DARU Update 12 March 2012 IN THE NEWS EVENTS & TRAINING PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES SUBMISSIONS, CONSULTATIONS AND FORUMS PAID AND VOLUNTARY POSITIONS IN THE NEWS Helping More Australians With Disability To Find Work Media Release, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Superannuation, Financial Services, 2 March 2012 A record number of people with disability are receiving assistance to help them find and keep a job, thanks to the uncapping Disability Employment Services (DES). More than 97,000 people have been placed into employment through DES in the past two years, and more than 148,000 people are now being serviced by DES providers nationally – a 43 per cent increase since the system began. The Government is investing more than $3 billion in Disability Employment Services over the next four years, including new expanded wage subsidy programs and access to employment-related mentoring services. More generous rules will also make work more attractive for job seekers with disability, allowing people on the disability support pension to work more hours without having their payment suspended or cancelled. The measures are part of the Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package to deliver skills and education to more Australians. For more information on Disability Employment Services, visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/Programs/DES/Pages/default.a spx Details of the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package are available at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/skills/Pages/default.aspx Nursing Home Out of Reach for Diabetes Sufferer Michelle Griffin, The Age, 5 March 2012 Working for country newspapers and radio stations, Leigh Dickinson travelled hundreds of kilometres in various jobs. But since he suffered a diabetic coma two years ago, his horizons have shrunk to a hospital ward. Brain damage has burnt through his memories and speech; his eyesight is failing as his blood sugar still soars and plummets to dangerous levels from uncontrolled diabetes. At the age of 35, Mr Dickinson is on waiting lists for a place in a nursing home, a fate his family reluctantly accepts. Like about 6500 other Australians under 50, his nursing needs are too intensive to allow him to get by with family help. After several hypoglycaemic episodes, he was admitted last October to Footscray's Western Hospital and has never left. While he gets 24- hour special attendant care in the hospital, his diabetes and epilepsy disqualify him from a place on brain-injury rehabilitation programs that would help him recover mentally. ''We're running out of options,'' said his father Neil Dickinson, 71, a pensioner who travels from Albury every fortnight to visit his son. ''A nursing home isn't really set up for his needs. He's not getting rehab and he's bored out of his mind. He's a social animal, Leigh.'' He understands perfectly well. No, he says, no friends come to see him. Yes, he wants to leave the hospital. What does he wish he could do again? ''Fishing,'' he says. Bronwyn Morkham, director of the National Alliance of Young People in Nursing Homes, says young people are stranded in nursing homes because they slip through the cracks. A federal-state alliance to combat the issue invested $244 million over five years on programs to bridge the divide between nursing care and rehabilitation. But the program has been in a hiatus since July last year, even though it reduced the number of people under 50 in nursing homes by 39 per cent. While the federal government has committed another $122 million for a further five years, none of the states have signed up again. ''As a result, the program has stalled in that it has no capacity to take on new applicants,'' Dr Morkham said. While Victoria does provide $9.4 million to fund services for young people at risk of moving into nursing homes, it's a slow, uncertain and complex business co-ordinating state and federal departments. ''Molly Meldrum's all over the news with his recovery,'' said Neil Dickinson. ''He can get the rehab and therapy that he needs, and that's great. But some people don't have access to those things.'' To read the full story, visit: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/nursing-home-out-of-reach-for- diabetes-sufferer-20120304-1uazv.html#ixzz1oHhSSXy9 A Review of Early Intervention Therapies for Children with Autism Media Release, Senator Jan McLucas Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, 6 March 2012 The Australian Government has welcomed a report reviewing the most effective models of practice in early intervention therapies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The report was produced by the Australian Autism Research Collaboration and will help the Government to ensure its Helping Children with Autism package is as effective as possible. Senator Jan McLucas, said the report looked at the assessment processes used in the early intervention services component of the Helping Children with Autism package. “This report has provided us with recommendations to further improve early intervention services and therapies for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder,” Senator McLucas said. Recommendations include improved communication and information sharing among Helping Children with Autism allied health professionals but also with families in rural and remote communities and those from a non-English speaking background. The report also recommends a continued strong emphasis on best practice standards by service providers as well as the consideration of tele-health measures to overcome geographical challenges. “This report will help ensure that organisations who receive funding for early intervention services through the Helping Children with Autism package provide effective and scientifically proven services and therapies,” Senator McLucas said. “By developing relevant and effective solutions for early intervention services and therapies, children with autism can have the best individual care and support tailored to their needs, improving their quality of life and making it easier for them to attend school, and participate in everyday activities. “More than 16,000 Australian children aged up to seven years have accessed more than 500,000 early intervention services through the Government’s Helping Children with Autism package. To read the full media release, visit: http://www.janmclucas.