With the coming of the NDIS the climate is increasingly focussed on funding and paying for professional support. In such a climate it is important to remember that what actually creates safe and secure futures for our sons and daughters is social connection and freely given relationships.
Isaac’s Band of Brothers & Sisters Incorporated (otherwise known as The Band) is a microboard – an incorporated association that works with Isaac, his family, friends and the wider community to enable Isaac (a young man with a severe disability and complex needs) to have a typical, socially included and quality life.
It’s understood that Isaac’s Band of Brothers & Sisters is the first Microboard to be operating in the ACT and is now turning 1 year old.
We will be celebrating Christmas and our first anniversary out and about in the community at Music in the Park at Hackett on Saturday December 5.
Some of our achievements in our first year of operation have been:
- Exploring the business model for a mail and magazine delivery business for Isaac
- Identifying work experience opportunities for him
- Building Isaac’s friendship networks who have in turn enjoyed the several opportunities to hang out with him or go on outings such as music concerts.
Isaac’s mum Sheree Henley says “I am so thankful to have a group of people to help me generate ideas and make them happen. Creating an ordinary life where Isaac is fully included and truly belongs in the community is so much harder to do on my own.”
Lucy Gledhill who is a microboard member says “Isaac has taught me so much. He has taught me not to have any limiting beliefs and that’s helped me with my own daughter. When she says she wants to do something I have learned to say why not and lets plan how this might be able to happen.”
Microboards originated in Canada around 30 years ago. See Velacanada and were first established in Australia in Perth by Youniverse. Microboards Canberra was established in October 2013. They operate under a set of core principles to ensure that the person with the disability is given choice and control and their human rights are protected.
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