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Disability Loop eNews Issue #4
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Welcome to Disability Loop


A good way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Good afternoon Jill,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Disability Loop newsletter. In this issue you’ll find a job advertisement from us here at AFDO for the Disability Loop project, lots of upcoming events and some new resources for people with intellectual disability and their families.

We hope you find our website and eNews useful, helpful, and easy to use. We will always welcome your feedback.


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Employment opportunity

We are looking for a full-time Project Officer to work from our office at Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) on the Disability Loop project. 

People with disability are encouraged to apply.
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NDIS New World Conference: Disability in the 21st Century

NDIS will be holding a conference on disability and technology in the 21st century. The conference will include lots of different ways to learn about NDIS and technology, such as talks, workshops and a trade expo. The conference will take place in Brisbane from 27th – 29th October 2015.

Read more about it here.
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Two year anniversary marks the dawn of reform

Matthew Wright, CEO of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), talks about the NDIS - how it started, and how it's now changing lives - on it's two year anniversary.

Read the article at Every Australian Counts.
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Quick links to the NDIS in the news

Federal Government refuses to cover NDIS funding shortfall in South Australia (Includes audio & transcript) ABC News: The World Today - July 14

NDIS demand won't affect services: Fifield - July 13

They counted - and won. NDIS celebration in Penrith. Penrith City Gazette - July 8

NDIS a stunning success Perth Now - July 2

Only one NDIS reject in 10 goes to case review Newcastle Herald - July 1

NDIS Scheme marks two years in the Hunter ABC News - July 1


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Fact sheets

NDIS - Things you should know

Easy English & Plain English

My Choice Matters has developed a series of fact sheets about the NDIS, called Things you should know. Each fact sheet comes as an Easy English PDF, or Plain English DOCX. The fact sheets cover these topics:
  • Can I get the NDIS? 
  • What should I know about plans?
  • How do I manage funding?
  • How do I make my plan come true?
  • What if I am not happy?
You can get these fact sheets from My Choice Matters or from the Resources section of our website. 
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Online peer support group
NDIS and Me
Facebook group for people with Down syndrome and their families

NDIS and Me is a Facebook group just for Australians with Down syndrome and their families. The aim of the group is to help its members to get ready and get the best outcomes they can from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

NDIS and Me is a 
DSO project and was created by Down Syndrome WA

Join at


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Conference - People with intellectual disability & the NDIS
NSW Council on Intellectual Disability 

Sydney, July 16-17

The annual NSW CID Conference
 is for people with intellectual disability, family members, professionals, advocates, disability service providers and anyone else interested in people with intellectual disability & the NDIS.

You can register or learn more about the conference from this website.
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NDIS information session & complaints clinic
NSW Ombudsman
Newcastle, July 23

The Ombudsman is the independent and impartial watchdog for community and disability services in NSW. 

Information session (2:30-3:30pm)

Hear about how the NSW Ombudsman can help you in resolving problems with the NDIS.

Complaints clinic (3:30-5:30pm)
Talk to the NSW Ombudsman if you have a concern or complaint about your service or the NDIS.

Find out more from the NSW Ombudsman website here.

You might also like this Easy English PDF on complaining to the NSW Ombudsman about an NDIS service you are not happy with.
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Napean Blue Mountains, July 24-25

IDEAS (Information on Disability and Education Awareness Services) is hosting an NDIS expo in the Nepean Blue Mountains in NSW on July 24-25. 

This event is the grand ‘one stop’ shop displaying choice, supports, services, planning, information and fun about everything NDIS.

Find out more at 
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NDIS Community forums
IDEAS - NSW (Napean Blue Mountains)

Napean Blue Mountains, July & August

IDEAS (Information on Disability and Education Awareness Services) is hosting a series of NDIS community forums in NSW in July and August.

The forums will be an interactive 2 1/2 hour information session where you will learn lots of information about how the NDIS roll out will work in your local area. Free entry, free childcare available, refreshments provided.

Find out more at
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NDIS Events
Queensland Government
Local and online QLD NDIS events calendar

The Queensland Government has an online calendar which has NDIS related events such as forums, workshops, information sessions and webinars. These are hosted by a range of service providers, advocacy organisations, and government. These events are designed to help Queenslanders prepare for the NDIS. 

See the calendar here.
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