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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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13 February 2017

Sculptor, reptile fan and Interchange Myaree customer, Samantha Muller, has added a new slithering sculpture to her collection. This green tree python is the latest in a long line of awesome animal paper mache sculptures that Sam has created with the support of Community Facilitator, Andrew. After creating a fish the last time around, Sam… 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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18 January 2017

In many ways, Michael Gray is your typical 21 year old guy. He loves music, socialising and gaming, and he can pull some smooth moves on the dancefloor. However, he also lives with two disabilities: Autism and ADHD. Michael is conscious that sometimes his disability causes him to say things without thinking. “Sometimes my disability… Read more »

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28 November 2016

Cooking has always interested Interchange Myaree customer, Lily Whineray, but it wasn’t until she moved into her own home that she began to take it really seriously. Moving into her own pad with her partner gave Lily the motivation to step things up a notch, after regularly attending group cooking classes at the Hilton PCYC…. Read more »

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16 November 2016

Customers from our Spearwood Service Centre were treated to an exclusive performance by the West Australian Opera last week, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth. The free Opera in the Studio event, which saw artists in full dress perform an intimate show for guests, was a joint initiative between The Department of Local Government, Lotterywest… Read more »

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1 November 2016

When Maurice Ukich first joined Interchange in 1991, he was quiet, reserved and fearful of people. Since then, he has spent 25 years growing, challenging himself and adding to his list of firsts. Maurice spent a lot of time at the North Fremantle Football Club in his early days, where he met and became friends… Read more »

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1 November 2016

Michael Mike Erkelens is the resident social butterfly at Interchange and we are incredibly proud to have supported him for the past 25 years. He always greets everyone with a smile and a hello, and he’s the first to put his hand up to organise any social occasion. When we started supporting Mike, his primary… Read more »

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1 November 2016

Liz Carson never forgets a family birthday. She has an uncanny ability to remember the birthdays of every family member and makes sure she helps them celebrate their special day each year. But that’s just the type of woman Liz is – warm, engaging and lots of fun to be around. Liz herself is turning… Read more »

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