Following on from the success of the Aboriginal Blind Persons Gathering in June 2017, Blind Citizens Australia in conjunction with the First Peoples Disability Network are proud to announce the second forum to be held on 4 December 2019, this time online or on the phone.

The historic gathering in 2017 was the first of its kind in Australia and discussions commenced regarding the formation of an Aboriginal Blind Persons Network. Aboriginal blind people came together to share their experiences and highlight the issues that place unnecessary burdens on their daily lives. In sharing their personal stories, the Aboriginal blind people’s gathering raised a broad range of issues.

It was identified that opportunities are limited for those living in regional and remote areas, and so the chance to find out about what is available and what is possible are scarce.

Taking this into consideration and allowing more people to attend, the 2019 forum will be held online or you can dial in. Attendees, even those who live remotely, will be able to use a computer to click on a link or dial in on their phone, and listen to speakers and to tell us their story. Attendees can also arrange to gather in a group where a group leader will log in online or dial in so everybody can listen and speak.

The forum will last approximately 2 ½ hours and will incorporate three speakers who will speak through the life stages of blind Aboriginal people: children accessing early intervention and education; a young adult moving into further study or the work force; and an older adult who has experienced changes in their vision or is engaging with the NDIS or MAC Systems.

The forum will be held on 4 December 2019 starting at 12.30pm NSW time  (12:00pm NT time).  Attendees will need to register for the event.  Please ring Blind Citizens Australia on 1800 033 660 or email [email protected] to register and receive the link and the phone number, or if you would like to set up a group.  Alternatively please email [email protected] for more information.


DAS Annual General Meeting 15 November 2019

Disability Advocacy Service had its Annual General Meeting at the Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs on 15 November 2019.

Thanks to Nicole Reedman who flew in from Brisbane and Coral Franklin who drove down from Tennant Creek.

Also thank you to our guest speaker Emma Williams


DAS Christmas Party!!!

All DAS Clients, their Carer’s, Service Providers, Members of Support Groups, Friends and anyone who appreciates well made popcorn is invited to the DAS Christmas Party!

December 11 from 12:00 to 2:00 at the DAS office, 4/54 Reg Harris Lane, Alice Springs. Phone: 8953 1422

Food and Drinks will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Have your say on the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

The Australian Government is inviting people with disability, and their carers, families and supporters, to have their say on a review into National Disability Insurance Scheme processes that will cut red tape and wait times for NDIS participants.

A particular focus will be on improving processes for children and participants needing specialist disability accommodation, assistive technology, or other services requiring a quote or further approval.

The new Guarantee will be in place from 1 July 2020.

The review will consider what changes may need to be made to the NDIS legislation to support the Guarantee and set new standards into law.

It will not change the design or intent of the NDIS.

It is critical that NDIS participants are at the centre of the review and that the Government captures what matters to them most.

You can get involved by making a written submission, completing the online survey or participating in a face-to-face workshops, which will be held around Australia. In Alice Springs, the community workshop will be held Thursday 31 October, Alice Springs Convention Centre, 93 Barrett Dr, Ellery Room, 10am to 2pm.

Details about how to participate in the consultation, as well as accessible resources to help people take part, are available at www.engage.dss.gov.au

The consultation is open from 17 September until 31 October 2019.

Mental Health Week 2019

Community Kids Event

Join Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) and Headspace Alice Springs in the school holidays as we celebrate and promote positive mental health in Alice Springs.

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music
  • Juggling

  • Wednesday 9th October 2019
    11:30am – 1:00pm
    Alice Plaza, next to the playground
    Cost: FREE

    See you all there!
    For information ph: 8953 1467 or email: [email protected]

    Expression of Interest – Disability Identified Position

    Peer Support Officer

    Based in Alice Springs with some external travel to Amoonguna and Tennant Creek.
    Casual or Permanent Part-Time Position for duration of contract with the possibility of extension.
    Salary at SCHADS Award Level 4 to 5, based on experience.
    Contact: Janet Wright, CEO – 0439 458 150 or 8953 1422
    Expressions of interest accepted by email: [email protected] or drop into the DAS office in Reg Harris Lane, Mon-Fri 9:00 – 4:30.

