What is Ability Links NSW?
Ability Links NSW is a way of connecting people with disability, their families and carers in the community.
Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Providers are the organisations that offer services to people with disability and the community. Linkers work for these Providers.
There are a range of Providers around the state, you can use this website to help you find a Provider or Linker in your area.
Who can use Ability Links?
Ability Links NSW is for:
- people with disability aged 0 to 64 years
- carers and families of people with disability.
Individual, clubs, groups and businesses can also access Ability Links NSW for information and support on inclusion of people with disability. There is no formal assessment process or referral that you need to meet in order to use Ability Links NSW.
Ability Links NSW – This is what Linkers do
Ability Links NSW now has a video showcasing what Linkers do, and just a few of the awesome outcomes they achieve for people they support in local communities!
14 Dec 2016
At a regular coffee morning run by the Salvation Army, a Cessnock-based linker became involved in a discussion with a group of mums about their need for support. They talked about how an activity, like a craft group, might be a good way for them to interact with other mums, most of who are single-parents.
The team decided to start with mosaics - the Salvation Army Captain agreed to supply the materials, and the Linker arranged morning tea. Flyers were made up and eight mothers attended the first craft morning, along with their three children.
12 Dec 2016
Through regular outreach visits to the Abermain Public School play group, Cessnock-based Ability Links coordinator Cherie Pauling met the schools’ engagement coordinator, Cheryl-Ann Leggatt.
Cheryl-Ann supports community engagement at the school and runs a weekly playgroup for school-based families and local community members to attend.
Cheryl-Ann had previously run a support group for parents of children with additional needs at the school called the Special Needs Network. Feedback from the families she was working with was that they would benefit from some extra support, prompting her to explore her options around re-establishing the network. She invited Ability Links to support her.