Great news that Greenslopes Private Hospital has just opened Brisbane’s first 24 hour pharmacy! Hoping we won’t need it, but nice to know it’s there.
Three Special Schools in Ipswich are hosting their first Interschool Fete on Thu 3rd December from 10am-2pm. Having seen some of them at other disability expos I’ve attended, I’m looking forward to checking this event out!
Seams Away (Australia) is closing down, and all their products are $5, which is very cheap for seamfree clothing!
Focal are hosting a free information session for parents and carers, on Sat 14 Nov, from 10am-1pm at their Ipswich office. Focal arrange multiple different information sessions throughout the year- I have attended several, and have found them to be very well-organised and helpful. I recommend joining their email list to keep up-to-date with what’s on.
This information session is run by Pave the Way, and is called “Planning for Now, Tomorrow and the Future”. This presentation is available frequently throughout the year, in different places as listed on their website. I found the information shared to be very useful- rather than playing ostrich about our loved one’s future, it is possible to plan a good life for them, and Aimee explained about some of the tools available to help with this, including normal and Enduring Powers of Attorney, Guardianship and Administration, wills, trusts, Special Disability Trusts etc.
Full information available in the flyer below.
Carers Week 2015 events – various locations, 11-17 October. My local ones sound great!
Free NDIS Community briefing with Dr Bruce Bonyhady AM, hosted by Montrose – Darra, 4 November.
A wonderful opportunity to hear from the leader and thinker behind the NDIS, Bruce Bonyhady AM.
In a relaxed atmosphere Mr Bonyhady will discuss:
Changes to the social service sector nationally
Impact the NDIS will have in Queensland
What this means for people with a disability.
Young Families Taking Charge, presented by CRU – Chermside, 10 November. This workshop is for families of young children with disability (0-8 years) who are interested in hearing about the NDIS and what they can do now to develop a vision and a plan for the future. We will talk about how families can be thoughtful about using paid supports to build a good life, how to maintain strong family and community connections, and where to start in being prepared and informed in the lead up to the NDIS.
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolling out in Australia over the next few years, Carers Australia has established a project to connect carers of people eligible for, but not enrolled in, NDIS, with carers of people who are already receiving supports from NDIS.
While many parents can recommend a particular professional or swim school who has been fantastic for teaching their little one how to swim, this is the first swim program I’ve heard of in Brisbane, specifically for children on the spectrum. It’s called Treasures ASD Swim Program, and has been developed by an Occupational Therapist and Swim Instructor/former international competitor.
Centacare and MyTime are offering a 3 session parenting program at Kangaroo Point (Brisbane) for $10. Fortnightly from Wed 10 October.
Mamre is presenting a Facilitated Communication Training Basic workshop in a couple of weeks, at their offices at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane. I haven’t seen many FC workshops offered in this area, so definitely worth considering if this is an area of interest.
One of the incredibly resourceful ladies I’ve had the privilege of “meeting” through Facebook has put together two very indepth resource guides that she is keen for people to share wherever they would be useful.
A Resource Guide & Ideas for Therapists, Teachers, Parents and Carers working with people with Special Needs- covers a multitude of topics, and is well worth checking out.
The Queensland Autism Parents Handbook is 101 pages and is a comprehensive guide to autism services, support, tips and ideas for Qld. The book is most relevant to Qld but is a valuable source of info wherever you live.