Disability Support Organisation project
PWDA’s Disability Support Organisation project, which started in 2015, is now funded through till mid-2017. The DSO is part of the transition to the NDIS. The DSO fosters peer-led peer support networks (PSNs) of people with disability, and develops information and capacity building resources for specific groups.
So far, PWDA’s DSO has reached a wide variety of people with disability, in various parts of NSW. We have also begun scoping needs and possibilities for targeted resources for remote and regional communities through our office in Mt Isa. Often, members of peer support groups have chosen to emphasise gathering information about the NDIS; there’s also been some forthright discussion, enjoyable capacity building and social interaction.
In 2017, PWDA’s DSO will continue to partner with other representative organisations for on-going face to face groups and resource development with:
- People with disability who identify as LGBTIQA (Sydney metro)
- People living with HIV (Sydney metro, across NSW)
- People living in Nepean, Blue Mountains areas
- People in DeafBlind and Blind and Low Vision communities (Sydney metro)
- People living in assisted accommodation in the Hunter Region (Newcastle).
As well as these ongoing PSNs and partnerships, over the next few months the DSO will attempt to make contact with younger people with disability, particularly young people living in regional and remote areas.
The DSO will be sponsoring a series of young people’s forums and establishing an active social media presence through facebook groups for young people in specific geographic regions and/or young people who have specific areas of interest or concern.
If you would like more information about
- an existing group,
- would like the DSO to consider starting a new group,
- are interested in using resources,
- are interested in Facebook groups, or
- want to enquire about the project in general:
Regional, rural, remote? Please contact us and discuss how the DSO can best reach you!