A Note from The Chair
A Word from Wendy
t’s not so long ago that people with Yesterday, in an atmospheric and a disability (physical or intellectual) ancient pub, full of steps, a woman in A struggled to access so many a wheelchair arrived with her friend. believe we are drawing closer to share a one page summary of our
services that ‘normal’ people take for The staff were there in a flash with the end of yet another year. And plan, including the strategic vision,
granted. Transport was a nightmare. portable ramps, and welcoming what a year it has been. 2019 has goals and aspirations we have for
Accessing any building with steps, smiles. Then I went to a concert not been without its challenges. EBL Disability Services over the next
impossible. Going to mainstream over the road – about 500 people, From the establishment of the Royal 3 years.
activities such as normal school and including some in wheelchairs, a Commission into Violence, Abuse, tertiary education, sport, music and woman dragging a portable oxygen Neglect and Exploitation of People entertainment, unthinkable. cylinder, a blind man on the arm of with a Disability, something we are his partner. incredibly pleased to see put in place
Perhaps because I am currently
s we head into the warmer ensure we continue to adapt as the
months of spring, it is hard to scheme matures. In this edition, we
to ensure those most vulnerable are
We are also delighted to announce
the launch of our new partner
service, Enable Plan Management
and Support Coordination, which has
been established to support people
away, out of my normal environment, All of these events and scenes now I am more aware of what’s going so normal. People helping where on around me. When I boarded the necessary, waiting patiently for the plane, there were several people in infirm to make their way – it’s all just As you may have seen in the service has its own identity and is
part of life. media, Hon Ronald Sackville AO run separately to EBL to avoid the
QC has been appointed as Chair potential for a conflict of interest.
of the Royal Commission and will With that in mind, we provide more
be supported by six other Royal details in the following pages which
Commissioners, these being The Hon highlights the need to do your own
Roslyn Atkinson AO, Ms Barbara research into the providers available.
Bennett PSM, Dr Rhonda Galbally It’s important that you make an
AC, Ms Andrea Mason OAM, Alastair informed decision when it comes to
McEwin AM and The Hon John Ryan selecting a provider.
wheelchairs who went on first. And in
the airport, little golf buggies whisked
some of the elderly, or physically
challenged to wherever they needed
When I wandered into a department
store a woman and a teenage boy
were talking about what they would
I feel grateful to live in a country
and a society that, while still having
flaws and still working towards true
accessibility and equality for those
with disability, has come so far.
be buying – as the parent of a boy Chairperson
with autism, I soon recognised that EBL Disability Services
the teenager was autistic. But he
was coping wonderfully amongst the
hustle and bustle - and no-one gave
him a second glance.
I went to an art exhibition, which
included works by people (old and
young) who have suffered strokes,
brain injuries and other major neural
deficits. They live in care, and
every year the gallery exhibits their
artworks. Gallery staff talked to us
about some of the artists and their
backgrounds. Art is a way for them
to keep connected with the larger
world, and the artists eagerly look
forward to the exhibition.
protected, to fully transitioning to the
NDIS and the challenges it brings.
AM. We are very happy to see this
established as supporting those
who are not always able to support
themselves aligns with our values and
is at the forefront of what we as an
organisation strive to achieve each
and every day.
with managing their NDIS budgets
and coordination of supports. This
I would also like to take this
opportunity to welcome our newest
recruits to the team including
Enable Plan Management & Support
Coordination Manager, Yvette
Elson together with Developmental
Educators, Yoshi and Annaleise.
We have seen significant growth with You will hear more about Enable
transitioning to the NDIS. Navigating from Manager Yvette in the
the challenges and supporting pages that follow. Additionally,
families through this time has been we share information about Yoshi
our focus. While many families have and Annaleise and their wealth
been feeling quite anxious about the of experience. We are very excited
transition to the NDIS I am feeling to have them on board. Welcome
more confident things will begin to Yvette, Yoshi and Annaleise to the
settle as we learn more about the EBL community!
new scheme. We have developed
greater understanding, expertise
and depth of knowledge that only
working through the changes and
adapting along the way can provide.
In this publication, we also share
some delightful photos and stories
about people’s adventures. The
smiles on their faces constantly
remind us of what we are here to do,
In addition to that, we have despite the disruption the NDIS is
been working hard to bring our bringing.
Strategic Plan to fruition. We have
adopted an emergent strategy to
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