Welcome to the 2018 Spring Edition of LSS News.
Brain Injury SA’s Service Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented at the launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week in August.
Brain Injury SA hosted an event with guest speakers, a panel discussion and an awards presentation to launch Brain Injury Awareness Week.
LSS participant Mark Both and his service dog Buddy gave a very moving and honest presentation about Mark’s experiences and how he re-adjusted to life after his accident. They make a great due and have expanded their ‘team’ to include Sparkles, Buddy’s sister who also made her debut on the day.
The Individual Achievement Award nominees are people with a brain injury who have exceeded expectations in their recovery journey. Lee Witczak works to get disability-led projects into the film industry and gives people with a disability access to films. Lee is a passionate advocate and her enthusiasm for bringing films to people is obvious.
The Service Excellence Award is open to support workers and carers, including family members. Alex Killey received the award for her work running social wellbeing and behavioural support programs for SA Care clients. Alex works with some Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) participants who are achieving great results.
It’s the second year the Lifetime Support Authority (LSA) has sponsored the awards and this year, in early September, we also supported the PQSA Trivia Night as part of Spinal Cord Awareness Week. The LSA and both organisations share a common goal that people with a disability should be able to live the life they want.
That might sound a bit obvious – it’s what everyone wants. There’s no one-size-fits-all in life, we are individuals. But things can be more complex for a person with a disability – access to a movie theatre, getting on and off a bus in peak hour, any number of things that aren’t automatically available or easy – and maybe are often inconveniences that can be simply improved, but no one thinks of it.
There is a tendency to talk about ‘disability’ and ‘mainstream’ as two completely different strands of life. Adapting things to allow for participation is good, of course. But there’s more change needed to get to inclusion, where different needs are automatically catered for.
The core role of the LSA is to ensure participants receive the treatment, care and support to live a good life. But in doing that, we are also aware we can have a role in driving change that give Scheme participants more options in the choices they can make for how they live their lives.
That includes supporting projects demonstrating what is possible when we make connections across the ‘mainstream’ and ‘disability’ line.
Two excellent examples of that are coming to Adelaide in the next two months, in partnership with the LSA.
The Adelaide Film Festival, which is on from 10–21 October, is featuring Sue Austin, an artist with a disability who invented and helped create a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. She’ll present two live underwater events at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre during the film festival. You can find out more about her from her TED talks presentation and her ‘Freewheeling’ project website.
There’s another great arts event that we’re genuinely excited to be part of – Sounds & Vibes, Adelaide’s first accessible music festival for people with a disability.
Karren Kelly’s 19-year old son is a music lover with autism and an intellectual disability. When she couldn’t locate a festival catering for people with a disability, she created one!
It’s at the Adelaide Showgrounds on 1 December 2018, which makes for a busy weekend, with Celebrate on the Square the day before on Friday 30 November 2018 at Victoria Square. We’re planning a great event with our partners Brain Injury SA and PQSA to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability.
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This article was featured in the 2018 Spring Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Tamara and the LSA team.