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A Message from WDV CEO Leah van Poppel

It's finally starting to feel like spring! We've had some sunny days in Melbourne, and our WDV team and members in regional Victoria have started to be able to get out and about. This time of year is all about starting to extend ourselves after a cold winter, and we've got an edition of e-news that will help you do just that. Whether you want to find out more about your right to safety, or you're thinking about self managing your NDIS funding, we've found some resources that can help you out. 

This time of year is also the very beginning of AGM season. Ours isn't until November, but we'd love for you to save the date so we can see you there. If you want your WDV fix a little earlier, we'll be running another member's event in October, this ne focussed on health.

I know that the pandemic means we're all in very different situations right now. Where-ever you are and however you're managing, I hope that extra bit of sun is helping you to feel brighter about how things are.

Our Right to Safety and Respect Resource- Accessible Version Update

A reminder that WDV has adapted one of our most popular information resources specifically tailored to women who identify as vision impaired, blind, or deaf/blind about violence prevention and response, “Our Right to Safety and Respect. A video resource and video guide, developed by, and for, women with disabilities about violence, abuse, safety and respect”.

The resources include:

  • Braille hardcopy and an electronic Braille Ready File (BRF) of the video resource guide available in both Grade 1 and Grade 2.
  • Audio Described DVD format and electronic file of the video resource.
  • Audible (MP3) file of the video guide.

We still have hard copies of the video resource and video guide available in Braille, for more information or to obtain a copy please contact WDV:

The purpose of these resources are for women who identify as vision impaired, blind, deaf/blind having equal access to resources on how to keep themselves safe and free from violence. Providing this resource in Audio Description, Braille and Audible (MP3) formats will empower these women to speak up and seek support when leaving a violent situation. These resources were developed by women who identify as, vision impaired, blind, or deaf/blind.

This project was supported by the Victorian Women's Trust

These resources are an extension of the Safeguards project, which was supported by the Victorian Government.

If you are using these resources can you please take a moment to fill out this evaluation form.

View these resources
Save these dates
  • The next Member Event focused on Access to Health Services will be held on Thursday 22 October from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
  • The WDV Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17 November 12noon -1:30pm.
Stay tuned to future editions of E-News for more information.
National Disability Strategy Submission Period Extended
On 29 July 2020, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services, released the National Disability Strategy Position Paper (the Position Paper) and announced the commencement of Stage 2 consultations for the new National Disability Strategy.

Since consultations opened, many people have already shared their feedback on the key features that governments are proposing to include in the new National Disability Strategy.

The Department of Social Services is still seeking people’s feedback on the Position Paper and invites all Australians – especially those with disability – to have their say by reading the Position Paper and providing a submission or answering the questions in the guided questionnaire.

Submissions will now close on 31 October 2020.
Provide a submission or answer questions in a guided questionnaire
Self-Manager Hub
The Self Manager Hub brought to you by The Growing Space and Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) has more than 400 resources to give you ideas and help you self manage an NDIS plan. It is a useful website for people
  • ​Self managing NDIS funding
  • ​Interested in self managing
  • ​Wanting choice and control over their supports to live the life they choose
Join The Self-Manager Hub

National Youth Disability Summit

Children and Young People with Disability Australia are hosting the first-ever, virtual, FREE national youth disability summit from September 29 to October 3. The Summit will take place completely online over platforms Zoom and Hopin. Anyone from around Australia is welcome to join. 

Young people with disability (30 and under) can attend all sessions and all days.

Thursday 1st October is Open Day for anyone of any age to join and hear from young people with disability.

Register for the Summit
Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner to enforce equal opportunity laws across public service
Victoria's first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner Dr Niki Vincent will make sure the state's 300 public service employers comply with laws in the Gender Equality Act 2020, which requires them to meet gender targets.

Dr Vincent said she hoped the implementation of the act would prompt other states to improve gender equality in the public service.

Organisations employing 380,000 people – or 11 percent of the Victorian workforce – will be required to create gender equality action plans and report equal pay, sexual harassment and equal opportunity career progression.

Read the full article in The Age online
WWDA Rural Women and COVID 19 Webinar
WWDA have joined forces with the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) to bring you: The Rural Women with Disability COVID-19 Webinar. 

The Zoom webinar will include a discussion with three women with disability living in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The discussion will cover some of the challenges facing women with disability living in rural Australia and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The webinar will officially start at 1pm AEST on Wednesday 14 October but please feel free join from 12:45pm onwards to ensure you are set up correctly. 

Register for the Rural Women with Disability COVID-19 Webinar
Apply for a grant with Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund

The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund is about helping indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to undertake, and participate in, formal and informal education programs.  For many people with disability from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds, education can go a long way to developing skills, self-esteem and pride in their families, friends and community. To this end, small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 are available to assist people with disabilities to continue learning. 
The closing date for submissions is 30th September 2020

View application form
Easy Read information about Independent Assessments
The NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme has published some Easy Read information on Independent Assessments.
The NDIA states:
  • Your independent assessment will focus on your capability, rather than your disability. 
  • An independent assessment uses recognised, standardised tools. 
  • Independent assessors are qualified health care professionals, not NDIA employees. 
View information from the NDIA about Independent Assessments in Easy Read
Australian Council for the Arts Discussion Series
The Australian Council for the Arts are hosting a series of targeted consultation sessions over the coming weeks. 

Each session will run for two hours and will be facilitated by an independent facilitator. Australia Council staff will join each session. You are invited to share your audio and video during the session to contribute to the discussion.

Each session will be limited to between 10-20 participants. There will be 38 sessions, including 18 general sessions and 20 sessions for participants who would like to be in groups with people who identify in a similar way, including:

  • First Nations
  • Culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • Disabled
  • d/Deaf
  • Gender diverse.

Some of the sessions indicated will include an Auslan interpreter and live captioning. Please contact if you have specific access needs.

Find out more about these consultation sessions

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