Seven Steps to Self-Direction – Rockhampton

Building right relationships between people with disability, families, committed friends and support workers     About the Workshop: How have other people made self-management work? This one-day workshop explores a practical, values-based framework of self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together. The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that…

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Seven Steps to Self-Direction – Ipswich

Building right relationships between people with disability, families, committed friends and support workers     About the Workshop: How have other people made self-management work? This one-day workshop explores a practical, values-based framework of self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together. The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that…

Ensuring school inclusion is more than “being there”: Building participation in curriculum & supporting students to belong

Children with disability have a right to be included and welcomed in their local school, and many families choose inclusive education because it provides a strong foundation for lifelong community inclusion. However, genuine inclusion requires more than mere physical presence in a regular classroom. It requires approaches which enable that child to have an authentic…

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Introduction to Facilitation, Cairns 2018

3 workdays, over a 2 month period. 1.5 days in May and 1.5 days in July The purpose of this facilitation course is to assist people to intentionally develop the necessary skills and confidence to facilitate groups that support and benefit people with disabilities. We want people to strengthen their networks by learning together and…

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Introduction to Facilitation, Brisbane 2018

3 days: April 18, May 16 and June 13, 2018 The purpose of this facilitation course is to assist people to intentionally develop the necessary skills and confidence to facilitate groups that support and benefit people with disabilities. We want people to strengthen their networks by learning together and from each other. The workdays will…

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What You Always Needed to Know about Intellectual Impairment but were Mostly Never Told – Gold Coast

About the Workshop: Often we speak about focusing on the ‘ordinary’ and ‘typical’ ways and means to help people have access to the good things of life. However,  it’s also necessary to understand and appreciate how intellectual impairment can affect people in very real ways. Participants will gain greater insight into the challenges that people…

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Elanora State School

The NDIS –  Getting Informed for families of school aged children with a disability

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the NDIS. You will learn how to access the scheme and what to do to feel prepared to develop a plan with the NDIS when the time comes. What do I need to know to feel ready for the NDIS?

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – For people who are blind or have low vision – Coorparoo

Join us for a tailored workshop that will provide information about the NDIS and has been designed to help people who are blind or have low vision to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. This session will also include a guest speaker, Linda Blaik from Geelong, Victoria, who is using the NDIS and is blind. Having always been offered supports by various vision support organisations, Linda found the process of applying for funding for the first time very different to her previous experiences. Linda is now seeking out the supports suit her lifestyle and ones that make it easy for her to continue her volunteer work, travel and stay connected with her community.

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Investing in the Future: What One Person Can Do

Over the past 30 years Michael Kendrick has introduced Queenslanders to a range of important concepts related to human services and community. These ideas and frameworks have challenged, positively influenced, and continue to inform how we work with people with disability throughout Queensland. We welcome everyone who is interested in disability leadership development for the future, and people who have benefited from working with and learning from Michael to attend this event.

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“Imagining Better” The Importance of Exploring What Might and Could be Possible in People’s Lives – Townsville

About the workshop: Would you like to ensure that the lives of people with disability are not held back by restricted imaginations or not venturing beyond current realities? Then this seminar is for you! This seminar will examine the critical role that ‘imagining better’ plays in forming, strengthening and expanding a positive vision of what…

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Securing the Good Life: Developing Safeguards for Vulnerable People

To be human is to be vulnerable. However, people with disability often live with greater vulnerability than others. In an attempt to keep people safe it is possible to limit their lives by being over-protective and so worried about risk that the person has little chance of experiencing the good things of life. While it may not be possible to eliminate a person’s vulnerabilities, intentional safeguards can assist to minimise or make up for them. This seminar will highlight the importance of recognising and understanding an individual’s vulnerabilities, as well as explore ways to manage these areas in a positive, life expanding way.

