‘If it wasn’t for Interact I would be at home all day doing nothing for myself and my future’

By Our Reporter
Saru Rana with Interact Team (L-R) Top: Rebecca Mayne, Sarah Riley, Claire Kolver, Terry Cavanagh. Bottom Row: Saru Rana, Manisha Khatri, Karishma Chandiramani

Not for profit organisation Interact Australia works towards empowering those with disabilities to achieve their full potential

With over 25 years of experience in the field, Interact Australia (IA) works to promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing by empowering people to achieve their full potential. As a values-based not-for-profit organisation, IA champions and supports people with a disability in their choices, offering a range of person-centred supports, matched to meet unique circumstances and individual needs.

Karishma Chandiramani and Manisha Khatri, active members of Adelaide’s Indian community, have a passion for empowering people in making changes to their lives to enable them in achieving safe and sustainable outcomes. The two work with IA to offer both Individual support services (NDIS) and Disability Employment Services (DES) tailored to specific needs and future goals.

Karishma, South Australian State Manager of IA, has supported countless people with disabilities to create a vibrant future. “It is fantastic to see so many Interact participants and sponsors joining us to support the Stroke foundation. This is the inclusivity with which our community enables Interact to assist people to create futures by focusing on strengths and skills development for social and economic inclusion,” she says.

Through hosting events such as the recent one at Windsor Gardens for National Stroke Week, Karishma, Manisha and IA helped raise awareness of the Stroke foundation in the community, and raised money for a worthy cause.

The event was a tremendous success, with guest speaker Saru Rana CEO of Shamshir, inspiring and motivating with her words, some fantastic food catered by Dial a Curry, Cupcake Princess and Pizza’s sponsored by Plan Partners and a special piano recital by one of Interact’s Support Worker (Josh Moorhouse). “It was wonderful to hear Interact client’s journey so far. I felt that the involvement of staffs, clients and management was very strong and value-based,” says Baljinder Kaur, Disability Services Officer from DHS, who was at the event.

Interact State Manager Karishma Chandiramani with Saru Rana

IA participant Tylah Trueack also spoke from the heart about her experience with Interact. “Since being with interact I feel a massive relief and some hope to get a good job in Adelaide. If it wasn’t for Interact I would be at home all day everyday doing nothing for myself and my future,” she says.

“Thanks to Interact I’m now volunteering at foodbank three times a week and I found motivation to get myself out in the big wide world full of opportunities and new people to meet. I feel so lucky to be with Interact that they have helped me through times like these that make life just that bit easier.”

What next?

The next challenge for the Karishma and the Interact team is September, where they will be raising awareness and money for Cerebral Palsy. If you are living with a disability and looking for individualised supports or disability employment services, Interact can support you to create your future, focussed on your skills, abilities and goals. For more information and to discuss Interact Australia’s services, call 1300 FUTURE (388 873) or visit their website at interact.com.au.


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