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Monday 11 September 2017
TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES DYNAMIC COMBINATIONS OF CHOICE FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
The creators of three innovative online platforms will join forces on 4 October 2017 in the Hunter region to showcase the online platforms supporting people with a disability and their carers to gain choice and control over all aspects of their lives.
As the NDIS rolls out, people with a disability are increasingly able to make choices they have previously not been empowered to make.
“The ‘Get Connected’ information sessions will highlight how technology can assist people with a disability to have choice and control over their care and support, social activities and gain meaningful employment,” said Careseekers Co-founder Marissa Sandler.
‘These platforms are game changers for people with a disability and their carers,” said MyCareSpace founder Nicole Gamerov. “Being online, they reduce some of the barriers to accessing support, employment, activities and resources that match your actual needs. For providers, if you want to be relevant in the marketplace of today, it’s important to be accessible and visible online.”
The Get Connected forum is an opportunity for attendees to learn how to use the websites and direct questions to the founders/CEO’s of Careseekers, MyCareSpace and Toozly.
Careseekers is an online platform that directly connects people looking for in-home care and support, with care and support workers.
MyCareSpace allows people with disabilities and their carers to easily access a national directory of over 5,000 local services, providers, short term accommodation (respite) and activities plus a resource library and shared personal stories.
Toozly is Australia’s largest job search website for people with disabilities. It connects people with disabilities with meaningful employment and helps organisations tap into a largely underutilised talent pool of job seekers with disabilities.
When: Wednesday 4 October 2017 Charlestown:
The Place, Charlestown Community Centre
Cnr Frederick and Pearson St, Charlestown
Emerald Room, Club Maitland City 14 Arthur St Rutherford, Maitland Marissa Sandler 0437 506 673
by Graeme Innes A.M
Dolly Parton's sad lament about having to work 9 to 5 strikes a chord with many of us. What a way to make a livin', it's all takin' and no givin'
Maybe removing the commute may ease some of the pressure.
Emails, video conferences, cloud-based software, and of course, Google. These days, it's hard to imagine life without the internet — particularly our working life.
I can attest to this — being able to work on the go using my iPhone is very convenient. It's one of my main work tools.
With its ever-expanding selection of
apps, programs and platforms, the internet has also brought us more choices in the way that we work — and where we work. Some people now perform their jobs without ever setting foot in an office or traditional workplace.
Working online can come with many benefits. But as with everything, it's essential to balance these benefits against your individual preferences and needs.
by Graeme Innes A.M
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Remember that old kids game we played — counting petals on a flower to determine whether someone to whom we were attracted was also attracted to us. It used to be portrayed as a girl's game, but believe me — as a boy lacking confidence in his interactions with members of the opposite sex — I played it as well.
People with disabilities play the same game when they are applying for jobs — it's called Disclose, Not Disclose.