Newcastle Herald: Ability Links NSW having profound effect the the lives of people with disabilities

Muswellbrook pool lift lowering person into pool​The Newcastle Herald writes: A “First of its kind” social inclusion program trialed in the Hunter is having a “profound effect” on the lives of people with disabilities, Urbis analysts say.

The Urbis reports show an estimated 43,500 people were engaging with the Ability Links NSW program each year, returning $127 million in community benefits during 2015 and 2016.

The program was piloted in the Hunter in 2013 when it was rolled out alongside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It takes a “whole-of-life” approach to help people overcome social isolation, lack of confidence and skills and other barriers, and had achieved “remarkable outcomes,’’ Urbis says.​

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