Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind Awareness Week Begins - Learn about the history.

In 1984, American President Ronald Reagan announced that the last week of June would be dedicated to people with deafblindess and to celebrating the life of Helen Keller – famous author, lecturer, and advocate for people with disabilities. Read More...

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 17

We are living in a world shaped by change. In the last 20 years alone, advancements in technology have vastly revolutionised almost all aspects of our modern lives. For disability, this is only the beginning.

May 17 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about creating inclusive technologies that everyone can access. It started as an initiative for web developers to discuss and create accessible websites. The conversation is now a global reminder of how technology needs to be accessible by all.

Assistive technologies such as wheelchairs that can be moved with the touch of a finger, bionic eyes that can restore some vision to the profoundly blind, and 3D printing that can turn flat images into alternative art forms to be seen through touch, are just some examples of how tech changes the world for people with disabilities.

Our language must adapt too, especially so in the digital world. People With Disability Australia has a great list of terms for discussing disability inclusively. These up-to-date terms focus on the person, rather than the disability, and can help create a sense of empowerment and identity.

What else can you do to help? Tell as many people as you can about digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Try using only your keyboard to control your computer for an hour. Share this blog and encourage others to join in on the conversation. Think about how you can shape the digital world so that the future is a place all people can access.

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Forsight Australia new CEO

On behalf of the Board of Forsight Australia, I am pleased to report recent news regarding the Board’s search for an exceptional replacement for CEO Trish Wetton. Between September 2017 and April 2018, the Board undertook this demanding quest and over 150 applicants were considered. After many interviews the Board has appointed Danny Kapustin in the role.

Danny is an experienced executive in the not-for-profit sector and has most recently been the CEO of TAD (providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities) where he led the creation of a new strategic direction and transformation of its operations and marketing.

Danny has over 5 years experience on the Board of Allevia (a group home disability service provider) and has held senior roles with Lifestyle Solutions and Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) managing operations throughout NSW. Danny holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of NSW) which compliments his practical experience.

Danny has personal and professional experience with disability and understands the challenges that families face in ensuring their loved ones get the best supports available. He is passionate about the sector and is excited to be joining the Forsight Australia team.

Danny commences duties on 4 June 2018. Please welcome Danny to our Forsight Australia family.

New Sensory Garden and Art Studio

Forsight Australia has a new Art Studio and Sensory garden at our Group Home Support Centre in North Rocks. Our clients will be able to learn new skills while enjoying tactile activities.

This project was made possible by generous donations from Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution, Genworth Foundation, Inner Wheel Clubs of Beecroft and Parramatta, Rotary Club of Carlingford and Dr John and Mrs Helen York and Mrs Yolanda Seach.

The Sensory Garden is to be completed by volunteers from Genworth Corporate Services management team and staff who will all work together for a full day on a backyard blitz.

This innovative Community funded project is entirely for our clients to enjoy while learning new skills.

Sensory Art will become an integrated activity in each of our 13 Group Home Accommodation Programs in 2017. Forsight Australia already provides a range different sensory suppoand the addition of sensory art will add to the other tactile activities offered.

Sensory Art will include tactile activities, painting, pottery, models in paper Mache, herb gardening and much more.

• Imagine sitting in the sensory garden amidst tubs of aromatic herbs, lavender and gardenias or touching the water feature while a fine mist waters the fernery and washes the pebbles.

• Imagine using edible food items to create Artistry! There is no end to the choices we will be able to offer.

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Forsight Australia turns 40 in 2018

– Don’t miss our Celebration – Book Now!

We will be holding the biggest birthday celebration ever in 2018 when Forsight Australia turn 40 years of age. Forsight Australia began in 1978, when a group of parents joined Founders Tom and Jean Grunsell and Roy Dodd to form the first Board and open the first group homes for students who had graduated from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Boarding School in North Rocks.

Your donation will help us to build a simple beach house on a block of land we will purchase on the South Coast for our clients, their families, employees and volunteers to share. The ‘Beach House’ will link our 13 group homes, bring Coniston and Miranda closer to Forsight Australia’s other group homes in North West and South West Sydney.

Please go to our Home Page and use the Donate Now button if you would like to make your donation (all major credit cards are accepted through PayPal).