Category: OCC News

Dinner Dance ’23

14 June 2023

On Friday 2nd June, we had our annual OC Connections Dinner Dance! This year’s theme was Bright and Bold, and attendees delivered standout looks with lots of gold, glitter and florals. Dressed in our fancy outfits, participants enjoyed a two-course meal at Merrimu Receptions. A big thank you to the attentive and friendly staff; the […]

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OC’s Partnership with First Nations Traffic Management

7 June 2023

From doubling their order to spreading the good word about social procurement, First Nations Traffic Management has backed OC Connections Enterprises from the beginning. Lionel and Peter, directors of the 100% Indigenous company, have encouraged many organisations in the traffic control industry to go green by purchasing our Eco T Top Bollards, made from recycled […]

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New Developments in the Participant Reference Group (PRG) Initiative at OC Connections

30 May 2023

OC Connections recently made some positive updates to its Participant Reference Group (PRG) initiative. This revitalised program empowers participants to directly influence service improvements by sharing their feedback with the OC Connections Board.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: What’s Changed and Why?

1 May 2023

Trigger Warning: This blog article includes outdated language to identify key moments in history and briefly mentions the affiliations of Hans Asperger. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Think about our brains as computer operating systems. The norm, neurotypical, is Apple. Autism, and neurodiversity, is Android. Neither are better or worse, simply different. Both are […]

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All Abilities Small Group Training

16 April 2023

Active Monash has launched a new program at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre, specifically for people living with disability. On Tuesdays at 10.30am and Thursdays at 11.35am, the new low sensory studio will be open for people with disability to move and exercise in a safe environment – carers and support workers welcome at no cost. […]

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Bart’s Journey into Specialised Disability Accommodation

14 April 2023

MEET BART Over the last 20 years, Bart has been working with OC Connections to grow his social life, his independence, and his confidence in work. He’s a big Elvis fan, and he loves going to the cinema with friends. There’s something about Bart that makes you feel at ease – he’s kind, charismatic, and […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Hobby

7 April 2023

Hobbies are good for your mental health. Using your time in a meaningful way, doing something you love, gives you more confidence. Your mind loves to be engaged in play and learning. There are many benefits to doing a regular activity you enjoy. So how do you pick a hobby? Here are some questions to […]

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Have Your Say – NDIA’s 2022-2023 Annual Pricing Review

30 March 2023

The 2022-2023 Annual Pricing Review (APR) Consultation Paper has been released. This paper is part of a broader goal of the NDIA to support markets to grow and meet supply demands, while promoting innovation and delivering consistent participant outcomes. Family members play a significant role in the NDIS, as advocates and negotiators for their loved […]

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Beyond School and into Employment: Harry’s Story

1 March 2023

Meet Harry!    The first thing you notice about Harry when you meet him is his warm smile and his vibrant energy. Harry is twenty-one years old and is currently working as a supported employee with OC Connections Enterprises in the packing department.  Harry wasn’t always this self-assured, but since 2019 he has gone on […]

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