“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.

People with disabilities, their families and carers, often feel isolated within their wider communities. In fact, 32% of people with a disability avoid social situations such as work, school, visiting friends or going to a restaurant.*

iDareU is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people with a disability, and their carers. 

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 knowledge and understanding of what help is needed. Sue believes that “natural inclusion is vital for communities to be vibrant, diverse and tolerant." 

We’re in this together

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.

Our Community Program is supporting iDareU to deliver workshops for families, as well as expand their education workshops to assist business owners and local groups become disability-friendly and create a naturally inclusive community.

Update - December 2018

So far, iDareU has successfully delivered two family workshops, one in Croydon and the other in Ringwood. Both workshops were well received, with over 8o% of participants rating the knowledge of the presenter, interaction among participants and opportunity to ask questions, as “excellent”. Sharing experiences, access to high quality information, and finding out new ways to connect to the community were key take-outs from these sessions. 

The project is progressing well, with community workshops in Knox and Mornington scheduled for early 2019. Short onsite sessions with individual food court traders at Eastland are also being planned. These sessions will provide practical tips and strategies for the traders to become more disability-friendly. 

iDareU have also teamed up with a community inclusion consultant, who has a physical and language disability. This way, the community groups can hear directly from someone with a disability which allows for greater understanding. 

iDareU is working hard to help families, local traders and community organisations learn about disability and ways to create a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. We look forward to hearing more from them soon. 

*Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (cat. no. 4430.0),, viewed 17 September 2018. 

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