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Supported Independent Living – Living Together and Living better

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is an area of support offered to participants by NDIS that is meant to help them live as independently as possible in a supported Specialist Disability Accommodation setting. SIL gives Participants a sense of autonomy and confidence in knowing they can participate in a residential environment setting with other people, which … Read more

How To Apply for NDIS Support

First things first. To be eligible for the NDIS a participant must: • have a permanent and significant disability or a developmental delay. • be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa. • be under 65 years of age. • need support from a person or equipment to … Read more

The Importance of excursions for Children with Special needs

Excursions, including regular outings, provide valuable opportunities for children with special needs to explore the wider community and to extend their scope of learning.  CDSS is a strong advocate of using excursions as an essential learning means for disabled children.  Our service is always mindful of additional risks that may be present during excursions which … Read more

How to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities

Disability advocacy for children is all about representing, speaking up for, or writing to promote, protect and defend the rights of children with disabilities.  Children’s disabilities often include impairments of physical, sensory or. mental functions that may affect their abilities to undertake activities or participate in community life.   If you genuinely care about your cause, you … Read more

The Importance of the Arts in Special Education

CDSS believes art is important for kids with special needs. CDSS considers that artistic activities can help stimulate and strengthen the cognitive and physical skills that generally challenge special needs children, such as oral, tactile, visual, sensory, and motor skills.  This is why we at CDSS advocate for art as an important tool in the … Read more

Importance of Music for Children with Special Needs

Music is an effective means to stimulate brain development and learning skills.  Learning to play an instrument helps children focus on timing, and rhythm while allowing them to express themselves creatively through music.   Music helps children in a plethora of areas to do with their cognitive function, regardless of what their special needs may … Read more

NDIA using NDIS to break down barriers for people living with Disabilities.

What is the NDIA and NDIS and how does it work?   The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to promote a better life for people with significant and permanent disabilities (NDIS participants) and to provide support to their families … Read more

Sports and Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs or disabilities need an outlet to express & enjoy themselves.  The benefits children get from playing sports, exercising & the pure enjoyment of physical activities ticks all the boxes for this.   Special needs children are sometimes discouraged about exercising because their Carers may fear they will get hurt. Notwithstanding this, … Read more

The concept and development of Disability Inclusion at CDSS

Disability inclusion is about having children with disabilities engage with their peers (who may or may not have disabilities) in everyday activities. Disability Inclusion is more than simply encouraging children with disabilities to engage with others but also involves making sure policies and practices are also available and utilised in the community or setting to … Read more

Dynamics of the CDSS Respite Care Program

CDSS Respite care program CDSS offers clients, as part of its support program, “Respite Care” which we feel is important especially in this COVID 19 era. Respite care is a process where a support worker provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. Parents or guardians of children with special needs or significant disabilities can get care … Read more