Current Projects

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My Home My Way Project

It is often believed that the only option for people with developmental disabilities is to live in a group home once they leave their family home. Over many decades, people with disabilities and families have challenged this belief. They have shown that people, even with complex needs, can live in their own home.

Starting in November 2019 and due for completion in June 2024, this project aims to review, refresh and draw on resources available on the My Home, My Way website.

The site contains many online tools, often written or produced by people with a disability and their supporters. These resources assist in enabling each person, no matter what their needs, to live in their own home with a range of tailored supports.

Making Home Real Project

Established in December 2020, the Making Home Real project provides practical support to put the ideas and tools from the My Home My Way project into practice. Making Home Real offers free navigational support to people with developmental disability and their families to develop their unique vison for a home.

There are many pathways to living in a home your way. For some, an NDIS Individualised Living Options pathway package may be the preferred option. To support people who choice this pathway, the project’s online toolkit is full of practical tips and tools to support NDIS ILO design and package application.

This project is a collaboration with Valued Lives Foundation and other NACBO members, funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency Community Inclusion Capacity Development program.

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Link Employ Adapt Project (LEAP)

The Link Employ Adapt Project (LEAP) is a Department of Social Services funded program that aims to create customised employment opportunities for people with disability that build on individual strengths, skills, and interests.

The team works closely with employers and people with disability to create customised roles that meet both their needs.

People with disability are supported to identify the interests and skills they can build on to create a role that matches their strengths and meets their needs.

At the same time, the team works with employers to create customised job roles for people with disability that draw on their strengths and interests.

Empowered Connections and Valued Lives are currently running a pilot project until December 2024. 

Contact us to find out more about how we can support you as a person with disability or employer. We look forward to working with you! 

Digital Tools

The Digital Tools and Resources Project is a Lotterywest funded co-design project led by people with disability in partnership with the wider disability community.

This project aims to create an online hub of accessible information and capacity building resources that support people with disability to achieve their goals. .

Empowered Connections is committed to creating an inclusive co-design space where people with disability, family members, and the wider community can work together to choose relevant topics and design tools that are accessible and inclusive,

For more information, contact the Empowered Connections team.

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Unfiltered Podcasts

In a joint venture between the City of Belmont and Empowered Connections, we will be releasing a 6-part series, featuring people who live and work within the City of Belmont.

A talent pool of approximately 10 people with disability will feature across the series, talking about jobs, housing and questions about disability. The recording process will be orchestrated in collaboration with DRN1, who will expertly produce the podcasts.

Podcasts are due to be released in December 2023.

School to Work
Transition Project

Funded by the Western Australian Department of Communities, the two-year School to Work Transition Project, aims to produce a set of online tools and resources to support final year students in their transition to employment. Established in January 2021, the final tools will be launched in February 2024.

The tools have been developed in partnership between Valued Lives Foundation, Leeming Senior High School Educational Support Centre and Castlereagh School.

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