eNews November 2023 in Easy Read

Congratulations Quang

  • CID has elected a new Board Chairperson.

    His name is Quang Nguyen.

  • Quang has been a member of CID and the board for many years.

  • Quang says he believes in speaking up and being seen.

  • Some other board officers were elected.

    Fiona McKenzie is the Vice Chairperson

  • Jennifer Newman is another Vice Chairperson.

  • Ariella Meltzer is the Secretary.

    The Secretary plans and takes notes at meetings.

  • Alex Hitchcock is the Treasurer.

    The Treasurer looks after CIDs money.

  • We all look forward to working together.

Our responses to the Disability Royal Commission Final Report

  • We have written 3 blog posts about different issues from the Disability Royal Commission Final Report.

  • These blog posts are not in Easy Read.

  • You might like to read them with support.

  • We are working on Easy Read versions.

  • The first blog is about accessible information and communications.

    Here is a link to the first blog.

  • Accessible means something that more people can use and understand.

  • The second blog is about criminal justice.

    Here is a link to the second blog.

  • Criminal justice means the things that happen when someone breaks the law.

  • The third blog is about supported decision making and guardianship.

    Here is a link to the third blog.

  • Guardianship is when someone can make choices about your life for you.

  • We will post more blogs about other issues in the final report.

    Here is a link to a page where we will post the blogs.

Round 2 of the My Rights Matter Grants

  • These projects got My Rights Matter grants.

    Grants give money to do a project about supported decision making.

  • Leigh Creighton will make videos about

    • Making plans
    • Using CIDs Conversation Cards
    • Circles of support.
  • Sid Chandran will make videos about making decisions as a person who does not speak.

  • Me Plus More will make social media posts about the right to make your own decisions.

  • Participate Australia will make videos about

    • Relationships
    • Sexuality
    • Gender identity
  • Sexuality is about the kind of people you would like to have romantic relationships with.

  • Gender identity is the way you feel about your gender.

  • Side by Side Advocacy will make resources to give people with intellectual disability skills in making decisions about home.

  • Printable will make a video about workers with intellectual disability.

  • Dundaloo will make videos about people in Taree making their own decisions.

  • We will share stories from the projects

    • In the eNews
    • On social media

My Health Matters folder

  • The My Health Matters folder is a folder where you can keep all your health information.

    Here is a link with more information.

  • CID worked with a lot of people to make the folder better like

    • People with intellectual disability
    • Health services
  • You can order a printed version of the new folder to be sent to you for free.

    Here is a link to the order form.

  • You can also download the new folder

    • to print on your own
    • to use on a device like an iPad

    Here is a link to the download page.

My Rights Matter in 2024

  • My Rights Matter will do more workshops about supported decision making in 2024.

  • You can sign up for updates about the workshops.

    Here is a link to the form.

  • There is also a new free workshop with support systems.

  • You can work together in the workshop with

    • Your family member
    • Your friend
    • Your support worker
  • We will meet with you and your support people.

  • We will work through making a real life decision together.

  • At the end of the workshop everyone will know how to better support you with your own decisions.

  • If you and your support people want to do this workshop

  • There will also be online supported decision making peer mentor groups.

  • The peer mentor groups begin on 7 February 2024.

  • You can sign up for the peer mentor groups at this link.

More than Just a Job in 2024

  • More than Just a Job for Me is a workshop about getting a job that you love.

    Here is a link with more information.

  • CID will have more workshops in 2024.

    They will start in January.

  • We will share stories from the projects

    • In the eNews
    • On social media
  • There are also online peer groups about jobs.

  • They will happen every month starting on 23 February 2024.

  • You can sign up for the peer groups at the link here.

National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability Health Council

  • The National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability Health has opened.

    We will call it the Centre.

  • The Centre is now looking for people to be on their Council.

    The Council is a group of people who make sure the Centre is doing a good job.

  • There is a website where you can learn more about

    • what the Council is
    • how you can be on the Council

    Here is the link.

Specialist Disability Accommodation in NSW

  • The Achieve Foundation worked with University of Technology Sydney to write a report about Specialist Disability Accommodation.

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation is housing for people with NDIS plans.

  • CID wrote the Easy Read summary of the report.

  • You can download the Easy Read summary at this link. It is in PDF format.

International Day of People with Disability events

  • There are some events coming up in December that you can get tickets for.

  • Wagga Wagga Dance Party by RDAS
    Saturday 2 December, 5.30pm to 9pm
    Where: Wagga RSL Club
    $10.75 with free carer tickets

    Here is a link to buy tickets.

  • Elevate the Stage 2023
    Sunday 3 December, 4pm to 6.30pm
    Where: Grand Ballroom, ICC Sydney
    Cost: Free

    You can register for a ticket at the link.

  • 15 Years of Equality? Panel discussion
    Monday 4 December, 5pm to 7pm
    Where: In person at John Goodsell Building, UNSW or online
    Cost: Free

    You can register for a ticket at the link.

  • Igniting Inclusion by Achieve
    Monday 4 December, starting at 6pm
    Where: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
    Cost: $22.49 with free carer tickets

    Here is a link to buy tickets.

  • International Day of People with Disability event by Diversity and Disability Alliance
    Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am to 1.30pm
    Where: Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, 55 Vine St, Fairfield
    Cost: Free

    You can register by

  • Inclusion Festival by Inner West Council
    Friday 8 December
    Where: Petersham Town Hall
    Cost: Free

    Here is a link with more information.

  • There are many events happening at City of Sydney.

    Here is a link with a list of events.

  • You can also celebrate by watching these disability videos from ABC iView.

    Here is a link to the videos.

Accessible Viewing Area at Barangaroo for New Year's Eve

  • There will be an accessible viewing area for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Barangaroo.

  • Barangaroo is a place near Sydney Harbour.

  • Space is limited so you need to reserve tickets ahead of time.

    Reserve means to book your space before other people.

  • You can register for the accessible viewing area at this link.

  • You can also email barangaroo.nye@property.nsw.gov.au.

    In your email you should tell them

    • Your full name
    • Your phone number
    • Your postcode
    • How many tickets you would like
      You can get up to 10 tickets
    • Your accessibility needs.

Having a Say Conference

  • The Having a Say Conference from VALID will be on 5 and 6 February 2024.

  • The theme is The Future is Ours.

  • It is a big conference for people with intellectual disability.

  • It will happen

    • Online
    • In person at Deakin University in Geelong
  • You can find out more about the conference and register at this link.

Got a question?

  • Our friendly team can answer your questions.

    They can help you find the information you need.

    Call us on 1800 424 065.

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