Entries by Sandra Leehy


Fred Brumhead is a name known by everyone who is a part of Interchange Outer East (and beyond). If you’ve ever been on family camp, attended any IOE family days, sports events, special events, rec programs, had anything to do with adult, children’s or family services you would know Fred. He is certainly not your […]


We have had such positive responses to our communication guru’s holiday planner calendar template that Bec has put together another one for the winter break. Families have overwhelmingly told us that they have found the template a real bonus when organising school holiday periods. The lack of routine and the unpredictability associated with the break […]


We dug into the IOE archives and came up with our CEO Fred Brumhead’s first ever report for the 1989 Annual General Meeting. IOE was a very different service back then. Interchange had been built around sharing the care of children with disabilities and in 1989 the Volunteer Host program was the sole program area. […]


My son Dylan, a 1:1 support worker and myself (husband was unable to make it) arrived at CYC Cowes on Friday evening ready to take part in our first IOE Family Camp. On arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome and shown our accommodation. Our cabin was so much better than I expected, with […]

Chris Varney & Lisa Anderson

Chris Varney is Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of I CAN Network. I CAN Network is driving a rethink of autism so that young Australians on the spectrum think ‘I CAN’, not ‘I can’t’, in response to their challenges and opportunities. Chris was inspired to start I CAN from the exemplary support his family and […]

Sarah McLachlan

Like you, Sarah McLachlan is many things to many people. A degree-qualified naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, breastfeeding counsellor, wife and most importantly, the mother of four autistic children. Sarah knows what it is like to be deep in the trenches of parenting and caring for babies, toddlers, children and teens. She understands how hard it can […]