DDWA September eNewsletter 2021

Are you a DDWA member and a carer? Would you like to attend Morning Tea at Zamia Café?

Celebrating Carers Week
Tuesday October 12 2021

Are you a DDWA member and a carer?

If you are not a DDWA member you can sign up here: https://ddwa.org.au/membership/

Would you like to attend Morning Tea at Zamia Café?

When: Tuesday October 12, 2021

To celebrate Carers Week in October we’re offering members the opportunity to join DDWA for Morning Tea at Zamia Café in Kings Park.

When:                 Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Where:                Zamia Café
                            50 May Drive
                            Kings Park  Western Australia  6005
Time:                   9.30am -11.30am

If we have more members than places available DDWA will select randomly the lucky members from a draw.

If you’re available and would like to attend on the above date and time, please send your full name, phone number and dietary requirements to ddwa@ddwa.org.au by September 24, 2021.

DDWA Joining the Gym survey

DDWA is pleased to announce the launch of the “Joining the Gym Project”. The project aims to build capacity with community fitness centres and gyms to support the participation of people with intellectual disability and complex communication needs. 

Many people who go to the gym not only enjoy the sense of achievement of working out – from getting stronger to losing weight – but also the social aspects of going to the gym like getting to know other gym goers. 

Over the next nine months the Joining the Gym Project will develop an online training package for staff in fitness centres and private gyms to address gaps in knowledge and increase skills and confidence to support people with intellectual disability and complex communication needs at their centres. 

We’ll also be developing easy to understand resources for people with disability designed to answer common questions about going to the gym. 

To do this, we are seeking the views of people with an intellectual disability, their family members and support workers. To get started, we’ve created a short, confidential survey and would be very grateful if you would be willing to share your experiences.  

Later, we will be seeking expressions of interests from people with intellectual disability to participate in the Joining the Gym Project focus group, which will help explore, test and shape the content of the online resources during the development the project. Stay tuned for information about how to apply. 

Who should complete the survey: People with intellectual or developmental disability who are 18 years or over, family members and support workers.

DDWA seeks feedback on school boarding options for students with developmental disability

We have recently received a number of requests from our regional members on metropolitan boarding options for students with developmental disability.

As such we would like to hear from our regional members on their experience of boarding in Perth for secondary schooling as an option for their son or daughter who has intellectual disability or autism.

We understand that secondary education can be challenging for parents in regional areas and boarding as an option adds to the complexity with additional support and other organisation required beyond the classroom.

We would very much like to hear how the experience went and if you had any suggestions. Please see a short three question questionnaire below.

DDWA My Life Keys Self Advocacy Program

DDWA has been providing a series of workshops to students with developmental disabilities called “Keys to Success  – Self Advocacy” developed by VALiD in Victoria. The workshops are proving a big success and so far we have presented to students at Atwell College, CanningVale College, Merredin College and Prendiville College. We have also been carrying out this program in group homes with great success.

One client enjoyed the course so much they said I loved the course; it was amazing. It gave me hope for the future I talked about my feelings and what I want to do in the future.”

If you know a school or an organisation you think would like to have the course presented to their students or participants we are taking expressions of interest for Term 4 2021 and Term 1 2022.

For more information phone Beth or Theresa at DDWA on 9420 7203; or email Beth beth.marchbank@ddwa.org.au, or Theresa theresa.mcdonnell@ddwa.org.au.

WAiS Free Information Sessions – NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – September

Are you in the NDIS? Do you know you have the right to good quality and safe supports and services?

WA’s Individualised Services are hosting a series of free information sessions with new NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission about their role to regulate service providers.

The sessions are relevant for people accessing the NDIS, their 
families, advocates and supporters.

WHEN:    Tuesday 21st September, 10am to 12pm
WHERE:  Swan View Youth Centre (Salisbury Road, Swan View)
COST:      Free (Morning tea provided)
For more information call Jordyn on 0418 934 055 or email j.piggott@waindividualisedservices.org.au.

DDWA organisational member – Uniting WA

If you’d like support to get involved in your community, Uniting WA can help.
You might like to take part in a social group or a recreational activity in your community.  Maybe you want to participate in a club, play a team sport or attend a regular class to learn a new skill.  Whatever it is that you choose to do, you’re in charge.
And if you need support to live independently in your own home, or a home you share with other people, they can help with that too.

Uniting understands that your journey is unique. And what works for other people may not work for you. That’s why they’ll take the time to get to know you, and work with you to develop a roadmap to support you to achieve your goals.

All support is provided on a 1:1 basis, so they can focus on your unique wants, needs and ambitions – and you can focus on living your best life.

If you’d like to chat to Uniting about your support, please get in touch on
1300 663 298 or via email at hello@unitingwa.org.au.

DDWA organisational member – Onboard Supports

A better NDIS Plan Management service is here. Onboard Supports is your personalised NDIS Plan Manager who’s available to call you directly to discuss your plan. We’re the expert NDIS planner you can trust to listen and understand your situation and help you reach your goals.

Our overall mission is to help provide peace of mind that our clients’ funding is being managed professionally, helping them to get the most out of their plan. Onboard Supports is unique in that your plan manager is a high qualified, experienced industry veteran who you can contact directly with any questions you may have. We are a niche NDIS Plan Management service that believes in personalised service above all else.

For more information on our services contact Chris directly on 0405 139 143 or email chris.glasson@onoardsupports.com.au.

Call for Expression of Interest
Applications close September 30, 2021 | Ready to Go Home Project: Co-design team members

National Disability Services (NDS) and Department of Health WA (DoH) are seeking Expressions of Interest from people with disability and / or family members to participate in a co-design group to inform the NDIS-funded ‘Ready to Go Home’, a project aimed to improve the experience of people with disability in hospital and to reduce unexpected delays in hospital discharge.
The co-design group will work with a project team from NDS and DoH WA to share their insights, explore issues, come up with ideas and develop and test solutions to help improve the hospital experience and discharge times for people with disability in WA.
NDS are looking for 10 people with a disability who have recent experience in a WA public hospital, specifically:
a) People with disability who have been a patient in a public hospital and experienced a lengthy delay in being discharged beyond when ready to leave hospital according to a doctor but couldn’t return home
b) People with disability under the age of 65 who have been a patient more than three times in a public hospital in the past three years
c) a parent/carer of a person with disability who is in category a) or b).
NDS are very interested in hearing from people with a diverse experience of disability, including people with intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, mental health / psychosocial disability, sensory disability, neurological disability or people with disability who live in regional / rural WA.

If you are interested in being a member of the co-design team please send an email to Jennifer.Hart@health.wa.gov.au by September 30, 2021.

Read the DDWA September eNewsletter 2021 here: https://mailchi.mp/ddwa.org.au/ddwa-september-newsletter-2021win-free-morning-tea-for-carers-weekorganisational-member-newswais-free-info-sessionsjoin-us-on-the-couchsurveys