Educating, Advocating for
Disability- LEAD Barwon was a project
funded by the Victorian Government and implemented by the Committee
for Geelong. The project worked with a group of people with a
disability, informal carers and family members of people with
a disability, to build their capacity to speak about their personal
experience of Australia's new National Disability Insurance Scheme
The LEAD Barwon project focused on increasing individuals'
confidence and ability to communicate publicly. Participants learnt
new skills while sharing their needs and knowledge about how the
new NDIS worked in their case. Over the longer term, it
aimed to help ensure the new scheme is the best possible system for
Victorians with a disability, their carers and families.
LEAD Barwon commenced in October 2013 and concluded June 2014.
During that time, participants took part in group workshops and
participated in individual coaching or tuition.
Each LEAD Barwon participant has been involved in a complex
change and time in their lives as they became some of the first
people to experience the NDIS. They agreed to commit to publicly
sharing their journey and developing their leadership and advocacy
capacity in order to help ensure the new scheme is the best
possible system for all Victorians with a disability, their carers
The LEAD Barwon participants developed the skills and confidence
to communicate in ways that work best for them as an individual.
They have generously written and shared journals of their personal
lives and family experiences and become highly regarded and sought
after guest speakers and panellists. They have engaged with media
opportunities, using television, radio, print and online media to
state and national audiences in positive ways to ensure the new
scheme is supported by the whole community.
In every instance, the LEAD Barwon participants have focussed on
giving honest but constructive accounts, sometimes in the face of
significant challenges, in order to fulfil the LEAD Barwon vision
of shaping the future of the NDIS. In the process of achieving this
vision, they have also established sustainable mechanisms,
connections and networks to be able to effectively advocate for,
and influence the development, delivery and continued improvement
of the NDIS.
If you would like to know more about LEAD
Barwon, please contact Committee for Geelong on 03 5227 8075
here to see what the program achieved.