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                      Emmanuel Centre
                      A SELF HELP CENTRE                        POST                   PAID
                      for People with Disabilities          PP602669/00280          AUSTRALIA
                      25 Windsor St Perth WA 6000
                      Tel: (08) 9328 8113 (Voice)
                           (08) 9328 9571 (TTY)
                       SMS 0401 016 399
                       Fax: (08) 9227 9720
September 2011

   COMING EVENTS AS WE GO TO PRESS (Check before coming could be changed.
                       Look inside for more info.)
Monday 12th September “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
       “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 13th September “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
       “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 14th September “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Thursday 15th September “Auslan Cafè” 10-12pm
Saturday 17th September “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church –
Monday 19th September“Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 20th September “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
Wednesday 21st September Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 24th September “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
Monday 26th September “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon
Tuesday 27th September “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre
        “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm
Wednesday 28th September “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 1st October “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church
     This edition of Emmanuel News is dedicated to the
      National Disability Insurance Scheme Project.
We need every reader to support commitment for the future. Included
in this newsletter is a POSTCARD. We ask you to sign the card and put
it into the post. You don’t even need to put on a stamp. Also included is a
PETITION SHEET to get your relatives and friends to sign in support.
You can post this to Emmanuel Centre, 25 Windsor St Perth or direct to
NDIS, GPO Box 2687, Sydney NSW 2001.
  Let us know by October 31st how many people you signed up. We have a prize for the person who signs
                                                   up the most.

The National Disability Scheme will be Australia wide. It means that if you or your spouse, parent or child have
a disability from birth or through accident, you will receive the services required to allow you to participate in
life activities. Further information is available from the
                                                            HOW A NATIONAL DISABILITY
                                                             INSURANCE SCHEME WILL
                                                                 CHANGE LIVES
                     At work

                     The NDIS would maximise employment opportunities by ensuring people had the
                     support and equipment they needed to work effectively.

                      For students
                      The NDIS would invest in people’s future by providing support or
                      equipment to ensure they are able to complete their education and

                     At home

                     The NDIS would provide funding for home modifications, specialised equipment and
                     support to ensure people are able to live as independently as possible in their own

                     For families

                     The NDIS would provide comprehensive family support to allow families to get on with
                     their lives. Most importantly, the NDIS will allow families to choose what works best for

                      For children

                      The NDIS would give kids the best start in life by ensuring they receive appropriate
                      early intervention and support during the early years.

