What we do
Established by families in 2008, Microboards Australia (MA) brought the Microboard model to Australia. MA are the only organisation in Australia trained & endorsed by Vela Microboards Canada as delivering the authentic model adhering to core principles, which growing research evidence over 35 years demonstrates achievement of quality of life outcomes for people with disability.
A Microboard is a sustainable network of unpaid relationships with a strong values based culture committed to the Social Model of Disability. This could be family, friends, long term community connections, anyone who is there to represent and work as a team to help the person achieve the life they choose now and into the future. MA take each network through a detailed formation process culminating in incorporation to create a not for profit association supporting just one person. The aim of a microboard is to safeguard quality of life even when parents/key caregivers are no longer able to. MA teach ordinary community members how to develop and maintain the life the focus person wants.
Whilst MA have founded the Microboard model within Australia, the company has grown over time to provide access to services to meet people’s need to achieve what we know matters in having a life rich in relationships, self advocacy, wellbeing and purpose.
All of our services support the person and their support network to embed long term principles of support including:
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To build the capacity of support networks to walk alongside people with disability in person centred, sustainable and responsible ways.
That all people have the right to the life they choose which respects them as members of community and family and upholds their universal human rights.
Our Point of Difference
We always assume that everyone has the capacity to participate in everything – our core assumption of all people is one of competence. We work towards upholding the rights of people with disability in al that we do inclusive of providing advocacy or seeking to link people with advocates where necessary. We encourage creative problem solving and commitment when it comes to making sure a person is fully included and active in determining what they want from their life.
We respect a person’s right to choose how they are supported, how they communicate and who they wish to engage with. We always assume that people can and do communicate and that any difficulties in communication rest with the limited capacity of the listener and communication partner. We provide direct specialist support for AAC and accessible communication for all of our participants and ensure information is accessible in suitable formats where required
Microboards are about relationships and connections, and about how we bring together diverse groups of people and individuals to create an effective community. We work to establish and strengthen both paid and unpaid support networks across all of our services and upskill those networks for sustainable support implementation into the future
We are the only organisation in Australia that is endorsed by Vela Canada to work with families to set up Microboards. We are also unique in that we also offer education programs to Microboards and their members on specific work such as becoming an employer, planning for the NDIS, supporting a person to move from school into work, setting up a social enterprise and building communication and supported decision making skills.
Our principles are embedded across our services
Our Collaboration Partners
Vela Canada informs our practice. Our approach and model is closely aligned with this successful international model.
Inclusion Alberta hosted 3 Microboards Australia families on exchange to learn best practice and have continued to support us.
Microboard members have ongoing connections and projects with Curtin University of Technology. The School of Occupational Therapy is our partner in an inclusive employment project.
We work alongside and value the approach of My Place.
We have been instrumental in the development of and ongoing implementation of the Graduate Diploma in Special Education: Complex Communication Needs at Edith Cowan University and
We work in close partnership with Developmental Disability Western Australia. We have a number of joint projects, resources and initiatives together.