Hire us to speak

We love to share our extensive knowledge and experience with people with disabilities, families, service providers and general community members.

Our fees

Speaker fees are $800 per 3 hour half day.

We think our workshops have a greater impact if participants can hear from several members of Isaac’s Microboard however this comes at a cost as you may need to cover airfares and accommodation for up to 3 people.

Our workshops

We are happy to tailor workshops to meet your needs or we can run the following:

Creating a Vision for Your Great Life  (3 hours)

A vision is a mental picture of what you want your life to look like in the future.  It’s important to have a vision because it:

  • gives you the energy to improve your life
  • guides your decisions and actions
  • helps you to spend NDIS funding wisely
  • helps you to keep going when you feel like giving up

This workshop will guide you through a vision building process. You will be able to:

  • imagine beyond just being safe and busy
  • open your mind to what might be possible
  • be able to identify your talents and passions
  • identify new things you might like to try
  • learn how to put together a vision board that you can continue to build and reflect on

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, friends, supporters and service providers.

Get ready for the NDIS (3 hours)

While we do not work for the National Disability Insurance Agency, our workshop will focus on giving you the benefit of our family’s experience.

Isaac has been on the NDIS since November 2014 and we have been able to use this funding to make some innovative and successful steps in building a good life for Isaac where he truly belongs his community.  See our newsletter for stories about what he has been up to.

The NDIS is opportunity to get more out of life.  This workshop will help you to be as ready as you can be and make the most of the NDIS.

You will be able to:

  • Find out if you are eligible
  • Make sure that the NDIS knows about you
  • Know what information and evidence you need to collect
  • Know your vision and goals
  • Communicate your vision and goals
  • Make an action plan
  • Justify reasonable and necessary supports
  • Find the right paid supports
  • Know how and why you might want to enlist unpaid supports
  • Make an informed choice about how you will manage your funding

This workshop is for people with disability, their families, friends, supporters and service providers.

What you need to do to be disability friendly (3 hours)

This workshop has been developed in consultation with people with disabilities and their families to help the wider community understand what they need to do to be inclusive, helpful and respectful.

You will learn:

  • why separate and segregated settings are rarely optimal
  • why inclusion benefits everyone
  • how to avoid devaluing a person with a disability
  • how to make adjustments to include people with disability in ordinary community activities
  • how to build equal relationships and avoid patronising missionary zeal
  • why assuming capacity is important
  • why having valued roles are so important for us all
  • how to communicate without speech
  • how to support a person with a disability to achieve their goals

This workshop is for community minded people who want to be better citizens, businesses who want to offer better services to people with disabilities, families, supporters and service providers who want to encourage connections in the community for the people they work with who have disabilities.

Circles of Support and Microboards (3 hours)

Circles of support are groups of unpaid people that gather around a person with a disability on a regular basis and help them build a good life.  These people can be family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and so on.

Circles of support  enable people with a disability to build a good life by

  • tapping into the creativity of members
  • tapping into the networks of members
  • acting as safeguards to make sure the person’s good life is sustained and continues to evolve even when parents are no longer around
  • taking on tasks that family members don’t have the time or expertise to do

Microboards are an extension of the circle of support where they become incorporated associations. The advantage of incorporating is that the more formal nature makes the group more likely to be sustainable.

Incorporation also appears to allow more effective networking with community businesses as they have more kudos.  This in turn can allow for more opportunities arising for the person at the centre of the microboard.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What are circles and microboards?
  • Why they work
  • Why they sometimes don’t work
  • What are the important values and principles for circles and microboards
  • Who to ask
  • How to ask
  • Planning the first meeting
  • What does success look like?
  • Ensuring the person in the circle has choice and control

You will also have the opportunity to network with other families and community members to get a feel of what a circle of support might be like.

This workshop is for community minded people wanting to make a difference to the lives of a person with a disability, people with disability, their families, friends, supporters and service providers.

What participants say about our workshops

It was informative, visionary and inspirational

It was really worthwhile attending.

The highlight for me was looking outside the square and hearing creative & innovative ways to manage NDIS funding.

So great to hear from family members who have found ways of building what is necessary for a good life – lots of practical ideas take away to work on.

Where we have spoken

Our Speakers

Isaac Peel

Isaac is the focus person of our microboard.  He enjoys doing short presentations using adaptive technology to share what he enjoys about his life.

He demonstrates what is possible first hand and helps people to see why it is so important to presume competence in people with intellectual disabilities.

Sheree Henley

Sheree is Isaac’s mum. She has a powerful personal story that many families can relate to and enjoys sharing how she went from being a tired single mum that saw no future for herself or her son to working with a microboard and building a life for Isaac that is embedded in his local community where he is happy and thriving. Her message is that it doesn’t matter about the level of your child’s disability and you don’t need to be smart, rich or popular to build a good life for your family member.  You do need to have a strong vision, be tenacious, open minded and an optimist and follow some basic values and principles.

She has a Masters in Education from the University of Western Sydney.  Her 15 years as a teacher and university lecturer has given her excellent skills in speaking, teaching, advocacy and mentoring.

Sheree has extensive experience in working with families who want to seek inclusive lives for their son’s or daughters who have a disability. She has conducted many workshops for families preparing to enter the NDIS in the ACT trial site.

Sheree is also one of the founders of Microboards Canberra who work with families wanting to set up circles of support or microboards. She has also been working with Imagine More to mentor families on setting up circles of support.

 David Sheldrick

David is Isaac’s Stepfather. Although coming on the scene later in Isaac’s life, David has fully supported Sheree’s work in ensuring Isaac lives a full and productive life.

David is an experienced educator who has taught Primary and High School classes. He has a Master’s Degree in Information and communications Technology (ICT) and is experienced in running workshops in using ICT productively in schools

David has also worked with students who have a disability and is an active participant in ensuring student’s with disabilities are included in all aspects of school life. As a member of Isaac’s Microboard, David works with Sheree to ensure that Isaac is not only included in the community but is accepted for who he is. David works with other board members to ensure Isaac leads a full life not only now but into the future.

 For further information

Get in touch with us to discuss your speaking engagement needs.

 

 

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