A number of programs are available under the banner of innovations:
Flexible FundsFlexible Funds are available to support Jewish families and children with a disability by providing funds that can be spent on regular or unexpected needs as they arise. This is based on the families particular lifestyle and support needs and takes account of the changes that may occur over time.
The supports can include:
- Weekend respite
- Over night stay
- School holidays
- Parents going away
- In an emergency
- Parents/family members are sick
- After school hours
- Skill development
- Assisting the family to achieve particular goals
Circles of SupportThis is a joint project of Access Ezer and JewishCare which as been funded by JCA.
A ‘circle of support’ brings together people who care and have the same interests as a person with a disability. The project provides a skilled facilitator to develop the circle.
Connexions assists children and young people with disabilities toreach their potential by providing resources to improve quality of life and participation in thecommunity, responding holistically to issuesand referring appropriately when necessary,Connexions works in a collaborative partnershipwith the individual and his or her family to set and achieve meaningful and realistic goals,focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses.
Case Work ServicesA qualified case worker is available to assist Jewish families who have a family member with a disability.
The help provided is determined by the needs of each family in order help them to build a meaningful and independent life for a person with a disability.
This may involve:
- Setting realistic and achievable goals
- Determining what aspects of the person’s life require support from JewishCare
- Help determine the how best to access the supports and resources that are required