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2012/Pages/chil dren_with_autism_6march2012.aspx Another Boost for Pensioners and Income Support Recipients Media Release,The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and The Hon Jenny Macklin Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 3 March 2012 More than 4.5 million Australians, including 3.4 million pensioners, will soon receive an increase in their income support payments to help meet their cost of living. From 20 March, single people receiving the maximum rate of Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, as well as veterans’ income support recipients, will receive an extra $6.70 a fortnight. Pensioner couples on the maximum rate will receive an increase of $10.00 a fortnight combined. Recipients of other income support payments such Newstart and Parenting Payment will also receive an increase this month. From 20 March, Parenting Payment will increase by $7.00 a fortnight for singles. Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance and Sickness Allowance will increase by $2.90 a fortnight for singles and $2.60 each for couples. These allowances are indexed to the Consumer Price Index. Full details of all rates and thresholds to be indexed on March 20 can be found at: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2012/Pages/in dex_tablesmarch2012.aspx Better Deal For People With A Disability Media release, Mary Wooldridge Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services, 2 March 2012 Amendments to the Disability Act 2006 will help protect the rights of Victorians with a disability while cutting red tape for service providers, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today. The Disability Act 2006 established a flexible support system based on a person’s choice, their individual requirements and with the aim to help people with a disability participate more actively in the community. The amendments, which were introduced into the Victorian Parliament this week, will clarify unintended consequences of the Act and address administrative and technical issues to make several improvements, including: Broadening the jurisdiction of the Disability Services Commissioner to include considering complaints about services, such as disability advocacy services and the financial intermediary service Empowering VCAT to review assessment orders made by the senior practitioner Clarifying that behaviour support plans are not required when a person has a treatment plan in place Streamlining processes to enable better service provision for people with disability The improvements follow consultation with the VCAT, the Office of the Disability Services Commissioner, the Office of the Public Advocate and the disability sector. Ms Wooldridge said the new legislation reinforced Victoria’s commitment to transforming the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers. Further information about the Bill can be found at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/PubPDoc s.nsf/ee665e366dcb6cb0ca256da400837f6b/2d45ab05d36d7f87ca25 79b2007aed5a!OpenDocument Gillard Government Listens to Sector on Not For Profit Reforms Media Release, Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler, 1 March 2012 Following extensive consultation with the not-for-profit sector, the Australian Government announced it will extend the start date of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to 1 October 2012. Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler said that the three month extension would provide more time for the sector and Government to continue to work closely together to finalise the legislation. Minister Butler said the additional time would allow for further engagement with stakeholders, including the Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council and the Charities Consultative Committee. "The Gillard Government has announced the most ambitious reform agenda for Australia's not-for-profit sector in history, including establishing the first ever one-stop-shop regulator for the sector - the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission," Mr. Butler said. The Commission will determine charitable status (including public benevolent institution status) for all Commonwealth purposes, will provide education and support to the sector, will administer a single national regulatory and reporting framework and will maintain a public information portal. The extension in the commencement of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission will not affect the announced introduction of a general reporting framework and the establishment of a public information portal by 1 July 2013, as well as the introduction of a statutory definition of 'charity' by 1 July 2013. To read this article online, visit: http://www.treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=pressreleases/20 12/011.htm&pageID=003&min=mva&Year=&DocType= For more information about the reform agenda, visit: http://www.treasury.gov.au/content/not_for_profit.asp?ContentID=218 8&titl=Not-for-profit%20Reform EVENTS & TRAINING Disability Advocacy and the Legal System: You Be The Judge Only One Week Left to Register When: 26 & 27 March 2012 Where: Melbourne Park Function Centre, Bat man Ave, Melbourne Register: Registrations close Monday 19 March at midnight – so hurry! Go online to: http://youbethejudge.eventbrite.com/ We’ve had an amazing response and thank everyone for supporting this event so enthusiastically. You will find out: Why are people with disabilities so over-represented in our prisons? How do we make sure people with disabilities have a say in what happens to them? Are we living up to our responsibilities under international law in Victoria and Australia? What are the challenges and opportunities for us in a changing legal environment? This conference will explore the major issues and challenges facing disability advocates at a time of profound change. Don’t miss our exciting speakers, including: Johnny Crescendo (UK/USA) – singer-songwriter, activist and founder of the Direct Action Network Cindy Johns and Michael Aldridge (NZ) – from New Zealand’s leading disability advocacy movement People First and its ground-breaking ‘Nothing about us without us’ campaign Ian Gray – Chief Magistrate of Victoria The Hon. Andrea Coote – Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services Sarah Barton – Award-winning documentary-maker, with her new film If that’s not enough to wet your appetite, Richard Coverdale from the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, John Chesterman from the Office of the Public Advocate, Anne Coghlan from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) are also in the line-up along with many more. