One Light Charity Campaign image of young boy and girl with disabilities sitting on the edge of a pool getting instructions from instructors

Changing attitudes towards people with Disabilities

by OneLight

  • $25,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • $19,500.00

    Funds Raised
  • Campaign Never Ends

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
78.00%
Minimum amount is $5 Maximum amount is $
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, Australia
OneLight

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Campaign Story

Adults with Disabilities

Only 53 per cent of Australians with disability are employed, compared to 83 per cent of all working-age people.

Positive exposure in the media, personal contact and education could change attitudes to disability. The Government and non-profit organisations could also do more to raise awareness about best practice and inclusive assistance.

Some people look at the suicide rates and are in shock of the high numbers. But yet what is being done to help?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Australian Resource Centre for PTSD brings together patients and mental health care professionals with the shared goal to reduce the burden to PTSD patients.

They achieve this through trauma-informed care:

  • support, information,
  • educational workshops,
  • awareness/screening events,
  • weekly support groups and advocacy.

ARC4PTSD also provide PTSD fact sheets, support group material and user-friendly templates so that individuals can easily download from their website as needed.

Help us to change negative attitudes in workplaces

One Light Charity supports “Trauma Sensitive” workplaces. We care about what’s happened to you, not what’s wrong with you. We would like to see more workplaces, where they build a support network to assist in the healing journey.

By giving a small donation you can help us to change lives.

Children with Disabilities

One Light Charity Campaign image of young boy and girl with disabilities sitting on the edge of a pool getting instructions from instructors

Intellectual disabilities are most commonly identified in childhood. Developmental delays are often caused by conditions individuals are born with like Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

We support intellectual and developmental disabilities

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland is Queensland’s leading community organisation. They provide services, information and resources. Improving the lives of children and adults with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Their Children’s Team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language pathologist, and education advisors.

Family support and therapy services include:

  • Support and counselling throughout the pregnancy and after the baby is born
  • Visiting the family in hospital and when the baby comes home
  • Information for New Parents booklet
  • Playgroups, information sessions, hydrotherapy and family events
  • Regular telephone contact, home visits, and outreach trips to families living in regional areas
  • Providing family support for families when they are attending medical appointments such as Spina Bifida Clinics at the Children’s Hospital

Image of One Light Charity Manager shaking hands with young man in blue shirt from SBHQ

Being a parent of a child with a disability can be challenging and stressful. Parents of children with a disability – particularly mothers – have been shown to report poorer physical and mental health than mothers of typically developing children.

There is a range of reasons why parents of children with a disability may experience poorer mental health:

Preventing the abuse of children and young people with disability

It is important that we understand what can make children with disability more vulnerable to abuse and neglect so we can take steps to help protect our children and prevent abuse from happening.

  • Children with a physical disability might be more vulnerable to neglect or to rough and intrusive personal care. They may also be physically unable to resist or avoid abuse.
  • If communication is difficult, children with a disability find it hard to let someone know that abuse is occurring.
  • Children with behavioural issues are more likely to be dealt with in a forceful or restrictive way, and indicators of abuse might be wrongly attributed to the behavioural issue.
  • Children with a disability might be more dependent on others to have their needs met and care may be provided by someone other than a parent or primary carer.
  • Greater structure and protection of children with disability can teach them to be more compliant with adult demands.
  • Children might accept abusive treatment if they have low understanding, self-esteem or low perception of their abilities.
  • Children with disability and their families can be more socially isolated

Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection organisation.

Bravehearts works tirelessly to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. One Light Charity supports its three tiers to prevention program:

  • Educate
    All children and young people receive evidence-based, age-appropriate personal safety education.
  • Empower
    All adults are trained, aware and motivated to protect children, and adequate specialist counselling and support is available to all child and adult survivors of child sexual assault and those who support them. 
  • Protect
    All systems of community and government engage effectively and respond at all times in the best interests of the child.

One Light Charity image of a young woman working for brave hearts standing behind a table raising funds for children who are abused at the Bartercard Shopfestival

A community hub for parents

Being a parent of a child with a disability can be challenging and stressful. Parents of children with a disability – particularly mothers – have been shown to report poorer physical and mental health than mothers of typically developing children.

There is a range of reasons why parents of children with a disability may experience poorer mental health:

One Light Charity combined forces with the Matt Rogers charity 4ASDKids, Peddle Thorp Architects and Condev Construction Pty Ltd. This project incorporated the refurbishment of two existing classrooms and the creation of a community hub.

Parents of young children with newly diagnosed disabilities can meet with other families for information evenings and support.  The children, teachers and parents moved into a much-improved facility.