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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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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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26 October 2016

This is my last blog as I am leaving Interchange to take a break and seek new opportunities in the social sector. I have been CEO of Interchange for exactly ten years now and so, after also celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, it seems a good to time to pass on the baton to… Read more »

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9 August 2016

Puppetry program to express emotion through the Arts Interchange is incredibly excited to launch a bespoke puppetry workshop program next month, thanks to the City of Melville’s Community Partnership Funding program. We will engage Fremantles Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to help develop and deliver workshops for adults with disability, which will culminate in the performance… Read more »

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8 July 2016

Interchange customers Claudia, Kristina and Rita shared a goal they had been working on for a while; they wanted to go on a girls holiday. So with the support of Interchange staff, they worked together to achieve this goal and took a week-long trip to Monkey Mia at the end of June. The girls, supported… Read more »

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1 June 2016

Interchange Midland customer Dean Lloyd loves animals. His favourite by far are horses and ponies and he loves to ride at the Bakers Hill Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). Dean had been seeking volunteer opportunities for a while, but nothing suitable had come up. So when the opportunity came up to do some work at… Read more »

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27 May 2016

Dylan Green has devised a unique way of communicating with customers on his regular beat in the Smart Street Mall in Mandurah, where he sells The Big Issue magazine. Since signing on as a vendor this month, Dylan started to see regular customers and many people stopped to have a chat with him, but he… 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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12 April 2016

CBC All Abilities Football Team member and Interchange customer Dylan Doyere is shaping up for a great season ahead, with a game last Saturday that saw his CBC Green team win by 33 points against rival team CBC Gold. Dylan put in a solid performance as CBC Green Captain on the day and, as well as earning bragging rights… Read more »

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11 October 2014

I had known Maurice for almost six months and during that time we had built up a very good relationship of trust, fun and candour. Always hesitant about catching public transport, it took Maurice over a year to be confident enough to leave his home and travel in our Interchange vehicles. He now wants to… Read more »

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