CRU News Update

This is an update from Margaret Rodgers, our CEO. We are in the last months of delivering the Participant Readiness for the NDIS workshops so if you live in Brisbane or the south east region and you haven’t been to any workshops or information sessions yet I would encourage you to sign up for one…

NEW CRUcial Times… and more

  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…

CRU Southbank Dinner

  We invite you to join us for dinner at South Bank to catch up with old friends; meet new ones and hear about how people from different parts of the world are working to improve the lives of people with disability. THE DINNER WILL INCLUDE A SHORT PANEL PRESENTATION ‘The Critical Role of Families…


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

CRU proudly partnered with Griffith University, AMPARO 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.

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:

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.

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

Upcoming Leadership events

CRU is pleased to announce two upcoming leadership events – one event is specifically for family members and the second event is open to all.   Family Leadership Weekend event:  Moving from Vision to Action Our Family Leadership Weekend at Boonah is a live-in event for families being held at “The Outlook, Boonah” on the weekend of 29-31 July. …

South West Events Update

CRU is offering a range of different workshops to assist people with disability and families to get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – including new options in 2016. Taking Charge of Change is still available, along with new short workshops and a workshop especially for families with young children. Registrations for upcoming…

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.

New Website Launched: Bringing The Good Life to Life

CRU is pleased to announce the launch of a new website we have developed as part of our NDIS Participant Readiness program. Titled ‘Bringing the Good Life to Life’, this website has been created as a resource for people with disability and their supporters, both paid and unpaid. This website can be found at:…

Taking Charge of Change: Boondall

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts in Queensland from July 2016. The NDIS will give people with disability and the people closest to them a chance to have a bigger say over their supports. This one day workshop talks about what we know about…


Taking Charge of Change: Bundaberg

Workshop overview The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be introduced in Queensland from July 2016. While we don’t know all the details yet, the NDIS brings the opportunity for people with disability and the people closest to them, to have a greater say over their support arrangements. This one day workshop reviews what we…


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.

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.