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This fortnightly email is to keep you updated on the work of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and updated on news related to our priority areas. Contributions to this eNews are welcome, email

In this Issue:  
Employment opportunity at WDV: Women's Empowerment Program Manager

Women with Disabilities Victoria is looking for a Women's Empowerment Program Manager to provide program management to all aspects of the WDV's Women's Empowerment Program.

This is a part-time (0.8) 12 month contract position. Women with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NOTE: Early closing date: 9:00am Monday 19th December 2016. For more information see WDV's employment page.

More employment opportunities will be coming up at WDV in 2017.

Enabling Women graduates in the West

Through the year WDV works with communities around Victoria to run the Enabling Women leadership program. In the last issue we reported on the graduation in Melbourne's Inner East. In the West....
Thanks to The City of Maribynong, Women's Health West and CoHealth for your partnership on this program. Thanks too to the reference committee, the mentors and the Portland House Foundation for their valued support.

PHOTO: Enabling Women Graduates in the West

The boy who saw an alien: stopping sexism and disability discrimination at the start - a personal story

Jen from Women with Disabilities Victoria shares a personal story for the International Day of People with a Disability and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.

In the midst of an excellent round of hide-and-seek, a three-year-old recently told me, “When you don’t have your glasses on you look like an alien...” See the full article


Making space for women event hosted with Women's Health Services

'Making Space for Women: Planning community spaces and public art' was an event hosted by Women's Health Victoria in partnership with Women's Health in the North and WDV with support from the Victorian Government during the 16 days of action to end violence against women. The event had a line up of speakers discussing why it matters to have women and diversity visible and welcomed in our public spaces. Jax Jacki Brown spoke on how having a disability in public space attracts so much attention that it is like performance art as a way of life.

As the discussion flowed an artist, Jessamy, drew a graphic recording of which turned words into pictures on a whiteboard.

IMAGES by Jessamy.

Jane Rosengrave receives human rights award

The Australian Human Rights Commission has named five outstanding finalists for the 2016 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award. Jane Rosengrave is nominated a proud Yorta Yorta woman with an intellectual disability. She is a passionate advocate for people with disability. Jane grew up in institutions and has experienced segregation as well as sexual and other violence, including domestic violence. She contributes to several organisations (including WDV) and shares her personal experiences publicly to raise awareness of the abuse and discrimination facing people with disability.

New factsheets on getting an NDIS plan into action

The NDIA has released new fact sheets on getting an NDIS plan into action:  
Legal case on NDIS funding decisions

Victoria Legal Aid is calling for clarity around how the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) makes decisions about people's disability support needs.

Executive Director of Civil Justice, Access and Equity Dan Nicholson said ‘Recent decisions by the NDIA to not meet the full cost of supports like transport highlight the need for it to set clearer expectations around what it will and will not fund, and on what basis it makes these decisions.

‘It is not obvious what supports the NDIA will fully or partly fund, and the clients we represent say they are not provided with a clear rationale about how these decisions have been reached,’ Mr Nicholson said.

Victoria Legal Aid is acting on behalf of Liam McGarrigle in a test case that for the first time will ask the Federal Court to interpret some key provisions of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act. See the full story via Victoria Legal Aid.

Survey: what is your experience with cohealth?

cohealth is a community health service which operates out of several sites in Melbourne’s West and North.
cohealth is preparing its first disability action plan. If you have used cohealth, we are keen to hear from people with disability about their experiences with cohealth.
The short survey will help cohealth to understand the barriers that exclude, or make it difficult for, people with disability.

Survey: memorial for victim survivors of family violence

The State Government of Victoria and City of Melbourne are partnering to create a permanent memorial for victims and survivors of family violence. The memorial aims to provide a space for all members of the community to reflect and heal. You're invited to do this survey about how you think the memorial should be. The survey is a place you could raise disability access and other important features.

A new pocket-guide for women in the Barwon South West

THE STANDARD reports, "When people talk about challenging domestic violence, they can forget some people face additional barriers.

That’s why community groups have come together to provide specific resources for women with a disability who may be facing abuse.

A new pocket guide with simple information and depictions explaining domestic violence with numbers to call for assistance will be distributed next week.

South West Carer and Respite Services Network coordinator Wendy Jones is part of a group, ‘everybody’s business’, that led the project.

“We call it ‘everybody’s business’ because that’s the main message – that prevention of violence against women with disabilities is everybody’s business,” Ms Jones said." Read the full story in THE STANDARD.

Opportunities for women with disabilities to apply for a study scholarship for Cert III in Individual Support

The Future Social Service Institute is offering full scholarships to
  • high school leavers or graduates who want to work in the social services sector
  • employers looking to upskill their employees in preparation for the NDIS.
These scholarships provide 100% free tuition for the relevant, nationally-accredited Certificate and an opportunity to kick start your career – or deepen knowledge and skills.

Family Planning sessions for people with disabilities

Through January Family Planning is running a range of sessions about sex for people with disabilities, there are also sessions for family and professionals. See Family Planning's program.

Be proud, be loud - setting up Victoria's first LGBTIQ self advocacy group - Midsumma event Jan 27

Self advocacy groups are run by people with disabilities who have joined together to support each other and have their voices heard. They work together to make sure they have the same rights, choices, and opportunities as anyone else in the community.

SARU (the Self Advocacy Resource Unit) is currently working with a LGBTIQ social group to think about setting up the first LGBTIQ self advocacy group in Victoria. The group would be run by and for people with disabilities from the LGBTIQ community.

This event will be part of Midsumma on 27 January with art work on display. For details see the Midsumma guide.

IMAGE: event poster


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