Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Getting Off the Fence & Getting a Real Life

As the parent of three children with a disability, Justine Hall found that attending workshops on Social Role Valorisation had a huge impact on her thinking. She now uses these principles to guide her children’s lives and activities.

It has changed the direction of her eldest son’s life. He moved out of a day program, and now has a valued role as an employee for several companies. He also studies music at TAFE. As a result, he now has a flourishing network of friends and supports.

Justine and her family self-direct her son’s NDIS package. This enables them to influence and shape a richer and inclusive future.

In this presentation you’ll learn:
  • The stop-start nature of the journey
  • Key guidelines/principles and how each have been put into practice.
  • Start where you are. Take local, small steps, success builds success
  • Recognise natural cycles of activity
  • Make yourself accountable.
  • The value of mentorship and peer support.
  • View problems and obstacles as “solutions yet to be discovered
  • Do what works, stop doing what doesn’t.
  • Ask often- what’s good, better, best?
  • Understand where your true resources live. Step out of funding mindset. Develop sustainable energy circuits.
  • The magic of critical mass: where the good life really blossoms.
  • Know your role is obsolete. Releasing control, fear, anxiety.
  • Building a bridge of belief of what’s possible. Doubt and saboteurs, protecting the vision.
  • Take up your leadership niche.
  • Be clear on purpose. Get real about consequences of not taking action.