Together: Access & Inclusion Training for your organisation

Closing date: May 27, 2022

Interested in FREE disability access and inclusion training for your organisation? Youth Disability Advocacy Service is offering free Together: Access and Inclusion Training for 10 organisations through an expression of interest process. This training is for organisations who already work with young people in Victoria. It will help you learn about disability, disabled young people, and how to make your services better for disabled young people in your community. We want to create a world where young people with disability are able to access the same services as everyone else. The sessions must take place before December 2022.

Understanding attendance at school for students with Autism

This study is looking to learn more about the experience of autistic young people who have difficulty regularly attending school (school refusal). The project will explore the experiences of young people and their families as well as the perspective of teachers supporting students on the autistic spectrum. The aim is to examine, through people’s experience, what interventions can and do help.

Special Election Series of Reasonable and Necessary

The election special features interviews with Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds, Shadow Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten and Greens spokesperson on Disability Rights and Services Jordon Steele John. The series concludes with a special panel providing commentary including former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, PWDA President Samantha Connor and Bruce Bonyhady and Kirsten Deane from the Melbourne Disability Institute.

Expect a call: Plan reviews

The NDIA has introduced a new plan review process. Instead of each participant attending a scheduled plan review when their plan is due to end, they will now receive a phone call to participate in what the NDIA calls a Participant Check-In. During this call, the NDIA representative will discuss the participant’s well-being and see if their supports are meeting their needs.

ATC 2022 Call for Papers now open

Closing date: June 20, 2022

Do you use Assistive Technologies in daily life? , Are you passionate about promoting the effective design, selection, and use of Assistive Technology solutions? Have you thought about presenting your ideas at a conference to showcase how assistive technology solutions are essential enablers in everyday life? Assistive Technology users, practitioners, suppliers, researchers, educators, and others are invited to submit a paper for the The third Australian AT Conference (AATC) being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 24 – 25 November 2022. The theme for this two-day conference is “ActivATe Life”.

Women Leading Locally Fellowships

Closing date: June 28, 2022

This program aims to increase the representation of women councillors and mayors in Victoria by supporting 120 women from 30 target municipalities through Community Leadership and Local Governance fellowships. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to be supported into local government by skilled facilitators who want you to succeed and know what you need to get to the finish line.
The program welcomes the involvement of women from all ages and backgrounds – Young Women, First Nations women, women who live with disability, women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and LGBTQI+ women are especially encouraged to apply.

NDIA needs to better support workers

The CPSU has been contacted by many NDIA employees with disability, who have experienced a lack of support and reasonable adjustment from the agency to allow them to perform their work.

What to do about the NDIS?

Both sides of politics remain fully committed to the scheme, publicly, amid fears of another “mediscare”-like campaign. The scheme’s participants and the large diaspora of carers and their families are a potent political force and have been rallying to ensure the scheme remains supported.

Arts House program supports Deaf and Disabled creatives

For the next five years, Arts House will fund artist fees, as well as access and production costs to support two residencies and presentations each year for Deaf, Disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill artists, curators, collectives and their collaborating allies.  The inaugural residents are Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin, Leisa Prowd and Mishka.