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 Mar 2017
During a recent workshop Craig, a Deaf participant, indicated that it was his dream to be able to have more people in his community communicate with him in his language.
Craig told the story of Martha’s Vineyard in America, where everyone on the island was taught to sign from birth.
The Linker suggested to Craig that if he was willing to teach others, there may be some in the community who would like to take the opportunity to learn.
Craig and his Linker decided to run sessions at the local Library with 37 people attending the first session.
10 Mar 2017
Ability Links creates chill-out zone at 2017 Cessnock Harmony Day Festival at TAFE park on March 18
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and promotes inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. That includes people with a disability and their families and carers.
The 2017 Cessnock Harmony Day Festival will include a ‘chill-out zone’ – a quiet place for children challenged by the sensory stimulus associated with the festival. Ability Links has created the chill-out zone and will have various items such as fidget toys, weighted blankets, books, and sensory toys available. A hearing loop, designed to help people with hearing impairments enjoy the entertainment, will also be available for free hire.