Independent Disability Support, Information and Advocacy for Families in South Australia
Specialist Disability Consultancy, Engagement and Accessibility Auditing & Consulting for Providers and Government
What are parents and people who work in disability saying about Sam’s work?
If anyone outside the disability “system” (and sometimes despite it), can assist you as a parent/unpaid carer who is working toward making a positive difference to the life of your son or daughter, friend with a disability, Sam can. ☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Sam has helped me learn to be a better Mother to a child living with disability. She is across the politics, the safety, the activism, the resourcing, the fund raising, the community. She listens, she learns, she shares, she networks and so she knows how the make the best of a system that isn’t easy to navigate. She is fair, honourable and savvy.
Sam has always been my go-to person when it comes to disability info. She’s so knowledgeable and passionate, yet easy to talk to. She strives children and adults with disabilities to be treated like every other individual in the world. As a support worker for a residential care organisation for people with disabilities, I witnessed Sam fighting for her friend with intellectual disability to receive a home for himself. He had spent a large amount of time in hospital because of lack of funding and difficulty finding an appropriate place to live. Sam, however, fought for him. She brought him to visit the house, talked to management and worked to find him a place. Now he is very happy within the home and Sam often visits. I cannot recommend Sam highly enough if you need advice, guidance or even just support going to a meeting when the disability sector is involved. She thinks quickly on her feet, has a large amount of knowledge and has friends everywhere (90% of the time it’s who you know)
Sam is an extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, empathic and endearing person and professional. In my passion for my son, who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, to receive the education that he deserves, Sam has been a wealth of knowledge and support. I have attended Parents Helping Parents Australia information sessions specifically on education which were very helpful and informative. I guess the most significant accolade I can personally give, would be to witness, as a mum and a studying future professional, Sam’s ability and empathic nature to believe in, assist and stand by families to gain positive outcomes for their goals, wishes and what they believe in. I wish you Sam all the best in developing an invaluable and necessary service.
An info night led by Sam was invaluable in helping me get into various networks and linked me to a free and friendly dental service.
Before Sam’s help, we had no support hours from Disability SA. Now we’ve got 25 hours per week of in home support. We’re also about to start every second weekend of respite for our boys. We also now get $3000 worth of nappies and incontinence aids delivered to the house for free each year, on top of our CAPS payment. We’re financially now much better off. Before Sam’s help, our family was falling apart. Sam, you’re a lifesaver.
Sam has a wealth of knowledge and commitment to assisting families advocate for their children with disabilities. We particularly valued her advice as we planned for our son’s NDIS package, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks so much Sam
I immediately thought of Sam when I was in need of assistance in navigating the ins and outs of the Disability Services sector and found her knowledge and advice invaluable. Sam’s expertise in this sector is not only extensive, she also demonstrates creativity and empathy in her approach to assisting individuals and families to gain positive outcomes. This was certainly true for my adult client whose circumstances, through Sam’s expert advice, were greatly improved. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
What does the Growing Space do?
For Families: Information and support on:
- pre-planning and co-ordination of supports for NDIS plans
- education choices (pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary) and child care options and supports
- respite and community access
- sports and recreation
- “Disability 101″ – government and community entitlements and options, including low income and non-assets tested supports
- planning for a good life
- advocacy support around tough issues
Sam can help you target what’s best for your family and loved one with disability, and help with all those rotten forms to give you the best chance of getting what you need.
If you need help figuring out education options, choosing the best school for your child or building relationships with your child’s education and health teams, Sam can help, and even support you at IEP/NEP meetings.
Are you looking to pre-plan for the NDIS? Sam can help you work through your child’s goals with ideas and words that can achieve the best results and supports for your child(ren).
Sam individually tailors every session for each family. Families are given 100% control of their plan and all information is shared through our shared virtual filing cabinet.
For Disability Providers and School: Information sessions and staff training
Sam can lead workshops for groups of parents, or staff on a range of disability related issues, including the NDIS, School Choices, and Disability Secrets 101.
She is also available for public speaking engagements, with a heavy focus on NDIS, and on Inclusion, and often presents together with her teenage son who has Down syndrome who is passionate about inclusion in school and an engaging speaker.
Sam has worked in the disability sector as advocate, parliamentary advisor, family educator, board member and consultant for fourteen years. Her experience crosses sensory, autism spectrum, physical as well as intellectual disabilities. She parents two children who between them have extra disability, education and health needs and is a strong believer in building inclusive communities for all.