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Lost opportunity to boost accessible housing in SA?
In the lead up to the 2022 South Australian election, JFA Purple Orange is calling on all parties and candidates to commit to implementing the new mandatory standards for new builds within a broader long-term funded plan to address the current housing crisis in our state.
We are looking for ideas on how to support inclusion!
Do you have an idea about how to support inclusive neighbourhoods in South Australia, where diversity is welcomed and people genuinely belong? Where local people make sure that other local people who are at increased risk of isolation or marginalisation are valued and included?
International Day of People with Disability 2021
International Day of People With Disability falls on Friday, December 3 2021. This year’s theme is about leadership. How can people living with disability be leaders in creating a better post-COVID world? We want to hear what you think!
Media Release: Launch of innovative aged care traineeship for people living with disability
Share a voice memo via iPhone
This page gives instructions how to email a voice memo from your phone. Your voice memo may be used on the Purple Orange Podcast.
Our Voice SA members recently participated in a research study by Flinders University. They talked about what is loneliness and what helps to make people feel better.
EYDN Co-design Groups
EYDN is looking for people with lived experience of disability to join their co-design group. You will get a chance to collaborate with EYDN on developing their new programs using your lived experience.
What is Our Voice SA?
We made this video to show off the life-changing work of Our Voice SA, a self-advocacy group run by and for people with intellectual disability.
Royal Commission Education and Learning FAQs
Education and learning is a key area of inquiry for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission). The right to education is not only a right of every child and young person with disability, but it is also critical to achieving social transformation for people with disability through empowerment, inclusion and the unlocking of human potential.
SA Safeguarding Task Force interim report now available!
The South Australian Safeguarding Task Force was established in May 2020 to investigate gaps in safeguarding practices for people living with disability in SA. The Task Force's interim report, which addresses gaps and provides recommendations on safeguarding practices, is now available.
Policy Submission: National Transport Commission's discussion on automated vehicle trials in Australia
We have submitted our recommendations to the National Transport Commission about its review of guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia.
How to manage stress and anxiety as COVID-19 rules relax
As Australia relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions, we know that it is important to hear from people living with disability about their experience as they may have different perspective, challenges and insight. So we reached out to five people, who each live with a different disability, about their thoughts and their tips on managing anxiety and stress as restrictions change.
What Do You Make Decisions About?
In our final video of the self-advocacy series with Our Voice SA, Gavin and Libby tell us about making your own decisions.
Equality Lawyers Free First Consultation Offer
Equality Lawyers is now offering a free 30-minute consultation via Zoom conference or phone until 31 July 2020. The first consultation is a great way for people with disability and their families to better understand their legal rights and what the next steps could be.
Podcast about Employment Stories
Are you living with disability and working in retail or aged or disability care? We are looking for people to share their employment stories for our next podcast.
5 Ways to Stay Connected During COVID-19
COVID-19 has had a big impact on the way we live our lives, especially when it comes to social interactions. As more of us stay home to control the spread of the virus, we must use different ways to stay connected with friends and family. This article shares 5 ways you can stay connected with others during COVID-19.
What We're Working On At Purple Orange
We want to keep you updated during this period while we are working at home during COVID-19. This page provides information on the current projects we are working on at JFA Purple Orange, and how they will help people living with disability.
It’s important to stay well and take care of yourself and others during this period. This coping calendar by Action For Happiness has 30 great self care ideas on how you can look after your physical and mental wellbeing.
Our changed arrangements due to the pandemic
To support the wellbeing of our staff, we have closed our office building and all staff will be working from alternative locations. The phone numbers remain the same if you need to contact us during business hours.
Become a member of Purple Orange’s new co-design council
Purple Orange is seeking expressions of interest from people living with disability and family members in SA who would like to be a member of our new Co-design Council (CDC).
Men: Let's Talk About Connection
Everyone needs to feel connected, but a lot of men - disability or not - just aren’t connected enough. But how can men who are feeling disconnected, build connection? I sat down with three men, at different stages and ages of life to discuss their experiences of creating connection.
We Need To Talk About Sex
Christine Priest knew she wanted to experience sex, but didn't think she ever would. She had to reach her own breaking point, before breaking through the stigma and assumptions that prevented her from seeing herself as a sexual being. Now she's sharing her story, with that hope that others will feel empowered to discuss their needs. Check out our latest podcast episode where Christine urges us to talk about sex.
Royal Commission FAQs
We have developed a set of FAQs to support the community in understanding various aspects of the Disability Royal Commission. The responses included in this document are from publicly available information included on the Disability Royal Commission website. We will update this document from time to time as more information becomes available.
Advocate and Activist: Colin Hiscoe (Reinforce)
There is an empty champagne bottle, proudly displayed as a trophy, in the office of Reinforce, an advocacy group for adults living with intellectual disability.
JFA Purple Orange Achievements
This infographic shows some of the important work that JFA Purple Orange completed between July 2018 - June 2019.
Youth led program for more inclusive schools
School is an important time in all of our lives. It’s when we explore what we like to do, learn social skills and begin to develop our identity. But school isn’t all self-discovery and excitement; students face pressure academically and socially. These things are challenging for everyone, but if a school doesn’t support its students to be fully included, it’s even harder.
Peer Networks are Great!
Are you part of a peer network? A peer network is a group of people who come together as equals for a common goal.
Learn to become your own storyteller.
Purple Orange is running its first workshop in audio storytelling – for free! Over the course of 8 weeks, you will learn how to interview, record, write for radio, structure your story and edit it all together. You must live with disability to be eligible for this workshop. Don't wait - apply today! For this first course we can only accept 5 participants.
Claiming your right to risk when you live with disability
When Ellen Fraser-Barbour was 19, she decided to travel on her own to India. Everyone told her it was a bad idea. "You are crazy," they said. "You are deaf. You are blind! You can't travel on your own!" But Ellen decided that was their anxiety. It wasn't her anxiety. So she persevered with her plan.
Voice. Treaty. Truth. Working Together for a Shared Future.
At Purple Orange, our aim is to create a world where all people who live with disability get a fair go in life. That won’t happen unless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are listened to, respected, included and given choice and control over how they live their lives, as their community also includes people who live with disability.
Breaking Down Barriers One Snap at a Time
Headshot Day was organised by Belle Owen and Lisa Gascoigne of Y Connect. Belle explained about the work they do, and why they organised Headshot day.
Listen to the podcast: Let's Talk About Straws!
We know something needs to be done about plastic waste, which is why campaigns to ban the straw are gaining momentum. But could banning the straw create another problem with dire consequences for many?
SA’s first Disability Inclusion Plan – have your say!
The consultation period for the South Australian Government’s first Disability Inclusion Plan has now opened.
Have your say by Thursday 28 March 2019
The Commonwealth Government has announced plans to commence a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Tell us about your experience with the NDIS
JFA Purple Orange is excited to invite NDIS Participants (or someone responding on behalf of an NDIS participant) to take part in a survey about their experience. Fi
Information Kit for NDIS Stakeholders
There is an information kit for NIDS stakeholders about the new Commonwealth government agency called the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission).
New Website & Logo Marks Commitment to Storytelling
Storytelling has the power to build community, inspire action, and change the way we view the world. That's why we're dedicated to sharing stories of the people our organisation exists for.
Teaming up with Our Voice SA
We are thrilled to be assisting Our Voice SA, a self-advocacy organisation for people living with intellectual disability, on an important project about engaging with the NDIS and connecting with community.