Minda’s historic support agreement

As South Australia’s largest non-government disability support provider, Minda is already well regarded as an innovative leader across the disability sector, and now its industry-leading knowledge will help to transform the lives of people with disability and their families in Thailand.

Minda CEO, MS Cathy Miller, said an historic Memorandum of Meeting signed today with seven Thai organisations, including the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and a group of six organisations known collectively as Thailand national-level organizations of and for persons with disabilities, was the culmination of more than eight year’s work.

“Our relationship with the Thai Government originally dates back to 2010, and we have gone on to host visiting delegations and send staff overseas to help develop culturally appropriate and sustainable training programs, project planning, service development, and creation of an Employment Centre and Volunteer Program for people with disability, the aged and those categorised as destitute in Thailand,” Ms Miller said.

“The Thai government is committed to improving aged care and disability support and we have used our sector networks to broker introductions with other local service providers to further put South Australian skills, talent and expertise on the international radar,” she said.

“Minda’s extensive knowledge pool has helped us to modernise our practices and actively empower the people we support, and in 2009 we adopted the guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Today, people supported by Minda have more choice than ever before when it comes to things most of us take for granted – such as where they want to work, how they want to spend their time, where they want to live, who they want to live with and how they want to live their life.”

Ms Miller said the Minda team was pleased to be recognised within international circles for its sector-leading services and training and welcomed opportunity to expand advocacy, training and education efforts beyond South Australia.

“Minda has gone to great lengths to ensure we are NDIS ready, and our adoption of Person Centred Thinking has provided a set of values, skills and tools that we use daily to personalise our services and assist a person with disability to focus on what is important to them, and then introduce changes that will assist them to achieve those aspirations,” Ms Miller said.

“To see that recognised at an international level is testament to the entire Minda team and we will continue to empower people to share their choices with friends and families in a way that is encouraged and facilitated by staff and volunteers that are committed to a culture of inclusion.”