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!
4 May 2018
When Theo met with his Linker for the first time, he simply said “I’ll do anything to keep me out of trouble and boredom”. So the Linker asked Theo what he liked to do and found out Theo loved being outdoors and keeping his hands busy.
The Linker knew of a few places where Theo could do more of what he loved. As Theo and the Linker explored information about the community, an urban food growing course caught Theo’s attention. Theo was enthusiastic at seeing this. He had forgotten that he loved gardening.
Theo hadn’t been to TAFE before, so the Linker helped him register. Theo was looking forward to starting the course, but was a bit worried since he hadn’t been a TAFE student before. So on the first day of the course, the Linker went with Theo to TAFE where he was welcomed and shown around by the course instructor. He started feeling more confident, and by the end of the week he even enrolled in a second course! His teacher also recommended Theo for some volunteering positions.
Theo’s not bored anymore. He enjoys attending courses and the gardening opportunities that have come as a result. His last words to his Linker? “You’ve given me so much to do, I don’t even know what to do with myself! It’s great”.
3 May 2018
Shaun loves computers. He loves playing videogames, coding, building rigs and pulling computers apart to get to know what’s inside and how they work. However, Shaun still wants to learn more! He engaged with Ability Links seeking further educational opportunities to enhance his skillset.
Together with his Linker, Shaun reflected on what he knew about computers and the gaps in his knowledge. He said that he hadn’t had much experience with the MAC Operating System. They searched online for free or government subsidised courses and came across a MAC OS course at TAFE Ultimo.
Shaun worked with his Linker to create a Universal Student Identifier (USI) , set up an email address, and apply for the course. Within days Shaun was admitted into the course.
After a couple of weeks Shaun had already eagerly engaged with the course and was making progress. His Linker visited Shaun at his computer room in the TAFE Ultimo campus. Shaun’s bubbly and enthusiastic attitude made him a popular student and the teacher let him come in early before class so he had more time to play around with the computers and further improve his skillset.
Read more about Shaun