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Gold Coast – Real Stories of the NDIS – New Opportunities For a Good Life

Community Resource Unit Ltd. is hosting a one day forum on the Gold Coast that showcases stories by and about people with disability and their families who are using the NDIS. Presenters from Queensland and other states will share their experience of using the scheme. Presenters will talk about their experience of creating a vision and planning for a good life, preparing for a planning conversation with the NDIS, transitioning from school, self-management and using a plan manager and living in a home of their own.

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Brisbane – Real Stories of the NDIS – New Opportunities For a Good Life

Community Resource Unit Ltd. is hosting a one day forum in Brisbane that showcases stories by and about people with disability and their families who are using the NDIS. Presenters from Queensland and other states will share their experience of using the scheme. Presenters will talk about their experience of creating a vision and planning for a good life, preparing for a planning conversation with the NDIS, transitioning from school, self-management and using a plan manager and living in a home of their own.

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Equipping Organisations for the NDIS

This interactive training day will assist coordinators and managers to reflect on how they lead services so that the support provided suits the person, enables them to live a good life, and is sustainable over time. The day will offer opportunities to connect with other managers dealing with similar challenges.

Are you wondering how to keep your organisation on track as you transition to the NDIS?
Are you finding it challenging to maintain the focus on the people you serve in an increasingly business-oriented, competitive market?
Are you grappling with how to move from group-based models to working individually?

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Inala

Join us for a workshop that provides information about the NDIS this is designed to help parents of school aged children with a disability think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. You can register for either the morning workshop or the afternoon workshop. Places are limited.

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Understanding the new changes for disability support – an information session for the Mandarin speaking community

了解残障援助的新变化 — 普通话社区咨询会 About the Workshop:  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts in Brisbane from July 2018, with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the process. The NDIS is a new way of supporting people with a disability. People who currently receive disability support will need to move to the new scheme. At…

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Self Direction for Bigger and Better Lives Brisbane

Presented by Jane Sherwin Thursday 15 June    Brisbane About the Workshop: The relationships between people with disabilities and their families, and the services that have supported them need to be re-thought by all parties in this new environment. Many people are searching for more productive and sustainable ways of working that enable people with…

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Central Queensland Events

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts to roll out in  Rockhampton, Gladstone and other parts of Central Queensland from 1st January 2018. People may be contacted up to six months before the roll-out date to start the access process. During the six months before the NDIS starts in your region, from July to December…

Responding Well to People with ‘Challenging Behaviours’

About the workshop: In this workshop participants will be encouraged to understand more about the situations in which people with challenging behaviour find themselves and to explore how they can best respond to support the person. The workshop will cover ways to develop strategies with the person, so that, regardless of the level of their disability, they can…

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Hervey Bay Workers

This workshop provides information relevant to families and people with a disability about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things they can do now to get ready. This session recognises the important role that service providers and workers have in assisting people to prepare and transition to the new scheme.

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Mini OISD Consultations: Targeted Consultations on Key Life Domains

About the Opportunity: CRU is offering a unique professional development opportunity for a small number of past OISD course participants. We are partnering with Staffing Options to conduct targeted reviews of the service arrangements of three individuals using the framework of the OISD course. This is rare and exciting learning experience in which participants will…

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Optimal Individual Service Design – OISD 2017 (week 2)

BOOK TICKETS HERE DEEP QUALITY THROUGH OPTIMAL INDIVIDUAL SERVICE DESIGN (OISD) Week 1: April 3rd-7th  & Week 2: May 8th -12th + Pre-course Conversation Evening Monday March 27th  Brisbane – Queensland  Community Resource Unit is hosting this comprehensive training program to support the development of quality in the design and delivery of individualised, person centred services to people…

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Cairns – Making the Most of Change

Making the Most of Change – Understanding & Managing Your Supports Wednesday May 3,  2017 –  Cairns About the Workshop:  As we move to the NDIS, many people with disabilities and their families are thinking about what a good life for a person with a disability looks like and how to best use the opportunities offered…

