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Do you want to have your say?

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/article/2586

HAVE YOUR SAY – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Family and Community Development Committee is starting its Inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder. The Committee is tasked with examining and reporting on:

  • the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria;
  • the availability and adequacy of services provided by the Commonwealth, State and local governments across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment services;
  • the adequacy of services to be provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
  • evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services; and
  • the projected demand for services in Victoria.

Public hearings will be held in Melbourne and regional Victoria in 2016. Have your say by making a submission to the Inquiry.

A guide to making submissions is available for download in PDF format(PDF 100.92 KB) or Word format(DOC 67.34 KB).

A brochure about making a submission is available for download in PDF format(PDF 153.54 KB).

If you have any special needs in relation to accessing these documents, or for more information, emailfcdc@parliament.vic.gov.au, or call (03) 8682 2843.

If you are deaf or hearing impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our number to them: 03 8682 2843.

Please send in submissions by Friday, 18 March 2016.

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:

Family and Community Development Committee
Parliament House
Spring Street
EAST MELBOURNE   VIC   3002

Electronic submissions can be sent by email to fcdc@parliament.vic.gov.au or submitted using the eSubmissions form.

All submissions are treated as public documents unless confidentiality is requsted or granted.  Once received and processed by the Committee, public submissions will be available for download here.

Call for Submissions Ad Autism Inquiry(PDF 78.51 KB)

 

Have you noticed a reduction or withdrawal of disability services? Have your say!

Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) has heard recently, and from a number of different sources, about the withdrawal or reduction of disability services across Victoria.  Recent feedback from the disability community is that some disability services people have been using may have recently changed, been reduced or ended.

This is a matter of concern to Amaze, given the strain people with disability are under with limited access to the services they need and the impact that the reduction of services can have on people with disability, their families and carers.

To get a better understanding of the issue and to see how widespread it is, Amaze has developed a simple survey (takes less than 5mins to complete) to give them feedback on the issue. The outcomes of the survey will inform their next steps.

Amaze know that disability services can be difficult to access at the best of times, and will use the information you tell them to assist in making sure that people with disability have access to the services they need.

Amaze want to hear from you if you are in Victoria and have experienced any changes – so here is your opportunity to have your say!

The survey is available here: https://www.esurveycreator.com/s/790134d

This isn’t an issue just for autism, and Amaze want to capture as many experiences and voice as possible.

Amaze are asking other disability organisations and peer support groups  and members of those groups and members of the community  to also complete the survey.

If you have any questions about the survey or the course of action, please contact Braedan Hogan at Amaze on 0449 882 182.

 The above information has come via 

 Pamela Gatos, Project Coordinator, Community Engagement, Amaze

T 03 9657 1651   |  F 03 9639 4955   |   E pamela.gatos@amaze.org.au

24 Drummond Street Carlton VIC 3053 | PO Box 374 Carlton South VIC 3053 | http://www.amaze.org.au

 

 

NDIA webinar available for viewing NOW…..

Message from AMAZE:

Below is a link to the NDIA webinar about the rollout in Victoria that was held on 1 October.  It has recently been uploaded onto the website for those who were not able to join the live session.  It is a 1 hour long session with a panel, including someone from DHHS, the NDIA and a parent of a participant in the Barwon trial site.  The session has some basic information and then answers questions that were asked by those participating in the live webinar.

Topics covered included:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • when there will be information available and how people will transition into the scheme
  • information around capacity building/local area coordination which includes the opportunity for individuals/families to purchase support planning around understanding the disability/diagnosis, the decision making process and options to purchase supports. (29 minute mark).

http://livestream.ssc.gov.au/ndis/1october2015b/

Here is a link to the summarised questions and answers that were asked during the webinar (and those that were not able to be addressed)

http://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/videos-and-stories/webinars/webinar-nsw-vic-rollout-qa

Please feel free to forward this to your members and if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

 Kind Regards

 Pamela Gatos

Project Coordinator

Community Engagement

T 03 9657 1651   |  F 03 9639 4955   |   E pamela.gatos@amaze.org.au

24 Drummond Street Carlton VIC 3053 | PO Box 374 Carlton South VIC 3053 | http://www.amaze.org.au

Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria)

Spectrospective: Stories of Autism

 

 

Amaze is visiting the Bendigo City Library – book your free tickets now!

YOUR INVITATION FROM AMAZE (previously Autism Victoria):

On Tuesday the 25th of August, Amaze is coming to the Bendigo City Library, 259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.  We are coming to deliver our donation of autism books and resources, and we would like to invite you to come and meet us. We will be at the library from 1.30pm – 3.00pm.

During our visit, we will host an afternoon information session for the Bendigo autism community to make them aware of our partnership and hear about Amaze’s future plans to support the Victorian autism community. Our CEO Fiona Sharkie, our peer support group project coordinator, Pamela Gatos and Maria Moren our librarian, will be visiting to better understand the needs of our community.

Pamela is responsible for a new project focussed on education and training for peer support group leaders on information about, and preparing for, the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will roll out across Australia within the next 2 years.

The information session will include:

  • a presentation by our CEO Fiona Sharkie about Amaze and our strategic goals
  • our film Spectrospective
  • afternoon tea with the opportunity to speak to Fiona Sharkie, the librarian about autism spectrum resources, as well as our peer support group project coordinator.

 

To book your free ticket to attend this event – please click here

If you require more information on this event, please call Maria our librarian on 9657 1636 or emailmaria.moren@amaze.org.au

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

 Cath Pettitt

Program Administration & Membership Officer

T 03 9657 1601  |  F 03 9639 4955   |   E mailto:cath.pettitt@amaze.org.au

Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria)

24 Drummond Street Carlton VIC 3053 | PO Box 374 Carlton South VIC 3053 |  http://www.amaze.org.au