For Professionals

Learn about our peer-led community helping children with disability and their families to thrive.

Kindred (formerly Reframing Disability) is a family-led, not-for-profit organisation that supports parents and caregivers raising children with disability, developmental delays or medical needs. 

Our team is across best practice, evidence-based approaches to supporting children and their families. We also draw upon our lived experiences as parents and caregivers of children with disability, providing that extra level of expertise and support to others on a similar journey. 

Through education, information and guidance from a community of people who’ve been there, we empower families to build the skills, confidence and knowledge that will see their child and family thrive.   

Our free workshops and programs, evidence-based resources and uplifting community spaces help parents and caregivers navigate the everyday realities raising a child with disability. But perhaps more importantly, they help them see a future of full possibility for their child. And themselves. 

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Peer-led support offers unique benefits to families that complement and enhance the support they receive through health professionals, allied health professionals and educators.  

When very young children are diagnosed with a disability, developmental delay or medical condition, families are immediately referred to specialist services in the therapy, health and education areas.   

During this early period, families can become intensely focused on finding and engaging specialist services in an effort to maximise the benefit for their child. Many families look to increased therapy services and disability activities. They report feeling overwhelmed and isolated. It is important for families to know, their journey is not one they have to travel alone. And that with helpful guidance and support from families who have travelled a similar path, their family too can discover a future full of possibility.  

Do you want to know more about how Kindred can support the families of the children that you support?

  • Schedule a time to speak to our CEO, Stacey Touma
  • Our team can present to your team/organisation, sharing our lived experience insights and how Kindred supports families

Get in touch – stacey@kindred.org.au

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These newsletters will provide updates on our project progress and impact, new resources and upcoming programs and events to share with families you support, and opportunities for further collaboration.

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Kindred’s workshops have been practical and specific. The fact that the team are all parents with a disabled child themselves makes them a unique organisation. They create a culture of acceptance and acknowledgement, by sharing their experience with disability and valuing ours. It’s this sense of community that has helped me normalise and acknowledge the challenges. They are knowledgeable and connected and have helped connect me with other services.

Kindred has provided the platforms to challenge old thoughts, tackle and create new ones! Thank you.

I just wanted to thankyou for what you are doing. It was wonderful to come across a page that is so positive! I get so overwhelmed and depressed with so many groups but this one has really helped and encouraged me. Thank you.

Connecting with Kindred and the wonderful empowering programs they run, and resources has been life changing for our family.

Kindred has created an essential community for parents and carers. The team at Kindred have created a village for families walking a similar path. Some are a little further along than others and some are deep in the trenches just be starting to navigate their way.  But although every family’s path is different, we are all walking together in solidarity. This community creates strength & moves us forward with hope. When we have the right support, anything is possible.

My experience with Kindred has been AMAZING! When my children were diagnosed it was very much a “what now?” response. All of the therapies targeted them, but I knew that I was a huge part of their life so why wasn’t there any help/training/advice for ME? Like if I was able to do MY best then how much better could they be?! Kindred was that for me.

All the information that is provided is valued and I can become a bigger advocate for both of boys who have disabilities but also a more confident and stronger advocate for the disability community.

Feeling connected with other like-minded & supportive other parents who are living similar (never the same) experiences, is empowering and comforting – I no longer feel alone – Thank you Kindred for assisting me to feel engaged & connected.  Since becoming a member of the Kindred family, I have been able to improve my skills as a parent of a child with a disability and strengthen my attitude to be a ‘can-do’ motivated & confident parent!

I love being able to learn off other parents. I equally, if not slightly more, love being able to help other parents. It feels so good to be connected to a community – to MY community – through Kindred. I’ve had chat conversations with strangers for an hour who I’ve helped solve problems with, and vice versa. It’s such a crucial network for our well-being as parents and when we feel in control and informed them, we can support our kids to the best of our abilities.

I completed the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program, and this was a catalyst for a real change in thinking around maintaining my health and seeing support to do this as a basic requirement not a luxury.  This course really encouraged me to rethink “sacrificing” for my family as neglecting all our well-being. I have completed several targeted workshops around preparing for school and advocacy that have made me feel informed and prepared. You guys rock.

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