CRU is committed to creating and sharing videos which tell stories and share insights that can further inspire the community living movement and the broader disability sector at large. As the creation of good quality videos is labour intensive, the number we have produced is limited, more titles will be added in the future.

CRU commissioned the DVD, “Together in Partnership” which can be purchased from our Online Store.

We are uploading news videos regularly to our YouTube channel which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CommResourceUnit

Griffith University Symposium. “NDIS and CALD communities: Aiming high for equitable access”

CRU proudly partnered with Griffith UniversityAMPARO Advocacy Inc and Queenslanders with Disability (QDN) on the ninth Griffith University NDIS Symposium.

In this event titled “NDIS and CALD communities: Aiming high for equitable access”  asked the question:  What steps will ensure people from CALD backgrounds with disability are best supported by the NDIS?.  The presenters were chosen from a variety of backgrounds both locally and interstate.

The Griffith NDIS Symposia are a series that brings together people with disability, their families, researchers and professionals to ask some challenging questions about the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Resources from the day can be found on the event page.

The filming and post-production of this event was a collaboration between CRU and the staff and students of Indooroopilly State High School.

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New Opportunities: Wisdom from the NDIS trial sites

These videos are from footage taken our our “New Opportunities for a Good Life: Experiences from NDIS Trial Sites” events.  Theseone day forums, held in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay showcased stories by and about people with disabilities and their families who have been involved in various NDIS trial sites from across Australia.

These forums were filled with practical stories of people with disability setting the direction of their own lives. All the presenters were from interstate and there will be a focus on sharing their wisdom and experience of their own personal experience within their NDIS trial site.

Having had experience using the NDIS, presenters discussed:

  • Preparation
  • Creating a vision and planning for a good life
  • Self-directing and self-managing
  • Staying well connected in their community
  • Day-to-day experience of the NDIS

These videos were created for our resource website Bringing the Good Life to Life.

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Bringing the Good Life to Life videos

These videos were created for our resource website Bringing the Good Life to Life.  The footage came from CRU events held in Brisbane and Rockhampton and share stories and topics including:

  • The power of planning
  • Focusing on potential
  • The value of real work for real pay
  • How low expectations limit the Good Life
  • Starting small business
  • The importance of starting with the person
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Good Life Films

These video have been made for our website Bringing the Good Life to Life, designed to help people prepare for the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Each video shares but a glimpse into these peoples lives as they pursue ordinary lives:  at school, at work, in their own homes, with their friends and family and planning for futures rich with opportunities, relationships and purpose within the communities that know and love them.

All of these stories were created before the NDIS started in Queensland and the people in them have engaged a range of supports – many of which have been unpaid and have grown from opportunities presented from ordinary lives in community.  Opportunities everyone can enjoy when they are seen for their strengths, capabilities and potential.

We wish to thank everyone who participated in these videos.  They were created in collaboration with Peter Hegedus from Soul Vision Films, who also made our 2014 DVD Together in Partnership.

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Aoife O’Toole: Agency Transformation

The ‘Agency Transformation’ events held throughout October were designed to assist managers and other key decision makers to think through the core requirements for authentic service transformation so that services would be individually tailored and designed to assist people with a disability to live better lives.

The workshops were hosted by Community Resource Unit (CRU) partnering with The Workforce Council’s Disability Sector Training Fund (DSTF) who provided financial support to assist workers to attend.

Cheshire Ireland’s Service Quality Manager Aoife O’Toole led Day four of the Agency Transformation series and shared her experiences of individualising service for 17 individuals and closing two institutions in 2011.

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Janet Klees: Building Lasting Relationships

Janet Klees has been coordinator with the family-governed Deohaeko Support Network for the past 15 years and has been deeply affected by the lives of the people that she has come to know. Janet is the author of two books “We Come Bearing Gifts” and “Our Presence has Roots” that are both for sale in the CRU bookstore.

All of Janet’s work focuses on individually-designed arrangements and she is especially concerned that families are well supported to think through practical, principled ways to ensure that their family members live meaningful, involved and secure lives within their communities.

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