                                      Ten Reasons Why We Need the NDIS
1. The support system for people with a disability, their families and carers is in crisis.
2. People with a disability and their families and carers want to participate in the social, economic, and cultural life of the
3. Lack of support and services means families are primarily responsible for meeting the needs of their family member
with a disability.
4. The current situation is inequitable – people receive different levels of support depending on how, when and where
their disability was acquired.
5. An economic crisis is looming. The number of people with a disability is increasing and the number of people willing
and able to provide unpaid care is falling.
6. A National Disability Insurance Scheme would provide people with a disability and their families and carers with the
regular care, support, therapy and equipment they need.
7. It would be fair, efficient and effective. It would focus on early intervention and delivering those supports which produce
the best long term outcomes.
8. It would be individualised and person-centred. Support would be based on the choices of person with a disability and
their family.
9. The scheme would reframe support as investment rather than charity.
10. All Australians would benefit from this scheme because disability can affect anyone, anytime.
By Peter Darch | The West Australian View Archive August 1st, 2011,
                                      Being WA Young Person of the Year, you don’t expect to be invisible.
                                      That might sound a bit arrogant but let me explain, because what happened
                                      to me recently happens to hundreds of thousands of Australians every day,
                                      for one reason only – we have a disability.
                                      It happens socially, at work and worst of all, politically. I’m part of a huge
                                      mob working to change this because we know it’s more than possible.
                                      I’m 26 and a bit of a larrikin. I live and work in Mandurah where I was
                                      born. I’m a counsellor and youth development officer with Mandurah City
                                      Council. If you saw me in the street what you’d probably notice first is my
                                      electric chair, which I’ve had since I became quadriplegic in a swimming
                                      An example of this cloak of invisibility descending was when I went to an
ultrasound appointment last week. I’d got there early and the receptionist told me it wouldn’t be too long.
Twenty minutes later, my twin brother turned up and we sat talking to pass the time. Eventually the ultrasound
technician arrived. She definitely knew which of us was having the procedure – it’s a bit hard to miss the guy in
the high-tech chair, with the assistance dog. Then she turned her back to me and asked my brother: “Does he
have a catheter in at the moment?”
That’s a pretty personal question and something I usually keep to myself. My brother didn’t miss a beat, just
said: “I wouldn’t have a bloody clue, why don’t you ask him?” But she never did, just kept on talking to him for
the next five minutes with her back to me, as if I wasn’t there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no shrinking violet. I’ve become used to this kind of thing and I get over it pretty
quickly. But that’s not the point. There are heaps of people who don’t have such a thick skin and because of
their disability actually expect to be ignored most of the time. This is just one tiny example of the kind of
attitude that has seen people with a disability and their families/carers fall so far behind financially,
educationally, socially and physically – we’ve ended up as one of the most disadvantaged groups in the
country; out of sight, out of mind.
I love my job counselling young people and developing and running youth programs.
Sometimes they ask me if I’m going to lose my job because they’ve read about my situation in the paper. The
“situation” is that my job is in jeopardy because I’m only eligible for 10 hours’ physical assistance at work.
What I actually need is closer to 40 hours as I work 50. What’s beyond ironic is that if I resigned tomorrow, I
could get 40 hours of assistance for sitting at home or going fishing instead. That’s the system.
I tell the kids that it will sort itself out. But that’s not how it’s looking. I’ve been writing, emailing, phoning,
and pleading with politicians and bureaucrats for the last 2 and a 1/2 years, not for charity but just for some
basic assistance so I can continue to do my job and support my family. It would mean that I could get off the
disability support pension, that the support worker and I would both pay taxes, and the Federal Government
would come out ahead.
It’s not rocket science to solve this and make sure that others with a disability get what they need to get a job or
a qualification. The Government has just been handed a solution in a Productivity Commission report. It’s
called a national disability insurance scheme and it would cover you, as well as me, if you became disabled or
had a baby born with a disability.
There’s a lot to this scheme that I can’t go into here. What I can tell you is that if it’s put into action people like
me would be able to nominate where and how we are supported – we’d be involved in making plans for our
I want to make sure that Australians with a disability stop being invisible. I want the politicians to stop making
reassuring noises and to put our money where their slogans are. They can get people with a disability off the
DSP and they can free up the families/carers too so that we don’t spend every waking hour fighting for basic
equipment and services.

It will take money and guts to commit to such an insurance scheme. It will also take your signature. Go to
                    “I support the NDIS.
        It’s time to make every Australian count.”
We’re campaigning on the ground and online for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Across
Australia via Facebook, Twitter, email, over phones and in person supporters are coming together to
tell the Government, ‘Count me in’.

Sign up below and we’ll connect you with thousands of supporters who are holding community
events, writing letters to MPs, sharing information about the campaign with their friends, colleagues
and family, or simply saying “Count Me In.”

                              Help us reach our goal of 100,000 supporters

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                                                           GPO Box 2687
                                                           Sydney NSW 2001
OR FAX to: (02) 9256 3123 OR Scan and send by e-mail to (if possible, please post originals)
You can deliver these to Emmanuel Centre, 25 Windsor Street, Perth 6000 and we will forward them on.
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                  Auslan Café
           Do you have an interest in learning Australian Deaf Sign Language?
                          Do you have any queries about deafness?
         “Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole”
                                         (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Come along to Emmanuel Centre, 25 Windsor St,
     (Next door to St Francis Xavier Church).
Easy access from East Perth Train Station on the
Midland Train Line, or there are several buses that
         run on Lord Street 42, 48 or 55

