Having a greater say in your life

A workpodioshop  on for people with communication support needs, their family, friends and staff who support them.

 Monday 24 February 2014 9.30AM—2.30PM

Communication technologies can assist all of us to get connected, get to know each other and be clearly heard.  This workshop will introduce you to technologies that can help build communication between people who communicate in diverse ways.

Technology for Independence

Kelly Moore from the Independent Living Centre will provide an introduction and overview of popular communication technology choices currently available and share stories about people who use them.

Knowing Me! Communication Tools and Technolog –

In this presentation, Kelly will explore tools and strategies that help you “get to know someone” such as the Personal Communication Passports. They enable complex information about a person to be pulled together in a concise and ‘person centered way’. In addition, Kelly will also explore the use of apps, photos and websites to get to know new people in new environments.

An Introduction to Talking Mats

Julie Tan from Therapy Focus will discuss this unique communication symbols tool. It uses specially designed picture communication symbols to assist people with communication support needs, and those close to them, by creasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them—www.talkingmats.com

An Introduction to Podio

People from Youniverse will share their experience of using Podio to enhance quality support and build connections around a person. Podio is a cross-platform service, accessible via web browser and additionally through the Podio app, available for iPhone and Android. Podio functions like a private intranet, interfaced with a Google Apps service – https://podio.com

 Group registration:

We would recommend a small group booking to get the most benefit from this workshop.  By this we mean that a person with communication support needs comes along to this workshop with the people who support them eg. Family member, support worker.

Online Registration:



  • Group booking up to 3 people including a person with a disability or a family    member—$ 40 inc GST (Group leader $40 & other group members free)
  • People with Disability, Family & Friends—DDC members $15.00 inc GST
  • People with Disability, Family & Friends—Non Members  $20.00 inc GST
  • Staff—DDC members $40 inc GST
  • Staff—Non members $50 inc GST

Registration includes morning tea & light lunch


Conference Room, City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth

Getting There:

  • Train—City West stop on the Fremantle line, only 20m from Lotteries House
  • Bus—Green Cat Bus (20m from Lotteries House rear gate on Sutherland St) or Yellow Cat Bus (Wellington St – Harold Boas Gardens stop)
  • Car—Some paid parking is available in Delhi St (3 hours max @ $ 3.50/hour) or nearby at Harbourtown ($13 up to 6 hours with cash payment only)


mary.butterworth@ddc.org.au or 9420 7230 (exc Wednesday)

R.I.S.E. Coordinator   Resources | Information | Skills | Education

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