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Youngcare – At Home Care Grants

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provides funding for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite care to enhance the quality of life for young people with high care needs and their carers.

The AHCG program is critical in keeping young Aussies at home with their families, and preventing new admissions to aged care. Grants are offered in Queensland, News South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Follow this link to find out more

1 July: The National Disability Insurance Scheme is coming to Northern Adelaide, Barossa, Light and Lower North

The NDIS will begin to roll out for people aged 18 to 64 in Northern Adelaide, Barossa, Light and Lower North from 1 July 2017.

If you are already receiving disability services you will continue with your existing supports until you transition to the NDIS.

The Northern Adelaide region consists of the following local council areas:

  • City of Playford
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield (East)

The Barossa, Light and Lower North region consists of the following local council areas:

  • Barossa Council
  • Town of Gawler
  • Light Regional Council
  • Adelaide Plains Council (Mallala)

If you would like to check if you are in the Northern Adelaide, Barossa, Light and Lower North region go to www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au

For more information:

Online
You can find information about the NDIS in South Australia and events in Northern Adelaide at the NDIS South Australia website: www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au.

For more information about the NDIS including eligibility, participant information and services visit the national NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au

On the phone
You can call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 between 8:00am and 11:00pm, Monday to Friday

4 February – Henley Beach – Accessible Beach Day

Follow this link to find out more

SA Communication Partner Service

The Communication Partner Service is available to criminal justice personnel to utilise when interviewing, or representing a child or adult with complex communication needs.

Stage 1 of Service implementation ran from 1 July 2016 – 31 January 2017 and Stage 2 commenced on 1 February 2017.

The Service currently provides:

  • Communication support for children and adults with complex communication needs who are victims, witnesses, suspects or defendants of any criminal offence
  •  Attendance by Communication Partners at police interviews, legal meetings and court hearings held in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Victor Harbour, Murray Bridge, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla and
  • Service which operates from 7am-10pm, seven days a week.

To request a Communication Partner’s attendance or to discuss a matter please contact: 1800 615 677 and press #6 at the prompt

For further information please contact, Anisa Leaver, Service Manager at Uniting Communities on 8202 5293 / anisal@unitingcommunities.org

Click here to download the Q and A sheet

The Communication Partner Service is an initiative by the State government funded under the SA Disability Justice Plan.

Sir Charles Bright Scholarship for students living with disability

The Scholarships are awarded to people living disability undertaking post-secondary education, whether at University, Technical and Further Education or other recognised post-secondary educational institutions.  Scholarships of $1,500 are presented annually in February/March.

Follow this link to find out more

New consumer app to help navigate assistive technology market

A free tablet app has been released to support Australians with disability to identify the range of assistive equipment and technology options that could improve their independence and wellbeing.

Equip Myself has been developed by the Independent Living Centre WA and aims to support people with disability to navigate the growing market in assistive technologies.

The Equip Myself app is free and is available on the App Store and Google PlayTM now.

Follow this link to find out more.

Younger people currently accessing aged care services may be eligible for supports through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Follow this link to find out more.

New website: My Disability Matters

My Disability Matters: Social site created by disabled people, for disabled people

There’s No Such Thing as a Silly Question

The Children, Youth & Women’s Health Service have put together a book to assist parents of children with chronic illness. This book is not intended to be read from cover to cover, rather it is meant to be a resource book to be kept and referred to when needed.

Follow this link to find out more.

People with disability – your consumer rights

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people with disability can now choose their own goods and services to support their needs. If you have a problem with any product or service you buy you can use your rights under the Australian Consumer Law to sort it out.

Follow this link to find out more.

Video: Shop smart and use your rights for people with disability

This is your NDIS

The NDIS will more than double the funding bucket for disability support in Australia. Since it began there have been some great experiences, and some issues.

Every Australian Counts have put together a short online survey so supporters like you can let governments and the National Disability Insurance Agency know what’s working and what’s not with the NDIS.

Follow this link to find out more.

Video: Accessing the NDIS

Blue Bays

Displays the location of disability parking spaces worldwide. The app’s data is fed by crowd-sourcing, so please contribute by adding and sharing disability parking spaces and associated information.

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Useful Contact Numbers

  • Access Cabs 1300 360 940
  • Advocacy for Disability Access and Inclusion (08) 8340 4450
    • Country Callers 1800 856 464
  • Australian Human Rights Commission 1300 656 419
  • Carer Gateway 1800 422 737
  • Centrelink (Disability, illness or injury and Carers) 13 27 17
  • Companion Card 1800 667 110
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion 1300 786 117
  • Disability Advocacy & Complaints Service of SA (08) 7122 6030
  • Disability SA (08) 8415 4250
    • Emergency after-hours service: (08) 8372 1414
  • Housing SA 13 12 99
  • Independent Living Centre 1300 885 886
  • National Disability Coordination Officer (08) 8207 8652
  • National Disability Insurance Agency 1800 800 110
  • National Relay Service – TTY- 1800 555 630
  • Office of the Public Advocate (08) 8342 8200
  • Public Trustee (08) 8226 9200
  • State Government Concessions 1800 307 758
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