Check out Accessing Knox Edition 131 - May 15 2019

NDIS demand map: helping you predict demand in your area - Disability Services Consulting, 13th May: As part of the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program, the Department of Social Services has released a new NDIS Demand Map that we feel all you data nerds out there really should know about...

Solar batteries to light up disability housing - Probono News, 8th May: People living in specialist disability housing could save upwards of a $1,000 on their electricity bill with a plan underway to install solar and battery storage into a new disability housing development...  

Ask a policy expert: why can’t I access my disability support plans easily? - The Guardian, 11th May: Guardian Australia’s Fair Go? spokespeople pose a question and policy researchers from the University of Sydney’s policy lab find the answer...

7 Lessons from the latest quarterly report - Disability Services Consulting, 13th May: This may be hard for you to believe, it certainly is for me, but it has been a full 3 months since our last quarterly report. So now we are back with a fresh load of new data to analyse from quarter 3, year 6. In case you are too busy with everyday life to read the full report for yourself, here’s a quick summary of the hottest news it has to offer...

Why housing is a major public health issue for Australians with a disability - University of Melbourne, Pursuit, 14th May: Housing affordability and security for all Australians is a fundamental issue missing from the federal election campaign – particularly for those with disabilities...

Guide dogs business venture set to shake up traditional charity model - Probono News, 13th May: A dog-friendly cafe, a vet clinic, a teaching centre, and a doggy daycare centre could set Guide Dogs Victoria up for independent financial success, and create a new precedent for how charities are run in the future...

Podcast: ‘We should be able to remove those situations which are making us vulnerable’ - Probono News, 14th May: Nicole is a mother, campaigner and wheelchair user. After suffering a decade of abuse at the hands of her former husband, Nicole now uses her lived-experience of family violence to speak out for those who don’t yet have a voice...
Why is the Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance running a campaign?
  • Housing affordability (especially for those with a disability) is a national crisis that requires Federal leadership. 
  • Across Australia 1.3 million households cannot secure affordable housing
  • Housing is a fundamental right and a determinant of social and overall wellbeing
  • There is a critical shortage of affordable social housing in the Eastern Metro Region - including for people with disability
See the attached flyer and Template Letter to the PM, Opposition Leader, MPs and candidates.

What's coming up?


Job Searching Skills for Learners with a Disability - Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm. 19/3 - 21/5. $40. Coonara Community House.

Hungry 4 Success - Aged 16-25 and looking for something more? This program provides pre-accredited training in communications, job readiness and hospitality. Dates: 23rd April - 25th June, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Glen Park Community Centre.

Ladies Woodwork Class - Learn to create basic woodwork projects, perform basic woodwork repairs. Wednesdays 1st May to 26th June, 1pm - 5pm. Glen Park Community Centre.

Carers Exercise Group - at Knox LeisureworksFree! Would you like an opportunity to exercise with other carers in a safe and supported environment at Knox Leisureworks? Thursdays from 2nd May to 27th June, 12:45pm.

Yoga and Meditation - Grandparent Carers Program - Chair yoga and meditation sessions. Tuesday 7th May and Tuesday 4th June, 11am - 12pm. Red Earth Room, Mooroolbark Community Centre.

Dads Connect - for Dads who have a child with ASD. Free! Thursdays from 16th May to 27th June. SJI Hub, 15/286-288 Maroondah Hwy, Chirnside Park. As this is a series, attendance is required at all sessions.

'Empowering Abilities' - Vocational Support Group - What are our strengths and abilities? How can we harness these in really exciting ways? Morning tea launch: Thursday 16th May, 10am - 12pm. Link Health and Community, 2 Euneva Avenue, Glen Waverley.

Anxiety in Young Children Workshop - Thursday 16th and Monday 24th May, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Yarra Junction and Chirnside Park. Details on flyer.

Gold Class Movie for Carers - You are invited to sit back and enjoy a screening of Dumbo in the comfort of Knox Gold Class cinemas. Thursday 16th May, 12:00pm - 2:45pm. Knox Village Gold Class, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South.

Outer East BPD Carers Support Group - Caring for a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can often be challenging and overwhelming. Meetings every 3rd Monday of the month, beginning 20th May. 1pm - 3pm. Coonara Community House, 22 Willow Rd, Upper FTG. - New!

Knoxbrooke Achieve Information Night - find out about Knoxbrooke Achieve NDIS funded School Leaver Employment Supports. Tuesday 21st May. Mullum Mullum Stadium, 31 Springvale Rd, Donvale, 5pm - 7pm.

Do you want to learn more about Self-managed NDIS plans? - Find out if self-management will suit your needs. Friday 24th May, 1-3pm. Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South. -New!

