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 7 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!
23 Oct 2018
After relocating to a small town in southern NSW, a change in Narelle’s health brought her career to a halt, resulting in disability and isolating her from her community. To keep mentally active and busy Narelle spent her time fostering her love of art and craft, but she felt isolated and disengaged from the outside world. After reaching out for assistance, Narelle was referred to Ability Links to access supports and engage with her community.
5 Mar 2018
To mark World Hearing Day this year, Ability Links Hunter Central Coast and partners have launched ‘Listening In’, a communities-based research effort to improve opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It starts with an online questionnaire and ends with a call to action – to help find more about what hearing assistance and supports are working, and what’s not.
1 Mar 2018
Vinnies Ability Links Cinema Captioning project started in early 2017 with Sutherland Linker Mark Burgess approaching the GU Film House Cronulla with the aim of securing an open captioned movie every fortnight. The primary target audience was the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
1 Feb 2018
Grace came in contact with Vinnies Ability Links after a recommendation from her husband’s doctors.
Grace’s husband has had a stroke and is now unable to work or drive. He does not speak much English and relies on Grace for all of his communications with doctors, physios and so on.
18 Dec 2017
When Will first met his Ability Links Linker, he had been going through a tough time with severe anxiety and depression. Will was struggling to build friendships and wanted to be linked to a group where he could share his passion for anime and video games.
17 Dec 2017
Linda is a 61 year old woman with disability, and a carer for her daughter. Linda identifies as a proud Koori woman, and before she rang Ability Links, had never used a service for help.
Linda stated that, ‘I felt that my life was overwhelming and that I was drowning with no lifeline.’