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!
11 Jul 2017
Food is well known for its power to bring people together and the recent Freedom Feast in Coffs Harbour was no exception.
The event, which was supported by Ability Links NSW, was an opportunity for Coffs Harbour area residents to celebrate Refugee Week with their enjoyment of food and freedom.
Close to 500 people responded to the invitation to attend with a wide variety of foods on offer.
Ability Links NSW, Program Manager Anna Thompson said the event was an inclusive event with people young and old with some attending in traditional dress.
27 Jun 2017
The inaugural Smart Art Includes You Challenge is open to all school students in the Hunter and Central Coast.
The challenge is run by Ability Links NSW. Students may enter their artwork as an individual or as part of a group in one of four categories: rap song, video, photos, and visual art.
All eligible entrants go in the draw to win prizes of $5000 or $2500 for their school to spend on resources, programs, training or equipment to help build the school’s capacity to be inclusive.
To find out more, go to: smartartchallenge.com