Stories - Northcott

It’s all about connecting and conversation

By Alex Varley, 9 October 2017 , Comments

Four expert tips on approaching alternate ways to communicate. People are diverse and the communication methods they use are equally different. Shirls Wong, who is an Advisor in Inclusive Practice for Northcott, says that many people can be frightened of engaging with somebody who uses different communication methods (Shirls uses a communication board and iPad… Read more...

Technology helps reduce fitting trauma

Fitting orthoses (more commonly known as “splints and braces”) can be a difficult experience for anybody. For a child, who is not used to sitting still, following strict instructions and dealing with strangers who are measuring bits of their legs and feet, it is more alarming. Add to that multiple fittings and repeats whilst the Read more...

Meet Pav the fruit man!

Bananas, apples and oranges…you’ll find them all at Pav’s fruit shop. The 22 year-old has been putting his life skills into practise by making fruit runs to Northcott staff in North Parramatta. Pavle, who has intellectual disability and cerebral palsy, attends Northcott’s Life Skills Program. Always willing to put his hand up, he helps out Read more...

Independent ME launching in Northern Sydney

Want more independence in your day to day activity? Northcott are launching a new program in Northern Sydney. We spoke to people with disability and their parents in their local area and there is an overwhelming demand for a program that increases long term independence. Our program is designed to empower young people with disability Read more...

Elizabeth navigates the NDIS

If, like many of us, you are feeling time poor, spare a thought for Elizabeth Horton who is one of our customers living on the Central Coast. Elizabeth has Spina Bifida which is a condition affecting about one in 500 babies in Australia. The condition causes damage to the spinal cord in utero, which can Read more...

Feel the Vibe is coming to Wagga Wagga

It’s not often that you hear the subject of disability and sexuality openly talked about. That will soon be changing when Northcott hosts it’s seventh Feel the Vibe event in beautiful Wagga Wagga on 14 September. Feel the Vibe is a two-day event which explores the world of disability, relationships and sexuality for people with Read more...

How great dads are made

There are many paths to working at Northcott and Armour Ncube has a particularly fascinating story behind his. Prior to working in his current role as a centre-based coordinator at our Campbelltown office, Armour taught physics, biology, chemistry, maths, commerce and accounting at a high school in Zimbabwe. He’s also been an Executive Financial Advisor Read more...

Results are in!

Thank you to the 344 people (as well as approximately 50 non-Northcott customers) who participated in our Service Demand research in May this year. Participation rates doubled from our 2016 survey! What did you tell us? Whether you were already a Northcott NDIS customer, or a customer still in the process of transitioning to NDIS, Read more...

Communicating beyond words

Communication is a basic human right. But imagine if people constantly made assumptions about you, your intellect, or what you needed, because you couldn’t tell them yourself. As we celebrate Speech Pathology Week (20-26 of August), discover the many ways to having a say. Take a moment and imagine being unable to speak or communicate. Read more...

Hitting the slopes and making friends

Jessica has been a Northcott customer for almost two years. The 20-year-old has enjoyed participating in our vocational skills service to support her transition from school to the workforce and has also previously used our short breaks and outings service. Jessica doesn’t regularly participate in sport, but in late July, she took off with 8 Read more...

FundAbility creates a splash in Wagga

‘Get Including!’ is the catchcry for Northcott’s FundAbility grant program. The program provides financial support to community projects that promote social inclusion for children and young people with disability in NSW. Recently, Northcott Wagga Wagga worked in partnership with the Wagga Autism Support Group, Wagga Wagga City Council and the NSW Department of Family and Read more...

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