAIN THE TRAINER (ATSI)
For people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
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REGISTER HERE
30 May Leumeah in partnership with Shine Early Intervention GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
Flyers TBC REGISTRATION TBC
31 May East Sydney in partnership with Benevolent Society GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
Flyers TBC REGISTRATION TBC

June

Date Place Workshop Details Register
2 June Ashfield in partnership with New Horizons GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
 Flyers TBC REGISTRATION TBC
3 June Liverpool for the Spanish speaking community GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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REGISTER HERE 
7 June Hurstville in partnership with Benevolent Society GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
Flyers TBC REGISTRATION TBC
14 June Picton GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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REGISTER HERE 
15 June Ryde GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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REGISTER HERE 

 

Other Events

Family Advocacy: One of the Kids Workshops

The school years are such a fundamental part of life and help form who we are as an adult. Family Advocacy is well aware that these years can be difficult for families and students with disability and are therefore conducting 12 face to face workshops around the state to speak with families and provide information, advice and networking opportunities aimed to improve the schooling experience and outcomes for their family member.

Details
May 10: Coffs Harbour
May 12: Maitland
May 13: Charlestown
May 24: Penrith
May 25: Castle Hill
May 26: Roseville
June 23: Orange

More info can be found here – www.family-advocacy.com/events/ 

NSW Council for Intellectual Disability: Disability Support Group
NSW CID have been running groups for people with disability to help them prepare for the NDIS, make change in their community and meet new people. They are excited to be running two new groups starting in the next month and would love you to come along and be part of them. The details of the groups are below, and if you would like to come, please contact Brandon on 1800 424 065 or email brandon@nswcid.org.au

South West Sydney Network
Meets at Revesby Workers Club on the last Wednesday of every month. Open to anyone with disability and co-facilitated by a CID member. Download flyer HERE.

Western Sydney Youth Network
Meets at NADO offices in St Marys (28 Gidley St) on the 18 April from 6-8pm and then every month on the second Friday. Open to any young person with disability. Download flyer HERE.

Food is provided at each meeting and they are a great way to make some new connections and get ready for the changes that are happening with NDIS rollout.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA): Various information sessions
NDIA are running various pre-planning workshops, information sessions and service provider seminars on the NDIS. For more information head here: www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/nsw

University of Sydney with PDCN: Disability and Natural Disasters project, ongoing
Researchers at The University of Sydney wish to invite people with disability aged 18-
60 who reside in the councils of Sutherland Shire, Hawkesbury City or Greater Taree City
to participate in a ground-breaking project about disability and natural disasters.

To find out more information please download this flyer. 

 

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This article was sourced from the website My Choice Matters Newsletter and the original article can be found at My Choice Matters April Newsletter.

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