Stories of interest

Presenters at Traralgon Breakfast

Having access to paid work and being active in sport are two of the most important ways that we can use to find meaning and connect with others in the community. Yet for many people with disabilities meaningful participation in sport and work is not always something that is available and accessible. Latrobe City, VALID, the Moe Peer Action Group and Disability Sport and Recreation held an event in Traralgon on Thursday 14th June to address these issues.

Ashleigh and Brigitte at Ashleigh's baby shower

Early last year Ashleigh Izard was having a chat with VALID staff member Kylie Fisher about her goals and plans for the future. Her NDIS planning meeting was coming up and Ashleigh was still thinking about what she wanted to do with her life. Kylie could see that Ashleigh would benefit from support in making her decisions about what to do, and mentioned VALID’s Choice Mentor program.

portrait of Simone Stevens, VALID staff member, smiling at the camera

Simone Stevens has been Communications Officer at VALID for two years. Simone is also a great self-advocate and has always wanted to be an advocate. Recently Simone was asked to support someone and learnt the importance of communication and regularly touching base with the client. 

Portrait of Mark Thompson, Community Educator, smiling at the camera

Mark Thompson has been the facilitator of VALID's Ballarat Peer Action Group (PAG) since its formation in 2016. The fourteen members meet the fourth Friday of every month and are strong advocates for making Ballarat accessible for all.

Zoe, Kevin and Heather from VALID and Judy Huett from Speak Out Tasmania

From May 30th to June 1st 2018 VALID staff members Heather Forsyth, Zoe and Broadway and CEO Kevin Stone attended the Inclusion International's World Congress in Birmingham. The World Congress brought together people and organisations from all over the world to  learn from and inspire each other. 

Moe Peer Action Group members sitting in radio studio.

A few months ago, the VALID Moe Peer Action Group (PAG) decided they wanted to have their own radio show, and so they made a plan. The plan started with the big idea (the radio show) and then they worked out what they needed to do to make it come to life.

People at a forum asking questions

Luke Nelson is a Community Coordinator for the Mainstream and Me project, which helps mainstream providers to be more inclusive for people with disability. In this article Luke talks about the Mainstream and Me project, and his experience of the 2018 Having a Say conference. 

I attended the Inclusion Australia National Open Employment Forum which focused on the importance of engaging mainstream employers to be more inclusive.

The local VALiD Peer Action Group have named Showbiz Cinemas as Ballarat’s most accessible venue.