A local support group is a peer group of people with disability, who get together to:
Get helpful information, with a focus upon the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Share information, stories and learnings, enriched through each member’s lived experience
Connect members with activities and organisations in their community, and build on the strengths each member already has
Support each other to think about and plan for the life they want
Each Local Support Group has a group convenor to coordinate the group and support what they want to achieve.
It is a time of change for our Australian community. We are moving towards a national approach to supporting people with disability to maximise their full potential and participation as equal citizens in the community. In doing this, it is important that people with disability are connected with each other and their local communities.
QDN, in our role as a Disability Support Organisation (DSO), is working with Local Support Groups in specific locations across Queensland.
The QDN North Lakes Local Support Group where recently involved in organising an Expo around 'celebrating disability awareness in our community'. Click below to watch a movie.Movie - North Lakes Expo
People with disability in Queensland, who want to get information, learn more about the NDIS and share stories and their lived experiences.
People 18-65 years with physical, intellectual, learning, cognitive, sensory, neurological and other disabilities, with different backgrounds and life experiences are welcome.
QDN currently supports 17 local peer groups and 2 online groups:
Brisbane x 2 (1 group dedicated to people with intellectual disability)
Gold Coast x 2 (1 group dedicated to people with intellectual disability)
Online group for Women with disability
Online group for people around specific areas of interest. Examples of areas of interest might be about NDIS, health, housing, transport etc.
More groups will start in locations across Queensland in 2017. Stay tuned to find out more.
Join or find out more about the Local Support Groups or the virtual networks by sending us an email or calling us and nominating your choice of group. It's FREE to join.
Phone: 07 3252 8566 or 1300 363 783 (local call)
What if there are similar groups in my community?
QDN knows there are already existing groups of people with disability doing great work in Queensland. We want to work with, and support, existing groups where we can. If you are a member of a peer group in your community, please let us know.
Are their leadership opportunities?
Yes, each group will have a convenor drawn from the local community. Group Convenors and all group members will have the chance to build and develop their speaking and meeting skills and local disability knowledge, with a focus upon the NDIS. Each group will be supported by QDN in their role as DSO.
What if I don't live in one of these locations?
Talk to us, because there will be some new locations supported to develop Local Support Groups in 2016. There are also opportunities for people who can’t make physical groups through online participation.
What is QDN's part in this work?
QDN is the Disability Support Organisation (DSO) supporting this work in Queensland. We are one of 18 across Australia, and we are funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to do this work in 2015 and 2016.
QDN is a grass roots organisation of Queenslanders with disability. We are experienced in supporting people with disability connect and build networks, towards being more included in the community. Our motto is Nothing about us without us.
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is an organisation of people with disability for people with disability.
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