We are pleased to launch the latest edition of CRUcial Times. In this, our 52nd edition we explore The role of formal support in building better lives.
You will find articles from a range of authors who explore not only what good support looks like to them, but the benefits that arise when it is used appropriately and effectively. We wish to thank the authors, Karin Swift, Sharon Bourke, Sue Duncan-Kemp and Emma Gee who have given their time to contribute their thoughts and stories to this edition. We would also like to thank Inclusion Press for giving us permission to republish an article by the late Judith Snow. We also wish to thank Hugh Rose-Miller from the CRU team who co-ordinated and edited the Edition. With the increase in funding through the NDIS in Australia and more people having access to formal support, we felt it a good time to explore not only why quality support was important, but to also share insights and experience about how these relationships can be managed well – both from the perspectives of those receiving and those providing support.
If you would prefer to have a hard copy mailed to you then please let us know and we will happily arrange for that. We do not routinely do large mail outs these days as many people prefer to receive material electronically, but we are more than happy to post you a copy if preferred. Also, please feel free to forward this publication on to anyone you think may be interested and don’t forget there are 51 past editions of CRUcial Times available on our website. We are always interested in your feedback and any suggestions you may have about future themes.
We have been planning for the latter part of 2017 and have updated our Date Claimer with new events. We will continue to add more events as they are confirmed and will send flyers in advance of each event. Please note, the Participant Readiness for the NDIS project will be offering workshops in the Brisbane and South East region between now and December.
We would particularly like to draw your attention to the workshop we are holding at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 15th August focusing on Employment for All. We have invited Michael Callahan from the United States to speak on this topic – Michael has many years’ experience tailor-making jobs for people with disability and we are excited that he can spend the day with us in Brisbane. We hope this will be an inspiring and informative day for people with disabilities, their families and people who support them, including those in Employment services. Places are filling fast.