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VALID Submission regarding Supported Independent Living

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 12:03

VALID thanks the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the opportunity presented by this inquiry to further examine and address some of the important issues with Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding. VALID has three key points and recommendations based on our experience of providing direct assistance over the past six years to hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities who are participants of the scheme.

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Dulcie Stone Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 7 August, 2019 - 10:23

On Wednesday 31st July over 80 people gathered at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne to celebrate the work of the writers who entered the 3rd Annual Dulcie Stone Writers Award which VALID hosts in partnership with Writers Victoria.

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Interview with Olivia Petty

Wednesday, 7 August, 2019 - 10:02

John McKenna sat down with Olivia Petty from the Disability, Priority Communities Division for the Victoria Police.They discussed her role and how the Victoria Police are working with people with an intellectual disability. 

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NDIS and Making Decisions

Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 - 12:54

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 says that people with disabilities are the decision-makers about their NDIS planning and supports. Even if you need a lot of support to make your wishes known, you have the right to have others help you to do what you would like to do. Someone else should only be making decisions for you if you really can’t make the decision for yourself and only if there is absolutely no other option. Our Advocacy manager Sarah Forbes goes through your rights when it comes to the NDIS and making decisions

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Fantastic Flicks

Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 - 08:43

The VALID Moe Peer Acton Group, Moe Life Skills, High Street Community Hub and Latrobe City Council in partnership with film makers and producers from the City of Port Phillip, Arts Access Victoria, the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and MOJO Films held an outdoor screening of Fantastic Flicks at the High Street Community Hub on Friday 5 of April.

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VALID goes rural

Monday, 3 June, 2019 - 12:34

VALIDs’ Keys to Success team have been working in rural Victoria. They delivered the Staying Safe presentation to a group of young adults from Special Olympics Victoria in Echuca. The people who attended were enthusiastic and honest in their reaction to the videos and conversation. VALID also received great feedback - that the presentation was informative and easy to understand.

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It is OK to seek help

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 13:39

Sometimes people get caught in situations where they feel confused, misunderstood or unsafe. Self-advocate Elicia found herself in a situation recently where she felt unsafe and found the courage to seek help.

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What to expect from your Support Coordinator

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 10:16

VALID is contacted almost every day by NDIS participants, families, and Support Coordinators for advice about Support Coordination. NDIS participants tell VALID that they are not sure what their Support Coordinator should do for them, and Support Coordinators often call to request an advocate for a participant when the task that needs to be done is something a Support Coordinator should do.

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NDIS Make It Work

Monday, 6 May, 2019 - 11:43

People with disability, families, carers and people who work in the sector all came together on Friday 3rd May for a National Day of Action, organised by Every Australia Counts, to demand a better NDIS.

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