Launch of innovative training program

Launch of innovative training program gives people with intellectual disability choice and control.

A groundbreaking new online, free training resource for disability support workers has just been launched.

In line with the NDIS, the Person Centred Active Support program aims to maximise choice and control for people with a disability.     

The resource can be accessed at no fee from smart phones, tablets and computers at www.activesupportresource.net.au

Called 'Every Moment Has Potential,' it was developed by researchers at La Trobe University, Living with Disability Research Centre and Greystanes Disability Services and funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry.

It emphasises the importance of Person Centred Active Support as a powerful approach toward maximising choice and participation for people with an intellectual disability. The program guides staff in how to provide skilled support to achieve this.

Director of La Trobe's Living with Disability Research Centre, Professor Chris Bigby says Person Centred Active Support is about facilitating engagement, interaction and opportunity at every turn for people with intellectual disabilities – particularly people with more severe and profound intellectual disability who find it difficult to be engaged without support.

"This is an evidence-based approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities to make choices and have control in their daily lives. It is based on a significant body of research from both the UK and Australia about the effectiveness of Person Centred Active Support and improved quality of life outcomes when staff use this approach to practice. "It's about maximising participation in meaningful activities and social relationships. This obviously leads to a better quality of life," she said.

Greystanes Disability Services' CEO John Le Breton says the resource introduces disability support workers to the essentials of Person Centred Active Support and the tools to make them a reality.

"The resource includes video examples of real life situations, like a shopping trip or lunch at a café, to show how support workers can facilitate meaningful activities and interactions for the people they support."

Media Contact: Catherine Garrett 9479 6565 / 0418 964 325

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