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Preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information session  
Monday 30/03/2015
Preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information session Updated March 13, 2015 Be more informed about the NDIS, including: •How to prepare for the NDIS •Concerns and issues around the scheme •The strengths and potential of the scheme •Time for questions, both personal and technical.
M-Power Health & Fitness program  
Monday 30/03/2015
M-Power Health & Fitness program is a unique initiative designed to optimise health and development of people with Cerebral Palsy.
SHARP Programs 2015  
Monday 30/03/2015
SHARP is definitely back into the swing of things with the first program of 2015 kicking off in March. It’s back again in April and you can visit the Cerebral Palsy Support Network website to check out session dates for all groups.
An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour - 2 day workshop
Monday 02/03/2015
SAFE in Oz will be presenting ‘An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour’ a 2 day workshop

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Down Syndrome Victoria Race Day @ Kyneton  
Monday 30/03/2015
Support Down Syndrome Victoria and enjoy a relaxing day out at the picturesque Kyneton racecourse with the whole family, where funds raised will support the services and programs undertaken by DSV throughout the State.

Conferences

11TH AUSTRALASIAN CYSTIC FIBROSIS CONFERENCE  
Monday 30/03/2015
Registrations are now open for the Australasian CF Conference in Sydney from 15 August. CFV is offering 5 X $1,000 grants for community members to attend the lay program.

Funding

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund
Monday 02/03/2015
The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund is open for applications.The fund is looking to distribute small quarterly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.

Invitations

Down Syndrome Inclusion Support Service 2015 Registrations are now open!
Monday 16/03/2015
The Down Syndrome Inclusion Support Service (DSISS) provides direct support in the classroom for teachers to assist with practical teaching issues such as curriculum adjustment and positive behaviour support to improve the learning outcomes for students with Down syndrome and their classmates.

Resources

Celebrating cultural diversity with an eBook  
Monday 30/03/2015
Cultural Infusion has created an eBook for primary students celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity.
My Epilepsy Diary  
Monday 30/03/2015
My Epilepsy Diary is a personal electronic diary to help you keep track of your epilepsy - putting you in control of your information and helping you keep an accurate account of your seizures, triggers and medications.
Asperger Syndrome and Bullying - Strategies and Solutions Downloadable e-book  
Monday 30/03/2015
Nick Dubin writes about his experiences of bullying and provides effective strategies to address bullying.

Training and workshops

Paediatric Therapy & Workshops  
Monday 30/03/2015
Paediatric Therapy & Workshops provides intensive treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor issues, facilitates post-graduate training for allied health professionals, and conducts research into the effectiveness of Neuro-Developmental Treatment.
Towards a Better Life  
Monday 30/03/2015
This two day event is for anyone who is serious about improving the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged people, such as people with a mental illness, people with disabilities, frail aged and people experiencing poverty or homelessness.
Positive Behaviour Support Workshops (3 days)  
Monday 30/03/2015
This workshop is for parents and carers of children and young adults aged 6-25 years of age who are living at home and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Starting a group  
Monday 30/03/2015
This workshop is for those who are thinking about starting a group, involved in a new group or keeping a group on track This informal and practical workshop will explore some key issues for new groups and will be focused on participant questions to explore what is involved in starting a group and keeping it on track including.
Swinburne offers free course on Autism  
Monday 30/03/2015
A free course that will assist parents, families and carers who live and work with individuals on the autism spectrum will be launched at Swinburne University of Technology in April 2015.
FREE Hanen TalkAbility Information Session
Monday 02/03/2015
Free Hanen 'TalkAbility' information session for interested parents. This Hanen Program has been designed for parents of verbal children on the Autism Spectrum, including children with Asperger Syndrome, aged 3 – 7 years. The TalkAbility program teaches parents how to help their child learn social communication skills.

Other

Different Drummers  
Monday 30/03/2015
Different Drummers, set in the 1960s, is the true story of a touching friendship and spiritual journey between fourth-graders Lyle, a child suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder and David a wheelchair-bound student suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
LINK Community Transport  
Monday 30/03/2015
LINK Community Transport Inc is a not for profit organisation providing transport solutions for people and communities in Melbourne, Victoria. LINK is committed to assisting older people and people with a disability and their carers to maintain an active and engaged social and civic life. This is facilitated by assisting clients to access social and recreational activities that fosters their capacity to ‘age in place’.
VOICE. News for the caring community
Wednesday 04/03/2015
Sign up to Voice our e-bulletin to keep you informed of Carers Victoria and local Community news and events
Changing Places
Monday 02/03/2015
The Melton Library and Learning Hub has a fully accessible toilet, complete with adult change table and hoist.