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The Inclusion Hub – Toolkit for navigating the NDIS – ECIA

ecia - ndis - inclusion hub - banner imageThe Inclusion Hub is a new online tool for australian families, communities and practitioners, giving them the resources they need to take control of thier journey with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Bringing together a range of childhoos disability resources, the site makes it easy to search for answers in one place. It includes overviews and articles, a glossary, newsletters, website links, checklists, downloads, a resource directory and more. All of this has been curated by Early Childhood Intervention Australia's (ECIA's) experts, to create a hub you can rely on.  

Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum 2016 – Forum Summaries

Forum summaries from the popular DARU Advocacy Sector Conversations Forums are now available:
  • State Disability Plan consultation This session was dedicated to a consultation process to provide feedback for shaping the next State Disability Plan 2017-2020 The facilitators were Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager, and Carly Nowell, Policy Analyst from VCOSS.
  • NDIS Opportunities for Organisations training series Catherine McAlpine, Senior Manager of NDIS Disability Loop, from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) introduced the NDIS Opportunities training series that have been developed to resource and assist small community organisations as they navigate the significant changes the new market environment brings.
  • Becoming a NDIS Service Provider Paul Brady, Coordinator at Colac and Otway Ranges Advocacy Service (CORAS), and Carole Okai, Executive Officer at Assert 4 All, will step us through the process in becoming an NDIS Service Provider.
A full list of summaries from all of the DARU Advocacy Sector Conversations is available here.

NDIS Ready

The NDIS Ready webpage from the National Disability Insurance Scheme outlines some key points and helpful links to help you on your track your NDIS readiness: Video transcripts are also available.

Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide

The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide was created by Media Access Australia to provide guidance on how best to address accessibility-related issues for people with cognitive disability in a digital media context. This new booklet is a companion piece to the ‘Service Providers Accessibility Guide’ from late 2015. Such disabilities include acquired brain injury (ABI), autism, dementia, developmental disability, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are other disabilities where people may have a cognitive disability, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia (difficulty reading), dyscalculia (difficulty with maths) and learning disabilities in general. The Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide has been designed to deliver practical, step-by-step information in order to enable best-practice web and digital communication to be prepared and then delivered in an inclusive and effective way.  

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) review and appeals flow chart – DARU

This flow chart was developed by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) in response to a session on the NDIS review and appeals process that was part of an Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held on 1 March 2016. As the review process is new and complicated, this flow chart provides a simplified step-by-step guide to assist advocates and NDIS participants to navigate this process.  

DARU Advocacy Sector Conversation Forum Summaries – NDIS

These forum summaries were taken from the first Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum held on 1 March 2016. In this session, Toni Van Hammond, Assistant Director – Engagement & Community Strategy, NDIA Barwon office, explained the role of an NDIA planner and took us through what happens during the planning process. The session audio, transcript and other resources are now available:

Assess your NDIS readiness

ImproveIT have prepared a self-assessment survey you can use to better understand your organisation's readiness for the NDIS. This survey should be completed as part of our ImproveIT4NDIS workshop program. The survey is designed to assist you to identify your organisation's IT strengths and opportunities and will help you develop a technology improvement plan to deliver services in an NDIS environment.

Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) beta

What is the DAT? Free to download, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) is a dedicated accessibility ribbon menu for Microsoft Word that makes it quicker and easier to create accessible documents. Pioneered by Vision Australia’s Digital Access consultancy, and supported by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), it features a range of hand-picked and custom-built functions to optimise and validate a document for accessibility. The DAT puts the power of accessible functionality into the hands of content authors, for the ultimate benefit of consumers with disability or age-related impairment. Find out more and download the DAT here.

Adopting a human rights based approach

Adopting a human rights based approach – Advice for Boards of disability service providers Boards have a critical role to play in creating a human rights culture within their organisations. This brief 15 minute video explores the what, why and how of adopting human rights based approaches. It includes interviews with people with disability, a CEO and Board Members. It is designed to start a conversation around human rights at your board. It will challenge you to ask:  
  • What more can my organisation do?
  • What more can my board do?
  • What more can I do?
This video is also available online and a limited number of additional hard copy DVD’s are available from NDS Victoria.   This project was managed by NDS. A state specific online training program was developed for service providers in both Victoria and NSW.  This project is supported by the Victorian Government, NSW Industry Development Fund and NSW Government Family & Community Services Ageing, Disability & Home Care.


field offer a range of resources, including workshops, presentations and forums, to enhance learning and development practice within community service organisations. field aims to promote a culture of learning for people with disability, the disability services workforce and the community to create a more inclusive society. field achieves these aims by:
  • Producing learning resources for the disability workforce and the community
  • Providing information about learning and development opportunities
  • Conducting workshops and forums, face to face and on line, on topical issues
  • Researching, developing and delivering targeted training
  • Facilitating learning networks and partnerships
  • Leading new and alternative models of learning
  • Providing consultation and evaluation services about learning and development for inclusive practice