Pave the Way info session

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.

Pave the Way Flyer _2015-10-14

Three upcoming events

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.

ASD Swim Program- Brisbane

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.

Brisbane subsidised shared cabs

Brisbane City Council organises shared taxis at scheduled times for residents who find it difficult to get to their local shops.  To be eligible for this service, you must be over 60, mobility impaired, or a Pensioner/Senior Card holder- and you may be accompanied by a carer or a child under your care.  Costs $1-$3 each way, and covers many suburbs and shopping centres.  Looks like a very helpful scheme- may be worth asking if similar opportunities are available in other cities.

Disability Expos

There are two big disability expos coming up soon in Brisbane/Ipswich.

Ipswich Fresh Futures Market (“Connect with local resources and support for your future”) is on Wed 26 August, with over 60 stallholders, workshops etc.

Disability Awareness and post school Expo is on Wed 16 September at Chandler Theatre & Arena (Brisbane), with over 100 exhibitors, plus workshops and demonstrations.

Upcoming events/courses

A few more local events are coming up in the Brisbane South/Ipswich area (apologies for the lateness in sharing these, we’ve had quite a bit going on!):

Baby Bridges – I’ve written a little about Baby Bridges and the Developing Childhood program previously, and a new 6 week class is starting Wed 22 July (Brisbane)

Sensory Movie Day– List of upcoming movies and dates, at multiple locations.

Browns Park A4 Flyer 2015– National Stress Down Day, free community event from Focal (Ipswich), with lots of activities, an NDIS info session etc.

NDIS Info sessions– ongoing, in multiple areas.

YFS also has NDIS info sessions available in multiple areas around Logan.

Parent Connect

Parent Connect has funding to assist families with children aged 0-6 who are developmentally delayed or have a disability, or older children aged 6+ who have a newly acquired or identified disability.  They can support a family for up to twelve months in many ways, including accessing an expedited private diagnosis, setting up some therapy options, linking to services and communities, learning about the child’s disability, and connecting with other families on a similar journey.  Parent Connect in Brisbane/Ipswich is run by Mission Australia.

Parent_Connect_Brochure

Baby Bridges and a Developmental Tracker

Baby Bridges is a free program for 0-5’s with disabilities and/or developmental delays, and their parents/carers. The standard program consists of two components: children’s play and specialised therapy sessions with qualified therapists; and parent information and training sessions. It is offered at several locations throughout Queensland, however, the location at Auchenflower (Developing Foundation) incorporates the Developing Childhood program and Funtastic Creations.

The Developing Childhood program designed by child development experts (which is available independently of Baby Bridges) is a fantastic opportunity for parents of children to track and enhance milestones from birth to a functional age of 3 – and there are 342 of them in the first three years of a child’s life!  This detailed record-keeping is invaluable for parents who may be concerned about developmental delays, to track and to share with their paediatrician or therapists.  In addition to charting milestones, the program offers a personalised program ofactivities to help stimulate and encourage your child towards their next milestones.  The site offers a one month free trial (which I highly recommend checking out!), and the full cost of the program is $95 (total).