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Fab Focal Club: Easter 2018

Focal is again running ‘The Fab Focal Club’ this Easter. This new school holiday club is specifically designed for NDIS-approved participants aged 13-17, who have standard intensity support requirements. The purpose of this club for teenagers is to develop everyday life skills, build friendships and have fun over the holidays! Participants will undertake a range of exciting experiences over the two weeks, including trips to ANZAC Memorial and Strike Bowling Alley in Brisbane , as well as cinema and games days. Spaces are limited to 10 young people per day, so make sure that you secure your spot today! For more information, please…

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How you can survive the Summer heat

Another day in the mid-to-high 30’s. Forget December and January, February is the real furnace in South-East Queensland. It is vital for everyone to take special precautions during the Summer, particularly the elderly, who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Focal Community Services has compiled the following tips to help you survive the summer heat: 1. Stay hydrated. It is very easy to underestimate your fluid intake. 8-10 cups (or 2.5 litres) of water per day is the standard recommendation for adults1. You could fill a container in the morning to finish before bed, or get in the habit of keeping…

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What Cricket Means to the Kochmans (P2)

In Part One, I talked about how cricket means different things to different people. I alluded to the different ways in which John and his son, Thomas, play their cricket. John plays blind cricket for Queensland, using a rattling ball, larger stumps and other modifications. Thomas, who has Autism and ADHD, plays in a Level One division where the rules are adjusted to foster a fun, participative environment for children of all ages and abilities. The bottom line is that they both love playing cricket. Jodie is their biggest supporter, along with Focal and their respective cricketing communities. What I…

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“Feel Safe” App for People with Disability

True Relationships & Reproductive Health (True) have developed a free educational resource for people with disability. True’s Feel Safe app profiles the stories of six young people and uses interactive games to teach personal safety in a fun and interactive way. The app reinforces information on: types of touch rules about touch feelings who to talk to if you need help male and female body parts wanted and unwanted touch body warning signs Young people and adults with disability face a higher risk of experiencing sexual abuse. Feel Safe was developed in response to many requests from parents and carers, staff…

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Fab Focal Club: Summer 2017-18

Focal is launching a new school holiday club in December named ‘The Fab Focal Club’. This service is specifically designed for NDIS-approved participants aged 13-17, who have standard intensity support requirements. The purpose of this club for teenagers is to develop everyday life skills, build friendships and have fun over the holidays! Participants will undertake a range of exciting experiences over the three weeks, including trips to Orion Lagoon and Wivenhoe Dam, as well as cooking, arts and crafts, and games days. Spaces are limited to 10 children per day, so make sure that you secure your spot today! For…

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What Cricket Means to the Kochmans (P1)

The summer of cricket is now underway in Australia. Cricket means different things to different people, but ultimately, it is a game which brings families together. If you don’t believe me, just ask The Kochmans. John, Jodie and son Thomas are a cricket-loving family residing in Ipswich. John lives with blindness, which he says he “hides pretty well.” No kidding, he is currently preparing to represent Queensland in the National Inclusion Championships in January. In what sport you may ask? Blind cricket. “We play games with a rattling ball,” John says. “You sort of get used to where the ball…

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