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PEER SUPPORT GROUPS IN PERTH METRO AND REGIONS

Would you like to find out more about peer support groups in WA?

 

Are you looking for a service provider?

Click here to find:

- the link to the list of disability service organisations which provide service on behalf of Disability Services Commission, sorted by region: REGION

- the list of services registered to provide services under NDIS in our State: WA

Are you interested in participating in research projects?

 

 

 

 

Telethon Kids Institute has developed a questionnaire to measure 'quality of life' in children with Down Syndrome.

They are seeking parents with a school aged child or adolescent with Down syndrome to road test their new questionnaire.

Siblings Australia is running a project, "Creating Capacity: Support for Adult Siblings Project" to build the capacity of siblings to understand the NDIS and to support their brothers and sister with disbility in the transition to the NDIS environment.

A reference group is being set up to guide the implementation of the project, and the group will oversee the governance and help maximise outcomes for siblings, people living with disability and their broader families in the light of the NDIS.

If you would like to find out more about this project, or be part of the reference group:

  

 

Click on the image above to read the report....

"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

(Report authors Samantha Connor and Ben Keely)

The Peer Connect website is for people living with disability, their families and supporters.

The website has information about having choice and control in your life, the NDIS, connecting with Peer Support Networks and getting involved with your community.

www.peerconnect.org.au/

 

Duchenne Foundation in WA have published a great new story for children called "That's What Wings Are For". Part proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Duchenne Foundation.

Read more about it here, including an author interview 

  

 

 

 

 

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Employment in Western Australia

 

Read about current employment opportunities for people 25 and under with the WA State Government.

http://search.jobs.wa.gov.au/index.php?AdvertID=144355

http://search.jobs.wa.gov.au/index.php?AdvertID=127609

 

School to Work

National Disability Coordination Officer Progam - this is an Australian Government initiative which aims to assist people with disabilty to move between school, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education, to succeed in their chosen studies and being suitable employment.

The NDCO is funded by the Department of Education and in Western Australia it is operated by EDGE Employment Solutions (Inc.)

Program objectives are to:

  • Improve transitions for people with disability between schools, post secondary education and training and employment.
  • Increase awareness of post-school options, supports and services available for people with disability, their families, support networks and relevant stakeholders
  • Increase the successful participation of students with disability in post secondary education by facilitating coordination of services for people with disability in education and training.
  • Improve linkages between schools, VET providers, higher education providers and providers of disability programs and other assistance

There is no specific eligibility criterion for NDCO.

Anyone who views themself to have a disability can be supported however the disability should be as defined by one or more of 17 limitations, restrictions or impairments which have lasted or are likely to last for a period of six months or more and which restricut a person's every day activities. 

  1. Loss of sight (not corrected by glasses or contact lenses)
  2. Loss of hearing where communication is restricted, or an aid to assist with, or substitute for, hearing is used
  3. Speech difficulties
  4. Chronic or recurrent pain or discomfort causing restriction
  5. Shortness or breath or breathing difficulties causing restriction
  6. Blackout, fits, or loss of consciousness
  7. Difficulty learning or understanding
  8. Incomplete use of arms or fingers
  9. Difficulty learning or understanding
  10. Incomplete use of feet or legs
  11. Nervous or emotional condition causing restriction
  12. Restriction in physical activities or in doing physical work
  13. Disfigurement or deformity
  14. Mental illness or condition requiring help or supervision
  15. Long-term effects of head injury, stroke or other brain damage causing restriction
  16. Receiving treatment or medication for any other long-term condition or ailment, and still restricted
  17. Any other long-term condition resulting in a restriction

The careertips.net.au website has been developed specifically as an information guide, resource kit and referral source fo people with disability who are in their final years of school, who are about to commence or are undertaking vocational education and trainin (VET) studies, or university studies, or have recently graduated from one of these pathways.

Click on the careertips image below to open the website which gives tips on preparing for a job.

 

 

Read about the internship provided by Australian Network on Disability (AND) for university students with disability

http://www.and.org.au/pages/stepping-into...-programs.html

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Western Australian Disability Enterprise (ADEs) offer a vast range of goods and services of high quality at competitive prices. Employing more than 2000 Western Australians with disability, ADEs are seeking contracts that offer both a greater volume and higher quality of work. 

ADEs are not for profit organisations operating as commercial businesses providing employment opportunities for people with disability. ADEs operating high quality businesses that are accredited against the National Disability Standards and all ADEs are independently audited.

The seven Australian Disability Enterprises operating throughouth Western Australia are:

Activ

Goodwill Engineering

Good Samaritan Industries

Intework

Paraquad Industries

Westcare

Workpower