The NDIS, Autism and Families - presented by AFSA. Tuesday 28th May, 9:45am - 2:15pm. Waratah Rm, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading.

Come and try Ice Skating, Curling and Sled Hockey - Wednesday 29th May, 10:00 - 12:00pm. O'Brien Group Arena, 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands (Venue is fully accessible).

Autism and Mental Health - with Assoc Professor Ruth Vine, former Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria. Thursday 6th June, 6pm - 9pm. Club Kilsyth, Canterbury Rd, Bayswater Nth.

Building Resilience in Children on the Autism Spectrum - Thursday 13th June, 7pm - 9pm (doors open 6:40pm). Presented by Sonia Street, psychologist. Mooroolbark Salvation Army, 305 Manchester Rd, Mooroolbark.

Make day to day tasks easier around your home - an interactive workshop - Monday 18th June, 10:00am - 11:30am or 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Ringwood Vision Australia, 3 Civic Place, Ringwood.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet - Wednesday 19th June. Lunch from 11:45am then the show from 1:30pm - 4:10pm. Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

NDIS and Women with disabilities forum - Monday 24th June, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Willis Room, Whitehorse City Council, 379-397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading. - New!

Knoxbrooke Achieve Boutique - Are you a post school leaver who would like to get ready for Work/Life - This is an NDIS funded school leaver employment support (SLES). Thursday 4th July.

My Sight Their Sight - A performance work that explores the relationship between being sighted and not sighted. A provocative exploration of the senses. Friday 5th July. Burrinja Theatre, Cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Drive, Upwey. - New!

Falls Creek Winter Camp - Learn snow sports with experienced instructors (from Disabled Wintersport Australia), trying out adaptive ski equipment, developing independence and making new friends along the way. Friday 5th, 9am - Sunday 7th July.

Save the Date - RISE - Interchange Outer East Conference - Tuesday 15th October. Guest speakers include: Moana and Vinny HopeMoira Kelly AO.


Knoxbrooke Achieve Program - designed to teach the skills needed to achieve employment or further education. 2 year program. For more information call 1300 KNOXBROOKE.

Carer support:
Knox Pathways for Carers Walk 2019 Dates - Join us for a walk followed by a free coffee. 9:30am, 4th Monday of the month (except Public Holidays). Froth and Grind Cafe, Wellington Village Shopping Centre, Shop 22, 1100 Wellington Rd, Rowville. You are also welcome to join any of these other Pathways for Carers walks: ManninghamMaroondahYarra Ranges.

Monash/Knox Pathways for Carers Walk - Join us for a walk followed by a free coffee at Jell's Park, Wheelers Hill. Second Friday of the month, 10:00am. Meet at Madeleine's Cafe at Jell's Park (Enter via Waverley Rd, Wheelers Hill).

Carers Social Sport - Table Tennis and Badminton - Thursdays, 10am - 12pm. Insportz Knox, Lewis Rd, Wantirna South. Free! Cafe available at own cost. No RSVP needed, just turn up.

Grandparents Playgroup - Every Wednesday, 9-11am. 208 Dandelion Drive, Rowville. Join us for a playgroup dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.

Strengthening Parent Support Program - 2nd Tuesday of every month (except school hols). A peer support group for parents and carers of children 0-18 with a disability or developmental delay. Central Ringwood Community Centre, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood. Free! - but bookings essential. Programs also offered in: Lilydale, Clayton, Vermont South and Healesville.

Dads Social Group - Monthly social activities for dads and male carers of a child or young adult with a disability. All welcome!

Stronger Together - Peer support group for parents of a child with a disability. First Monday of each month. 10:30am to 11:30am. Lilydale.

Parents of Kids with Autism: Support Group - Fortnightly meetings, 10am - 11:30am. Urban Life, 143 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood.

Dandenong Ranges ASD Parent Support Network - A Facebook group for parents and carers of autistic children. Information, advice and online support from other families, regular informal catch ups at local venues.

VALID Self Advocacy Network. VALID supports people with intellectual disability to speak up (that is, self-advocate) about their choices, needs and issues. Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood. Schedule of dates for 2019

Peer Action Groups - Come along to join others in an NDIS peer action group run by VALID. Held at Realm (Ringwood Library), 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. Dates on attached flyer.

New Horizons Self-Advocacy Group - Every 2nd Wednesday, 4pm - 8pm. Lifeworks, 9 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood. New Horizons promotes independence, self-confidence, community inclusion, social interaction.

Mental Health:
Steps to Wellbeing - A free service supporting you to manage stress, anxiety and improve wellbeing. Support via individual coaching sessions, group sessions, access to online resources.

eGrow - Mutual support online - eGrow meetings are designed for Australians who can't attend a physical Grow group. Aims to help you recover your mental health and achieve your personal goals.

