Never was picked up from respite, yes relinquishment is still happening

Over 50 families relinquish their children with a disability in Victoria every year is a very sad statistic. (Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission Report Desperate Measures-May 2012)

These kids are normally in their late teens, as they transition from school to “where to from here?”

It’s really important that we keep this topic alive, because it’s not going away.

The Desperate Measures Report mentions 23 potential risk factors for relinquishment, and I’ll put it out there & say, it wouldn’t be hard to add extra 10 in this current climate.

The key point to remember is that the National Disability Insurance Scheme was never attended to be a “fix for all”

I’m suggesting that greater engagement with the “new blood” coming into existing professions such as counsellors and social workers needs to happen.

Innovative organisations like “Microboards” could also be considered in some cases, look at their website for more information.

Relinquishment was suggested to my parents when I was born, by a nurse who said “there are special places for babies like this.”My mother quickly replied, “I know, its our home…”

Hon Christian Porter MP (Minister for Social Services) agrees more disability employment consultation is needed

I am on a roll, a couple weeks ago I caught up with Premier of Victoria the Hon. Daniel Andrews, now with the Hon Christian Porter MP (Minister for Social Services).

Who’s next?

The Minister mentioned during visit to the VALID Inc. Having a Say Conference in Geelong that the findings from the Disability Employment Framework Consultation demonstrate the need for attitudes to change so that people with disabilities can enter the workforces.

For more details about the Disability Employment Framework Consultation click on the link below.

Disability Employment Framework Consultation

In light of all the action happening with the NDIS I think its crucial that disability employment consultation continues , as I believe there should be many opportunities out there right now.

I must acknowledge the efforts made by The National Disability Insurance Agency to employee people disabilities.

The Hon Christian Porter MP position is “Social Services” as I was googling these words I became aware that Saturday 20th of Feb 2016 is World Day of Social Justice,

The first World Day of Social Justice was observed on 20 February 2009.

 World Day of Social Justice 20th Feb 2016

“It aims to contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and justice for all.”

As a person with a disability, my head is full of NDIS, and how potentially it can help many people with disabilities,  so for me the World Day of Social Justice is a good reminder that the NDIS is not a fix for everyone & there are many people out there who struggle with a variety of challenges.

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What will happen to them when I’ve Gone?

It is definitely the most common question I hear as an advocate working with parents who have adult children who may have

  • an intellectual disability
  • a mental illness
  • an acquired brain injury
  • an inability to indicate decisions

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) have recently published “Securing their Future”

Securing their Future provides information on how to:

• apply for an administrator to make financial decisions for the person if they are at least 18 years of age or over

• appoint someone as your power of attorney so that decisions can be made for you if you cannot do this yourself

• make a Will or superannuation so your assets are passed on in the way youhave chosen

• plan your personal estate and superannuation so that your assets are passed on in the most financially efficient way

OPA have some excellent publications that really need to be distributed and talked about.

OPA is one of those resources that I believe is often forgotten, add a note in your calendar to check every six weeks

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