Finding My Place

Overview A one day forum for sharing stories by and about people with disabilities who have taken their place in their community. People will share their experience of school life; moving into their own homes; having jobs; following their passions and contributing to their community. The presenters who live with disability and the people who…

Seven Steps to Self-Direction – Brisbane

    About the Workshop: What are the fundamental of a self-directed arrangement that helps you live the life you want? This workshop breaks down a values-based framework for sustainable self-direction, and how to develop supports that work respectfully and constructively together. The seven steps provide a simple, helpful guide that can be worked through,…

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Upcoming Events

CRU Events New events have been added to our calendar for the first half of the year, and registrations are now open. Find out more information about each event by following the links below, or find them on our website at https://cru.org.au/events/ and feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be…

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Upcoming Inclusive Education events

Notice of upcoming CRU Events 2019 Open events Making a Good Start: Planning and Partnerships to Support Your Child’s Inclusion (daytime and evening sessions) February 27th – Daytime   Woolloongabba, Autism Hub and Reading Centre Registrations open now February 27th – Evening   South Brisbane, CRU Office Registrations open now Every parent wants their child’s school years to be…

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Upcoming Events for 2019

Notice of upcoming CRU Events 2019 Planning for the first half of 2019 is underway at CRU, and we have prepared a date claimer with an overview of some of the workshops we will be offering between February and June. A number of the events in February are open for registration now and the others…

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3 decades Vox Pop now live

To mark our 30th Anniversary on the 26th and 27th of October 2018, CRU held three events at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre.  We thank local journalist, Nance Haxton for her work in interviewing people for these ‘vox pop’. In the first of these Nance asked for people’s reflections of the events.  You may hear…

Evening Discussion for Brothers and Sisters

Family members have a natural authority in each other’s lives. This can seem obvious for parents of a person with a disability, but what does it mean for siblings?     About the evening: This informally facilitated evening discussion will be an opportunity for brothers and sisters to discuss the natural authority of families and…

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In memory of Mike Duggan

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of CRU Life Member, Mike Duggan. Mike made an immense contribution to CRU over decades. He served as a management committee member for 23 years, 16 of those as president, and was famous for his ‘From the President’ reflections in CRUcial Times. To get a…

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Fortnightly Event Update

Download the Date Claimer here CRU has some exciting events coming up in various locations in Queensland. Click on the image to view our newly released date claimer, and see below for more information on our events and how to register. You can also check out the events page on our website www.cru.org.au   BRISBANE…

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…

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…

CRUcial Conversation: Virtues, Values and Better Lives

  CRU often talks about values that guide our thoughts and behaviour; virtues are similar but are the things that are universally valued by all. Virtues are ‘strengths of character’ we all possess that add to the uniqueness of who we are. We use many virtues in our everyday such as, trust, honesty, integrity, and…

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February events

Upcoming CRU Events for February 2018 As Christmas approaches and the 2017 year is coming to an end, planning for 2018 has started at CRU.  Below you will find a list of a few of the events that are already confirmed and more details are attached . There is also an accessible version with details…

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Initial Events for 2018

Notice of upcoming CRU Events 2018 As Christmas approaches and the 2017 year is coming to an end, planning for 2018 has started at CRU.  Below you will find a list of a few of the events that are already confirmed and more details are attached . There is also an accessible version with details…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Wynnum

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Brisbane and Redlands regions from 1st July 2018 with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process. Join us for a…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Gaythorne

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop that…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Robina

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Gold Coast region from 1st July 2018 with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process. Join us for a workshop…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Woolloongabba

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop and…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Cleveland

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Redlands region from 1st July 2018 with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process. Join us for a workshop…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Mount Gravatt

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Brisbane North

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop and…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Beenleigh

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Logan and Gold Coast regions from 1st July 2018 with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process. Join us for…

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.