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Optimal Individual Service Design – OISD 2017 (week 1) Copy

BOOK TICKETS HERE DEEP QUALITY THROUGH OPTIMAL INDIVIDUAL SERVICE DESIGN (OISD) Week 1: April 3rd-7th  & Week 2: May 8th -12th + Pre-course Conversation Evening Monday March 27th  Brisbane – Queensland  Community Resource Unit is hosting this comprehensive training program to support the development of quality in the design and delivery of individualised, person centred services to people…

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All Students Learning Together in Inclusive Classrooms: What does inclusive practice look like?

Light meal from 5:30pm Discussion will commence at 6:15pm until 8:30pm This evening discussion is designed to help parents recognise and work towards responsive and inclusive school and classroom practices. Christa will clarify common educational terms underpinning inclusive classroom practices and describe how these practices can enhance the learning and inclusion of ALL students. These terms…

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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…

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Upcoming CRU Events

Planning for 2017 is underway at CRU with more events to be finalised in the next few weeks.  We thought we would send a few dates now so that you can put them on your calendar before it fills up too much. The first is a Dinner at Southbank in on 27th February that will…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Hervey Bay

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Maryborough

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Bundaberg

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Longreach

These two workshops provide information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. You can register for either the workshop on the evening of the Tuesday or the morning of the Wednesday. Places are limited.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Childers

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. Please register your details to attend as places are limited.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Gin Gin

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. Please register your details to attend as places are limited.

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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…

Inclusive Education Evening Discussion: Becoming a Better Advocate for your Child’s Inclusion

Inclusion in school (and life) does not “just happen”. Some mainstream schools are very welcoming, but getting a genuinely inclusive education and maintaining the inclusive path over the school years requires parents to be skilled and effective advocates. Most parents find school advocacy challenging! It is common to feel unsure of what you can ask for, and what approach to take if you want change. At times, parents can feel like they have little influence over what is happening with their child’s education. Even when lucky and enjoying a “good year”, there is the question of how to stay on track.

This interactive session is designed as a sharing of “lessons in advocacy” drawing on the wisdom and experience of families who have successfully advocated for school inclusion.

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The NDIS: Getting Informed – Laidley

This workshop provides information about the why, when and how of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland, and things you can do now to get ready. This workshop will provides information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

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NDIS Information Session for the Vietnamese Community in Inala – Understanding the new changes for disability support

This workshop is for people with a disability and families in the Vietnamese community. At this workshop we will talk about what we know about the NDIS, and practical things people can do to get ready for the NDIS. This workshop will help you think about where to start, how to stay connected and informed as we move towards the NDIS starting in an area near you.

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Leadership Forum: Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Communities

CRU will host a Leadership Forum: Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Communities with Canadian leaders on community inclusion, Dr Bruce Uditsky and Dr Anne Hughson from Inclusion Alberta, providing keynote presentations. The venue will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Boulevard Level (Grey St Entry) Registration from 08:00am for a 9:00am start. About the Forum: The…

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Making the Most of the NDIS: Helidon

This is a series of short workshops that provide information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. You can register for one, some or all of the workshops in the series. People who have attended a Taking Charge of Change workshop are welcome to attend. Places are limited.

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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. …

New Opportunities for a Good Life – Experiences from NDIS Trial Sites – Hervey Bay

This one day forum showcases stories by and about people with disabilities and their families who have been involved in the NDIS trial sites the Perth Hills (WA), Barwon Heads (VIC) and Newcastle (NSW).

The NDIS provides people with disability with a new opportunity to think about how a good life is possible.

Having had experience using the NDIS, presenters will talk about:

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

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Making the Most of the NDIS: Stanthorpe

This is a series of short workshops that provide information about the NDIS and help people to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

You can register for one, some or all of the workshops in the series. People who have attended a Taking Charge of Change workshop are welcome to attend. Places are limited.

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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…