Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School – Ipswich – Workshop 2 – Full Day Event

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Inclusive Education: Working Effectively with your Child’s School

Workshop 2 of 2 – Ipswich

Please note: Attendance at the Day 1 workshop is not a requirement for attending Day 2.

Thursday 5th March, 2020

9.15 am – 2.30 pm

About the Workshop:

Come along to a free introductory workshop for parents of students with disability in state schools to learn about:

  • Using your positive vision to help your child meet their goals in school and in life
  • Building an effective relationship with your school
  • The Department’s Inclusive Education Policy
  • What good school inclusion looks like
  • Communication tips and advocacy skills
  • Overcoming challenges and who can help

Who is CRU?

Community Resource Unit LTD (CRU) has a 30 year track record of working throughout Queensland to promote positive change so that people with disabilities can belong to and participate in community life.

Assistance to Attend:

There is a small amount of funding available to assist families who need to travel to attend workshops or who require other support. If you require any assistance to attend or participate in this event, please contact CRU to apply for this assistance.

For more information call CRU on 07 3844 2211 or email:

Event and Venue Details

Date and Time:

  • Thursday 5th March, 2020.
  • Please arrive at 8:45 AM to sign in, for a 9:15 AM start. Concludes at 2:30 PM.
  • Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Venue details:

  • The venue is Club Services Ipswich (CSI).
  • 5 Lowry St, North Ipswich, QLD.
  • You can phone the venue on 07 3812 3366 for more information related to the venue itself.


  • Attendance is free, but bookings are essential.
  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


  • Registrations close on Thursday 20th February 2020.

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CRU’s cancellation policy is on our website. Please use the following link:

These workshops are delivered by CRU to assist families of students with disability to be clear, informed, confident and connected so they can work as respected and valued partners in their children’s education.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Education.

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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 can be worked through, or started at any step. This workshop draws on the resource developed by Griffith University (Dr Margaret Ward) as part of the NDS Innovative Workforce Fund Project.

Self-direction has been found to give greater choice and control, and more effective and flexible use of available formal and freely-given support. Good support requires the right people to provide the right level of support at the right time.

There are some preconditions that make good support in self-directed arrangements more likely to happen. This seven step approach takes participants from starting with the person through to problem solving and checking for resilience.

Quote from Henry Ford: Coming Together is a Beginning;Keeping together is progress; working together is success

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About the presenters:

Photo of Sharon BourkeSharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and has presented many Participant Readiness sessions for CRU over the past three years. She has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning.

In partnership with her youngest son Dan, Sharon has chosen to self-direct funds that support him.



Margaret Ward, emeritus professor, is a prominent advocate for families of people with disabilities.

Margaret raised her daughter Mena, who had multiple disabilities, to believe she could have a life like her brother and sister. In Mena’s short life, she showed others what was possible with a strong and positive vision of a good life.





Who should attend?

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, supporters and workers who are involved in a self-directed arrangement who want it to work as well as possible, and for people interested in moving to a person-centred, self-directed arrangement. It works best if the person comes with their family and supporters.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link