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Message from the CEO

Time has been the issue on everyone’s mind at Orana over the last few months. Orana’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) model began when the first round of NDIS plans rolled out in July 2017. The NDIS compliments Orana’s mission to support people living with disability to live independent lives within their community. The NDIS plans provide a vital step forward, giving people with disability choice and control over the support services they require in their NDIS plans and the disability service providers they wish to employ to provide this support.

The first stage of the NDIS rollout, for adults living with disability aged between 18-64, began in northern Adelaide. This included the City of Playford, City of Salisbury, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the Barossa, Light and Lower North regions. The next stage will commence in October 2017 and will include the City of Tea Tree Gully, the Limestone Coast and the Murray and Mallee region.

The transition to the NDIS model is the largest change in the disability sector for many years. This milestone event provides an opportunity to reflect on how far Orana has come since it was formed on the 10th August 1950. Orana’s founders were instrumental in the establishment of the first educational and training service for children who fell below the Education Department’s entry level criteria. The parents who founded Orana had a vision of a better life for their children, an inclusive life that provided the opportunity for education, employment and independent living. Their passion and determination provided the cornerstone for the organisation that Orana has become over the last sixty seven years.

Fast forward to 2017 and Orana’s clients are living the lives that our founders envisioned. With the support of Orana’s Client Coaches and Employment Supervisors, our clients are employed in meaningful jobs and living independent lives within the community.

Lyell, who has recently celebrated his first five years working at Orana, was one of the first Orana clients to transition to the NDIS.

Lyell joined Orana after an injury meant he could not return to his previous employment. He has become a valued member of Orana’s team and with the support of his Employment Supervisor, his role has grown along with his confidence. You can read more about Lyell’s story in this edition of Oranability.

The NDIS provides opportunity for people living with disability to receive supports to increase their social inclusion and their participation in community events. Orana Client Coaches actively support our clients to engage in new activities. Recently a number of Orana’s Amaroo accommodation clients decided to take a trip ‘back in time’. The group selected and planned a classic carriage ride through the Adelaide Hills. They enjoyed their day so much they are already working with their Client Coaches to plan their next social activity and expand their community involvement.

In August, over 100 supporters celebrated the swinging 60s. Participants grooved to 60s tunes, showed their satirical style in flared jeans, go-go boots, psychedelic shirts and hippy head bands, and tested their general knowledge with a variety of historical, musical, political, sports and entertainment questions. Thank you to all the participants for bringing this decade to life and for raising funds in support of people living with disability.

There are many other examples of Orana’s clients living lives of their choosing throughout this newsletter. I think our founders would be proud of what Orana has achieved so far.

Orana clients and staff have embraced the challenge that the NDIS transition brings, and together we are looking forward to new opportunities and possibilities.

Nick Mihalaras
CEO Orana