Centre for Disability Studies News : No. 13, Vol 2.
Welcome to the December issue of the CDS Newsletter, our last for the year.
From the desk of the Director
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Throughout 2014, CDS has continued to live up to its vision Building Capacity for Change
A Culture of collaboration, consultation and commitment has been at the core of 2014 and this will continue into 2015 accompanied by what is needed to ensure a Culture of Growth at CDS to embrace opportunities arising from the introduction of the NDIS.
As I reflect on the team’s achievements this year I realise it is only a snapshot of what the right people at the right place and the right time, can do when we build a better future together.
Inclusive, person centred applied research
During the year, CDS has been involved in a major project that has implications for people leading more inclusive lives, relating to the Evaluation of the NDIS. CDS is very pleased to work with the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) and Flinders University.
Our Inclusive Research Network has grown in strength through winning a RUN project to research, “what people with intellectual disability know about the NDIS”. As a group of 17 co-researchers our approach to research was affirmed recently by delegates at the 47th ASID National Conference in Perth in November where we demonstrated our catchphrase, “ No researching about us without us”.
Inclusive, person centred applied education
All year round, the mission of CDS in developing knowledge and influencing outcomes in the disability field has been lived out through the successful completion by the first group of students with intellectual disability to audit courses at Sydney University.
We continue to contribute to the capacity of the sector through our Diplomas and Workshops.
Our work in Singapore has continued to expand through educational and consulting projects run in partnership with the Singapore Ministry of Education.
Inclusive, person centred consultancy
Another achievement in 2014 has been the development of a new version of our I-CAN assessment tool. It has been met with interest across the board in the disability space.
Inclusive Person Centred Clinical Work
Throughout the past 12 months, our clinics, the Developmental Disability Health Unit (DDHU) at Royal Rehab and the Northern Intellectual Disability Health (NIDH) Clinic have continued to meet the demands of children and adults with intellectual disability through specialised medical and health consultation.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the commitment of our staff and Board to continued growth, impact and advocacy for and with people with disability to lead valued lives.
With every good wish for a safe and Happy Holiday season, we look forward to being in touch in 2015.
Professor and Director
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CDS In the News
In the News
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Courses and other Services CDS offers
Expression of Interest – Project Coordinator Position
A full-time Project Coordinator is required for managing a large ARC-funded research project on disabilities and ageing. The project aims to examine the ways aged care, social and health needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (PwIDD) may be met in rural and urban settings.
This research project, based at the University of New England in Armidale, has co-investigators from University of Sydney and aged care and disability agencies across NSW and Queensland.
CDS In the News:
Made You Look Magazine
The Inclusive Education Program is featured in the new Made You Look magazine on page 28.
There is also an audio version, which can be accessed via this link:
Inclusive Education Program students celebrate success
Nine students have celebrated their accomplishments in the two-year Inclusive Education Program at a special awards ceremony hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, affiliated with Sydney Medical School.
Zhejiang Provincial Disabled Persons' Federation visits CDS
A delegation from the Zhejiang Provincial Disabled Persons' Federation met with staff members from the Centre for Disability Studies at the centres' officers in the Medical Foundation Building, University of Sydney on Wednesday 12 November 2014.
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In the News:
Understanding the challenges of disability care
For 32 years, Wendy and Henry Ponsen have been dealing with the challenges of caring for a child with a disability.
Carers of hard cases fear private future under NDIS
Leonara Jaksen bathed, fed and changed her son Nicholas every day for 22 years. At night she would wake every two to three hours to turn him over in bed to ease his discomfort. Caring for Nicholas, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is unable to hear or speak, was a relentless full time job and it was driving her to despair.
Calls for inquiry into Victoria's disability sector amid allegations care provider Yooralla failed to act on assault warnings
Victoria's Government and Opposition have both pledged to hold an inquiry into the state's disability sector, amid allegations one of Australia's biggest disability providers failed to act on warnings about carers who went on to sexually assault vulnerable clients.
We need to talk about disability
The rate of unemployment for people with a disability is 7.1 per cent. You might think that’s not too bad, except that the unemployment rate doesn’t really tell you much. The more telling statistic is that their workforce participation rate is almost three times worse than the rest of the population.
NDIS On Target to Savings - Annual Report
The first annual report of the National Disability Insurance Agency that administers the NDIS says that the economic benefits of the Scheme will outweigh its costs in the long term, saving $20 billion per year by 2035.
Elderly fear services will be denied under home care privatisation
Elderly people receiving state government care services in their homes are concerned they will be denied basic assistance under a plan to transfer the scheme to the private sector.
Helen Beange - a doctor's story
I have worked in developmental disability medicine for over 40 years and have often been horrified by the poor health care provided to people with intellectual disability.
Changing Sector Means NFPs Need to Adapt
Not for Profits will need to adapt to the changing funding environment and the new world of consumer-directed care in order to flourish and survive, writes Senator Mitch Fifield, the Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services.
Caring for ex-prisoners under the NDIS would save money and lives
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises to deliver better support to the one in five Australians living with a disability. But what about those inside prison or who have just left prison? Will the NDIS look after them too, or keep pushing them through the cracks?
OPINION: NDIS risked by privatisation
It is largely the state government’s responsibility to implement the NDIS. Unfortunately for NSW residents, the state government is determined to privatise the entire disability and homecare sectors in conjunction with the NDIS rollout.
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National Disability Insurance Scheme:
National Disability Insurance Agency quarterly reports
Quarter 1 (2014-15)
Q1 report media release - NDIS powers towards 9000 plans
NDIA Annual Report 2013-2014
NDIS year-one summary
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Courses and other Services CDS offers:
Diploma of Community Services Work in Person Centredness
The Diploma of Community Services Work in Person Centredness provides participants with opportunities to develop competencies in person centred approaches. Strengths-based practice and values of inclusion are core elements of person centredness which is the foundation of providing the best possible support.
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Diploma of Disability (CHC50108)
The Diploma of Disability is a specialised qualification for participants seeking a greater understanding of contemporary disability theory, policy and practice. The Diploma of Disability teaches modules in quality service provision, individualised and person-centred planning, positive behaviour support and communication, social skills and sexuality, vocational options and community living and advocacy and working effectively with families and covers sixteen units of competency.
For more information go to
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Missed Business–A Guide for Small Business
NDCO Program has a new booklet to assist business owners & employers Missed Business–A Guide for Small Business http://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ndco/pdf/Resources/NDCOmissedbusiness.pdf
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We hope you have enjoyed the newsletter this year,
we will be back in the New Year.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!