Grow - Mental Wellness Mutual Support Groups - Thursdays at 7pm. New group in Ferntree Gully. Free! No referral or diagnosis needed. Just come along! 

General sport and fitness:
Sport for Fun - What's new in 2019 - Inviting children aged 8 to 18 years to this inclusive, fun and affordable weekly sport skills program. Insportz Knox, 108 Lewis Rd, Wantirna South. Junior Groups: 8-13 years, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 5:15pm. Senior Groups: 13-18 years, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Activeabilities (6 plus) - Wednesdays during school terms from 4:45pm. Focus on fitness, strength, building confidence, making friends and having fun. Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Ph 9265 4888 for more info. No bookings needed. Only $6 per session.

Doncaster All Abilities Basketball Inc - Our club is designed to provide players with a disability and their families an opportunity to come together and participate in weekly recreational basketball in a supportive social and inclusive environment. Training: Sundays, 5pm - 6pm. Mullum Mullum Stadium, 1-41 Springvale Rd, Donvale. Training flyer here.

Knox Ramblers Heart Foundation Walks - every Wednesday morning. Meet at Knox City Myer undercover car park at 9:15am.

Vision Impaired Table Tennis - Every Tuesday night at 6pm. Kilsyth Sports Centre, Liverpool Rd, Kilsyth. All abilities and ages welcome!

All Abilities Boot Camp - Kilsyth South, weekly on a Saturday or Sunday from 10:30am for one hour. All fitness levels and abilities welcome! Sensory Friendly! (i.e. no whistles or yelling).

Ringwood City AAA Soccer - Starting 6th May, 12pm -1pm. Training will be held weekly for people with disabilities of all ages and skill levels. We are working towards joining the new AAA league and to play against other teams.

All Abilities Basketball - Friday nights, starting in April. Separate grades to cater for all levels. Dandenong Basketball Stadium, 270 Stud Rd, Dandenong. For more info please contact Anna Dewitt on 0409 354 206.

Active Monash Accessible Fitness Options - Active Monash believes that everyone has the right to be active – regardless of abilities. We offer a range of options including group exercise classes, 1:1 support and tailored programs to suit all needs.

InMove Performing Arts
 - Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Glen Park Rd, Bayswater Nth. InMove performing arts aims to create a community which supports the inclusion and participation of people of all abilities in the community, through a creative and exciting form of artistic expression. Free trial classes available.

Reactions (and Reactions Jnr) - Singing, dancing, acting and performance skills groups for children aged 5 to 18+ years. Wednesdays during school terms. Reactions Jnr (5-12yrs) from 5:30 - 6:15pm. Reactions (13+ yrs) 6:30 - 7:30pm. Knox Central Primary School, Darwin Rd, Boronia.

Julie's Karaoke - Music, Singing, Karaoke and Dancing - Fortnightly on Mondays, 7pm to 9:30pm. Lou's Lounge Tavern, 11 York Rd, Mt Evelyn.

Salsa Dancing for All - Wednesdays, 6:15pm - 7:15pm. Starting 7th February. St Leonard's Primary School, 349 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley. Free! Be introduced to music and dance in an engaging and accessible way.

Every Body can Dance! - Fridays, 4:00pm - 4:45pm. 1st Floor, 2/1059 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully. Increase confidence, build self-esteem, make new friends.

Funk it up Friday - Disco - Last Friday of the month, The Basin Senior Citizens Hall, 366 Forest Rd, The Basin.

Fun Fun Dance for all abilities - Returning for 2019 from 30th January, every Wednesday morning (school term calendar applies). Bayswater Senior Citizens Hall, cnr Mountain Hwy and Scoresby Rd.

Andy's Discobility - Daytime Disco program - every Thursday 10am till 11:30am (school term calendar applies). Bushy Creek Hall, Croydon North.

Turntable Disco - Fridays, monthly 6:30pm to 9pm. Bayswater Senior Citz Hall, 790 Mountain Hwy, just down from Scoresby Rd, Bayswater (next to Bayswater Hotel). All Abilities 18 years and over.

Autism Family Swim Nights - Saturdays from 1st June, 6pm - 8pm. Kilsyth Centenary Pool, 75 Hawthory Rd, Kilsyth. $5pp includes BBQ dinner. - New!

Young Autistic Adults Peer Support - Every second Tuesday of the month, 6pm -8pm. Club Kilsyth, 1-15 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater Nth. In a safe and supportive environment with free wifi and likeminded people. Carers, families and support workers are welcome with their Autistic young adult.

