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Dean Blanchard, Music Rocks Australia

The 2017 Abilities Expo's second session is in full swing! VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Dean Blanchard, Founder and Director of Music Rocks Australia to hear his story and the social and personal opportunity music provides to young people. Music Rocks Australia allows people of all abilities to engage and enjoy music, as well as develop their talent. Attendees of the Abilities Expo were lucky enough to enjoy two performances from Music Rocks Australia. Listen to Dean's interview now!

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Jacqui Jones, Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre

While the 2017 Abilities Expo is under way, VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua managed to catch up with Jacqui Jones, Workplace Transition Coordinator from Warnbro CHS Education Support Centre. Jacqui assists middle school and high school students living with intellectual disabilities. The Middle school (Year 7,8,9) program assists the students in integrating with a whole range of mainstream classes, and the high school (Year 10,11,12 and 13) program focuses on getting them work-ready, acquiring skills to leave school and join the workforce. Hear in more detail, the fantastic work that Jacqui does in this podcast now!

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Kate Keisler, Calm and Connected

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua interviews Kate Keisler, an Occupational Therapist and Director from Calm and Connected. Calm and Connected is an organisation that supports young people with anxiety, stress, social skills in the community, empowering them to engage with school, social events and the family. Have a listen now!

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Jess Karlson, CEO Cahoots

Amongst the excitement of the Abilities Expo 2017, Kenneth Phua chats with Cahoots CEO, Jess Karlson. Previously known as Kids Camps, Cahoots evolved to meet the needs of children living with disability here in WA. Cahoots is all about fun and support, developing camps for children of all ages to foster life and social skills.

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Frank Schaler, Life without Barriers

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua sits down with Frank Schaler, Operations Manger of Life Without Barriers. Life Without Barriers started in 1995, supporting the needs of the Newcastle community. They also provide support for those people living with disability throught the Australian immigration system.

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Fiona Hood, Saint Jude’s Disabilities Services

VisAbility Host Kenneth Phua managed to catch up with Fiona Hood, Manager of the Eastern Region at Saint Jude's Disabilities Services at the Abilities Expo 2017. Fiona gives us background on the family run organisation that is Saint Jude's. They've been around for 35 years!

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Interview with Paul Jones, Chairperson of Abilities Expo 2017

VisAbility Radio Host Kenneth Phua interviews Paul Jones, the Chairperson of the annual Abilities Expo 2017. They chat all about the upcoming Expo, its significance to the WA community and its mission to empower young individuals with disability. The Abilities Expo is held on the 19th September at the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom. For more information, please visit the Department of Communities, Disability Services website.

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