We believe it is critical to empower people with the skills they need to act as active citizens in their own lives and their communities, and support others through it.
QDN has established a peer development program which focuses on developing leadership and mentoring skills, group facilitation and knowledge.
QDN has developed a core group of people with disability, including intellectual or learning disability, as leaders. They have been working as facilitators and champions for others in helping others in their leadership journey about the things that are important to them in their life. Some key things include the NDIS, housing, health and employment.
It is one powerful way we live our motto ‘Nothing about us without us’.
One group of peer leaders QDN is working with are a trained team of 16 NDIS Peer Facilitators who are people with disability, including intellectual disability. They have roles as educators, mentors and ambassadors, leading people through this transformational change.
They have been running workshops across the state as part of the Ready to go project, educating other people with intellectual disability about the NDIS and opening up people’s thinking about their hopes and dreams for the future.
Peer Facilitators have learnt the content of the workshops and the bigger context of the NDIS, overcome their own fears and personal barriers to become confident ambassadors for change. They have each showed great courage and passion for the work, and continue to develop as human beings and leaders in their communities.
“…to be a good listener and a good communicator.”
“…skills that allow me to speak comfortably in front of groups.”
“…a lot about the NDIS, and about myself and my own disability.”
“…to be more conscious about the people I’m working with, and adapting and using different skills where they are needed. It’s important to be willing to work alongside my co-facilitator. Together we make a team.”
“…that if you create a safe environment for people, no matter what their disability, they will open up and express themselves.”
“…I have more skills and confidence in presenting information in ways that all people can understand.”
We want to continue to give our existing peer leaders, and other Queenslanders with disability, opportunities to develop their leadership abilities.
Donations we receive will contribute directly to supporting the ongoing development of existing peer leaders, and opportunities for new leaders throughout Queensland.
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is an organisation of people with disability for people with disability.
We encourage and support ways for you to have a say – and be heard.
We aim to connect you with information about the things that matter to you, and support you coming together with others, through our network of members.
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