Welcome to our March Newsletter!

  • We’re launching Become a Leader Online today and Erika tells us the importance of the face-to-face program in her life.
  • Our April Get More Skills events and events from other organisations.

 

Become a Leader Online is here!

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.

Graduates of both the online and face-to-face program have a larger forum open to them, with the chance to network and connect with other leaders from across NSW and even Australia! Graduates from our face-to-face program will receive an email letting them know their login details for the forum.

Become a Leader Online is for everybody. Whether you just want some help speaking up at family dinners or you have plans to run for local council, you will gain valuable skills by completing the program. Erika did the face-to-face program in Sydney and said the following about her experience.
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“The leadership course has brought me much to celebrate, as well as the considerable toolkit and strategies to practice new skills in a meaningful way. It has made me feel part of a community of wonderful people who really understand the impact that having a disability has on all areas of my life. Change is hard. Learning the skills in order to manage and benefit from change is even harder. Without My Choice Matters I wouldn’t have survived all the change in my life and I certainly wouldn’t have learnt all the skills enabling me to fight for my rights and finally have a voice. I have grown in confidence and been able to share my experience to shape my supports planning. I’ve told my story at a conference and at a national meeting of managers for an NGO. Instead of somebody who could not get anybody to listen to my concerns that I had with service provision, I have been respected as a person whose individual story is recognised as valuable. This is truly something to celebrate.”

Sign up at www.becomealeader.org.au and unlock your potential today!

 

April Events

April 5 Coonabarabran  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 6 Gunnedah  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 12 Campbelltown  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 13 Hurstville  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 19 Dapto  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 20 Liverpool  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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April 26 Bourke  GET MORE SKILLS: A GOOD LIFE
For people with disability and family members
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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
March 31: Wollongong
April 5: Coogee
April 6: Bankstown
April 7: Liverpool
April 27: Wagga Wagga
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 8 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

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA): ILC Consultations
NDIA invites you to participate in consultations on key elements of the Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Commissioning Framework. In July 2015, all governments in Australia agreed to the ILC Policy Framework. The policy has now been given to NDIA to implement. The purpose of NDIA’s ILC Commissioning Framework is to translate the ILC Policy Framework into action.

NDIA is holding face-to-face sessions in Sydney and Dubbo, 6 – 8 April. They will hold separate sessions for:

  • People with disability, families and carers; and 
  • Organisations that provide ILC-type activities

You can register to attend a consultation or make a written submission HERE. 

Consultation sessions will also be held in the following locations: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, and Townsville.

SCIA: Independence Expo, April 15 – 16
The SCIA Independence Expo is a free event that will showcase an extensive range of lifestyle and disability products and services for people with physical disabilities. Entry is free for everyone – people with physical disability, their family and carers, professionals and students in the sector. Funding will be available for people with physical disability to assist with the travel, accommodation and support costs required to attend the Expo. Register to attend at scia.org.au/expo or 1800 819 775 and go into the draw to win a $500 gift card.

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 March Newsletter.

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