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://daru.tysonarmstrong.com/strengthening-disability-advocacy- conference Download a flyer at: http://www.daru.org.au/webpage/items/398751-upload-00001.pdf Internal Disputes: Handling conflict in community organisations When: Tuesday 17 April 2012, 9.30am - 12.30pm (registrations open at 9.15am) Where: Maddocks Lawyers, 140 William Street Melbourne Register: Go online to: http://www.trybooking.com/BGDY Cost: $50 per person for small organisations (up to 10 EFT employees), $100 per person for large organisations (more than 10 EFT employees), GST inclusive. Healthy debate is good for your organisation, but if internal conflict and disputes are preventing your organisation from achieving its goals then it's time to take action. This new seminar for 2012 will cover disputes and conflict involving members of community organisations and will help you handle these situations effectively And legally. Topics covered will include: dispute resolution/grievance procedures under your rules or constitution disciplinary action, and other options for dispute resolution. For more information, email: email@example.com DARU Workshop 2: Tear Down the Walls When: Wednesday 28 March 2012, 9:45am – 12noon. Where: VCOSS Board Room, Level 8/128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Register: Go online to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2679050111 Facilitated by Johnny Crescendo, who is the guest international speaker at the Disability Advocacy Conference – You Be The Judge. Johnny will talk about the Independent living movement from its birth to present day and beyond. He talks about core philosophy, how it has developed and its future. He talks about ADAPT in the US and the UK’s Direct Action Network’s struggle for IL services and their relative success in “Freeing our people” from institutions and compares British and US policies and practice. He talks about his concerns for the future and the principle of consumer control. For more information, contact DARU on 9639 5807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org DARU Workshop 3: Fixed Penalty Notice When: Wednesday 28 March 2012, 12:30pm – 3:30pm Where: VCOSS Board Room, Level 8/128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Register: Go online to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2679146399 Facilitated by Johnny Crescendo, who is the guest international speaker at the Disability Advocacy Conference – You Be The Judge. Johnny will talk about the birth of disabled people talking non violent civil disobedience from the inside. He talks about the details of organizing and campaigning for disability rights, how to cut an issue, the need to focus and the concept of the democracy of doing. Johnny brings you inside the planning of non violent civil disobedience and its success and pitfalls. For more information, contact DARU on 9639 5807 or email email@example.com Inclusive Education – A New World When: Thursday 29 March 2012, 10:30am – 1:30pm Where: Mezzanine Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Register: RSVP by Monday 19 March by booking online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3066252243 Johnny talks about his 25 years experience in developing Inclusive practice in schools in the UK and US. Johnny as key adviser on disability to the UK’s largest city council, Birmingham has brought inclusion to all schools and preschools and closed all the council owned special schools through parental choice. As a parent of a disabled person he describes the map to end the segregation of all our children disabled and non disabled alike. He also talks about his pioneering work in Philadelphia founding ALFIE, the alliance for inclusive education and developing with disabled people a manual for schools to adopt and use to develop their inclusive practice. Johnny Crescendo was born in the United Kingdom. Johnny is a disability civil rights singer and songwriter. His song "Choices and Rights" became the anthem for the disabled people’s movement in Britain in the late 1980s. His song, “Tear Down the Walls” has become the anthem for the disability movement in the United States. In the UK, Johnny founded the Direct Action Network (DAN), which uses public demonstrations and non-violent civil disobedience to increase the awareness and liberation of disabled people. DAN was instrumental in getting the DDA of 1995 passed and for getting commitments from the government to make all transport accessible. Johnny is married to Cassie James a leading activist from the USA. They met in jail in Atlanta Georgia. They have 8 year old daughter Danielle. Johnny is also Inclusion Consultant for Liberty Resources Inc, one of the largest centres for independent living in the country. As part of this work he founded ALFIE, the Alliance for Inclusive Education which works to bring a disability perspective into inclusive education. For more information, contact DARU on 9639 5807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Understanding the Commission’s Free Dispute Resolution service When: Thursday 29 March, 9.30am–11.30am Where: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Register: (03) 9032 3415 or register online at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/722100/Training- Workshops-Jan-Jun-2012 The Commission provides a free, fair and timely dispute resolution service to help people