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Settlement Services International (SSI): Our Voice Project

Settlement Services International (SSI): Our Voice Project

Our Voice provides opportunities for mainstream disability service providers to build their capacity in responding to the services access needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds through learning from people with lived experience.

People living with disability from CALD backgrounds experience barriers in accessing support services, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the wider community. Our Voice supports people living with disability from CALD backgrounds to develop skills as Lived Experience Educators and share their unique insights and expertise as structured learning activities with disability service providers.

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ISSUES PAPER: Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Education Issues Paper

The Royal Commission has identified that abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in the education sector is an important topic to address.

Research suggests that children with disability experience higher rates of suspension and expulsion from schools and that children with disability may be excluded from school activities, such as excursions, assemblies, sports carnivals etc.

Over the last decade, the segregation of children with disability into special education units/classes or 'special' schools has increased. Students with autism have been disproportionately affected by this increase. First Nations students with disability are also disproportionately over-represented in special schools.

The Royal Commission issues paper on education outlines the Commission's preliminary understanding of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability and asks 13 questions. Read More

Summer School Holiday Program

Please see attached for the information on a new school holiday program for students aged 12-17yrs in Liverpool

Registrations are now open

Any questions please contact:

Erica Dilworth
Service Coordinator - Community
0401 252 042
[email protected]

The Disability Trust: Club Trust Kids

Fun is the focus of The Disability Trust’s Club Trust Kids groups, which provides opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in and enjoy physical and creative activities in a supported and safe environment.

We currently have places available on Saturdays for young people between the ages 7 - 12 years old, who are interested in developing new skills, going on excursions, being active and improving health and wellbeing with fitness orientated activities.

- Current Vacancies: 277 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

  • When: Saturdays 9am - 3pm
  • Who: 7 - 12 years old
  • Cost: NDIS funding required.

The Disability Trust: Day Program Activities

The Disability Trust day program activities have a strong focus on community participation and independent living skills training.

There are flexible supports on weekdays and are involved in life skills development activities such as cooking, shopping and personal development. There are also regular day trips for activities that are appropriate to the individual’s level of ability and goals such as swimming and bush walking.

We are currently have vacancies in our Canterbury location.

  • Address: 277 Canterbury Road, Canterbury.

If you would like more information, please contact Brett Fairley on 9540 3011 or email [email protected]

The Disability Trust: School Leaver Employment Support

The Disability Trust offer programs that are designed for school leavers who are keen to upskill and become work ready.

They use a strengths based, solution focused approach that
enables young people to build their resilience and take ownership over their progress and outcomes. Each school leaver chooses activities that will support their learning and development.

See FLYER for more information...

The Disability Trust: Vacation Care

See attached Information to find out about all the Vacation Care activities at The Disability Trust

That is Violence Campaign

1800RESPECT has launched the That is Violence campaign.

This campaign is part of a Disabilities Pathways Project, and aims to improve pathways and support for women with disability who are impacted by domestic abuse and violence.

Women with disability are impacted by domestic violence at a higher rate than other women. They also suffer for longer with international research indicating that they wait an average of 3.3 years before reaching out for support, compared to an average of 2.3 years for other women.

When they do reach out, 1800RESPECT is there to help; a confidential telephone and online counselling service available for everyone living in Australia, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Find out more at 1800respite Website

ideas: Free nationwide disability telecommunications service assisting with choosing Technology

Accessible Telecoms is a nationwide disability telecommunications service that provides independent, up to-date information on mainstream and assistive telecommunication products suitable for people with disabilities. This service also provides referrals for training, set-up, on-going support and equipment provision.

This is a free service! And it can be used by anyone, people with disability, their family & carers, service providers and advocates.

Find out more @ ideas