2015 ASID Conference “Making it real together”
In the driver’s seat, on the road to the NDIS
Ready to go peer facilitators Donna Best and Daniel Rivers, along with Paige Armstrong (CEO) and
Michelle Moss (Projects Manager) presented at the 2015 Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability (ASID) Conference in November.
QDN’s presentation, ‘In the driver’s seat – on the road to the NDIS’ was about the work we have been doing across the state in the Ready to go project. Donna and Daniel shared stories about the great work of peer facilitators and QDN staff in helping people with intellectual disability be ‘in the drivers seat’.
We talked about how the workshops have been helping people learn about choice and control so they can be the driver of their own future in the NDIS. We shared how people learn about the NDIS, what it might mean for them and how we help people to start thinking about what their hopes and dreams are for the future.
Donna and Daniel shared great examples of the way we work with participants to make it fun, interactive and interesting such as ‘Mythbusters’, ‘the wishing tree’ and ‘the strengths passport,’ and some great stories of learning and experiences along the way.
It was the 50th annual ASID conference and was a great opportunity to reflect on achievements over the past 50 years and also to look forward to the future opportunities.
Donna, Daniel, Paige and Michelle also had the chance to meet Bruce Bonyhady (Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency) and talk to him about the work that QDN has been doing in Queensland as part of Participant Readiness and Local Support Groups, particularly in working with marginalised groups to ensure they can access the NDIS.
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