Getting a Quality Inclusive Education for your Child: Building an Effective Home-School Partnership – Townsville

About the workshop Research clearly shows that inclusive education has strong benefits to students with disability, and access to education in your local school is supported by educational policy and international law. Nevertheless, many families find that pursuing an inclusive education can be challenging. This workshop will help families to be clear about what inclusion…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Wellington Point

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Redland region from 1st July 2018 with people being contacted from January 2018 to begin the access process. Join us for a workshop and…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Richlands

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop…

Getting to the Heart of What Matters – Kingaroy

About the Workshop:  The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams.  What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we…

Getting to the Heart of What Matters – Ipswich

The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams. What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we fall into the habit of talking about “hours”, and tasks, routines and schedules, it’s easy to be distracted from what really matters about supporting people well. This full day workshop will be an opportunity for support workers to critically reflect upon the essential purpose of their role, the values that drive “support”, and the sorts of relationships which are core to supporting someone well, particularly in relation to valued roles and community belonging.

Attending the Local School – Inclusion that’s Good for Everyone

This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn from an experienced educator and academic about what inclusive education is, and what it is not. It will provide the research evidence about the comparative benefits of inclusive education vs special education. Dr Bob Jackson will also share helpful strategies which allow children with disabilities to be successfully supported within their local school and learn alongside their peers. Bob will give examples of how students with a range of disabilities can access the same curriculum, and participate fully in the life of the school. He will also provide tips for families on advocacy and how to work with the school to strengthen inclusive practices.

Evening Discussion for Brothers and Sisters: What will the NDIS mean for me and my family?

This conversation evening will be a chance for brothers and sisters to discuss what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is likely to mean for their family member. The NDIS is gradually rolling out across Queensland and is a major change for how services are provided. It brings the opportunity for people with disability and those closest to them to have a greater say over their support arrangements. In navigating this new system families will do best when they are well-informed and prepared for these changes. This session will provide a brief update on the NDIS so far and Queensland based brothers and sisters whose family members are already in the scheme will share their experiences and reflections as a basis for discussion.

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Zillmere

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people 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 workshop…

Getting to the Heart of What Matters – Brisbane

About the Workshop:  The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life and pursue their own unique goals and dreams. What lies at the heart of the role is, however, frequently invisible. When we…

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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…

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…

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…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Gladstone

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Gladstone region from 1st January 2018 with people being contacted from July 2017 to begin the access process. Join us for a workshop and a conversation…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Rockhampton

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Rockhampton region from 1st January 2018 with people being contacted from July 2017 to begin the access process. Join us for a workshop and a conversation…

CRUcial Conversation: Inclusive Education – Everybody’s Business

About the Workshop: Inclusion is not just the concern or responsibility of parents and teachers of a child with disability.  The ways in which other members of a child’s extended network and members of the community generally value and respond to inclusion in schools will be crucial to how successfully inclusive education is embedded and available to all. Topics…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Rockhampton Workers

 Workshop Overview The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Rockhampton region from 1st January 2018, with people being contacted from July 2017 to begin the access process. This introductory workshop provides information relevant to…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Kenmore Hills

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Brisbane region from 1st July 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the NDIS and…

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…

Getting to the Heart of What Matters – Caboolture

BOOK TICKETS HERE Getting to the Heart of What Matters: The Role of a Support Worker Friday 19 May 2017 –  CABOOLTURE About the Workshop:  The role of a support worker is complex and multi-faceted. Paid staff can make a significant contribution to a person’s life – enabling the person to live a rich life…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Hervey Bay

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Fraser Coast region from 1st July 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Maryborough

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Fraser Coast region from 1st July 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the…

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…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Coopers Plains

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Brisbane region from 1st July 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the NDIS…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Carina

Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Brisbane region from 1st July 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the NDIS and…

Equipping Organisations for the NDIS

Equipping Organisations for the NDIS & Keeping in Touch with What Matters Thursday 20th April 2017 –  BRISBANE About the Workshop:  Organisations are navigating a changing landscape and need to consider how they may capitalise on the potential the NDIS offers, without compromising on their core values as they adapt to new business systems. Participants will…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Gladstone

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Gladstone region from 1st January 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the…

The NDIS: Getting Informed – Rockhampton

 Workshop overview                  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of supporting people with a disability in Australia. The scheme will start to roll out in the Rockhampton region from 1st January 2018. Join us for a workshop and a conversation that provide information about the…

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…