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!
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.
One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss, nearly four million people nationwide.
By 2050, that number is forecast to reach one in four Australians, making it the second most common condition nationally – more common than asthma, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The theme for this year’s World Hearing Day (March 3, 2018) is “Hear the future … and prepare for it”.
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.
There are benefits to open captioning beyond making the cinema experience accessible for people who are Deaf/Hard of hearing. For example, open captions also help people learn English.
GU Film House Cronulla was supportive of the project and by July 2017 had committed to one film a fortnight being shown with open captions.
The project was then picked up by a Linker in eastern Sydney, Michael, who approached the Ritz Cinema in Randwick about starting captioned screenings. In August The Ritz Cinema started weekly open captioned screenings.
Mark and Michael worked to promote the captioned screenings online, including through Deaf networks. Audience numbers continue to grow and The Ritz now has two open captioned screenings a week.