The Disability Blog

Metro Trains win a new contract, but can we please have station toilets open!

  14 September 2017
This week Metro Trains have secured a further 7 year contract with new conditions and penalties.
The new conditions will include spot audits, quarterly “mystery shoppers” surveys to assess passenger experience and a host of new or increased penalties.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the deal was created with passengers in mind.

How Marriott helps people overcome barriers to get and stay in work.

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Getting and keeping a job can be tough, especially if you have an anxiety disorder.

Around 2 million people in Australia suffer with anxiety disorders and this can be a significant barrier to work.

At Marriott Support Services (MSS) we know employment is important for people to build skills, financial independence, confidence and a future. We support people to gain and keep employment and part of that is supporting people to overcome barriers like anxiety.

“My confidence grew because I was supported”, Jane from Marriott Industries.

Jane with Alex
Jane really enjoys working at Marriott Industries and after 8 years what Jane particularly likes is the variety of jobs and the people she works with.
It’s important for Jane to have variety in her work and to have opportunity to keep learning.
Jane enjoys many jobs but her favourite is the spice room.

Conversations I have had

  22 August 2017
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Today I spoke with a parent who “did not want anything to do with the NDIS”.

The anxiety and frustration in their voice was completely understandable.
It is natural from what we have heard in the press to wonder what supports will continue and many people are afraid they will lose supports.

Coffee with a Cop

group photo with cops
On Tuesday 8th of August 2017 the Tuesday Roads to Independence (RTI) group had coffee with a cop.

We planned this outing by writing some questions down before we went out.

Managing challenging behaviours – the positive approach we follow at Marriott Support Services (MSS).

  3rd August 2017
Sam and Ben
Marriott staff are trained in the best ways to support people with challenging behaviours.
One of our Disability Educators, Sam shares some insights into Marriott’s positive approach to supporting people with challenging behaviours.

We met Gog and Magog in the Royal Arcade.

  2 August 2017
RTI and street art - Harvey, Andrew and Carolyn
On Tuesday the 25th of July a group from Roads to Independence (RTI) went to the laneways in the city. We went by train and got off at Flinders Street Station. We were in different groups with volunteer Helen, and staff members Jenna and Medina.

Why we need an NDIS Engagement Co-ordinator?

  25 July 2017
Sarah McCarthy
The NDIS is the largest social policy change introduced since Medicare and with such a big change to disability services there is a massive challenge to assist our community.
At Marriott we are keen to work with you, our community to help you prepare for the NDIS.
We welcome Sarah McCarthy as NDIS Engagement Co-ordinator, her role is key to getting a good start with NDIS.

''I love being part of something bigger than me that changes lives'', Michelle, receptionist

  19 July 2017
Michelle and Ebony
Recently, we welcomed Michelle to the important role of receptionist at Keys Road. Michelle has lots of energy and ideas and a welcoming presence. Here is a little about Michelle.

NDIS on transport supports and face to face meetings.

  12 July 2017
Jesse trains
In June ABC journalist Norman Hermant interviewed NDIA CEO David Bowen using questions submitted by NDIS participants. Here is an excerpt.