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Hi Alina,

An equal world is an enabled world. This is the theme for International Women’s Day 2020 celebrated on March 8. This call to action resonates with all workers across the disability sector who strive to make life equal for all people with disability - regardless of their gender.

Welcome to Autumn. The year ahead is taking shape. So too is our work at NDP to support your needs for learning and connection. Read on for updates and opportunities across the disability sector and across the nation.

The NDP Team
Supporting You to Support Others

 
Building a community of capable, professional and engaged individuals committed to delivering high quality supports and life opportunities for people with disability.
 

DELIVERING THE NDIS
The Minister wants to make it easier for people with disability to connect with providers and has released a discussion paper to call for ideas around digital technology and innovations. Submissions close on 22 March 2020.

BOOSTING CONNECTION
New Information, Linkages and Connection (ILC) grant funding has been awarded to 56 organisations working on Community Participation and Mainstream Capacity Building. Find the projects in your area here.

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE PLAN
The NDIA advises it is working on a Pandemic Plan in line with the Government's Emergency Response.  NDS is working with all member organisations to ensure complete information access. 
 
Other News & Events
 
VISIT EQUITERRA – A country where gender equality is real!
For a spot of fun and inspiration take a tour of this imaginary land and its Unstereotype avenue, Violence-free Alley, Equal Pay Street and Inclusion Square.

NSW REVIEW - Disability Inclusion ACT
The NSW Government has released a discussion paper to start their review of the Disability Inclusion Act. Have your say in an online survey or follow the link to find out about the workshops and formal submission processes.

ROYAL COMMISSION UPDATES

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Events near you
A schedule of events to June 2020 has been released. The first hearings in 2020 will focus on health care for people with cognitive disability. 
Progress report
The Royal Commission's First Progress Report explains the work of the Commission and details of what was achieved in 2019. 
Support services in your area
Know where you and your clients can access Disability Royal Commission support services for clients, families and staff in your area.

BE ALERT (but not alarmed)
A new information hub will support NDS members (service providers) with up-to-date information about the Coronavirus from all government health departments, the NDIA and Work, Health and Safety. Talk with your employer to learn more.

Save the date - WORKFORCE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
On 28 May 2020 NDS will host a special virtual conference dedicated to workforce issues.

NSW State Conference
Special NDP Membership discounted registration applies.
6-7 April 2020
What matters most! NSW STATE CONFERENCE registrations are now open. The two day conference brings together people with disability, service providers, industry experts and governments to explore the theme – what matters most!

QLD State Conference
7-8 May 2020
Futures in Disability. SAVE THE DATE.

 
ALLIED HEALTH RESOURCES 
Access these valuable allied health resources, focused on three areas of:

eLearning - WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
This e-learning module introduces staff to the principles of providing support to people with disability. This module is part of a suite of training and resources for new entrants to the disability workforce.

INTRODUCTION to PERSON-CENTRED THINKING SKILLS
A practical framework to help you support people to have more choice and control in their life.

IT MATTERS HOW YOU HELP PEOPLE IMPROVE
Compassionate directness is about empowering people to speak up, give feedback, and disagree; all with empathy and understanding. Great skills to learn.

FREE WORKSHOPS
NDS is delivering a national series of 2.5-hour workshops to promote a shared understanding of the NDIS Code of Conduct. The workshops are interactive and conversational. NDS encourages people with disability and supports workers to attend.

EVOLVE Conference + Expo 2020
Sector leaders, technology providers and peers in the not-for-profit people across Australian to learn how to harness technology and drive greater social change.
 

CALLING ALL SOLE TRADERS - IT's TIME TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING
In just 4 weeks you will learn the skills and strategies required to make Facebook work efficiently and effectively for your organisation. This is not just a basics course. It is designed to help you look to the future and position your organisation for what is to come. This practical, hands on course will leave you with tangible skills and strategies, a social media toolkit to help you get creative and the ability to measure and report on your results.  NDP is negotiating discounts for members to this program. To express your interest contact info@ndp.org.au.

FREE – CRASH COURSE INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE 365 for beginners
12 March 2020
Learn how to use this software and make more time for the things that matter.

FREE – DEEPER DIVE – OFFICE 365 for COLLABORATION
18 March 2020
Learn how to use all the tools with practical examples from organisations like yours.

FREE WORKSHOPS
Introduction To Sexuality and Disability
2 April 2020 9am-4:30pm (Coffs Harbour)
A one day workshop for workers within the disability sector to strengthen their skills and knowledge in providing sexuality information and support to people with an intellectual disability.
Part A: Provide Rights-Based Sexuality Supports
2-3 April 2020 9am-4:30pm (Coffs Harbour)
Gain essential knowledge, skills and resources for supporting people with disability in the area of sexuality, relationships and reproductive sexual health
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