Welcome to the NRCCOSAM web portal created for you, with input from people with a disability, families and Circles of Support and Microboards (COSAM) organisations across Australia. At this site there are tools to help you locate and connect with a COSAM organisation near you, read interesting stories about how circles and microboards work, download useful information and watch informative videos about cosam’s. The content and tools will help to decide if you would like to establish your own circle or microboard.
What is a Circle of Support and Microboard?
A Circle of Support and Microboard (COSAM) are essentially a group of people that assist and support a person with a disability to live the life they want. While similar in outcome, Circles of Support and Microboards function differently.
A Circle of Support involves a group of people coming together to support, plan out and action the goals, interests and needs of a person with a disability.
A Microboard is an incorporated association formed around a person with a disability that helps them and their family to achieve their life goals.
Both types of support networks not only help in the day-to-day activities of the person at the centre but also form a safe network of trusted people, give encouragement and enrich the lives of people that may otherwise feel isolated.
This website provides information to help you better understand COSAMs with examples of how they work, how to establish them and organisations that provide support.