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Registrations close at 5 pm on the 12th February 2021

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What you always needed to know about intellectual impairment, but were mostly never told.

Often we speak about focusing on the ‘ordinary’ and ‘typical’ ways and means to help people have access to the good things of life. However, it’s also necessary to understand and appreciate how intellectual impairment can affect people in very real ways.

Participants will gain greater insight into the challenges that people face in their daily lives, as well as gaining an appreciation of how easily others misunderstand and mistreat people with an intellectual disability. The workshop will equip participants in practical ways by offering four windows to look through as a way of understanding people’s needs and how best to respond to meet those needs.

Some of the Topics include:

  • The impact of Intellectual impairment
  • How to respond when it’s not clear why people are doing what they’re doing
  • The relationship between the challenges of intellectual impairment and difficulties we can all experience

Who should attend?

This informative workshop is for anyone wanting to understand and appreciate the perspective of the people they support (whether in formal/paid or informal/unpaid roles) and all of those who are looking for practical ways to support people with an intellectual impairment to succeed and be understood. If you are a support worker, advocate or family member of someone who has a disability, a manager, principal, teacher, teachers’ assistant or therapists then this workshop has particular relevance for you..

About the Presenter 
This event will be led by John Armstrong, who has had a long involvement with people who have an intellectual disability

John has had a long career in many human service roles, the last thirty as a human service consultant, evaluator and trainer to people, families and organisations across Australia, NZ and other parts of the world. His work is underpinned by the knowledge and application of Social Role Valorisation (SRV) which provides a practice framework for successfully transforming the lives of people who are, or at risk of being, devalued by their communities.

John Armstrong

DATE: Thursday 18th February 2021

TIME: 9am to 4.30 pm. Registration from 8.30am 


With your safety in mind, these workshops will be held at the Pennant Hills Bowling Club, Sydney. Pennant Hills Bowling Club is a registered and approved COVID Safe venue with NSW Health. It’s very important to us that you feel safe and comfortable at our chosen workshop venue.

Free parking is available on site or 5-minute walk from Pennant Hills train station. The venue and parking are accessible. Stairs or a wheelchair accessible lift will bring you to the workshop room (Auditorium) on the 1st floor.


Concession $50 

People with disability*, family members and students

Advocacy organisations $100  

This rate is for people attending who are employed by or represent an advocacy organisation.

Professionals $150

This rate is for professionals or people with disability and families who are attending who are employed by or represent a service, support organisation, company or corporation.


If you attended the two day Towards a Better Life Workshop on the 16th and 17th February a discounted rate applies:

Concession $30
Advocacy organisations $60
Professionals $100


Workshop package – reading materials, presentation handouts, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Booking fees are not included.

*Foundations Forum accepts Companion Card registrations. Please contact us if you would like to register and require a companion card booking as part of your registration. 

The workshops are part of our Pursuing Ordinary Lives Through Valued Roles Project, which is funded by  the Department of Social Services (DSS) through an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant.

Bookings close by Friday 12th February, if not sold out earlier

This workshop offers limited bookings. To secure your spot, book your ticket now.  


Please contact us on if you require an alternative payment option. We also accept bank transfer (EFT), cheque and money order.

Project Coordinator - Rosita Sunna - mobile 0412 555 153 


Foundations Forum is a Sydney-based non-profit NSW organisation formed in 1985 by a group of individuals committed to improving the lives of people who are marginalised in society.

Our aim is to challenge, inspire and encourage individuals and organisations to pursue better lives for 
people who are at risk of being devalued, by promoting the principles and practice of Social Role 
Valorisation (SRV).

To read more about SRV, we encourage you to visit our resource page on our website: http://www.foundationsforum.or...


Please let us know of any accessibility requirements when registering so that adjustments can be made. Please find detailed accessibility informations below.


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Cancellation Policy Late cancellations can result in a considerable loss of income and cost to Foundations Forum as we have to commit to venue, catering and travel expenses prior to events. We acknowledge that there are a number of unexpected circumstances that can make it difficult for people to attend events and we are open to requests for a refund after the 1-week date in exceptional situations. If Foundations Forum has to cancel an event we will offer a full refund. For all events if a cancellation is made: • 1+ weeks before the event, a full refund will be given • Within a week of the event, a 50% refund will be given • However, in all cases an eligible substitute registrant may attend. Substitution: If, after booking an event the person is unable to attend, they are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in their place at no additional cost. We appreciate advice of substitutions in writing so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk and dietary needs are recorded.