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Winner of 2018 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award

We are very pleased to announce our very own Helen, Manager of SDM Projects, won the 2018 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award for Excellence in Support Work. We are very proud of you Helen! Congratulations to Helen as well as to the SDM staff, and all ADACAS staff members who have supported Helen to take a lead in supported decision making activities.

Helen's speech: “It’s an extraordinary privilege to have the generosity of learnings that the people I work with share with me and everyone in the community. I feel incredibly lucky to have been included in the community all my life and am really passionate about making sure that this is the experience for everyone. Thank you very much”

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ACT Law Society Donates $7,870 to ADACAS

On 27 September 2018 the ACT Law Society donated $7,870 to ADACAS. Our CEO, Michael Bleasdale, thanked the President, Chris Donohue, for this generous donation, announcing to the members’ present that the funds will go towards supporting our older clients to have a voice in the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care. We acknowledge the outgoing President Sarah Avery in nominating ADACAS to receive these funds.”

New funding for individual advocacy

Great news: the ACT Government has provided ADACAS and Advocacy for Inclusion with some funding for independent advocacy. Thanks to the incredible advocacy of our amazing advocates, this important, human-rights focused work will continue

Welcome to the new CEO

Michael Bleasdale starts today as the new CEO of ADACAS! We are very excited to get to know him and what he will bring to our service.

Farewell to our CEO

We have recently said farewell to longstanding CEO of ADACAS, Fiona May who we wish well at her new role as CEO for Playgroups Australia. The team at ADACAS is ably led during this transition by Sonia Di Mezza, Deputy CEO since 2012. We thank you all for your continuing support of ADACAS.

Respect Know Act Received New ILC Grant

The outcomes from the most recent Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant rounds were announced last week. ADACAS and RKA are pleased to announce that the Respect Know Act project has received continued funding for another year. We look forward to working with decision makers, supporters and health professionals to enable more people to participate actively in their healthcare decision making.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services is currently conducting an inquiry and will report on the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT. ADACAS had the opportunity to provide a submission to this inquiry and convey some of the issues with the implementation of the NDIS in the ACT and some of the concerns raised by our clients about it's implementation.

To read this submission click on the PDF below.
To read submissions from other ACT services and disability groups click on the link below.

The Power of Choice

Understanding Rights, Roles and Advocacy in the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created some great opportunities to increase your power and choice - but how do you make the most of it? Come listen to speakers from Clickability, Hireup, People with Disabilities ACT and ADACAS discuss giving feedback on services, how to negotiate with providers and what options there are in case you require support to make decisions or have your voice heard.

The event is on the 20th of April from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Please register your interest using the link below:

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Adacas provides help and support to people with disabilities, the elderly and their carers.

Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard in the decisions that affect their life. Advocacy aims to increase a person’s control over goods, services and quality of life

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