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Families might currently be struggling with challenging behaviours, sticking to routines or not coping with day to day activities.

On Down Syndrome Victorias podcast Behaviour Consultant and Special Education Teacher Belinda Webb talks about setting up positive behaviour structures and supports and how to create effective rhythms and routines in your home.

🎧 Listen here: https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/vic/positive-behaviour-support-with-belinda-webb/

Families might currently be struggling with challenging behaviours, sticking to routines or not coping with day to day activities.On Down Syndrome Victoria's podcast Behaviour Consultant and Special Education Teacher Belinda Webb talks about setting up positive behaviour structures and supports and how to create effective rhythms and routines in your home.🎧 Listen here: https://downsyndrome.org.au/vic/… ... See MoreSee Less

2 hours ago
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you have to:

➡ Isolate immediately
➡ Let close contacts know
➡ Look after yourself
➡ Monitor your symptoms
➡ Use a symptom checker
➡ Test before leaving home.
 
After self-isolating for 7 days if you no longer have symptoms, you do not need to have a negative test to exit isolation.
 
If you develop severe symptoms call Triple Zero (000) and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
 
More information here https://bit.ly/3A7G1Gx

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you have to:➡ Isolate immediately➡ Let close contacts know➡ Look after yourself➡ Monitor your symptoms➡ Use a symptom checker➡ Test before leaving home. After self-isolating for 7 days if you no longer have symptoms, you do not need to have a negative test to exit isolation. If you develop severe symptoms call Triple Zero (000) and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More information here ... See MoreSee Less

5 hours ago
The disability sector is highly concerned that disability support workers and other supporters of people with disability, who are close contacts of people who have been COVID-positive, will not have to isolate for the period required of Australias general population.

This change means that people with an active case of COVID will be around people with disability and could pass it on. 

This is unacceptable.

People with disability are at much greater risk than the general population from the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular older people with disability, First Peoples with disability, people with intellectual disability, people with psychosocial disability and those with chronic health conditions, co-morbidities, dependence on ventilators and compromised immunity.

Australia’s peak disability representative organisations have written to National Cabinet to detail the unacceptable risks to the lives and health of people with disability caused by the response of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19.

The organisations call for three key policy responses from Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to protect the lives and health of people with disability:

➡Ensure continuity of support by disability support workers by requiring NDIS disability support service providers to develop and maintain COVID-19 emergency care plans that respond to the issue of staff shortages.

➡Provide free and accessible access to personal protective equipment (PPE), especially N95 or P2 face masks, oximeters, as well as rapid antigen tests (RATs) on an ongoing basis for people with disability as well as their support workers and carers.

➡Ensure priority access and processing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for people with disability as well as their support workers and carers.

Read the full statement here: https://pwd.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Disability-Sector-Omicron-Statement.pdf

The disability sector is highly concerned that disability support workers and other supporters of people with disability, who are close contacts of people who have been COVID-positive, will not have to isolate for the period required of Australia's general population.This change means that people with an active case of COVID will be around people with disability and could pass it on. This is unacceptable.People with disability are at much greater risk than the general population from the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular older people with disability, First Peoples with disability, people with intellectual disability, people with psychosocial disability and those with chronic health conditions, co-morbidities, dependence on ventilators and compromised immunity.Australia’s peak disability representative organisations have written to National Cabinet to detail the unacceptable risks to the lives and health of people with disability caused by the response of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19.The organisations call for three key policy responses from Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to protect the lives and health of people with disability:➡Ensure continuity of support by disability support workers by requiring NDIS disability support service providers to develop and maintain COVID-19 emergency care plans that respond to the issue of staff shortages.➡Provide free and accessible access to personal protective equipment (PPE), especially N95 or P2 face masks, oximeters, as well as rapid antigen tests (RATs) on an ongoing basis for people with disability as well as their support workers and carers.➡Ensure priority access and processing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for people with disability as well as their support workers and carers.Read the full statement here: https://pwd.org.au/wp-content/uploads/… ... See MoreSee Less

14 hours ago

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My daughter was due back at her day program on the 10th January. She remains home with me. I'm just not willing to risk it. We have been so careful, she has had her 3 jabs. Trouble is I don't know where or who the Support Workers have been with. I know 3 young adults with DS who caught covid from their Support workers over Christmas.