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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

The following information has been collated from various sources to assist parents and carers of the Riverside ESC community. All information should be confirmed with your medical practitioner or current disability support contact.

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Our Community

Riverside Education Support Centre is part of a broad community that reaches across Mandurah and as far afield as Dwellingup, Pinjarra and Carcoola, although practicality limits enrolment to areas that can be serviced by the School Bus System or private transport.

The role of community is central to all schools, but is perhaps even more important for schools of children who require extra care. We therefore emphasise and encourage the child's whole community, imparting skills and knowledge that needs to be supported and upheld by every contributer to the child's wellbeing.

This emphasis on community is enabled by our community where you will find access to community resources and activities.

Useful Links for Parents and Caregivers

We list for your convenience information about several organisations that can assist families of children with disabilities. Inclusion of Organisations and Services on this list does not infer endorsement by Riverside ESC.

Please note, COVID-19 restrictions may have limited available services and the viability of some organisations to continue. Contact our school if you find the information below is no longer correct.

 4families  Kidsport 
 Access Mandurah  Kids Matter 
 Autism  Manta Rays Swim Team  
 Cahoots  Moving Home Tips  
 Cerebral Palsy  National Disability Association  
 Changing Places  NDIS 
 Colour Blindness  Play 2 Talk 
 Communicable Diseases - Department of Health  Raising Children Network 
 Depression and Anxiety  Riding for the Disabled 
 Developmental Disability WA (DDWA)  School Age Therapy Services 
 Disability Services Corporation  Sensory Friendly Flicks 
 Down Syndrome WA  Sesame Street and Autism 
 Equal Footingball League  Starkick 
 Immunisation  Student Wellbeing Hub 
 Inclusive Mandurah  
 InclusionWA  The Hub
 INKA  Vision Australia
 Kiind   W.A. Disabled Sports Association
   XYY Syndrome

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General Links

The following information and  links are provided for the benefit of the whole school community. While we endeavour to keep this webpage up to date your willingness to notify the school of outdated items, link issues and possible sites for inclusion will be appreciated.

 Airports, Travel & Special Needs Travel  Garden-to-Plate Project
 Asthma Australia  Headspace Mandurah
 BillBuddy App  Inclusive Mandurah
 Children's Global Hygiene Foundation  Independent Living Centre
 City of Mandurah  Interchange
 Clan WA  Little Atheletics - Peel District
 Community First  MAN - Healthier directions for males
 Cyber Safety  Ngala Parenting
 CYDA  Rivers Regional Council
 Daisy  Riverside Primary School
 DET   Stay Smart Online
  Fairbridge Village   VacSwim

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Funding for Disability

The Community Living and Participation Grants are managed by National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and supported by Lotterywest.

Applications are made on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals by either:

  • An unincorporated community group that has a bank account in its name and holds regular meetings; or
  • An incorporated not for profit organisation.

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Provision (CAEP)

The Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) of the Disability and Services Commission (DSC) provides an equitable, accessible and consistent state-wide scheme for the provision of equipment and home modifications to benefit people with a long-term disability living at home in the community.

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Sports - Get Involved

Young people, regardless of whether they have a disability or not, enjoy their sporting experiences in the same way. There are physical, mental and emotional benefits for children with disability who participate in physical activity. These include but are not limited to, promotion of fitness, increased self-esteem and a great confidence boost.

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Mandurah and Regional Events

The following learning and activity opportunities may be of interest to the Riverside ESC Community:


Ice Skating - warm fun in the cold

This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination, perfect for the whole family. Whether you are new to skating or a pro, there is something for everyone. The ‘Kanga Skate Aid’ is available for the big and little kids, giving a kick of confidence to enjoy the magic of being on the ice. The ice skating rink is also wheelchair accessible making an inclusive activity everyone can enjoy.

Skating in Mandurah will be open each day with ice skating sessions starting every hour, on the hour for 45 minutes. Ensure you arrive 20 minutes early to secure your tickets and to buckle up your skates. Don’t forget to bring your own pair of socks!

Skating Session Times
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9am - last session at 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - last session at 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am - last session at 8pm
Sunday: 10am - last session at 5pm

This event information is supplied by the City of Mandurah. For information about prices and tickets go to the City's event webpage and check it out.

Social Story
A social story is a document that uses storytelling techniques to explain new experiences and environments to people who are autistic or who have sensory sensitivities. Anyone who experiences anxiety, or is nervous when attending a place or event for the first time, may benefit from access to a social story. A social story for Skating in Mandurah can be downloaded here.

Inclusive Sensory Sessions
Monday 3 July & Tuesday 4 July and every Monday and Tuesday while skating is open.
Inclusive Sensory sessions offer a low stimulus environment to support people of all ages with sensory needs.

Mandurah always has something interesting happening for different age groups. Go to the What's On webpage and check it out.

School Watch

School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage.

Who to contact:

School Watch: 1800 177 777

Police:  131 444

Security Monitoring Centre:  9264 4632

When you contact School Watch, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.

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