Accessibility Tools

Disability in Media: Books We Recommend

Here at Access4u, we pride ourselves on a key practice principle of exploration. Exploration, in this case, means continually educating ourselves about the disability sector.

This not includes upskilling to become better professionals and learning from each other and our customers - it also includes learning from those with lived experience outside our organisation. This involves consuming content across multiple medium about disability.

So, we have put together this blog that spotlights some of our favourite non-fiction and fictional books that are written or focus on real people with disability. See our list below....

Access4u Launch New Job Board

Here at Access4u, we have launched a new jobs board, that features positions across multiple teams, including Mentoring (Support Work), Support Coordination and Therapeutic Supports.

This job board will be kept up-to-date with new opportunities as they come available. You will be able to submit an Expression of Interest at any point as well.

What Makes a Good Disability Mentor?

Here at Access4u, we are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people we support. As a value driven organisation, our admiration for the people we work with, the people we work for and their right to choose and their inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.

Accessible and Inclusive Activities Across Adelaide

We've developed a guide for accessible and inclusive activities to do in Adelaide and South Australia. Check out our list below.

 

Meet Our Customers, Travis and Marc

Meet our customers, Travis and Marc - you can read more about their stories in our latest Impact Report.

Meet Our Customers, Jason and Michelle

Meet our customers, Jason and Michelle - you can read more about their stories in our latest Impact Report.

Meet Sprinkles, Our Assistance Dog

Sprinkles, our new Assistance Dog, has recently joined the team at Access4u. She plays a vital role with aiding our customers with their emotional needs.

 

Access4u Launches 2022-23 Impact Report

We are pleased to share with you our latest Impact Report, which contains important information about Access4u, our services and our latest projects.

 

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Access4u Expand to Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula

Access4u is excited to announce that we have officially expanded to the Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula regions!

At this time, we will be offering several of our services, including Mentoring and Social and Community Participation, Support Coordination and Specialist Support Coordination, and Supported Independent Living (SIL).

 

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Access4u Launches Day Options Program, Options4u

Access4u is excited to announce the launch of the brand-new Day Options Program, Options4u, which will be held at Kilkenny Community Centre.

This is an innovative program designed to provide our customers with a wide variety of activities dedicated to their interests and NDIS goals. The aim of these programs is to enhance participants' quality of life, promote socialisation, and increase personal development.

 

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Access4u Home and Living Options

Being able to choose where you live, who you live with and what supports you may need in your own home is a big part of living as independently as possible.

We provide multiple NDIS solutions to support you, whether you are moving out of home for the first time, or you're further down the track of your housing journey.

 

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Free Workshop for NDIS Funded High School Students

Access4u now offers a FREE no-obligation workshop for NDIS funded students & parents/guardians: "A guide for soon-to-be school leavers."

Calling out to all schools and parents who have high school-aged students, do you want a guide for students with NDIS funding on how to prepare for leaving school? We can help.

 

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Role: Mentors (Support Workers) in Moonta Bay - Multiple Positions Available

Mentor - Job Description Are you passionate about making a difference? Want a rewarding and flexible career?We are seeking Mentors (also known as Support Workers), passionate about making a real difference in people’s lives to join Access4u, a leading not-for-profit…

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Disability Language Guide: Writing, Referring To, and Talking to People with Disabilities

The way we write about, refer to, and talk to people with disability is important. Words are powerful.

We have put together the below guide to assist you in being inclusive with written and spoken language. This blog post details focusing on strengths based language, with an emphasis on abiliites and not limitations.

 

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How to Make Your Next Party Accessible

Whether you’re hosting your next party or gathering at your home, at work, or at an event venue, there are important things to consider to make sure the event is accessible. This includes considering access needs, spacing and seating, food and dietary requirements, and considering going hybrid across events.

 

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Press Release: Leading NDIS Service Provider Tackles Disability Group Home Crisis

South Australian based disability support organisation, Access4u, is changing the traditional approach to home and living option solutions for the thousands of South Australians with disability currently seeking supported accommodation. Ultimately, we recommend thinking outside the box and move beyond simply filling housing vacancies without going through a tailored process that puts the person at the forefront.

 

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Access4u Launches 2021-22 Impact Report

Access4u has launched their first ever Impact Report, which details the 2021-22 financial year.

The report reflects the substantial amount of growth Access4u has experienced over the past year.

 

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Hear from our Cert III Graduates and Current Access4u Mentors

Did you know that at Access4u, we offer a CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) to all of our Mentors?


Our Cert III, in partnership with CEG Training Partnerships (RTO Code: 40138), is a great way for our Mentors to earn and learn more. The training is flexible and supportive, and provides the essential skills needed to better care for Access4u customers.

 

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Wheelchair Friendly Trails Across Adelaide and South Australia

Alltrails.com have recently updated their walking trails listings across South Australia and Australia to now include all trails that are wheelchair friendly.

