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A message from Vicki.

In April 2020, The NDIA released an update to the Price Guide to cover all the adjustments that have been made since, the pandemic started in Australia – or when the world changed. We’ve summarised the changes for you in this update.

New line items
These are in place until 30 September, with a review by the end of June:

  • COVID-19 Low Cost AT to support Capacity Building support delivery: This line item is to allow participants without access to a smart device to purchase one to the value of $750 to maintain their disability supports. They will need to provide the NDIA with written advice from their provider that the device is required and it will need to be to the lowest specification possible to maintain the support. Unlike other low cost assistive technology line items, which are purchased from the Consumables budget, this item comes under Improved Daily Living. More detail below.
  • Two new assistive technology rental line items to meet immediate (i.e. 30 day) needs for people leaving hospital.

Windarring have been using this time to review all of our programs and a few new opportunities will be released over coming weeks. But, to give you an idea of one we will be offering is a Food to Plate program. This will see Castlemaine joining with Bendigo to do a 12 week program. If this is successful we will offer the program among others at other times throughout the year.
Windarring is now offering Support Coordination and is working with eligible clients, parents and families to get funding for Supported Independent living.
 
We recently surveyed clients, parents and families about our Under 18’s program. We will have more to say about this in coming weeks. But the list of suggestions were impressive and were are excited to bring them to the younger people who come to Windarring.
 
Throughout the pandemic, I have been incredibly impressed with our front line staff and the amazing work they have been doing. We have had staff working in group homes, observing social distancing and visiting clients in lock down and they have provided one on one supports in homes day and evening.
 
We look forward to seeing you all very soon!


Vicki Poxon
Windarring CEO

Able Radio regularly features our clients Joe Smith and Tegwin Prest. This week will feature Kathy Harper, Castlemaine Team Leader at Windarring, talking about what we've been up to during lockdown.

Tune to 94.9FM Monday 10am -11am 
Listen on demand at Mix Cloud
www.mixcloud.com/AbleRadioMainFM/

Some ideas.

Learning online can be fun!
YouTube drawing & painting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VJJSCVH_Wk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjCGJb5ltZM
 
YouTube computer training
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwsKeoXOa9I
 
YouTube gentle exercise class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR9td6t5mTc

YouTube learn basic guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llNuwhZWXKA
 
YouTube Karaoke - Beatles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Syaz3zzvo&list=PL-PJ3MFj4yeulJuzM5IZOtvIQqWrdXWYv
 
Free courses online - general
https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-free-online-courses/#art-design
https://www.edx.org/course/drawing-nature-science-and-culture-natural-history
Please speak with us if you or someone you care for has trouble accessing technology and we will support you in any way we can.
See below for NDIS changes that applies to assistive technology.

Assistive Technology additional supports.

To assist participants to continue to receive supports during the COVID19 period, the NDIA has temporarily broadened the flexible approach to the purchase of low cost assistive technology (AT) items.

Participants may be able to claim items such as smart devices and fitness equipment if:

  • it will maintain funded supports like a program or therapy (e.g. physiotherapy or Auslan interpreting provided via video conferencing); and
  • the provider has confirmed in writing the device is necessary to continue supports while maintaining physical distancing requirements; and
  • it is the lowest specification that will maintain funded supports; and 
  • they do not already have the item, another suitable one or access to it; and
  • the item has not been funded by another service system; and 
  • the item or circumstances are not specifically excluded.

If these conditions are met, any participant can spend up to $1500 on low cost AT items from their existing budget but should not spend more than $750 on electronic devices, if required. A systems update will occur on 9 May to ensure this new flexibility is available to all participants (even when they currently do not have funding in their core budget for consumables).

This increased flexibility will be in place until September 2020. Participants and providers are urged to read the NDIA's advice carefully to understand the parameters of this new, temporary, flexibility.

Source: NDS National Disability Services - peak body  
https://www.nds.org.au/news/covid-19-related-changes-for-sil-and-assistive-technology


If you or the person you care for does not have a smart device please pass this information onto the relevant Team Leader so that you can use your funds. An example could be purchasing a fit bit device to track and maintain an exercise program or purchasing an iPad to do online learning.

A letter from Windarring confirming the need is required to access this.  

NDIS - what is Assistive Technology?

Fact sheets.

1. Easy Read Disability Pension
Easy Read fact sheet for Disability Support Pension and the JobKeeper Payment.

DSS – Disability Support Pension JobKeeper Payment – Easy Read
 
2. Easy Read Carer Payment
Easy Read fact sheet for Carer Payment and the JobKeeper Payment.

DSS – Carer Payment JobKeeper Payment – Easy Read Fact Sheet

 
3. Disability Pension & Carer Payments
Fact sheet on impact of COVID19 on Disability Support Pension and Carer Pension and JobKeeper recipients.

COVID-19 Impact on DSP and CP and JobKeeper Recipients – Fact Sheet – Version 2
4. General DSS Information & Support
 Fact sheet is available on the COVID-19 DSS webpage: https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support
 
The Easy Read versions will be also available on the Disability Information Hotline (ph: 1800 643 787) webpage today: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/information-and-referrals-for-people-with-disability-and-their-supporters-about-coronavirus-covid-19
Source: Australian Government  Department of Social Services 

Our Recycled
Store Update

Our store at 317 Barker Street, Castlemaine remains closed for now - awaiting easing of government restrictions but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy!

Jakob and Mandy with the ADE crew have been tidying, organising and trying their hands at selling online using Facebook and Castlemaine Buy, Swap & Sell

You can email mfennessy@windarring.org.au if you have any queries about buying or information about donating!

TOTES!

Kyneton Copy Centre (KCC) is operating its normal hours during this time. KCC is an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) – this means it is a not-for-profit organisation, with charitable status, which provides meaningful employment for people with significant disability. KCC is a print shop that provides all kinds of print related products and it is run by Windarring, a not-for-profit organisation and NDIS registered service provider that covers the Sunbury, Gisborne, Kyneton, Castlemaine and Bendigo areas.
 
An ADE operates in the same way as other businesses, but there is one major difference. An ADE employs people with disability, and its employees are supported in their work. 'Supported' means that there are support workers available to give the employees any assistance they need with their tasks. For example, an employee with learning difficulties may need regular reminders from their support worker about how to do a task.
 
Our employees find their working rewarding, meaningful and fun. Our Supported Employees have been having some fun with the tote bags - putting their own artwork on them.
  • A Tote bag with an A4 image heat pressed onto a bag is $15.
  • Double sided heat press $20.
  • The crew at KCC can scan in an artwork up to A3 in size. 
  • You can email your artwork direct to kcc@windarring.org.au
Located at 58 Mollison Street
Phone 03 5422 2400
 
Kyneton Copy Centre are also on Facebook and Instagram
 

KCC ADE employees pictured left to right: Susan Retallick, Kristen Dennis and Marlene Jeffery.

Happy Mothers Day 2020

Above are lovely gifts made by clients including cookies and handmade cards and Mother’s Day pots - pictured here is Tyler, Clare, Jamie and Robyn. 

Get involved. Get Active. Get Employed.

Below are links to more information about what we can offer you at Windarring.

If you have further questions speak with reception so we can help you find out who you are best suited to speak with. Call 03 5422 7001 or email admin@windarring.org.au

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