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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

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Welcome Going further together This Autumn 2017 edition of Inform celebrates people out there in their communities. In our feature story, John shows how his determination resulted in a new creative direction, and has led to more opportunities for him in his community. Matt and Estelle’s story is one that reflects a couple’s success in shaping their future, and how a supportive employer, their own determination, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) led to a big passport stamp in Central America! The importance of supporting people to explore their career/family, creative, social, and sporting options has always been part of Independence Australia’s core purpose. With the transition of an increasing number of our clients to becoming participants in the NDIS, the support we give to enable people to make informed and positive choices in their lives becomes more and more relevant to the aims of the national scheme. We want to hear more from people that we support, and people who support them. If you have a story about your independence, contact us at Richard Burn General Manager Community Solutions 4 Disability Sport & Recreation Festival 5 Polio Day 2016 6 Daddo Charity Golf Day 2016 7 Calendar 8 Feature 14 Beach Access Update 16 Travel 18 SpinChat 20 Spina Bifida Foundation 21 What’s Out There Day 22 Psychology Services 24 Men’s Wellbeing 25 Featured Product 26 NDIS 27 Polio Perspectives 34 Victorian All Abilities State Netball 35 Diamond Valley Basketball Association Managing Editor Lachlan Hodgson Editor Nicole Tattersall Art Direction T-world Sub-editor Sarah Halfpenny © Copyright Independence Australia 2017. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of Independence Australia. No responsibility is taken for accuracy of information. Opinions published in Inform are not necessarily those of the publication’s team. Autumn 2017 3