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Disability & Friendships: What I wish I Knew

Disability & Friendships: What I wish I Knew

One of my deepest worries, when my son was diagnosed with a disability, was, would he ever have friends? Now that he is approaching his 30th birthday, I reflect on this important question and write three letters to my younger self - letters that would encourage me to...

Achieving a good life by self-managing your funding

Achieving a good life by self-managing your funding

Brenton is a sportsman, coach and surfer. He has a paid job in a local gym. When he was born the doctor told his mum Lisa Ashford-Potter, not to expect anything but she says, “Lucky I ignored him”.  Lisa Ashford-Potter and her son Brenton gave an uplifting and...

A practical guide to the language of autism

A practical guide to the language of autism

For those of us new to the world of disability we can often find the terminology and labels a little confusing to say the very least.  We thought who better to guide us through engaging and relating to the autism community than Dr Melanie Heyworth, who has shared her...

Explaining our Theory of Change

Explaining our Theory of Change

Now and Next is a capacity building initiative for families of young children with a disability or developmental delay and co-designed with them. This Theory of Change visual explains the practical work we have undertaken towards achieving this goal as well as the...

Navigating away from the paper trail

Navigating away from the paper trail

Using the cloud to better manage information  Documents from doctors, therapists, schools or organisations may be needed when your child joins a new service, school, or during the transition to the NDIS. Locating documents at short notice can be time-consuming and...

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Achieving a good life by self-managing your funding

Achieving a good life by self-managing your funding

Brenton is a sportsman, coach and surfer. He has a paid job in a local gym. When he was born the doctor told his mum Lisa Ashford-Potter, not to expect anything but she says, “Lucky I ignored him”.  Lisa Ashford-Potter and her son Brenton gave an uplifting and...

Navigating away from the paper trail

Navigating away from the paper trail

Using the cloud to better manage information  Documents from doctors, therapists, schools or organisations may be needed when your child joins a new service, school, or during the transition to the NDIS. Locating documents at short notice can be time-consuming and...

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Creating connected communities with NDIS funding

Nicole Buffoni was a self-confessed hurried woman who felt guilty, anxious and overwhelmed by the therapy schedule she was trying to upkeep for her four year old son. Nicole constantly felt that she couldn’t do all the therapy that she needed to do in order to achieve...

New to the world of NDIS? Here is a parent’s perspective

New to the world of NDIS? Here is a parent’s perspective

Kerrie Turner is mother of three including Joshua, who has a global developmental delay and has been in the NDIS since 2016.  Kerrie shares her trail blazing experience and how a focus on goal setting and new mindset, were the keys to achieving outcomes for her...

Have you heard about Hire up?  Need to know more?

Have you heard about Hire up? Need to know more?

One of the benefits of the NDIS is that it gives people with a disability more choice and flexibility over the services they choose.  Developing plans and strategies with a therapist or keyworker are essential to achieving your child and family’s goals. As...

Creative ways of using your NDIS funding

Creative ways of using your NDIS funding

Jacqui Godwin didn’t know what was possible when she set out to increase her daughter Sophies' communication, however, by creatively using her NDIS funding, she is amazed at how far and fast her daughter’s language has developed. Early in 2017, Jacqui put a goal in...

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Explaining our Theory of Change

Explaining our Theory of Change

Now and Next is a capacity building initiative for families of young children with a disability or developmental delay and co-designed with them. This Theory of Change visual explains the practical work we have undertaken towards achieving this goal as well as the...

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Funding for two new parent led organisations

Since 2015, Plumtree has been investing in new ways to build the capability of families who have a child with a disability or developmental delays, to set a positive hopeful vision for their child and to help them to work towards achieving their goals. Doing this...

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Reframing Autism- Helping autistic children achieve their potential

Doctor, Mother, Scholar, Author, Daughter, Blogger, Partner, Researcher, Teacher. Dr Emma Goodall is all of these things and she also happens to be autistic. Dr Emma Goodall believes that she should not be the exception to the life that she has created and that...

Promoting the voice of children in education & inclusive education

Promoting the voice of children in education & inclusive education

Dr Pippa Murray strongly believes that it is always possible to find a voice for your child, regardless of the challenges your son or daughter is facing. As parents it is our job to join the dots and help facilitate our child’s communication, as this is an important...

Family agency is the foundation of your child’s future

Family agency is the foundation of your child’s future

“When our whole family is thriving our child thrives too” - Sylvana Mahmic In her opening address Sylvana Mahmic Plumtree CEO and co-creator of the Now and Next program highlights that as parents we know our children better than anyone and we want the very best for...

How to create a good life for our children

How to create a good life for our children

In 2018 Nicole Buffoni, Plumtree Peer Worker, visited Ireland & Sweden to attend the International Initiative for Disability Leadership Conference.  This journey created a shift in the hopes and dreams she has for her son Harry.  Nicole reflects on her...

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