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Welcome.
Our purpose is to provide quality accommodation support services and facilitate training and employment for adults who are deaf and blind with additional disabilities, enhancing and enriching their lives.

> Welcome from Frank Deane, Chairman of the Board.

Frank Deane, Chairman.
Welcome to the Website of Forsight Australia.

In February 2014, following the retirement of Michael McMahon, I became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forsight Australia. My involvement with Forsight Australia has covered some 25 years from being a member of the Rotary Club of Carlingford Inc which promoted “A House on Line in ‘89” to help Forsight Australia to buy its first house, to being a Board member (2003 – 2012) including four years as Forsight’s Deputy Chairman, and Chairman of the Homes’ Committee. During this period strong bonds were forged with Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) and Genworth; the identity of Forsight Australia changed as it became more assertive; it became a leader in its field by the guidance of its CEO Trish Wetton and it was able to attract Dr Tim Hawkes OAM as Patron, as well as encourage outstanding persons to become Ambassadors, and thereby enhance the reputation of the organisation.

The ability of Forsight Australia to continue its important work is in no small way due to the wonderful and continuing support of Genworth through United Way Australia, RFBI, Rotary Clubs of Carlingford, Thornleigh and West Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook, Masonic District No 32, Lions Club of North Rocks, Inner Wheel Clubs of Parramatta and Beecroft, Bunnings, and Trefoil Guild, as well as the amazing generosity of private donors. Many and varied programmes and policies have been introduced for the benefit of our Deafblind with other disabilities residents. The progress in levels of care and services have only been possible by the unstinting and unselfish efforts of the staff and parents/relatives of our residents and I wish to express my thanks and admiration for them

Moving on from such a solid background we look forward to exciting developments this year, in particular, firstly the realisation, through the auspices and cooperation ADHC, to deliver four more homes to Forsight Australia and consequently provide for a further twenty residents, and secondly the conduct of the 9th National Deafblind Conference which will be hosted by Forsight Australia at the Mercure Hotel Sydney 6 -8 June 2014.

Future plans are exciting and with our outstanding staff and a committed Board, they will be achieved. Our performance to date is our guarantee of success.

Frank Deane. Dip. Law.

> Welcome from Trish Wetton, CEO.

Trish Wetton, CEO Forsight Australia
Welcome to the Forsight Australia website and if this is your first visit, I hope you enjoy browsing and reading about unique accommodation support programs for deafblind adults with additional disabilities. Information about events, such as the 9th National Deafblind Conference, hosted by Forsight Australia to be held at the Mercure Central Hotel in Sydney 6-8 June 2014 and our expansion plans will be available.

Forsight is growing. We are working in partnership with NSW Family and Community Services/Ageing Disability and Home Care to expand our organisation by opening four new community group homes in April-May 2014 to welcome 20 deafblind adults into the Forsight family. Forsight will then have community group homes in nine locations in Sydney, providing person-centered sensory focused programs and daily transport to ten different day programs and supported employment for a total of 52 adults.

Each of Forsight’s existing community group homes are designed to meet the individual needs the adults who live in them. Our Corporate partners and Service Organisations fund projects each year to make each house a ‘home’ where the adults, their families, friends and workers all play a part in person centered thinking, practice, planning and conversations. It will therefore be no surprise when the new FCS-ADHC Forsight community group homes open, that they will provide the same outcomes.

During this expansion period, Forsight is continuing to provide supervision and support to the deafblind adults and their direct care workers and house managers at the Forsight community group homes while attending meetings and planning for the future when the staffing structure of Forsight will change to staff the expanded service.

Forsight is developing SNAP budgets to cover the new services and staff members while keeping informed of the ongoing changes to the new SCHADS Award for existing staff and new staff when they are come on board. Bulk recruitment of the highest quality will ensure the task of covering all new positions will be a success.

Person-Centred-planning and coordination is a top priority with staff working between the two services with Rhondda Vassallo and Joy Quinn at FCS-ADHC and Trish Wetton, Paul Sheen, Miriana Gazivoda and Lena Blinko at Forsight providing support to the deafblind adults living at both services.

For the next three to five years 2013 – 2016 to 2018, the Forsight Board and Leadership team is developing a Strategic Plan that no doubt will be just as exciting as the previous Five Year Strategic plan to 2013.

Trish Wetton. GradDip(Admin), MSpEd(SensDisab).

This video produced by Genworth shows the active involvement in some of Forsight Australia's most exciting projects.

NEWS & DOCUMENT UPDATES!

National Standards for Disability Services.

Download National Standards for Disability Services, Easy Read version and the consultation process…. Read More...

Download and View: Policy and Procedure Manuals.

All staff and families of Residents keep up-to-date with our “Policy & Procedure Manual” and “Work Healh Safety Manual” and “Zero Tolerance to Bullying”. Read More...

Disability Inclusion Act.

The International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2014, marked the commencement of the visionary Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW) (the Act or the DIA). Read More...

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Who we are.
OUR BEGINNING
In 1978, parents of deaf and blind children established their own organisation in collaboration with founders Jean and the late Tom Grunsell. Today there are eight independent group homes supported by 50 full-time, part-time and casual staff caring for 32 adults with sensory and additional disabilities, offering choices and producing outcomes the founding parents could only dream about in 1978.