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.
A successful approach to building inclusive communities revealed
According to Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of Ability Links, “The program model is a winner... In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time."
The program has been particularly successful in Aboriginal communities – more than a quarter of the people accessing Ability Links are Indigenous – a major achievement.
According to Urbis Chief Economist Nicki Hutley, the findings of the cost-benefit analysis and social return of investment is ground-breaking work.
Click here to learn more about the Urbis reports. Or click on the report images to download them each.
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!
27 Mar 2017
Sometimes, the nature of a person’s challenges means that Linkers need to take more time than usual to develop a rapport with somebody and earn their trust before that person can effectively engage.
That was the case for a Cessnock Linker who received a referral from a service provider for a lady suffering from anxiety and social isolation. The initial visit, which Linkers usually aim to make within a few days of receiving a referral, took some time to organise.
11 Mar 2017
During a recent workshop Craig, a Deaf participant, indicated that it was his dream to be able to have more people in his community communicate with him in his language.
Craig told the story of Martha’s Vineyard in America, where everyone on the island was taught to sign from birth.
The Linker suggested to Craig that if he was willing to teach others, there may be some in the community who would like to take the opportunity to learn.
Craig and his Linker decided to run sessions at the local Library with 37 people attending the first session.