Here Is What Our Families Have Been Striving Towards This Year...


sameview monthly - December


Thank you for joining us on our journey this year. I'm sure that you would have worked hard towards your goals this year and we hope that 2018 has been a successful year of making great strides towards achieving them. 

When it comes to goals, hopes, or dreams, sameview families are marching each day, step by step towards achieving what is most important to their family and loved one. Sometimes we go back a couple of steps, or maybe even a lot, but by looking back at how far we've come, and having a supportive team, we can rebuild our motivation and continue to aim high.

I'd like to share with you just how diverse and important the goals of sameview families are via our card below. I'd like you to also know that your support isn't just for sameview, it is for these families, and their individual missions.

I look forward to continuing this amazing ride with you in 2019, in the meantime I wish you and your families a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday season.


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ARATA Conference 2018

This month we had the privilege of presenting at the Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) annual Assistive Technology conference.

It was such a great opportunity to share sameview while learning about the complex but innovative world of AT products. The highlight for me was finally meeting the incredible Christopher Hills and his equally awesome dad Garry in person. Christopher shows you just how much is possible through AT and in particular switch control, while his dad is an amazing model for other parents of children with disabilities. Check out Chris' work on youtube here.

Melbourne Disability Institute

We also spent time this month at a workshop at the Melbourne Disability Institute. It was great to be able to meet and work with their staff after attending their launch earlier this year. The vision of the Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is to transform the social and economic health and wellbeing of people with disabilities through high-quality research, teaching and training, and knowledge translation.

One thing I recommend checking out is their podcast recorded from a recent round table discussion on improving the health and lives of Australians with intellectual disabilities. 

Founder update

We've coming towards the end of a very big year for sameview, but a much bigger one for our family and Monty. Our dreams of him starting school with his brother and sister in a supportive and inclusive environment has been something we've been working towards for years. I'm so happy to share that the year has been a success, with Monty loving a school and community that he is a part of as much as anyone else. If you'll indulge me here are some highlights for us from the year:
  • Started kindy in a mainstream public school, with his brother and sister.
  • Learnt to read. Monty loves chapter books and has never missed a night of reading before bed.
  • Writing, Monty uses his ipad to write, and loves to write weekly journals, and letters to his friends.
  • Sport. This year we've been playing soccer, tennis, and athletics.
  • Independence and being a part of the community. Monty doesn't miss an opportunity to learn how to do something himself, or to help others. You'll see him cleaning up after a school event, or helping out at a working bee.
  • At the end of 2018, Monty is confident with school, friends, and has become a part of the local community,
Closing back to goals and children, it's amazing how quickly things can change and require you to adapt. Over the last few weeks the theme in our house has been all about independence, and learning how to do - everything. We've learnt how to run the washing machine, the dishwasher, fold the washing, make our bed, and more. 

As parents we have to match that enthusiasm and push Monty's goals as much as we can. All of this is with an eye on the future, and what kind of life he will live as an adult.

I wish you a wonderful summer and holiday season. We'll be right here over this period working on the sameview platform and supporting our community. Looking forward to seeing you in 2019.

A few Monty highlights from this year - enjoy!
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