Be Smart When You Recruit

As the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) grows, it’s great that people with disabilities continue to be involved in the recruitment process such as I have since day 1.

This is a happy snap of some of the people I worked with last week as the NDIA recruits more planners.

The video link under the picture is not related to the NDIA, but it does confirm the importance of people with disabilities being involved in all aspects of employment.

Wheel Chair to Wheel Chair, with Tim Ferguson

Humour & Disability, an interesting mix.

It was great chatting with Tim Ferguson on a range of things, like humour, attitudes, employment & NDIS.

He’s a funny guy of course, a well-known comedian.

Tim was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 & has an interesting take on Disability.

By chance, after meeting with Tim, I had the opportunity to have a quick chat with Todd Sampson, if you don’t know him, where have you been?

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…”