Planning & Making Choices Workshop

01 October 2015

Planning & Making Choices Workshop Flyer

For your child with a disability

Presented by Bob Jackson

Cost: FREE (registration includes morning tea & light lunch)


9.30am-2.30pm Monday 26th October 2015
Disability Services Commission Meeting Room
Corner of Kent & Cammilleri St, Busselton WA 6280

Register online to attend this workshop in Busselton by clicking here


9.30am-2.30pm Tuesday 27th October 2015
Shire of Augusta Margaret River
41 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285

Register online to attend this workshop in Margaret River by clicking here

For more information please contact Mary Butterworth on (08) 9420 7230 (excluding Wednesdays) or email

About this workshop:

Do you want to:

  • Understand your child's development?
  • Know where your child is developmentally and where you want your child to be in the future?
  • Get the best out of the planning process and make it work for you?

Developmental Disability WA invites you to the first of a series of workshops that will provide you with the skills to help you plan and make choices for your child to support them to reach their potential and achieve the best possible outcome. This workshop is particularly aimed at families of children with disabilities who live in a NDIS My Way trial site, although all families are very welcome.

Following this workshop, you will feel more confident in:

  • Prioritising and formulating a vision for your child's future
  • Maximising your child's development
  • Knowing what to look for in a school and how inclusion works
  • Preparing for school and transitions points
  • Developing positive partnerships with school
  • Organising appropriate support to achieve the vision at school
  • Getting the Individual Education Plan (IEP) to work for you
  • Preparing for meetings and using effective meeting strategies
  • Developing your individual and systemic advocacy skills
About the presenter:

Dr Bob Jackson started in disability in the 1970s working as a psychologist, institution superintendent, service manager and Regional Director with the WA State Disability Services. From 1990 to 2003 he was at Edith Cowan University in the Centre for Disability Research and Development, where he was Director from 1998 and Associate Professor of Education from 2000. This Centre ran a Commonwealth funded Supported Employment Program and a research project on early intervention for children with autism, working with families to teach reading from age two. From 1995, Professor Jackson has been closely involved with school inclusion, advising families, teachers, schools and education systems on the rationale and practicalities of inclusion.

This work has included a very extensive review of the literature on inclusion as well as presentations in all states to parents and teachers. All through his career Bob has worked directly with families of children with disabilities in their efforts to achieve an ordinary life for their sons and daughters. Currently Dr Jackson is working as a private consultant in disability and education as well as working as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University on an Australian Research Council grant developing a measure to evaluate the quality of individual support arrangements. He still teaches at 3 Universities in Perth to undergraduate and post graduate students in teaching and disability. Bob is married with 3 grown children and lives in the hills east of Perth.



For more information please contact Mary Butterworth on (08) 9420 7230 (excluding Wednesdays) or email

Feedback on workshops held in Busselton & Bridgetown in June 2015

Feedback from this workshop held in Busselton and Bridgetown in June 2015:

The most useful aspects of the workshop included:

  • The overall step by step sections for planning your child's future. I found it helpful with all the information included.
  • Transition from home to primary school.
  • The emphasis on the value of partnerships that are as positive as possible.
  • The manual for future reference *Information regarding inclusion and laws.
  • Very practical, not all theory, and entertaining.
  • Explanation of the information was great.
  • Awareness of law, policies, management of meetings, advocacy, networking with other parents at mealtime, interactive discussion on planning and making appropriate choices.
  • Developing a clear vision for my child, and making it an extended forecast.
  • Different way of looking at education and development.
  • Information not previously aware of, opportunity to ask questions and hear of other people's situations and questions.
  • What to do with school / aide / the authorities.
  • Take home folder - very comprehensive!
  • What to do at a meeting. Presenting your child (introducing to school).
  • History, ideas for advocacy at school, meeting strategies.
  • Evidence on inclusion, being armed with information when making decisions on education. *The information, the tools.
  • To find out information I did not know about [how] to help my sons live as normal as possible life. *Visioning.
  • Overall information about positivity and helpful information.
  • Information about reading programs. And just being reminded to keep advocating for my child. Overall it was empowering.

General Feedback and comments:

  • Overall extremely pleased with the presentation and take-away information, excited to be able to have more direction in planning my child's future. :)
  • Bob is so on the money and his knowledge is empowering!
  • The booklet is a fantastic idea to follow up on information and be able to share. * Fantastic *I found it very informative and extremely interesting.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it - got a lot out of it, and it was presented very well.

DDWA also received some practical suggestions which they will take on board. Thank you to everyone for their valuable feedback.