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Inclusive Directions August 2015 Newsletter
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August Newsletter

Inclusion Matters! - Conference Series 2015/2016

We are excited to be offering you a 2015/2016 conference series which is a joint venture with Gowrie SA.  This conference series will delve into the complexities, challenges and opportunities of meaningful inclusion for children with disabilities.

Within Reggio Emilia philosophy, children with disabilities are considered as having special rights that need to be honoured by educators. This interactive series of conferences will bring voices of experts, families, educators and leaders to consider questions of children’s rights, family experiences and the realities of working with children in early childhood education and care settings.

We are now taking bookings for the first in our series of three Inclusion Matters conferences. If you would like to book for all three conferences, please take advantage of our early-bird special by using the booking form below to secure your place. All early-bird bookings must be in by 31 August.

For more information and registration please visit http://www.directions.org.au/events/conferences/ 

Flinders Therapy House
Inclusive Directions Flinders Therapy House is celebrating a highly successful first month. The opening of the House in July marked a new era for South Australian children living with autism and their families as they’re given greater access to one of the State’s few evidence-based early intervention programs.

Since opening we are pleased to report that several families have been welcomed through the doors, with much positive feedback.

Inclusive Directions are working hard to build new partnerships with many of South Australia’s leading ASD advocates, who will join us in an on-going effort to ensure all families are aware of how Flinders Therapy House can support them.

If you would like to learn more about Flinders Therapy House please visit http://www.directions.org.au/flinders-therapy-house-2/

Featured Program: Specialist Equipment Services (SES)
Just a reminder that the Specialist Equipment Services (SES) provides specialist equipment to assist the inclusion of children with a disability or high support needs in a non-school environment. Services are provided free of charge to Child Care Benefit eligible long day care, out of school hours care, vacation care and family day care services.
 The available equipment includes:
· Gross Motor - e.g. physio ball, peanut balls
· Large Specialised Equipment - e.g. electric change tables, hoist lifters and standing frames
· Sensory Equipment - e.g. vibrating and weighted equipment
· Small Specialised Equipment -  e.g. switch adapted equipment and toys
 
For more information about the Special Equipment and the Bicultural Support Programs, please contact Nima Tahsili, Bicultural Support/Specialist Services Officer on 08 8165 2900.

Inclusive Directions is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the Inclusion and Professional Support Program and also by the South Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities.


National Child Protection Week 2015
 
Inclusive Directions is having a morning tea fundraiser for staff on 8 September to help support the important work of NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) during National Child Protection Week 2015. You may want to consider supporting the initiative at your centre or organisation. For more information on ways to participate visit www.napcan.org.au 
 
 
 
 

Visit our website to learn more about Inclusive Directions.

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