My choice, my future: community links expo

HELPING HANDS: From left, Lloyd Gris (UNE), Gaye Michell (House With No Steps), Julia Csanki (Challenge) and Pam Alley (Kirinari).
HELPING HANDS: From left, Lloyd Gris (UNE), Gaye Michell (House With No Steps), Julia Csanki (Challenge) and Pam Alley (Kirinari).

THE region’s largest disability expo will be held in Armidale on September 13.

My Future, My Choice Disability Expo will be held at Armidale Services Club, in Dumaresq Street, from 10am till 2.30pm.

It is Armidale’s largest and most successful expo and information day for people with disabilities.

“The NDIS roll-out across the region happened a year ago; in that year service providers and support services have learned so much in how we can all work together to deliver the best services for our customers,” event spokeswoman and Kirinari development and relationship manager Lorraine Legge said.

“The expo will be set up to be a one-stop shop for you to meet service providers, learn about new innovative services and have some of the industry leaders available to answer your questions.”

The expo will be set up to be a one-stop shop for you to meet service providers, learn about new innovative services and have some of the industry leaders available to answer your questions

The expo will have a wide range of information and advice on early intervention services, carer support, advocacy, accommodation, training, education, employment post school option, equipment and adaptive technology.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the expo. 

Now the NDIS has been rolled out, why would people want to go to the expo?

The NDIS gives families and individuals the power to choose the services they would like to engage. 

As with any other consumer, people are encouraged to come and see who the competition is so they can access the best services for the best price.

What about those people not with the NDIS yet?

The expo is a fantastic resource for people of all ages and lifestyles. There will be information about services for people of all ages and also an all-day sausage sizzle and some delicious food.

What is My Future My Choice expo all about?

The expo is a great day that's main aim is to provide as much information about the services available to people with a disability, in the Armidale area.

The expo committee is made up of local disability organisations that all provide services within the area and know it well.

For more information, phone Lloyd Gris on 0437 315 335 or Lea McMillan on 0478 486 048.

CHOICE TO MAKE: This year’s disability expo will highlight products and services aimed at increasing independence and quality of life. It is on September 13, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

CHOICE TO MAKE: This year’s disability expo will highlight products and services aimed at increasing independence and quality of life. It is on September 13, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

The Ascent Group

This organisation was started in 1955 by a group of families who had children with developmental disabilities.

The Ascent Group specialises in high quality community, disability and employment services for rural and regional communities and is a sponsor of this year’s My Future My Choice Commnity Links Expo.

“We are dedicated to helping people throughout the community achieve their goals,” chief executive Peter Westbrook said.

“From helping people with basic life skills to work programs, we provide people with the support and assistance they need for a more productive life.”

For more information phone 6774 8977.

BEST Employment

BEST Employment is a not-for-profit company providing a range of community and employment services throughout the New England and North West NSW that will offer advice and information at the expo.

“We provide individually tailored assistance to our job seekers, which includes vocational counselling … tutoring, job canvassing, continuing job placement support and training,” BEST Employment marketing coordinator Kate Ottewell said.

For more information phone 6771 3795.

Centacare New England North West

Centacare New England North West supports people with disabilities to be the best version of themselves through person centered, community based services.

As registered providers of plan management, coordination of supports, therapeutic and behavioural supports, Centacare NENW works with people to meet their individual goals.

Phone 6762 9200.