First of all, I’d like to thank my subscribers who have been asking me to start up my blog again. Your encouragement was the good kick in the ass that I needed! I also want to thank Simon Kneebone for helping to support my commentary with his amazing illustrations.
Now let me get into it.
This post is about my thoughts on people with disabilities and their families meeting with those from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
There is a mixed bag of stories out there, good and bad, which is to be expected.
What surprises me is that I’m not hearing many examples where a 3rd party attends these meetings to support the participant or the family.
One of the philosophies behind the NDIA is to encourage greater involvement from people’s natural supports, such as family, the community and other close networks.
Now if this all makes sense, why aren’t 3rd parties (whether it be family, advocates or close friends) with you at meetings with the NDIA?
It’s not about being capable or not… it’s all about an extra set of ears & eyes from someone who can contribute if needed.
The experiences I hear where people have taken a 3rd party to be involved during a conversation with the people at the NDIA has, in many cases, been extremely positive.
It’s been a tough week Stel, for me and many others.
I am presuming you have found Wi-Fi access where ever you are, and will get this note.
Have to keep it short, it’s bloody hard using my dictation software to do this blog when my voice keeps “cracking up”
Now my eyes I getting a bit watery which doesn’t help.
The time we spent together privately and professionally in front of a camera was great and these memories will stay with me forever.
We all have different ways that we survive on this earth with our disability, as you know we share a couple of similar ones, a glass of red and a joke.
There is no doubt the impact you have made on the world of disability has made life easier for many of us.
You are going to be missed, big time, but you will never be forgotten.
See you next time
I could say just got back from a six-month road trip in my new car, “I wish” but in reality I have just been taking some “blogging down time”
Recent media exposure about sexual assault towards people with disabilities is a good reason to start commentating again.
Yes we know it’s disgusting & wrong, let’s hope that there is a National enquiry across the whole sector.
The extremely sad thing is, no one knows about the person with disability that was sexual assault last night…….
A quick update on what’s been keeping me busy.
- Ongoing involvement as an independent panellist on interview panels with the NDIA
- Proudly the VALID Peer Support to Buy Support groups continue to grow with new ones been created in the Barwon Region (Geelong) thanks to funding from the NDIA to VALID
- I have recently stepped down as a board member from the EW Tipping Foundation/Vista and now working as a Project Officer two days a week focusing on spreading the word about the services they offer to people with disabilities and their families.
- Not disability related, but I am also volunteering as an English tutor at Holmesglen, and loving it.
I will continue to “Commentate” via my blog but the frequency will depend on topics that I believe are important to get out there.