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May Update from AAA Play 

The best way to keep warm as we move closer to winter is to get active! This month a new season of sport and rec opportunities begin including blind and low vision teen programs, Victorian Powerchair Premier League, Lacrosse, and Wheelchair Softball.

We also chat about sensory spaces, introduce you to our newest ambassador, oh, and celebrate the announcement of a 
$1 million dollar Federal Labor election pledge to expand the AAA Play service! Read on....

In the Spotlight

Looking Forward: AAA Play moves from strength to strength

AAA play are thrilled by the recent announcement of a $1 million dollar Federal Labor election pledge to expand the AAA Play service to two additional states. Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Carol Brown announced on Saturday 4 May 2019 the commitment for Labor to put people with disability and carers first. 

The announcement comes with a host of other investments towards making Australia more accessible and inclusive containing $2 million for disability sport – including $1 million to help more athletes attend the next Special Olympics Junior and National Games and $1 million so Reclink can expand AAA Play and connect more people with disability and their families with sport and recreation activities.

More details will be released soon.

Looking Back: Sensory friendly spaces might become the norm

From SaintsPlay to a Saints Sensory room, St Kilda football club is taking sport and recreation for people with disabilities to a whole new level of participation.

You can't be what you can't see, and people who experience high sensory stimulation often don't get the opportunity to see and experience events such as a live AFL game, music festivals, art and culture spaces and many other public events that occur in loud, crowded spaces.

Accessibility advocates and event leaders are demonstrating that these barriers can be more easily overcome by offering attendees the opportunity to retreat to a sensory safe space.

To read the full story, click here.

Find an Activity

Stick It Lacrosse - Geelong
Come and try 'Stick It', the new modified version of lacrosse that helps develop your motor skills.

Details can be found here

Eaglehawk Bowling Club
Eaglehawk Bowling Club's All Abilities Bowls offers an inclusive and friendly environment for people with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

Details can be found here

BAM Allstars All Abilities Dance - Highett
BAM Arts Inc. provide fantastic, high energy dance and drama programmes for people with disabilities ages pre-school to adult.

Details can be found here

Come & Try Archery - Lake Gardens
The Wendouree Archery Club provide inclusive introductory archery programs for people of all abilities.

Details can be found here

Victorian Powerchair Premier League
The league is open to all ages, genders, disabilities and we most definitely welcome beginners!

Details can be found here

News

Registrations Open

Registrations to participate in the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival (12-29 SEPT 2019) are now open. We would love you to encourage as many artists from the deaf and disability community to come, present their work and have their say at Fringe.

Click here to read more.

Royal Commission into Mental Health

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System is now accepting submissions. The terms of reference for the Commission ask us to consider some important themes relating to Victoria's mental health system. We would like to hear from you on the terms of reference.

Click here to read more.

Accessible Telecoms

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has officially launched Australia’s first independent information resource for telecommunications products suitable for people with disability.

Click here to read more.

Designed By Women With Disability For Women With Disability

Sunny is an app that supports all women with disability who have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic and family violence, to understand violence, know their rights and reach out for support.

Click here to read more.

Express Your Interest In Powerchair Sports

VEWSA are gauging the community interest for powerchair sports. The survey is aiming to give VEWSA an indication if any new players are interested in joining their newest league. It is also hoping to indicate what areas they can expand their programs to in the future. 

Click here to read more.

Events

Come & Try Wheelchair Softball

Come and Try Day! Set in a fun, social and welcoming environment, Casey Stadium and Softball Australia's new Social Sport Competition is a great opportunity to get involved in a new and exciting sport!

Click here for details.

Blind or Low Vision Teens Program

BSRV Active Teens Blind Tennis Program - Wyndham will commence with a FREE OPEN DAY at Hoppers Crossing Tennis Club (Wootten Rd Reserve,  corner of Hogans Rd and Wootten Rd, Tarneit).

Click here for details.

Be Well Be Connected

AAA play and Sports Focus will be joining forces at next week's VALID expo to promote inclusive clubs and sport and recreation programs to local people with disabilities. There will be a range of information and exhibits featuring aged care, community and disability services available to people who are ageing or living with a disability, their families and supporters. If you live in Bendigo, come and say hi!

Click here for details.

AAA Ambassador News

Meet our newest Ambassador, Andrea Codazzi! Andrea comes from an Italian family, born in New South Wales. His dad travelled for work and Andrea's family were lucky enough to follow, giving them the opportunity to live in places such as as North Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Andrea always loved sport as a kid. He won a few 1st place ribbons at primary school swimming competitions and played high school basketball and rugby. When Andrea discovered snowboarding, he ignited a passion and hasn't stopped since.

Read more of Andrea's story here.

For any further information on the programs featured please go to www.aaavic.org.au or call us on 1800 222 842. 
AAA Play is an initiative supported by the Victorian Government.

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