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LEAD Barwon

Leading, 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 (NDIS).

The LEAD Barwon project focussed 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 and families.

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 or or click here to see what the program achieved.








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