Teen ASD Social Group - for ages 13-18 - Third Sunday of the month, 5-8pm, Club Kilsyth, Cnr Canterbury Rd and Colchester Rd, Kilsyth. This group is for teens with high functioning Autism (ASD) and it is a great opportunity to eat out and meet new friends who have similar interests. The aim is to support teens with ASD in social settings.

Pop Culture Conversation Club - Every first Friday of the month, 5pm. Realm Libary, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood.  Love talking about Marvel’s cinematic universe, want to debate Harry Potter fan theories, or chatting all things Star Wars, Pokemon, Dr Who and anything else you might be passionate about? Then this group is for you.

Dads Connect - Places are limited and only available to Dads of children with Autism. Eight Thursdays from 9th August to 29th December, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. SJI Hub, 6/9 Clarke St, Lilydale.

Aspergers Victoria Young Adults Group - Meets every 4th Thursday of the month. 54 Railway Rd, Blackburn.

Different Journeys - 18+ Adults ASD social group. Meet for dinner in a safe and supported environment. Every second Tuesday of the month, 6pm - 8pm. Wifi available. Club Kilsyth, Kilsyth.

Community Meals at Cafe on the Park - Eat, drink and be social at Glen Park. Every 3rd Monday of the month, 6pm - 7:30pm. All welcome! Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Bayswater Rd, Bayswater Nth.

Free & low cost weekend social events - in the Outer East of Melbourne. Hosted at Community and Neighbourhood Houses. A huge range of accessible, inclusive, free and low cost weekend events!

Laughter Clubs - Knoxfield and Ferntree Gully - Free and open to anyone! People who attend regularly take the spirit of laughter with them and find their sense of humour becomes sharper, they feel great, full of joy and energised More details on the website.

Adult Social Recreation Program 25+ - Interchange Outer East are extending the Adult Recreation
program to provide adults of all ages with more opportunities to have time away from home, socialise with peers and participate in the community.

Telescope - Inclusive writing group for all abilities - Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton. More information on flyer or contact Catherine Martin: or 0409 197 551.

Mountain District Learning Centre Friendship Group - Every Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully.

Early Years:
Kindermusik - Inviting children aged 0 to 8 with a disability to dance, play instruments, create and imagine, hear stories, giggle and move to music at Kindermusik with Interchange Outer East! Mondays at Upwey and Tuesdays at Rowville. More details on flyer.

Vacancies - Play Connect Supported Playgroup - for children 0 - 6 yrs of age with ASD, or ASD like symptoms and for children with social communication difficulties. Tuesdays 9:30am - 11:30am. West Gully Playgroup Centre, 50 Dobson St, Ferntree Gully. Free!

Little Lego Club - for ages 3-5 years. Thursdays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Improves fine motor skills.

MyTime Ferntree Gully - For parents of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. Free! Ferntree Gully. Thursdays 9:30am - 11:30am.

Mt Evelyn MyTime - Do you have a child aged 0-18 years of age with developmental delay, autism, a disability or a chronic medical condition? MyTime sessions are an opportunity to relax, chat with other parents, and learn about resources and services. Preschool aged children are welcome to come along and have fun with a play helper during session. Free! Mt Evelyn, Tuesdays 9:30am - 11:30am

YMCA Camping Escapes - Calendar of events for 2019. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure! A variety of destinations throughout the year.

Cool stuff we've found

New NDIS Carers Handbook - Navigating the NDIS as a new entrant or along the way can be daunting. Carers Victoria has released a guide offering practical advice and support on how to achieve the best possible outcomes for both the person being cared for and for carers. In the coming months copies will also be available in Arabic, Vietnamese and simplified Chinese. Download a free copy here.

Free and Low Cost Social Events - A HUGE listing of events in the Outer East of Melbourne. Hosted at Community and Neighbourhood Houses. These activities are accessible and inclusive!

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) - Aspect Therapy and Assessments Centre. From diagnosis and assessments, early intervention and social
groups to therapies, we provide advice and support throughout the life stages, from the early years to adulthood. Everything we do is informed by research and evidence.

Knox Community Development Fund Grants 2019-2020 - Grants open Friday 17th May - close Monday 1st July. Grants available from $3000 - $20,000. Info sessions in March and May (details onflyer).

1800Respect App for Women with Disability - Designed by women with disability and 1800RESPECT, Sunny is a free new app that supports women with disability to understand sexual assault, domestic and family violence, know their rights and reach out for support.

CHAMPION - Community Hub and Meeting Place in our Neighbourhood - Emergency Relief Pantry; Computer and internet access: Budgeting assistance; Information; Referrals; Advocacy. Open Mondays 9:30am 12:30pm and Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm weekly.
Web-based Options for Finding Disability Service Providers
These services let you search by your postcode for any type of disability service.
(please let me know if you know of others - )
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