              SPRING DATE
              THURSDAY - 10 – 12 noon
                  15th September,2011
              Morning Tea provided.
              For further information
              contact      Susan or Fr Paul at Emmanuel Centre
              ph/tty       9328 9571 or 9328 8113
              sms          0401 016 399

      Come and learn a new skill, Or discover something new about yourself. Come to Auslan Café!
    The Auslan Café sessions are an opportunity for anyone seeking information about deafness. The
  sessions are fun and casual. You can learn some Auslan if this is what you are interested in. We also
encourage people who are interested in becoming a sign language interpreter within their local parish, to
                                                 come along.
Along with basic Auslan skills, the sessions also provide the opportunity for awareness of issues related to
    deafness, such as communication and technology, or other issues - such as how to access relevant
 The activities are run by volunteers associated with the Emmanuel Centre who either have Auslan as
their first language, or those who have long-term experience in working with people who are Deaf / hard
                                                  of hearing.
                                                          AUSLAN WITH GEOFF
   The next time you are washing your                        WEDNESDAYS
  hands and complain because the water                          DURING
  temperature isn’t just how you like it,                        SCHOOL TERM
 think about how things used to be. Here
      are some facts about the 1500s                    FROM      1-2.30pm
                                                        At Emmanuel Centre. All Welcome
WHY BRIDES CARRY FLOWERS?                               ___________________________________
                       Most people got married in
                       June because they took their
                                                                   COME ALONG ON
                       yearly bath in May, and they                TUESDAYS
                       still smelled pretty good by                Join in the fun with Shirley.
                       June. However, since they                   Create something out of
were starting to smell …..brides carried a bouquet                 nothing.
of flowers when getting married to hide the body                   11.00am Tuesday 13th Sept
odour. This is why we have the custom today of
carrying a bouquet of flowers when getting married.                11.00am Tuesday 20th Sept
                                                                   At Emmanuel Centre. All
DON’T THROW THE BABY OUT                                           Welcome
WITH THE BATH WATER                                     __________________________________
                    Baths consisted of a big tub
                    filled with hot water. The man      Mary Louise Urquhart shown here signing
                    of the house had the privilege                           her latest book is a very able
                    of the nice clean water, then                            photographer. It is indeed
                    all the other sons and men,                              unfortunate that we do not
                    then the women and finally                               have the space to show her
                    the children, Last of all then                           works. You can, however,
babies. By then the water was so dirty you could                             see some of her portraits in
actually lose someone in it . This is where the                              her three books, “Eye to
saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath                              Eye, Forty Famous Western
water.” Come from.                                                           Australians”, “Simply the
IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS                                                   Best, Forty Famous Western
                   Houses had thatched roofs –          Australian”; and her latest one, “Simply the Best,
                   thick straw- piled high, with no     Another Forty Famous Western Australians”.
                   wood underneath. It was the
                   only place for animals to get        Mary’s next book may be about “Forty Famous
                   warm, so all the cats and other      Australians” but……Keep your eye out for this
                   small animals, (mice, bugs etc)      writer/photographer. “Simply the Best, Another
                   lived in the roof. When it rained    Forty Famous Western Australians” as well as the
                   it    became       slippery    and   earlier “Simply the Best, Forty Famous Western
sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the       Australians” are published by Dookaninny
roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”   Publications and available from Mary Louise
                                                        Donovan-Urquhart, 1/81 Davies Road, Claremont,
'DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS'                             Western Australia 6016.
                          This is one of the oldest,
                          and possibly the wisest,
                          proverb. The thought was         NEED OR LOOKING FOR
                          recorded in print by
                          Thomas Howell in New           CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH
                          Sonnets     and     pretty      SUPPORT and WELLBEING
Pamphlets, 1570:
                                                         Contact Ann 9291 6670 or Barbara 9328 8113.
“Counte not thy Chickens that vnhatched be, Waye
wordes as winde, till thou finde certaintee”

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