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Inclusive education is the way to go!
The Inclusive School Communities project is all about making South Australian schools accessible and inclusive for ALL students, including those living with disability. Learn more about why inclusive education is important and get to know the students and schools involved in the project.
We are hiring! - Project Leader (Dig In)
We are looking for a Project Leader to run (with support) a community gardening pilot project called ‘Dig In.’ You would help to bring the joys of gardening to the houses of people living with disability who would not otherwise be able to access their local community garden. You might learn a thing or two about growing vegetables yourself!
We are hiring! - Project Leader (Our Voice SA)
We are looking for an experienced project leader to deliver our ILC-funded project with Our Voice SA, a user-led self-advocacy network comprised of people living with intellectual disability.
JFA Purple Orange's annual survey is now open!
If you've interacted with JFA Purple Orange in the past 12 months, we want to hear from you in our annual survey! Share your thoughts on what we are doing well and how we can improve in the ways we work and communicate with you and the disability community.
Register for our regional SKILL workshops!
Registrations for JFA Purple Orange's SKILL regional workshops are now open! This is a series of FREE workshops for people living with disability, family members and allies. Topics will cover how to live your best life, getting the most out of the NDIS, and more.
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.
Call for Noske Grant Applications 2020
Applications are now open for the JFA Noske Christmas Fund! The JFA Noske Christmas fund distributes grants of up to $150 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas.
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.
Purple Orange SKILL Workshops
Have you heard of our SKILL workshops? This is a series of FREE workshops that cover the important stuff, run by and for people with disability. Topics include getting the most out of the NDIS, self-managing funds and how to set goals. We also cover safeguarding, connecting to your community and how to create a home environment you feel great in.
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.
We are hiring!
Are you an experienced project leader who is deeply committed to seeing people get a fair go? Do you have experience in helping people develop new skills and knowledge, or in creating pathways into employment? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
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.
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.