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From the editor

Thursday, 27th November 2014

This edition we put the spotlight on supported employment - an area that’s facing considerable change due to the NDIS and the move to a productivity-based wage tool. From the real-life stories of supported employees to the views of some of the industry’s leading figures, we hope you enjoy catching up on news from this important sector.

Linda Twomey and Kim Green from Monte Lupo put the finishing touches on the giant B.

LINK loves…

Thursday, 27th November 2014

Artists from Queensland’s Monte Lupo program at Eight Mile Plains got the chance to showcase their work during the recent G20 Summit, decorating the letter ‘B’ for a giant ‘Brisbane’ sign installed for the event.

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Barriers to justice

Thursday, 27th November 2014

Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent discusses the barriers that people with disability face within the justice system.

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Letters to Link

Thursday, 27th November 2014

Job for life  Jay Close  -  Ashamed no more  Terry Richard Klump  -  Love and Hate  Bruce Mumford

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Thursday, 27th November 2014

Sex expo wins award for Northcott  -  SA Group Enterprises joins Minda  -  Innovation award for cerebral palsy advocate  -  Come and Try Day attracts aspiring athletes


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Products & Services

Thursday, 27th November 2014

Looking for love  -  Getaway guarantee  -  Toilet tips

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Vale Stella Young

Thursday, 18th December 2014

Vale Stella Young

A public memorial service to honour the life of Stella Young will be held this Friday, December 19, 11am AEDT, at the Melbourne Town Hall.  Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with doors opening at 10am.

Mat and Julie laying on rose petals and covered in petals

Beautiful beasts

Thursday, 27th November 2014

UK performer Mat Fraser wants Australia’s pollies to broaden their minds when it comes to disability. He’s even offering all sitting MPs a free ticket to his latest show, Beauty and the Beast,

1 year report card

Thursday, 27th November 2014

The inaugural NDIS Annual Report was released on October 29 by the National Disability Insurance Agency. It summarises the scheme’s first year of operation, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Here’s a snapshot of the key findings:

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Renovation rescue

Thursday, 27th November 2014

National Disability Services chief executive Ken Baker says the NDIS is still very much a construction site.

Maree Kalkeeyorta by Belinda Mason

Indigenous people and disability

Thursday, 27th November 2014

The rate of disability amongst Indigenous Australians is almost double that of non-Indigenous Australians, according to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Aunty_Gayle by Belinda Mason

Unfinished business

Friday, 28th November 2014

Photographer Belinda Mason’s stunning ‘Unfinished Business’ exhibition provides an insight into the stories of Indigenous people with disability. It will tour Australia in 2015. Visit for details.

Closing the gap

Friday, 28th November 2014

Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield said the Australian Government is dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous  people with disability,

Martin Wren Nova employment

Winds of change

Friday, 28th November 2014

With the introduction of the NDIS and new wage arrangements for supported employees on the horizon, the supported employment sector is entering a period of chang

John at work

Born leader

Friday, 28th November 2014

As a supported employee at Minda, John O’Donnell was regarded by his peers as a leader and ‘go-to’ person for advice and information.

Josh posing for the camera at work with Pheonex

Up for the challenge

Friday, 28th November 2014

Josh Secker loves his work at South Australia’s Phoenix Society so much he doesn’t like public holidays.

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New wage scheme bridges the gap

Friday, 28th November 2014

Australian Disability Enterprises will need to become ‘employers of choice’ in an NDIS marketplace, according to Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield.

Hayden and Warwick at work for MInda

Team effort

Friday, 28th November 2014

Social interaction, friendship and a sense of pride are major benefits of supported employment, discovers Link editor Rebecca Somerfield.

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Innovative skills program wins award

Friday, 28th November 2014

A work skills program has been recognised at the New South Wales Disability Industry Innovation Awards for increasing the skills of supported employees

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Future bright for Barossa Enterprises

Friday, 28th November 2014

With a strong commitment to community and ensuring all employees are supported, Barossa Enterprises offers supported employment and training

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100% effort gets results

Friday, 28th November 2014

Victorian-based Mambourin Enterprises has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award.

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Willing to lend a hand

Friday, 28th November 2014

Ian Park is one of Sunnyfield’s most experienced supported employees, having worked with the New South Wales-based organisation for 30 years.

William Johns

Leaders in waiting

Friday, 28th November 2014

The eighth National Disability Awards were held at Parliament House, Canberra, on November 25. Designed to recognise the achievements of those who have improved the lives of people with disability

2014 National Disability Awards Winners

Monday, 1st December 2014

The winners of the 2014 National Disability Awards Ceremony were announced on Tuesday 25 November in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra.

Facing life’s challenges

Friday, 28th November 2014

It’s ten years since Lindy Hou won a gold medal in tandem biking at the Athens Paralympics, but thinking about it still gives her goose bumps.

James Gribble in 'Empowered'. Photo by Jefferson Grainger.

Film awards highlight ability

Monday, 1st December 2014

A short film about inner strength and determination was one of the winners of this year’s Nova Focus on Ability film competition, announced at Sydney’s Fox Studios in October.

Penguin parade

Monday, 1st December 2014

Travel journalist Marayke Jonkers gives Philip Island the thumbs up when it comes to accessible tourism.


Saving at sea

Monday, 1st December 2014

Robert De Pasquale, from accessible cruising specialists Wheelie Good Cruises, shares his top tips for saving money when cruising.

Australian Education Union president Angelo Gavrielatos.

Kids missing out

Monday, 1st December 2014

Children with disability in public schools are being short-changed, says Australian Education Union president Angelo Gavrielatos.



Monday, 1st December 2014

The latest album from Alternative Punk-Hop band Kounterclockwise is thought-provoking and complex, says Link music columnist Anthea Skinner.

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Monday, 1st December 2014

Rolling with the Punches (Short Stop Press) - Down's with the kids: The life and times of Stanley Matthew Palmer (Kindle) - The Spinal Cord Injury Pain Book (HammondCare Media) - Will to Live (Michael Joseph)

Nick and Stephen at one of their regular catch-ups.

Follow my lead

Monday, 1st December 2014

Aspiring community leaders are reaping the benefits of a program being run by New South Wales disability support organisation, My Choice Matters.

Phillip says the ukulele is a great way of bringing people together.

Playing his own tune

Monday, 1st December 2014

Musician Phillip Chalker hasn’t let the deterioration of his eyesight hinder his music career. The talented guitarist, who is legally blind, leads community music workshops in Victoria’s Gippsland region, teaching participants how to play the ukulele and sing.

Splish Splash

Monday, 1st December 2014

A new aquatic therapy program in Adelaide is teaching children with disability to be more comfortable in the water.

Get a job

Monday, 1st December 2014

Link’s resident columnist Peter Coulter reflects on his experiences in supported employment and why more employers should give people with disability a go.


Monday, 1st December 2014

Diabetes discovery may revolutionise treatment

Jon Martin, Community Support Inc, and Judy Jons, Comrec.

Social Scene

Monday, 1st December 2014

Disability Expo - Get loud - Community hub