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5 November 2019

Experience of People funded by the NDIS who interface the WA Criminal Justice system by Interchange CEO Justin O’Meara Smith  In 2019 Interchange received a grant from the WA Sector Transition Fund to undertake a project identify the experiences of people with disability funded by the NDIS that have an interface the WA Criminal Justice system. … Read more »

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5 November 2019

Thoughts about Dedifferentiation by Interchange Support Worker Linda Oliver Interchange sponsored me to attend a discussion on Dedifferentiation by the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID). The main speaker was Prof. Chris Bigby, director of the Living With a Disability Research Centre at LaTrobe. She is a social worker with an international reputation for research… Read more »

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5 November 2019

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 27 November 2019 6.30pm at Olive Tree House 6B Blades Close, Morley Our passion is to help the people we support to continue to grow and flourish in their home and community. Join us in celebrating another year supporting West Australians living with disability to live a good life. RSVP: office@interchangewa.org.au… Read more »

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28 August 2019

In April the Morrison government announced a Disability Royal Commission.  $527 million has been allocated over five years, which includes funding specifically to support for people with disability to have their say.  The Commissioners have been announced, but not without some concern regarding perceived conflict of interest. There have been a number of sector and… Read more »

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17 May 2019

With the Federal election on this Saturday, we thought it might be a good time to share what both of the major Parties have been saying regarding the NDIS.   Labor Bill Shorten has been making a number of promises to improve the NDIS, including: Building a culture that puts people with disability first; Establishing… Read more »

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2 April 2019

Disability etiquette is a set of guidelines dealing specifically with how to approach a person with a disability.  It comes down to one simple rule: do not assume. As people with a disability make up a significant proportion of our population, there is a need for everyday Australians to understand how to relate to people… Read more »

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21 March 2019

A broad and comprehensive list of the terms for the Royal Commission into disability has been released by the Australian Government. The Commission will investigate violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher says the use of broad terms of reference is deliberate to ensure that they account for… Read more »

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14 March 2019

With numerous Disability Organisations, Perth has no excuse for the lack of accessible spaces in shared public spaces. A spotlight was shone on the recent Fringe Festival in Perth where a local disability advocate was left unhappy and dissatisfied after a complete lack of wheelchair access, despite being advertised as wheelchair friendly. Though Fringe World… Read more »

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13 March 2019

Interchange is proud to announce the nomination of several staff members for the annual Disability Support Awards. Nominations are made by members of the public who believe that a staff member from any WA Disability Organisations (Perth Metro or Regional), has gone above and beyond ordinary standards of service. The National Disability Services (NDS), in… Read more »

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