August 2019 Newsletter

Your kindness shows you care for the needs of our most vulnerable Australians; you’re providing opportunities for people with intellectual disability to live their best life. Thank you for all you do.

“Thank you for giving people with intellectual disability the opportunity to realise their dreams.

I was born with Autism but I am not defined by it. I am proof that having a disability doesn’t limit your aspirations or what you can achieve in life.

My first job was as a supported employee with Endeavour Foundation but thanks to supporters like you I now have my dream job in open employment. With the right support and encouragement, people with Autism can live really good lives.

You are making a world of possibilities for people with intellectual disability.”

Alex – Endeavour Foundation Ambassador

A view of disability in Australia

In Australia, more than 660,000 people have an intellectual disability1

The majority are children and young adults, with 65% of people diagnosed before the age of five and 95% before they turn 202

In fact, a child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours3

People with intellectual disability face greater barriers when it comes to gaining employment or accessing higher education. And as a result, many experience isolation and miss out on support1

People with intellectual disability are also three times more likely to experience physical violence, abuse or neglect due to a lack of tolerance and respect4

But with your support, we’re changing the lives of people with disability around Australia.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4433.0.55.003 - Intellectual Disability, Australia, 2012
  2. Australian institute of health and Welfare (2008) Disability in Australia: intellectual disability
  3. Price Waterhouse Coopers, 2011. ‘Disability expectations – Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia’
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4431.0.55.003 - Experiences of Violence and Personal Safety of People with Disability, 2016

Helping young people stay safe online

More than 80 young people with intellectual disability benefited from Cyber Safety workshops in April thanks to donor support.

Students, transition coordinators and young adults attended the workshops, which taught appropriate online behaviour, as well as strategies to prevent cyber-crime and bullying.

Thanks to your continued support, students were able to access this training for free, ensuring they have the skills to safely use digital technology.

In December, the doors opened at the new Castle Hill Learning and Lifestyle hub in Sydney.

The hub offers services to supported employees and other people with disability, as well as their families and carers.

The programs offered at the hub have been developed in response to local demand. People with disability can access literacy, numeracy, budgeting, money management and employment skills training.

There are also activities based on art, gardening, movement and expression, helping people enjoy socialising, develop skills and gain confidence.

Technology and robotics modules are also offered, while a number of programs are supported with virtual reality using Oculus Rift headsets funded by our donors.

Lawrence Scott, Head of Service Design for Endeavour Foundation said, “Our Learning and Lifestyle hubs go beyond governmentsubsidised support. We work to understand and develop the individual strengths and interests of every person.

“Donor funds go towards resources, technologies and activities in these hubs, helping people with disability realise their goals.”

“By building a shared resource, we’re able to achieve bigger things for an entire community of people with disability.”

To find out more about what’s on offer at Castle Hill visit

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast art group, the Nambour Brushers are bringing joy and wellbeing to the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Supported by Endeavour Foundation, the program encourages locals to come together and create art in an inclusive and friendly environment.

The program is also an important outlet for people who find it challenging to speak or interact with others using words.

Endeavour Foundation Support Worker Sally Bowling said “Art gives people with disability a different way to communicate with the world.

“Using pencils, paints and paper, they can express themselves as well as connect with others and build friendships.

“Art helps improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It can even build people’s self-esteem and confidence to engage more in their community.”

Sally said “We couldn’t do this without the generosity of our volunteers and donors”.

“Art is a way that people with disability can splash creativity around. And explore their own sense of ability with enjoyment.”

“You can see it on their faces - they’re proud to show off their work. Now they can call themselves artists!”

The Nambour Brushers is just one of the many programs offered at Endeavour Foundation’s Nambour Learning and Lifestyle hub. For more information about Endeavour Foundation’s services, please visit

A generous gift in will is helping Endeavour Foundation provide another purposefully designed home for people with intellectual disability.

The Bundaberg home was originally an eightbedroom house and is now being extensively renovated and converted to a duplex with two separate four bedroom residences.

Plans for the building have been prepared in close partnership with existing residents and carers.

Innovative design has been combined with practical, assistive features to help people with disability live more independently. New accessible bathrooms and a modern colour scheme will make the home comfortable and inviting. The addition of artwork, picture frames and plants will provide a warm, personal touch.

Kerin McMahon from Endeavour Foundation said.

“While the NDIS helps fund housing for people with disability, it’s mostly for essential items. With the support of our donors, we’re able to make a house feel like a real home."

“We want to create a welcoming environment for our residents. A place where they feel safe and confident,” Kerin added.

This project was made possible through a generous gift in will and the house will be ready for tenants in late 2019.

If you’re considering making a gift in your will, you can phone 07 3908 7188. Talk to us about the impact your support could have and find out more about leaving a legacy you’ll be proud of.

Voices for real change in Queensland

The Queensland Human Rights Bill recently became law, paving the way for significant changes to the access that people with disability have to health care and education.

This is a time to celebrate. The passing of this bill is a milestone for people with disability, for Endeavour Foundation, and for all of our supporters.

Your donations have helped us advocate for changes to legislation that will improve the way people with disability live.

Over many months, we worked actively in the campaign committee. We wrote to Members of Parliament and met with them, helping them understand and address the challenges faced by people with disability.

We shared insights and lived experiences of the Endeavour Foundation community, highlighting injustice in the health care and education available to people with disability.

This sustained effort was only possible with the unwavering support of our donors.

From January 2020, the Queensland Human Rights Bill will protect a total of 23 human rights. This includes everyone’s right to access health care and education.

Now, people with disability will be able to access these services, even when government providers need additional resources to make it possible.

It’s a milestone that the founding families of Endeavour have worked toward since 1951, when children with intellectual disability were excluded from Queensland state schools.

We’re proud to have added our voice, and yours, to campaign for this change.

To learn more about the new Human Rights Laws in Queensland go to