The Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Amendment Bill has been passed in Queensland Parliament, allowing for alternative handlers to assist a primary handler (eg a child with disability), authorising trainers to issue handler identity cards, and removing the need for handlers to prove their disability when renewing identity cards.
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.
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.
Carers Qld’s annual Quality of Life survey is now open, until Sun 30 August. It’s open to both present and past carers, and the results will be shared with all levels of government, which will hopefully improve the levels of services offered.
My child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (information for Queensland families of children aged 9-17) is a succinct but thorough booklet with information about ASD, the diagnostic process, financial support, access to specialists and financial support for people in rural/remote areas, how to find therapists, services and support available in Queensland, school options, and transition from school. While some of the information is Queensland-specific, it is still useful as an overview to people in other states.
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.