Independent Disability Support, Information and Advocacy for Families in South Australia

Specialist Disability Consultancy and Engagement for Providers and Government

Accessibility Auditing and Consulting Services

 

What are parents and people who work in disability saying about Sam’s work?

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.
Catherine, Mum to Alastair, who is eight years old and lives with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and seizures

 

What does the Growing Space do?

For Families: Information and support on:

  • education choices (pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary) and child care options and supports
  • respite and community access
  • sports and recreation
  • NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) pre-planning, plan review and initial plan co-ordination
  • “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. Sliding scale fees available for families on income support payments. Contact me for more details or print a copy of The Growing Space brochure.

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.

About Sam

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.