resolve disputes about discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, and racial and religious vilification. This session is recommended for community members, advocates and organisations. The workshop will: outline the laws under which the Commission helps people resolve a dispute provide a step-by-step guide on how to bring a dispute to the Commission explain how disputes are resolved through conciliation YDAS Workshop - A Social Action Workshop with Johnny Crescendo When: Saturday, March 31st Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Register: RSVP by Monday 26th March 2012 to Bec at YDAS on 9267 3712 or email@example.com Cost: Free (but you are required to register and places are limited!) Join other young people with and without disabilities to learn about making change and take part in some social action! Hosted by: YDAS, Grit Media and proudly supported by the City of Melbourne PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES Violence Against Women with Disabilities WDV Channel, YouTube, 27 February 2012 Women with disabilities experience violence at a higher rate, for longer periods, and are less likely to report the abuse, than women without disabilities (Healey, 2008). Tricia Malowney, Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and Ariane Garner-Williams, youth and women with disabilities advocate, talk about some of the issues that arise for this doubly disadvantaged group, in terms of violence. This 6 minute video has been produced by Sarah Boyd, Women with Disabilities Victoria. To view the video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EovgP4YXjL8 Disputes within Victorian Incorporated Associations All not-for-profit community organisations have to deal with conflict sometimes. Healthy debate is good for your organisation, but if conflict and disputes are preventing your organisation from achieving its goals, you need to know how to handle it effectively and legally, before it escalates. These resources are designed to answer burning questions asked by incorporated associations. Information Sheets available include: Removing or disciplining a member Removing a committee member from the committee Going to court about an internal dispute, and Using mediation to resolve conflict and disputes. To download these publications, visit: http://www.pilch.org.au/handlingconflict/ SUBMISSIONS, CONSULTATIONS AND FORUMS NDIS: Make it Real in 2012 The Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme is pleased to announce the campaign theme for 2012: Make it Real in 2012. As part of the Make it Real push, the campaign site has been upgraded to allow people to upload their own stories and videos. Thanks to Dr George Taleporos and the gang at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service for the great clips they have already provided for the campaign. You can view these at: http://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/make_it_real/ Anyone can contribute to this exercise – the video doesn’t need to be too flash – just a 30 second or so clip stating why you support the NDIS. The only stipulation is that you finish your clip with the statement: “Please Prime Minister and Mr Abbott, it’s time to make the NDIS real”. The other big event is the Melbourne ‘Make it Real’ 201 rally – which is planned for 12noon, Monday 30 April at Federation Square - further details coming soon. For more information about the proposed NDIS or the campaign, contact James O'Brien on 03 8341 4300. Imbedded Use of Inclusive Technologies - Survey and Case Studies Students with a disability use a range of Inclusive Technologies in the classroom and throughout their studies. In some cases these Inclusive Technologies may be utilised by the student throughout their education and then later in postsecondary education and onto employment. However, some of these Inclusive Technologies are not suitable for postsecondary education or employment. It is the appropriateness of these Inclusive Technologies that this project aims to address by guiding students, parents/carers and teachers through the process of selecting suitable Inclusive Technologies for long term use and the necessary skill development for their use in postsecondary education and ultimately in training and employment. The aim of the project is to provide a set of resources for students with disability, parents/carers and teachers which will build a greater awareness and understanding of inclusive technologies and their suitable use in education and employment settings. Part of the Imbedded Use of Inclusive Technologies Project is to collect information and case studies on people's experience with inclusive technology in schools, postsecondary education and employment to better inform future practice and skill development. We invite you to take part in the survey to assist us in putting together a better picture of the use of inclusive technologies in Australia and put together a number of case studies as examples to inform others. To take part in the survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ITPCaseStudies For more information about the project email firstname.lastname@example.org AbaF Arts Access Award AbaF and Arts Access Australia are pleased to announce the launch of the AbaF Arts Access Award. This new national award will recognise, celebrate and raise awareness of arts organisations that have implemented projects or strategies to improve access for people with disability to their venues, programs or services. The award will become a part of AbaF’s annual award program, which honours the best relationships between the arts, business and donors across Australia. Nomination information is now available on the AbaF website at: http://www.abaf.org.au/arts/abaf-awards.html The AbaF Arts Access Award is open to all arts organisations Australia-wide and will be judged at state level, with the winners announced in each state in September going on to the national AbaF Awards in October. Nominations close at midnight Friday 11th of May 2012. For more information, contact Gabby Talmadge, AbaF, on email@example.com or 03 9616 0300 or Kate Larsen, AAA, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 201 338. PAID AND