This blog details the following tracks:

  • Torrens Linear Track Loop, Adelaide Park Lands
  • Patawalonga River Walk, Adelaide
  • Sturt River Linear Park Trail, Marion
  • Coast Park Path, Moana
  • Happy Valley Woodland Loop, Happy Valley
  • Little Quarry Loop, Anstey Hill Recreation Park
  • Shamus Liptrot Cycling Trail, Balaklava.


Learn more about the wheelchair friendly walking trails below…

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Meet our Customers: Will & Kathleen

Meet two of our customers, Will and Kathleen. They are both featured in our latest Impact Report, and have been supported by Access4u for the last couple of years.

 

 

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What is Supported Independent Living (SIL) at Access4u?

Supported Independent Living (also referred to as SIL) is a NDIS support. At Access4u, it comes under our Home and Living supports and can be found in your NDIS plan under CORE Supports.

According to the NDIS, SIL is a support that helps you “live in your home. It includes help or supervision with daily tasks, like personal care or cooking meals. It helps you live as independently as possible, while building your skills.

Access4u offers SIL. Learn more about this support in our blog.

 

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Access4u Opens New Mount Barker Office

On Wednesday 16 November 2022, Access4u hosted an official launch of their new Mount Barker office.

Over 90 guests attended, including local dignitaries, council members, local community members and NDIS participants.

 

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Start A Cert III in Individual Support (Disability) | Hear from Our Graduate, Cooper

Access4u offers a CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) through our training partner, CEG – Training Partnerships (RTO Code: 40138). CEG is a highly reputable, Nationally Accredited Training organisation based in South Australia.

We recently talked to Cooper Marsh, graduate of the Cert III and current Access4u Flexible Supports Coordinator, about his experience undertaking the course. Cooper started his Cert III in mid-2019 and finished at the start of 2020.

 

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4 Tips To Make Your Social Media Accounts More Accessible

Not only is it important for businesses and organisations to make their social media more accessible and inclusive, it’s also something we should practice ourselves on our personal channels.

Some of our tips to make your social media more accessible is to use image description and/or alt descriptions when necessary, limit your use of emojis, make your text accessible by using tools such as Hemingway, and use inclusive language at all times. You can read more about our tips below.

Here are our top tips to make your social media more accessibility friendly….

 

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Meet our Customers: Kurt & Jenny

Meet two of Access4u's customers, Kurt and Jenny. Both Kurt and Jenny are featured in our 2021-22 Impact Report.

 

 

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Our Fullarton Office Has Moved!

As of 14 July 2022, our Fullarton Office has moved.

We are now a hop, skip and a jump away at 242 Glen Osmond Road. According to Google Maps, this is a just a one-minute walk from our previous location.

Our new office is a larger premises compared to our old site, which will allow us to better accommodate our customers’ needs. The office is now accessible for those who require office-based appointments.

 

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Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds Across South Australia

Are you looking for a playground that caters to a range of abilities and is wheelchair accessible? There are several inclusive and accessible playgrounds across Adelaide and South Australia.

Inclusive play is important for a child’s development. It helps children to build confidence, develop important social and communication skills, and learn how to care for others and the environment. It can also help develop physical, cognitive and emotional skills and increases their overall health and happiness.

Our blog outlines several playgrounds in South Australia, including Hendrie Street Reserve Playground, Paddocks Adventure Playground, and Jubilee Playground in Noarlunga. 

 

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The Difference Between Support Coordination and Specialist Support Coordination

Here at Access4u, we are a registered NDIS provider that offers two levels of Support Coordination: Coordination of Supports (or Support Coordination) and Specialist Support Coordination.

Both roles operate in a similar way, but there are some key differences. All Support Coordinators are here to help. They are here to guide and support you throughout your NDIS journey, helping you get the best out of your supports and supporting you to achieve your goals. Learn more about them below.

 

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What Jobs Are Available in the Disability Sector?

It’s a common misconception that there are limited pathways in the disability sector. However, thanks to the recently introduced NDIS Scheme, this is rapidly growing field that offers several career pathways, including Support Mentors/Workers, Support Coordinators, and several office and administration roles.

 

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Why You Should Consider a Career in the Disability Sector

A career in disability is an incredibly rewarding path.

Do you want to make a real difference in people’s lives? Want to help others grow their independence and be part of the community? A role in the disability sector may be the perfect fit for you.

Keep reading to learn more about a career in the disability field and why it may be an avenue to consider…

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Access4u Tackles Skill Shortage Facing the Disability Sector

Access4u has joined forces with South Australian based Career Employment Group (CEG) to tackle a state-wide staff and skill shortage facing the disability sector in South Australia.

As part of a new campaign both organisations are calling for South Australians to consider a traineeship in disability support as the sector struggles to meet demand due to expediential growth.