    Job description:

  • Identifying interested persons and coordinating the development of a small working group of people with lived experience of disability to meet monthly
  • Increasing awareness through community engagement about the inclusion of people with disability in Central Australia
  • Leading a variety of groups and assisting with coordination of monthly social events
  • Supporting people with lived experience of disability by raising awareness and advocating
  • Engaging with trainers and educators to share information on supports for people with a disability
  • Coordinate a casual pool of other Peer Support Officers
  • Required Qualifications:

  • Experienced in the disability sector
  • Basic abilities to use a computer and office equipment
  • Be a family member or individual with a disability
  • Additional Notes:

    Identified position for someone with a Disability, family member or carer would be considered.

    NDIS decision-making flowchart

    Dire State of Housing For Elderly Local

    Jamal Ben Haddou – Centralian Advocate 2/8/2019

    Appalling conditions in a public housing property have become so unbearable for an elderly Alice Springs woman that she would rather spend her day sitting out in the front yard.

    Barbara Davis is a 76 year old lifelong resident of Alice Springs and has been living in her current home for 16 years.

    She said the house has deteriorated overtime with wiring damaged by mice, cracks exposing the walls, mould, leakage from the ceiling and power blackouts during heavy rain.

    Ms Davis, who is wheelchair bound, also suffers from kidney disease and said she is desperate to get out.

    “The electricity isn’t safe. There was one time I got an electrical shock, it threw me backwards and I hit the wall behind me, “ she said.

    Ms Davis receives some assistance from her partially blind grandson who carries her into the house because there is no wheelchair ramp.

    “We can’t cook on the stove, it doesn’t work. But I get sandwiches after renal treatment,” she said. “I don’t like living here. I’ve wanted to leave for years.” Ms Davies said she has been waiting to be moved this year and has difficulty in making applications to the housing department on her own.

    A spokesperson from the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development said works were carried out on the property over the last year however they have determined a full refurbishment is needed instead.

    “The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development has determined a full refurbishment is an appropriate course of action, rather than ongoing maintenance, “ they said.

    “This will require for the tenant to transfer to appropriate accommodation as it becomes available, to allow for full access to this site.”

    Natasha Craigie-Braun is a relative of Ms Davies and said she broke down in tears when she saw the deteriorated house which she would instead expect to see in an impoverished remote community rather than Alice Springs.

    Jeannie’s Acacia Kempeana Jam Slice

    In keeping with our promise to share recipes that were sent into DAS for the 2011 International Day of Persons with A Disability, please see a recipe for Acacia Kempeana Jam Slice with Outback Passionberry and Fig Jam from Jeannie Mitinkeri from Life Without Barriers. Enjoy.

    Preparation time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients: 3 eggs separated 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup plain flour 1/2 cup cornflour 2 teaspoons baking powder 300ml thickened cream 2 more teaspoons caster sugar 2 drops vanilla essence 1/2 bottle Passionberry and Fig jam

    Method: Beat egg whites until peaks form. Gradually add 3/4 cup caster sugar and continue until sugar is dissolved. Beat in egg yolks until combined. Sift flour, cornflour and baking powder together twice. Gently fold sifted ingredients into beaten egg mixture until no flour pockets remain. Mixture should be light and fluffy, do not overmix. Place half the mixture on greased oven slice tray. Bake at 170 degrees C for 15-20 minutes until golden. Cool completely

    With other half of mixture: Place heaped teaspoons of mixture about 5cm apart on a greased tray (makes 16 discs). Bake at 170 degrees C for about 10 minutes or until golden. Cool completely.

    To make layered slice: Spread base with Passionberry and Fig jam. Whip cream together with two teaspoons of caster sugar and a drop of vanilla essence. Crumble 16 discs and sprinkle over cream. Drizzle passion pulp over top for a finishing touch

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