Resources and Publications

As part of our goal to effectively disseminate and translate research, we have collated (in one place) all relevant LIDS-produced resources for people with a disability, their families, carers and associated services.

Free online learning programs

Frontline Practice Leadership Training Resource

This online training resource is for frontline supervisors, service managers, and experienced support workers. Each day, support workers directly influence the quality of life of the people they support. What support workers do and how they do it matters to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Support workers - like staff in any organisation - need guidance, instruction, and support to develop their skills and become competent. It is the role of Frontline Practice Leaders to help support workers to develop and enhance those skills. The Frontline Practice Leadership training resource can be used for in house training, individual study or in team discussions.

The Frontline Practice Leadership trining resource was developed from research by the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Commission, and filmed with the support of Unisson Disability Services.

The La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework

This online learning resource is about support for decision making. It will present the first evidence-based framework to guide you through the process of supporting people with cognitive disabilities to make decisions. Using this framework will help you to enable the people you support to exercise choice and control in their own lives.

Enabling Risk: Putting Positives First: - Developed for disability support workers. Enabling people to take risks is an integral part of disability support work. It is also important that practice leaders, frontline managers, senior managers are aware of the essentials of enabling risk outlined in this resource as they play a significant role in creating the right environment for support workers to put risk enablement into practice.

Person-centered active support 'Every Moment has Potential' - Provides an introduction to Person Centred Active Support - a way of working that enables everyone, no matter what their level of intellectual or physical disability, to make choices and participate in meaningful activities and social relationships. Developed specifically with Disability Support staff in mind.

'Supporting Inclusion' What does it mean to a person with intellectual disabilities? (password: encounter). The purpose of this resource is to create a space where disability support workers can think about what social inclusion means for people with intellectual disability, and learn or refresh some useful tools and strategies to support people with intellectual disability in ways that will promote their social inclusion.

Other training/resources

Story webs - Anecdotal narratives and the fabric of being - LiDs March 20019 Seminar slides and references from Dr Nicola Grove [PDF: 6.9MB]

Human beings seem to spend a lot of their time together exchanging stories about their lives. These so-called “small stories” are now regarded as critical in building a sense of personal identity, relationships and communities, but are under-represented in research in intellectual disability.  This talk draws on Jayne Clapton’s metaphor of the fabric of integrality, and will illustrate some of the mechanisms whereby the exchange of stories helps to break down barriers and stigma in the lives of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities.

A Guide to Good Group Homes

Explores what the research evidence tells us makes a difference in group homes, and to the lives of people who live in them.

This Research to Action Guide to Good Group Homes provides a suite of resources on this topic.

The rapid review summarises an extensive review of the research literature the Living with Disability (LiDs) Research Centre published in 2016. LiDs looked at the propositions (suggestions) about what makes a difference to the quality of group homes and thus the quality of life of the people with intellectual disability who live there. LiDs reviewed the strength of research evidence for these and reached conclusions about the factors that are most important to quality.

The accompanying practice guides will be most useful for two different audiences. First, families or carers assessing a group home for someone with an intellectual disability whom they support. Second, this guide will be useful for professionals wanting to know what needs to be in place to provide good quality of life for people with intellectual disability in a group home.

AAT Tribunal Decision Digest

This quarterly digest has been prepared by the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University. It aims to summarise a selection of Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) decisions about the NDIS published in the preceding three months and highlight overarching themes.

This work is funded by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, to help support the development of a sustainable NDIS that is true to its original purpose. It is intended to be freely available. The authors are Dr Darren O’DonovanProfessor Christine Bigby and Professor Jacinta Douglas from the La Trobe University Living with Disability Research Centre.

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