John Duthie attended the opening of the Modbury office of Minda Incorporated. The addres is now 928 North East Road, Modbury SA 5092. The Hon. Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Disabilities, opening the office. It will serve people North and Northeast of Adelaide. Minda estimates that the opening of the Modbury office will generate $21 million of economic activity. The biggest beneficiaries will be the surrounding suburbs and a boost for local employment.
John spent time talking to the staff and visitors, learning more about the great work that Minda does in the community.
History of Minda
Unfortunately, prior to 1898, children with intellectual disabilities occupied the lunatic asylum at Parkside. The South Australian government promised £500 towards a better residence. The other funds came from the public. The new home was registered as ‘Home for Weak Minded Children’. Fortunately, the actual name given was ‘Minda’, an aboriginal word meaning ‘place of shelter and protection’.
Vision, Purpose and Mission, and Values of Minda
Vision – For people with disability to live enriched lives of their choosing.
Purpose and Mission – Minda’s purpose is to be a progressive organisation of choice for people with disability, supporting them on their journey toward enriched lives with greater community participation and contribution.
Passionate: We care greatly for the people we support and we work hard to create an environment where individuals live a life of their choosing.
Respectful: We learn from each other and celebrate diversity – we value each person as an individual.
Accountable: We are transparent and responsible in all of our actions and we promote open communication.
Innovative: We embrace new ideas, take smart risks and reward creativity.
Successful: We grow from our successes, and also our mistakes, and abide by all processes and procedures.
Ethical: We are true to our word and walk our talk. We encourage autonomy and self-determination.
A reminder to avoid using the slang word
Minda became so well known, its name became associated as an offensive way of referring to a person with an intelluctual disability.