How does Ability Links NSW work?
Ability Links NSW Coordinators, known as Linkers, work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams.
Whether your goal is to take part in sport, education, volunteering, or other activities, you remain at the centre of decision making about how you want to lead your life.
Linkers have strong local knowledge and work alongside communities, supporting them to be welcoming and inclusive.
Linkers can help you to:
- find ways to be a part of your local community
- set goals and plan for your future
- build confidence to achieve your dreams
- develop your existing support networks and create new networks.
There are a number of providers around the state who can put you in touch with a Linker. You can use the search functions on this website to find a Linker in your area.
Linking with everyone
Linkers work with all people and communities, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and Aboriginal communities. Linkers will support you to be part of your local and extended community.
You can contact a Linker whenever you need to, and in a way that suits you.
The role of a Linker is to provide short-term support to achieve a particular outcome.
Linkers can be contacted again in the future if another goal is identified or further support or information is needed.
Ability Links NSW also recognises that children with disability and their families have specific and unique needs around the time of diagnosis. Early Links is offered through our Aboriginal Providers and supports Aboriginal families to use informal and community supports. Find out more about Aboriginal Early Linkers here.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. The ECEI approach supports families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. For more information go to: http://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei
We also understand that Aboriginal people require flexible and culturally appropriate supports. Ability Links NSW offers the choice of an Aboriginal Linker if that's right for you.
Who can use Ability Links NSW?
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.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. Ability Links is a free program.
What about the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS. The NDIS gives people with disability more choice and control over the supports they receive. Under the NDIS, 140,000 people in NSW will receive disability support.
You can find out if you will be able to use the NDIS on the website www.ndis.gov.au
And you can find out when the NDIS is available in your area on the NSW NDIS website www.ndis.nsw.gov.au
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