AFSA AGM 2018

AFSA AGM 2018

AFSA AGM 2018

Well done to the AFSA members and friends who braved an exceptionally cold Sunday to attend our AGM.  Following presentation of our Annual Report (you can download a copyhere) we were pleased to welcome our Guest Speaker, Stephanie Gotlib.

Stephanie has worked in the disability sector for 25 years, has experienced disability as a sibling and a parent and is the CEO of Children and Young People with Disability

Stephanie spoke of her role with the CYDA and the ever changing role of autism families in the 2018 disability environment.  Stephanie gave a wide ranging address on a variety of current topics and issues in the disability arena.  Some of the key messages she noted were:

  • that the NDIS is only one small part of the broader reform of the disability environment involving the move towards a social model of disability, based on the International Convention on the rights for people with a disability.
  • the importance of the National Disability Strategy which is setting the reform agenda at federal, state and local government levels.  The essence of the Strategy is addressing the challenge of changing community attitudes to autism and disability in the context of the existing culture of disability – such as the charity model, deficit based language, pity poor me attitudes and the burden of carers.

The 2018-19 AFSA Committee was formed, with all current committee members renominating.  There are three vacant committee positions and AFSA members are encouraged to consider joining our committee and assisting with the work of the organisation – for details contact the President or Secretary.

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AFSA Parent Carer Forum 2018

AFSA Parent Carer Forum 2018

AFSA Parent/Carer Forum 2018

TUESDAY 29th MAYAutism Q&A presented by AFSA – Taking Care of Carers – an opportunity for parents and carers to ask an expert panel questions relating to the issues and situations they face parenting their family member with autism.

Borrowing from the ABC Q&A format, AFSA assembled a panel of clinicians with expertise in ASD who addressed YOUR questions. It was an excellent day attended by 45 family members and interested persons. Summary notes about the questions asked and panel responses will be posted to our website on this page shortly as will some photos of the day in our AFSA Gallery.

AFSA would like to sincerely thank our wonderful moderator and panel members for their generous support of our Q&A Forum. Thanks especially to the parents/carers who contributed a range of personal and challenging questions which gave significant insight into the stresses and difficulties caring for a family member or members with autism.

Feedback from panel and audience members indicated strong support for this type of session and we will look to holding more sessions in this format in the future. NB Panel members can be contacted via their company/organisation websites – links below.

PANEL MEMBERS:

** Some extra information about BCBA’s – the Victorian Department of Education implemented a BCBA pilot project in 2018 – whilst all places in the pilot have been filled, this page on the department website has quite a bit of information that maybe useful.

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AFSA AGM 2017

AFSA AGM 2017

AFSA AGM 2017

AFSA was thrilled to welcome Kevin Stone the CEO of VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability) as our Guest Speaker.  Kevin is a highly regarded and long time disability advocate who will address the “Changing Disability Environment” – changing attitudes, changing models of service provision, changing funding arrangements … and much more.  We took some notes from Kevin’s presentation which can be downloaded here.
Have a look at our AFSA Gallery for some images from the day.  A copy of the AFSA 2017 Annual Report can be downloaded here.

Our 2018 committee was confirmed with the same membership as in 2017.  New members to our committee are always welcome – we meet monthly in Burwood. We need committee members with an interest in and the capacity to take on specific roles in the organisation and administration of our association. You can download a nomination form here and email or post it to us. 

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AFSA Parent Carer Forum 2017

AFSA Parent Carer Forum 2017

AFSA Parent/Carer Forum 2017

 

The AFSA Parent Carer Forum on the 25th July was a resounding success.  The speakers were generous with their time and expertise and have provided copies of their presentations for us to share.

SPEAKER ONE – Julie Phillips – Effective, practical advocacy advice

SPEAKER TWO – Janice O’Connor – Service Providers and the NDIS

SPEAKER FOUR – Jan Ashford – Communication Aids and the NDIS

Christine Scott, Speaker Three – Managing the Planning Process, spoke at last years AFSA AGM (November 2016) after which she generously allowed us to upload a comprehensive set of documents to our website -see NDIS Information. Christine indicated that some of these documents are being progressively updated and we will update our web site as they become available.  Christine also suggested the following:

  • www.seeva.com.au – a new website to help families/individuals search for services when preparing for the NDIS.  NB. Another site mentioned by Janice O’Connor was www.clickability.com.au which lists Australian Disability Services that have been rated and reviewed by consumers.
  • Person Centred Planning/preparing for the NDIS – a good planning tool for children is on the Association for Children with a Disability website – and for older teens/adults – the VALID documents which are posted in the AFSA NDIS Information section.  NB from AFSA – Yooralla also has some useful resources on their website and Carers Victoria has information from a carers perspective – start here and have a look around their website.
  • In response to a question, Christine gave the following advice re letters of support to the NDIA from therapy providers – the letter should cover three aspects:
    • A diagnosis of the disability
    • How the therapy is related to the disability and what the therapy is going to do, and
    • What are the outcomes – short, medium and long term.
  • Christine also advised the importance of preparation before your NDIS meeting, but if you are presented with a question that you don’t know the specific answer to, make a note of it and say “I’ll get back to you with an answer.”  Don’t say “I don’t know”!
  • Christine also mentioned  the VALID NDIS Families as Planning Partners sessions and courses – see here for information and here for details of upcoming courses/sessions.

Due to unforseen travel delays Stephanie Gotlib was unable to make our Forum.  We will arrange for her to speak at a future AFSA event.

Committee member Michael Meehan took comprehensive notes of each speaker’s presentation – these can be viewed in this pdf document.

AFSA trusts that these documents and links will be helpful – please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries, suggestions or feedback.

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