iDareU

Partner Profile
 

iDareU Limited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, and their carers. Their goal is to change the way in which others view and treat them. Through workshops and events, they aim to educate people in every corner of the community about ways to create a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.

Information and workshops program
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019

In 2015, almost one in five Australians reported living with disability (18.3% or 4.3 million people).* People with a disability want to live in a society where they are treated with respect, dignity and importantly with equality.#

“When people with disabilities and their families are included in their local communities, isolation and ignorance disappear. Everyone starts seeing the person and not the disability.” Sue Dymond, CEO of iDareU.

The drive and passion of iDareU’s CEO, Sue Dymond, stemmed from her first-hand experience as a mother to a daughter with Down Syndrome. Her insights into disability have given her an extensive understanding of what help is needed. Sue believes that “natural inclusion is vital for communities to be vibrant, diverse and tolerant." 

Through informative workshops and events, iDareU aims to empower people with disabilities, as well as their families and carers. iDareU recognises that effective communication between service providers, businesses, communities and people with disabilities, creates awareness and understanding, thereby encouraging unity and a sense of belonging.

Their unique peer-to-peer training sessions also provide information on issues around the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). iDareU assists families and carers to take control and exercise choice in the management of their individual NDIS funding arrangements.

The LUCRF Super Community Program is supporting iDareU to deliver workshops for families, as well as expand their educational workshops to assist businesses and local groups to become disability-friendly and create a naturally inclusive community, without spending lots of money.

iDareU has held many workshops and events over the last year, helping families learn new skills and changing the mindsets of community organisations.

They teamed up with a community inclusion consultant who has a physical and language disability. Hearing directly from someone with a disability in workshops has proven very powerful in breaking down barriers and has brought a greater understanding of disability awareness within the groups.

One workshop in Frankston was attended by a large and diverse range of representatives from the Frankston Council, a leisure centre, a community centre, two netball clubs, a choir, a men’s shed and an astronomy club.

Every participant thought that it would be difficult to include people with disabilities within their groups. They also hadn’t been aware of how the NDIS could assist them or that they could apply for grants to create inclusive projects within their groups.

All the groups left the workshop with changed mindsets and several of them even asked iDareU to come to talk to their volunteers and help create steps to include people with disabilities in their programs.

What's next

iDareU has several more workshops and presentations planned for families of people with disabilities, local community groups and local traders.

Short onsite sessions with individual food court traders at Eastland shopping centre are also being planned. These sessions will provide practical tips and strategies for the Food Court traders to become more disability-friendly and inclusive. 

*Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (cat. No. 4430.0) https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4430.0main+features202015, viewed 11 July 2019.

#Australian Department of Social Services, National Disability Strategy Consultation Report, 2012 https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/publications-articles/policy-research/shut-out-the-experience-of-people-with-disabilities-and-their-families-in-australia?HTML, viewed 11 June 2019.

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