Interchange Australia runs a large range of programs focused around participants achieving both NDIS and personal goals. Many of these programs cross over with one another which helps our participants understand how each activity they take part in has a flow on effect in various other areas of life. Amongst these programs there is Be My Best which covers a range of different topics throughout the year addressing key issues one might experience throughout life. We help our participants with learning communication and social skills in various settings, how they can contribute to the community and we also cover topics like hygiene, personal care and safety.
Sexuality amongst people with a disability is often a topic left unspoken – but the more we talk – the easier it gets.
What actually is sexuality?
It is the way that people experience and express themselves sexually. We express our sexuality in many ways, through thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. Sexuality is integral to a person’s identity and develops throughout life, from birth to death. It is natural for people across all ages to express their sexuality through their behaviour.
I knew I wanted to be a part of something that mattered and help make a difference to people’s lives.
There aren’t many places in Sydney where you can finish work and head to a beautiful beach, just to relax or swim or fish. What’s not to love about the Shoalhaven. I love how tight knit the communities are, living down here is just a more relaxed lifestyle, I don’t feel like I’m running around like a headless chicken. I feel like when I go out into the community and shop for things whether they be groceries, or the local markets held weekly, fortnightly or monthly it makes me feel like I’m contributing back into the community.
I was a few moments late logging on, I knew the session had already started, but the internet had been playing up for months. I was greeted by a cacophony of noise and chaos as I tried to work out what was going on. It didn’t take me long. One of the clients was showing everyone her pet guinea pig, and it was causing huge excitement and laughter. It was a timely reminder how important our work is, even when delivering an online format…..
For someone of my age, I’ve been lucky to have had a number of professional appointments and experiences across the globe.
These experiences are why I have developed a fascination of people, specifically how we act as individuals…..