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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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20 November 2018

For most of Interchange’s history, we have predominantly been a provider of support to adults with disability. Our mission is simple, by taking a person-centred approach we help people to live a good life. Whilst this hasn’t changed, who we are able to support, has. As one of the more prominent Disability Support Services in… Read more »

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5 May 2017

Recent research by the University of Melbourne shows that whilst people with disability represent nearly a fifth of the population, they are drastically under-represented in the workforce. They are also twice as likely to be unemployed due to barriers such as a lack of access to education and training, inaccessible work environments, misconceptions, stigma and… Read more »

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8 March 2017

This is the first blog post from our new CEO, Justin O’Meara Smith. Justin joined the team in February and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and many years’ experience working in senior management roles within the disability sector. Read his full profile here. I have had the pleasure of being CEO of Interchange… Read more »

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2 February 2017

This guest blog is written by Interchange Board member, Christine Carson. Louise (not her real name) has an intellectual disability. She has Down syndrome. She was born with it and it is permanent. It has been with her for the 42 years of her life so far and it will be with her for the… Read more »

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4 May 2016

Many of you would have read Chris Stuhmcke’s article on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) last month. Chris moved over from Queensland about 18 months ago to help Interchange update our Safeguarding Framework. Queensland has a highly regulated PBS system, so it’s been great working with someone so experienced. I was delighted to attend a DSC… Read more »

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5 October 2015

Having recently celebrated the ten year work anniversary of two of my staff, I can’t help but think how much Interchange has changed over the last decade. Back then, we only had ten staff and 30 clients. I was originally seconded to Interchange to determine its financial sustainability. But being a sociologist rather than an accountant,… Read more »

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