Distinctive Options is committed to ensuring that individuals express and exercise their rights and choice, and control of their life. The more informed the individual is regarding their rights, the greater the likelihood they will be empowered to make informed choices and decisions.
Rights & Responsibilities
Distinctive Options have three R&R network groups that run weekly advocacy sessions. Locations include Bendigo, Kyneton and Sunbury. First launched in 1998, the groups give participants the opportunity to express their views and ideas, as well as raise and problem-solve any issues they have.
Agendas are tabled and minutes taken each week. The participants are responsible for running each meeting along with taking action on any items raised. Regular agenda items include networking, community events, health and wellbeing, safety and personal business. R&R members also provide feedback on organisational issues, including document review and strategic planning. Guest presenters from within the community also attend meetings to give participants the opportunity to ask questions and be educated on what is happening within their local communities.
Talk to students at schools about overcoming barriers and sharing advice on networking with organizations and getting around the community independently.
Distinctive Options is proud to partner with various organisations and participate in events throughout the year. Both staff and participants give their time to help build a sense of inclusion and belonging. Networking and creating relationships within the community.
Participants from Distinctive Options have been attending the ‘Having a Say’ conference for many years, predominantly being members from our R&R groups. The ‘Having a Say’ conference supports individuals to find their voice, to speak up, to be heard, and to be respected.
People enjoy attending the conference for a range of reasons. Some are keen advocates for people with disability and want to debate about issues, whilst others find the whole environment empowering.
Ladies only provides a safe space for women to express and be educated around personal issues, health, appearance-inclusive of grooming, relationships, hygiene, communication, the body/anatomy, health services and human relations.
Men’s group provides a safe space for individuals to express and be educated around personal issues, health, appearance-inclusive of grooming, relationships, hygiene, communication, the body/anatomy, health services and human relations.