Children’s Respite Open Day
Identitywa held its first Children’s Respite Open Day in November giving over 30 invited guests the opportunity to tour the Riverton-based home.
Neighbours from the street were among the invitees. Some had lived near the respite house for around 25 years, and were delighted at the chance to meet staff and get an insight into the work they do.
Guests were able to have their questions answered one-on-one by Identitywa staff. Representatives from the Autism Association, Autism West and the City of South Perth’s Community Inclusion Project were also on hand to provide information about their supports and services.
Special guest speaker, Jacqueline Reid from the Catholic Education Office of WA gave a presentation detailing the work of the Students With Disabilities K-12 Team. Jacqueline gave insights into how her team of consultants assists schools in providing appropriate inclusive education in Catholic schools throughout WA.
Manager Services, Tracey Beckwith said, “It was a great opportunity for people offering complementary supports to come together and share information.”
“It was also a chance for people to experience the homely and stimulating environment on offer within the house and learn about the opportunities for children and young people to connect with their local community during their respite stay.”
Two more Open Days are planned for 2014 at the Nollamara Children’s Respite House and the Koondoola Adult Respite House.
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