Grief & loss for people with disability the focus of 2016 Symposium 15 Jul 2016 This week, The Junction Works hosted a Symposium on Grief and Loss at Novotel Parramatta as part of its Positive Behaviour Support Program, in conjunction with Northcott, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and ADHC. Exploring the Grief & Loss Experiences of People with Intellectual Disability, this full-day Symposium was attended by over 100 professionals who work directly with people living with a disability. The Symposium was led by a diverse panel of industry experts, who provided a unique opportunity for professional development through their sharing of experiences and expertise on grief and loss processes. Topics ranged from examining the personal responses of people living with a disability, through to the response of families and having a child with a disability. Sasha Peckan, Psychologist at the Junction Works, commented on the informative value gained from the symposium. “Some great insights were taken from the day. What can be learnt is that grief responses for those with disability are really not that dissimilar to those without disability,” said Sasha. “For people living with a disability, grief is still individualised, it’s just not often expressed in a functional way. This is why it’s vital that their grief is recognised and that they’re well supported and reassured through their loss.” The 2016 Grief & Loss Symposium was the first of four symposiums to be hosted by The Junction Works over the next year. Future topics will be posted on our website.