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From the Chair I A Word from Wendy times as the NDIS continues to roll H approaching. It will be on the 25th out so please consider coming to the lovely spring weather conditions. of October in the evening so please AGM and taking the opportunity to And whilst it’s hard to believe we are pencil it in on your calendar we interact with the staff and board already in September with end of would love to get to see you there. members of EBLDS. year just around the corner, the last just want to give everyone the We are all going through challenging heads up that our AGM is quickly I know that much of the AGM is not There will be a flyer out shortly that interesting; but it is an event that advising of all the details regarding must occur. However, this event also time and venue. provides a time for us to socializing as well. We have a number of new Thank you, board members and the AGM is an opportunity for you to not only keep in touch with how EBLDS is doing Karen Bard but for the board and its members to Chair interact with one another. I for one EBL Disability Services look forward to every opportunity I have to talk with you and get to know you. Invitation to all carers A s a parent of a daughter with such as the Olympics, footy, etc. intellectual disability, I seldom without any formalities. discussed with anyone the daily “ ello from all of us here at EBL. could not join us this year please let I hope you are enjoying these us know how we can best support few months have been quite busy at EBL. ” – Helen Keller Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The genuine passion and dedication for the work she does each day in her role as Minister was obvious to everyone as residents Alice and Ryan proudly helped Sue Chapman show her their home. Immediately picking up on the community spirit Still at Harrow House, we were lucky enough to work with Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis of Sprout once again as they shared their those who don’t know, Callum was Recently, I was fortunate enough to two months with the next meeting the MasterChef All Stars winner for attend a conference with another due in October. Please email me at 2012. Both Callum and Themis loved carer from the Carer Advisory Group. the above address. being involved in the Harrow cooking for our children with intellectual disability. I came to realise how similar our challenges were. I feel a sense of “liberation”, if I can put it Group works for the Northern Carers Network and will be able to assist with carer support information. and Ashleigh celebrated their 21st birthdays and Hollie turned 25. All celebrated their special night with family and friends over dinner, with some hitting the town in a pink stretch hummer. last few months we have continued wish to share. We meet once every the carers on the Carers Advisory our long serving residents, Tauri Minister was treasured by all. a tailored cooking program. For You may like to know that one of Since our last newsletter two of From partying to planning; over the chat about issues or information you sharing our experiences with caring most unique experiences to clients, of Harrow House, the visit from the residents and Carers to deliver This provided an opportunity for This is another initiative to give the community. a Carers Advisory Group meeting to understand. for the Audi Club at Adelaide Oval. Carers and families from the EBL experience of working with Harrow because I did not think people would introduction of EBL membership special visit from the Hon. Leesa Alternatively, you may wish to attend challenges of caring for her largely This quarter also saw the Harrow House received a very Vlahos MP, Minister for Disabilities, Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. you to participate next year. school and still have a picture of the residents participating in the program which proudly adorns our work with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Disability SA (DSA) and National Disability Services (NDS) to ensure the effective rollout of the NDIS here in SA. The team at EBL have been working tirelessly to make sure they have the most relevant and helpful information at hand at all times. As always, we remain extremely committed to thriving in the new world and to safeguarding people with a disability by keeping them at the forefront of everything we do. the Sprout reception wall for all We hope you enjoy reading about to see. You can hear what Callum the highlights of the last few months and Themis had to say about the in this edition. that way, that there are people who I encourage you to and hope you will program by visiting the EBL website would understand my situation. take up this invitation. We would like at www.ebldisabilityservices.org.au. During May we shared a special day Wendy Warren out with many of our valued Carers Chief Executive any carers who wish to have a chat who took a well-earned break in the EBL Disability Services over coffee or would like a visit from form of a Mystery Bus Tour for a day. It is with this insight that the Carers Advisory Group would like to invite to know you better. Looking forward to hearing from you. one of the group members to contact Betsy Tang the group by sending an email to Convenor through the Barossa Valley. It was eblcarers@gmail.com. Carers Advisory Group a wonderful day shared with the (comprising of carers who are many amazing people that make up volunteers) the EBL community. For those who It is intended to be a friendly catch up to share ideas, thoughts, concerns Together, we spent the day travelling or just simply to chat about anything 2 EBL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER EBL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 3