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

November 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Workshop Series Overview

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people under 65 with a disability in Australia.

The scheme will start to roll out in the Brisbane region from 1st July 2018, with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process.

Join us for a tailored workshop that will provide information about the NDIS and has been designed to help people with vision loss or impairment 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.

You can register for this session by following the Eventbrite link in this flyer or by calling CRU on 3844 2211.

The workshops are funded by the Queensland Government so there is no cost to register.

Places are limited.

Session Description

The NDIS – Getting Informed and Sharing Practical Strategies

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 feel ready for the NDIS?

As well as information this workshop will provide a chance to listen our guest speaker Linda Blaik who has been making to most of the opportunities provided by the NDIS to live a rich and fulfilling life. Linda will share her personal journey and some of the things that she has learnt about the NDIS since it began over 5 years ago. This part of the workshop will include some interactive and practical strategies that can help you feel more prepared, confident and ready to make good use of the opportunities offered by the NDIS. We will also explore ways of sharing information about the NDIS with others in your community. What are some of the things people and communities can do to prepare?

Light refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.


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Linda Blaik

My name is Linda Blaik. I live in Belmont Geelong, Victoria, with my husband David and my beautiful black guide dog Daicos. We have 3 adult children who have given us 3 wonderful grandchildren.

I was fortunate to be involved with a great program here in Geelong, the LEAD Barwon Project. Leading Educating Advocating for Disability. The project was funded by the Victorian State Government and implemented by the Committee For Geelong CFG. The project worked with a group of people with a disability, informal carers and family members of people with a disability, to build their capacity to speak about their personal experience of Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS. LEAD Barwon commenced in October 2013 and concluded June 2014, during that time I took part in workshops, public speaking about my experience with the NDIS process. Myself and other participants have become highly sort after guest speakers and panellists, I have engaged with media ie: television, radio print and on line. I have taken part in discussions with state and national government representatives in positive ways to ensure the new scheme is supported by them and the whole community. Linda also is employed by NDIA as an independent panel member for recruitment of all levels of staff at NDIS. 

I feel I have established sustainable mechanisms, connections and networks to be able to effectively advocate for myself and others for the development, delivery and continued improvement of the scheme.

The thing I enjoy is volunteering with Guide Dogs Victoria GDV, I’m currently the Geelong office Volunteer coordinator, I like to organise a fund raising night once a year for GDV and the other charity that is close to my heart is Albinism Fellowship of Australia AFA. My husband David is a person with Albinism PWA, I am also the Vic state rep for AFA.

Currently I am a member of the GDV client advisory committee and November brought a wonderful surprise to be voted on to the CFG’s Strategy and Policy Committee S&PC, I am the first person with a disability to serve on this committee.

Who Should Attend

These workshops are for people who are blind or have low vision, their family members and close friends

Assistance to attend

Image - Phone 07 38442211 to arrange for an interpreter or other assistance in attending

It is important to CRU that we make our events accessible to all attendees.  We ask that you let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you to fully participate in this event.

This may range from support for people with visual and hearing impairments, physical support needs, English as a second language and particular dietary requirements. You can provide this information at the bottom of the registration form and if required someone from CRU will contact you for further information.

Contact CRU is you need assistance or attend or participate in this event and  you can’t register online, by calling 07 3844 2211.

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 29 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community.  


Funded by the Queensland GovernmentThis is an NDIS Participant Readiness activity funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

The cost of attending this event is covered by this funding.  There are no charges for attendees.


Community Resource Unit Ltd.
07 3844 2211


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