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Hunter Region NSW: Microboards: A way of building and sustaining a good life for people with a disability, even when parents are no longer around
August 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm AESTFree
Are you worried about what will happen to your disabled family member when you are no longer able to support them?
Are you stuck for ideas helping them to have a good life?
Got some great ideas but too exhausted and busy to implement them?
Not happy with your paid services?
Forming a microboard around your family member with a disability might be a great solution for you.
A microboard is a small group of people, typically committed family and friends of a person who experiences challenges in life. The microboard works with the person to help them plan and achieve their goals for a good life.
Depending on a person’s particular needs, a Microboard’s role can include assisting with coordinating support services, finding and keeping employment and facilitating friendships.
This workshop will introduce you to what a microboard is and how they can be set up and run.
- What is a Microboard
- Why have a Microboard
- Understanding Microboard values and principles and what they look like in action
- What kind of work do Microboards do?
- Don’t know anyone? – How to bring people into your life that you could ask to be part of the Microboard
- Inviting people to be part of a Microboard
- Incorporation & writing your constitution
- Roles & responsibilities of members
- What happens when the board makes a decision you dont like?
- Planning with your Microboard
- Running a Microboard meeting
- Collaborating to solve problems
- Getting funding for your microboard in your NDIS plan
Jaquie Mills is the parent of four children, two with disability. A former high school teacher, Jaquie has a Master of Education in the area of Emotional Intelligence. Jaquie has been the developer of the Microboard model of support in Australia. She has taught in the area of inclusive education at Edith Cowan University in Perth, and was the project manager for a new post-graduate degree in Complex Communication Needs which is in its third year in the School of Education at ECU and has already had a significant impact on the education of students with disability around the country, especially those who cannot speak.
Sheree is a Director of Microboards Australia and is based in Canberra. She is the mother of a young man with a complex disability. She has a powerful personal story that many families can relate to and enjoys sharing how she went from being a tired single mum that saw no future for herself or her son to working with a Microboard and building a life for him that is embedded in his local community where he is happy and thriving. Her 15 years as a teacher and university lecturer has given her excellent skills in speaking, teaching, advocacy and mentoring.