About Exhibitor Categories
2020 Online Employment,
Life Skills and Leisure Expo
Living skills also known as (daily living skills) builds greater independence, putting the participant’s long-term wellbeing first. This allows the participant to care for themselves where possible.
Below are examples of everyday living skills:
- Personal Hygiene
- Dressing and Clothing Care
- Health Care
- Cooking, Eating, Nutrition
- Home Management and Home Safety
- Financial Management
- Personal Growth, Awareness, and Problem Solving
- Community Access
Supports may be funded in areas such as skill development, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.
They may include funding for:
- daily personal activities
- transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
- workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
- therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
- help by skilled personnel in arranging aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment and vehicle modifications
There are a number of different housing options for people with disability. You’ll need to ask for this in your NDIS participant plan.
- Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) – singular or small group accommodation
- Private rental or house sharing
- Public housing and community housing
- Living in the family home or your own home
- Supported independent living (SIL) – support at home
NDIS funding is required for all of these supports
There are independent organisations that can assist you to find accommodation options for free.
Refer to the guest speaker, resources and exhibitor section of the website for further information on how to access housing options, vacancies and property level of accessibility.
Allied Health / Therapeutic
Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses.
Allied health professionals assess specific areas of impairment and provide assistive technologies to improve independence. Allied health roles in supporting people with disabilities are summarised below:
- Audiologists assess for hearing impairment and fit hearing devices
- Occupational Therapy assess and intervene with strategies that enable people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, and to participate in meaningful self-care, leisure and productive activities in a range of home and community contexts.
- Optometrists and orthoptists provide services for low vision
- Podiatrists provide services promoting foot health and mobility
- Orthotists and prosthetists prescribe devices and that promote mobility, limb function and independence
- Physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors can assist with musculoskeletal issues
- Exercise physiologists and physiotherapists also can provide health promoting wellness programs to develop strength, balance and prevent falls
- Arts therapists and music therapists provide services for people experiencing dementia
- Dietitians assess people who have nutritional needs requiring specialised nutritional support that may include tube feeding. They also advise on nutritional strategies to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes
- Speech pathologists can assess and treat people with speech and swallowing difficulties.
- Psychologists and appropriately trained social workers, occupational therapists can provide services for people with disabilities arising from ongoing mental illness.
Therapeutic services may include any type of assistance that benefits the mind or body.
See Resources section for more information on Allied Health and Therapeutic Services.
Assistive technology is ‘any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed’ (World Health Organisation, 2004). It is a broad term that refers to any tool, low tech or high tech, which can be used to improve a person’s level of functioning or independence.
Assistive Technology (AT) provides the support a person with a disability might use to reach their potential at home, in the community and the workplace.
AT may be equipment or systems which help you with moving around your home or community, communicating with other people, processing information, and other daily tasks.
Supports may be included in your NDIS plan where it is a reasonable and necessary support that will meet your needs and help you pursue your goals. This requires an assessment by an Occupational Therapist (OT).
See Resources section for more information on Assistive Technologies.
Disclaimer: Please note LGA’s (locations) relate to where exhibitors have an outlet. Not necessarily every service type (sub-category) is delivered at every outlet. Please check with individual exhibitors for confirmation of service type in your LGA/location.