Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Sept 2014

strong familiesThe Waltja Disability program (workers Hannah and Iria) visited Ampilatwatja.

We worked with one boy and his whole family to visit a special waterhole, sit under the trees, and collect bush honey. We also visited the school together, read picture books and did paintings.

Waltja’s Disability Bush Service is funded by the NT Government Office of Disability. The program helps people aged under fifty who have severe or profound disabilities who live in Utopia, Ampilatawatja, Papunya, Willowra, Engawala and Laramba.

People living in the Barkly Regional Council (Shire) area might have heard about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS. The NDIS is a whole new way the government will use to help people with disability. It should give people more choice and control over the help they get. It is being tested in the Barkly region from July 1 2014.

What is this word “DISABILITY’’?

A disability is a problem with a person’s brain or body that means the person needs help to do everyday activities.

The disability might mean that the person needs help with
• looking after themselves (showering, toilet, eating)
• moving around (need a wheelchair or stick)
• communicating (talking and listening, understanding)
• learning
• working.

Severe disability means the person needs help with one of these activities sometimes. Profound disability means the person always needs help with one of these activities.