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Listen to Justen's video

Life on the other side of Juvenile Justice

Justen Thomas is helping us present training sessions for Juvenile Justice staff.

He has received lots of good feedback. 

"The best was being able to do our job and speak, inspire. It’s hit a few people there. Touching speeches. The speeches made an impact," he says.

By sharing his own experiences, Justen is helping improve how Juvenile Justice supports people with intellectual disability. Justen also has good advice for young people about how to avoid getting into trouble.


Check out Justen's video and interview
Shu reading our 2017-18 annual report

A big year for everyone at Council for Intellectual Disability

"Hi everyone. What a big year it has been for everyone at CID.

It was a very stressful year for everyone waiting to see if we got funding for our project work and advocacy.

But it is good to know we can keep doing the advocacy that we have always done and focus and plan our work."

At our recent Annual General Meeting, our Chairperson Shu Hua Chan launched our latest Annual Report. She talked about our successes, and gave us all inspiration for the year to come.

Read Shu's full speech, and download our Annual Report for the 2017-18 financial year.

The Annual Report is easy to read so everyone can see what an amazing year it has been!
Read more
Shailaja holding her inclusion card

People with disability crafting an inclusive society

At last month's Speak Out Conference, Shailaja ran a fun workshop with a serious aim – to help people with intellectual disability share their stories and make their communities more inclusive.

At the conference, Shailaja ran a workshop to help people make their own inclusion card. 

"An inclusion card is a very simple way to tell people about yourself without you having to explain your whole story again and again.

Inclusion cards help people understand more about disability, so that our community can be more inclusive.

I found the conference a great learning experience. But the best bit was being able to help others."

Shailaja has written a blog about the workshop, and has some tips on how to make your own inclusion card.
Read Shailaja's blog
Anthony using his Opal card

Our supporters stand up for accessible transport

Did you know that Transport for NSW was planning to change its 131 500 phone line service for Opal Card top-ups and trip planning?

But after pressure from our supporters and others, the transport minister's office confirmed that the phone services will remain.

Anthony Mulholland, CID member and transport advocate, wrote a blog about the importance of the transport phone line for people with disability.

"Many of us rely on ringing 131 500. Transport is our ticket to the world and freedom."
Read what Anthony says
Tara voting for our new board members

Having fun at our Annual General Meeting

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month. We had so much fun!

View photos from the AGM on our Facebook page.

We're looking forward to another successful year ahead, ensuring people with disability are heard and included.
View our AGM photos

Inclusion Projects Officer – we're hiring!

Would you like to work with people with intellectual disability, their families and supporters to develop leadership skills and represent CID in systemic advocacy, public debate and advisory groups?

Then apply for this fantastic job with us!

View the Inclusion Projects Officer job ad and apply before Monday 5 November.
Ellen with her mother and sister

Hard to Swallow

"Swallowing issues can kill people whilst you are arguing about which purse to fund support from." 

"Failing to fund supports for eating and drinking goes against the core of NDIS principles." 

These are just two of the thousands of messages you are sending to the Minister responsible for the NDIS, Paul Fletcher, about the NDIS funding cuts to swallowing therapy. 

The funding cuts mean people like Ellen can be at risk of choking or even death every mealtime.

Thank you to the over 24,000 of you who have now signed our petition to the Minister.

Want to do more to end these cuts? 

Take action now!
How you can help
A future without violence report

You have the right to be safe and treated well

A Future Without Violence report talks about how the government and the NDIS can help keep people with disability safe.

We are happy to have produced an Easy Read version of the report for the Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin.

You can read both the Easy Read and full report online.
Read A Future without Violence



Dying for change

If you have an intellectual disability your life expectancy is on average 25 years less than the rest of the population. And you are twice as likely to die from a potentially avoidable cause.

On Monday CID Project Worker Jack Kelly and Senior Advocate Jim Simpson will be speaking at a special event in Central Sydney with international and local experts as they ask the big questions. What is at the root of this issue? What needs to be done? And whose responsibility is it?

Find out more and register.

Have your say on the national arts and disability strategy

Tell your story about arts and disability to inform a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy.

You can tell your story by completing an online survey, by writing a letter, making a recording, or telling your story over the phone. You can also go to a meeting in your state or territory.

You need to tell your story by Saturday 3 December.

Find out how to have your say.


Feel the Vibe Expo

The Feel the Vibe Expo is a fun, welcoming and interactive night for adults with disability to learn about sexuality and sexual health.

Feel the Vibe is open to people with disability, families and carers of people with disability, and disability sector professionals.

Where: Blacktown
When: 6pm to 9pm, Friday 9 November

You need to RSVP by Friday 2 November. Register online now, or for enquires contact, phone 0456 957 409.


People with disability and supporter workers – what works well?

A team of academics is doing research about what helps young people with disability and support workers have a good working relationship.

The team has two surveys: one for young people with intellectual disability, and one for support workers.

They would love you to fill out their surveys and tell them what you think!

Find out more and take the survey.


Information on accessible areas 

A new website has information about accessibility at key places around Sydney, such as Circular Quay, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour.

You can use the information on the website to plan your trip to these popular places.

You can also add your own information to the website. If you visit a place that’s accessible (or not), you can put it on the map so other people know about it too.
Check out the new Wheeleasy website.


Volunteer for an art exhibition

Roomies Arts is inviting artists with disability and those with psycho-social concerns to volunteer for a major art exhibition at Carriageworks in Sydney.

Volunteers will keep an eye on what’s happening at the exhibition, and welcome and talk to visitors.

The artworks that will be displayed are by Nick Cave, a fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. The exhibition will be from 23 November 2018 to 3 March 2019.

Read more about how to volunteer.

If you have questions, contact Gemma Deacon or Anne Kwasner via email at, or by phone at 0411 530 407 (Gemma) or 0419 623 085 (Anne).


People learning at one of our workshops

Our upcoming workshops and events

Our Get More Skills workshops cover a range of topics, including understanding your NDIS plan, practising setting goals and speaking up, and tools to take home to build a good life.

If you would like to request a workshop for your area, please contact us

Upcoming Get More Skills workshops 

  • Hurstville, 7 November
    (This workshop will be interpreted into Cantonese)
  • Lismore, 8 November
  • Fairfield, 20 November
    (Tiếng Việt: this workshop will be interpreted into Vietnamese)
  • Belmore, 15 November
  • Epping, 16 November
    (繁體中文: this workshop will be interpreted into Mandarin)

We will have more workshops coming up. So keep an eye out in your eNews or check our online calendar.
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