Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) is a new way to support people with disability, their families and carers as part of the ongoing reforms of the disability services system in NSW. It provides people with a locally based first point of contact to support people to access supports and services in their local communities.
Ability Links NSW Coordinators, or “Linkers” as they are known, work with people with disability who are aged 0 to 64 years, their families and carers to help them plan for their future, build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities so they can do what they want with their lives – outside of the traditional disability service system.
Linkers also work with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disability.
What are the benefits of Ability Links?
Ability Links can help individuals to better engage with services and access work experience, volunteering or other educational and training opportunities.
Your Linker can also help to find the right activities that will empower participants to discover or further connect with their passions, improve their confidence and increase their ability to take risks and have successful social interactions.
These activities lead to positive social impacts for individuals, including improved self esteem and social networks through greater links to, and participation in, the community.
How can we work with you?
- We can assist by linking you to informal social networks (i.e. like sporting & social clubs, community groups etc.), organisations and mainstream services.
- We can work with you to identify your goals and overcome any barriers in achieving those goals
- We can advocate on your behalf, or refer you to specialist advocacy services
- We can work with communities, groups and mainstream services so they are more welcoming and inclusive
- We can work with your family, carer and friends to help you to become more confident and build new networks
Who can access Ability Links?
Ability Links can provide time limited support to people between the ages of 0 and 64 who identify as having any type of life challenge.
The person may have a physical disability, intellectual disability, mental illness, medical condition as long as they identify as having challenges that inhibit them achieving their goals.
How to access Ability Links
Anyone can contact their local Linker who can provide you with information about available services and resources in your community.
You can talk to your local Linker over the phone or arrange to meet them face to face in your own home or somewhere of your choosing.
You may bring a friend or family member to the meeting if you wish.
Linking with Aboriginal communities
Linkers located anywhere in NSW can help Aboriginal people with disability, carers and families to develop links within your local and extended community.
Contact Ability Links
Phone: 1300 792 940
Your Local Linkers
Robert Baldwin – Far North Coast Ability Links Manager
Phone – 0400 127 514
Email – [email protected]
Richmond Valley and Kyogle
Related programs and services
The NSW Government is working with Family and Community Services (FACS) to develop a Disability Inclusion Plan (DIP). This will focus on identifying and breaking down barriers for people with a disability whilst creating more meaningful opportunities in the community, and they’re looking for people to contribute.
The ‘Driving Growth in Disability Housing’ conference will bring together cross sector industry figures, to collectively share and develop practical strategies for disability housing growth. It’s on in Sydney 22 August – 23 August 2017.
Richmond Valley Council is now calling for expressions of interest to join the Accessibility, Liveability and Aged Advisory Committee.
Family Advocacy strongly believes in the importance of an inclusive education for children with disability preparing them on the pathway for an inclusive life and has a booklet to assist families in a practical way with their advocacy efforts.