The Summer Foundation’s popular Breakfast Club lecture series for 2018 kicked off on March 7 with a delve into the burgeoning field of art therapy for people with acquired brain injury.
Art as a Catalyst for Change was presented by art therapist Erica Mainprize and speech pathologist Dr Bronwyn Moorhouse, who both work at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.
This first lecture in the series discussed the positive findings of an art group therapy session in a long-stay unit at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital as well as initial findings of another study that compared the outcomes of an art therapy group with traditional discussion group therapy.
The Summer Foundation’s Breakfast Club lectures were originally established by the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association and are intended as professional development sessions for people working in the field of acquired brain injury recovery.
The second lecture in the series, Emerging technologies and rehabilitation of the upper limb, will be held on May 16. Lecture 3, Changing service models in the NDIS, is on August 8 and lecture 4, Music therapy in neurorehabilitation, is on October 10.
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SDA provider Guardian Living is about to send out acceptance letters to the six tenants of its first development.
Building and providing housing for people with disability is one challenge, linking tenants with available accommodation is another.
In August 2017, the Summer Foundation launched a fee-for-service tenancy matching service, to identify suitable tenants for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers.
The Summer Foundation’s two housing demonstration projects in Abbotsford, Victoria, and the Hunter region, NSW, are providing valuable insights into what it takes to not only build Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), but to support tenants before and after they move in.
Moving house is a big deal for anyone, but what if you are moving from a type of accommodation where you have had very little choice to somewhere new where suddenly you have an abundance of choice?
The pathway to home ownership for people with disability just got easier with Bank Australia now offering loans for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Understanding the demand for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is key to building a robust, independent housing market for people with disability.
The role that NDIS professionals – such as support coordinators – play when it comes to helping NDIS participants plan and prepare for their future is vital.
The Summer Foundation is working in various ways to build the capacity of professionals who are supporting people with disability and their families.
The Summer Foundation’s very own Dr George Taleporos is hosting a new podcast series that aims to help make sense of the NDIS.
Reasonable and Necessary with Dr George: Making Sense of the NDIS is available to listen to on iTunes or SoundCloud. There are five half-hour episodes in the series, in which Dr George talks about different topics including understanding the NDIS Act, how to go about making your NDIS plan, the NDIS and housing and more.
The podcasts are about simplifying the NDIS and helping participants, their families and anyone else involved in supporting NDIS participants to be able to work their way through a new and complicated process.
Past episodes in the podcast series are available here. Full transcripts of each podcast are also available.