VOLUNTARY POSITIONS Advocacy & Policy Officer Permanent full time position (35 hours per week) Based in CBD Melbourne, Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the national peak consumer representative organisation of, and for, people who are blind or vision impaired in Australia. We are a small, friendly and passionate team committed to equity and equality for people who are blind or vision impaired. BCA is seeking a full time Advocacy & Policy Officer. Our team of seven (5.3 equivalent full time) includes advocacy and policy workers and two administration staff. The role involves the provision of advocacy services to people who are blind or vision impaired, development of advocacy resources, supporting members wishing to lodge complaints under the federal and state disability discrimination acts, development of BCA public policy, monitoring Government policy and utilising social media networking to promote our campaigns. Essential prerequisites include excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, research, organisational and computer skills and the motivation and experience to work both independently and within a small team. Attendance at afterhours events will be kept to a minimum. However, attendance at events, such as our national and state conventions and face to face Board meetings (two per year), will be required. Salary is in line with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry award. We also offer a generous salary packaging program. Interviews will be conducted on Thursday 29 March. Applications close on Monday 26 March at 2 pm. Shortlisted candidates will be notified of their interview offer after 3pm on 26 March. Applications addressing the selection criteria should be emailed as a Word file to Robyn Gaile, Executive Officer, by email to email@example.com For more information contact Robyn directly on 03 9654 1400. To download the job description visit http://www.jobseeker.org.au/employment/results.chtml?filename_num =412653 Referral Service Administrator The Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice for those who are disadvantaged or marginalised, and protecting human rights. PILCH does this by facilitating pro bono legal services to Victorian individuals and organisations in need, and by addressing injustice through law reform, policy work and legal education. PILCH acts as a go-between for pro bono legal assistance between the community and the private legal profession. We coordinate pro bono (free) legal assistance for individuals through the Members’ Referral Program, the Law Institute of Victoria Legal Assistance Scheme (LIVLAS) and the Victorian Bar Legal Assistance Scheme (VBLAS). Clients who are eligible for assistance through any of these services are referred to a solicitor or barrister who will act for them on a pro bono basis. We are currently seeking an experienced, professional Administrator to play a vital role in ensuring the efficient administration of PILCH’s Referral Service. If you are interested in using your finely honed administrative and public liaison skills to improve our effectiveness and make a difference for social justice, we look forward to hearing from you. Employee Benefits: PILCH offers employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, above award annual leave provisions and opportunities for professional development. PILCH is an organisation that strives to show leadership, operate sustainably and demonstrate our effectiveness. You will be rewarded with a workplace culture that is professional, hard working and dynamic, and where a sense of fun is appreciated. Applications close 9am Monday 26 March 2012. For more information, or to apply online, please visit www.pilch.org.au/jobs/ Wild@heART Community Arts Wild@heART Community Arts provides a diverse range of creative, skills, social and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues through contemporary music, multimedia, dance and performance. We work in partnership with governments, not-for-profit and corporate sectors to provide community arts programs that have a transforming and sustained impact in people’s lives. There are currently 2 job opportunities . 1. Program Manager - Casual, Part Time The Program Manager will implement a portfolio of Wild@heART’s existing community arts projects, and will contribute to the strategic development and funding of our program. For more information and to download a job description go to http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/WildAtHeart/program- manager/?searchtermurl=art** To apply for this role, send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject: Program Manager application via EthicalJobs, by Wednesday 21st March. 2. Administration Manager - Casual, Part Time . The Administration Manager will undertake a wide range of tasks in the day to day administrative and organisational operations of Wild@heART. This will include financial administration, database management, support for communications, marketing and promotion, social media and online updating, administrative support for compliance, evaluation, staffing and other organisation operations as directed. For more information and to download a job description go to http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/WildAtHeart/administration- manager/?searchtermurl=art** To apply for this role, send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com, using the subject: Administration Manager application via EthicalJobs, by Wednesday 21st March. Supporting materials Welcome to the weekly Update from the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU). If you would like to be removed from this list or kept up to date another way, please reply to this email and let us know. DARU has been funded by the state government. It is run by a governance group, including members of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VDAN), and the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). DARU’s staff currently includes a Co- ordinator, Sharon Granek, and an Administration Officer, Natasha Brake. We are always happy to hear from people who are interested in what we do. 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