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Who we are

Our team is across best practice, evidence-based approaches to supporting children with disability, developmental delay or medical needs. But perhaps more importantly, we also draw from our lived experiences as parents and caregivers of children with disability, providing that much needed extra level of knowledge and support. Through our free programs and workshops, trusted resources and incredible community, we’re passionate about building a world of respect, acceptance, and empowerment for all children and their families.

Our people

What we do

Support

Our Peer Connect program unites caregivers starting out on their journey with those further along the way. Our trained and knowledgeable Peer Support Specialists each have personal experiences raising children with disability or medical needs, and can help you discover your own future full of possibility.

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Connection

Trust us, having the support of like-minded parents and caregivers changes everything! We provide all sorts of opportunities for families to come together to share, laugh and learn. Ours is a safe, inclusive space that can help you navigate (and celebrate!) everyday life, as well as the bigger picture.

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Education

Our programs, workshops and webinars are based on best practice approaches to supporting children with disability. We cover everything from navigating important milestones, the ins and outs of the school, healthcare and support systems, plus stacks of other topics identified by our families.

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Resources

We offer practical tips, easy fact sheets, accessible info and evidence-based strategies to see you through the day-to-day realities of your child’s disability, developmental delay or medical needs. Because when you have the right tools, you can build capacity and parent from a place of confidence and positivity.

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A word from our community

“This is my protected timeslot. It is saved in my calendar and my partner knows that this is a non-negotiable for me. I have learnt so much from everyone in the group and I love being able to share and help other parents.” 

I just wanted to thankyou for what you are doing. It was wonderful to come across a page that is so positive! I get so overwhelmed and depressed with so many groups but this one has really helped and encouraged me. Thank you.

HMHF has transformed my thinking and improved my day-to-day life drastically! More than I thought possible. Thank you to the whole RD team!

Reframing Disability workshops have been practical and specific. The fact that the team are all parents with a disabled child themselves makes them a unique organisation. They create a culture of acceptance and acknowledgement, by sharing their experience with disability and valuing ours. It’s this sense of community that has helped me normalise and acknowledge the challenges. They are knowledgeable and connected and have helped connect me with other services.

I completed the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program, and this was a catalyst for a real change in thinking around maintaining my health and seeing support to do this as a basic requirement not a luxury.  This course really encouraged me to rethink “sacrificing” for my family as neglecting all our well-being. I have completed several targeted workshops around preparing for school and advocacy that have made me feel informed and prepared. You guys rock.

My experience with reframing disability has been AMAZING! When my children were diagnosed it was very much a “what now?” response. All of the therapies targeted them, but I knew that I was a huge part of their life so why wasn’t there any help/training/advice for ME? Like if I was able to do MY best then how much better could they be?! Reframing disability was that for me.

Reframing Disability provides a much-needed source of positive parenting information and community support for special needs families. I highly recommend this invaluable service.

Connecting with Reframing Disability and the wonderful empowering programs they run, and resources has been life changing for our family.

RD has provided the platforms to challenge old thoughts, tackle and create new ones! Thank you.

Reframing Disability has created an ESSENTIAL community for parents and carers. The team at RD have created a village for families walking a similar path. Some are a little further along than others and some are deep in the trenches just be starting to navigate their way.  But although every family’s path is different, we are all walking together in solidarity. This community creates strength & moves us forward with hope. When we have the right support, anything is possible.

I love being able to learn off other parents. I equally, if not slightly more, love being able to help other parents. It feels so good to be connected to a community – to MY community – through RD. I’ve had chat conversations with strangers for an hour who I’ve helped solve problems with, and vice versa. It’s such a crucial network for our well-being as parents and when we feel in control and informed them, we can support our kids to the best of our abilities.

Feeling connected with other like-minded & supportive other parents who are living similar (never the same) experiences, is empowering and comforting – I no longer feel alone – Thank you Reframing Disability for assisting me to feel engaged & connected.  Since becoming a member of the RD family, I have been able to improve my skills as a parent of a child with a disability and strengthen my attitude to be a ‘can-do’ motivated & confident parent!

All the information that is provided is valued and I can become a bigger advocate for both of boys who have disabilities but also a more confident and stronger advocate for the disability community.

Reframing Disability is a trusted and safe place to access invaluable information and support to help our family thrive.

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To connect, celebrate and learn with parents and carers on their own beautiful journeys. We also host a Conversations series on Facebook every few weeks, where we share experiences on anything from managing the school holidays to disability language.

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