I travelled to the United States having 'never met a Yank I hadn't liked' and I returned a couple of weeks later with the same opinion.
What a lovely people and what a lovely country! I didn't mind being fingerprinted upon entering the States and didn't object to the other indignities of International travel (although dinner and/or a movie first would have been nice!).
Why was I and 7 of my NOVA colleagues in America?
To further develop my organisations ability to properly and effectively assist all of our job seekers. As you may be aware the landscape for disability in Australia is rapidly changing and from March 1st any person with disability will be entitled to assistance to gain and maintain work. This is a very exciting time and NOVA needs to develop its services to cope with the large number of new applicants (we are actively seeking and training a large number of staff) acquiring new premises (7 down and 1 to go) and building the most effect means of caring and supporting our new clients.
So, off to San Francisco for training and program development.
We also have the world's leading authorities in disability employment booked for either tours, training or program development in a series of projects that will significantly increase and improve our capacity.
1 week out from the biggest change in disability employment provision since the 1986 Disability Services Act am I excited?
You bet and I look forward to sharing our progress with you as we roll out some of the best developments we've ever been part of.
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