COVID-19 Letters to the NSW Ministers

In light of the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Mandate in the Disability Sector, Ability Options CEO Julia Squire has written to both the NSW Ministers for Health and Disability. The letters outline our dedication to vaccine advocacy, compliance with Public Health Orders/Work Health and Safety obligations and ask for important clarification around mandates and the future of COVID-19 vaccinations in our sector. It is crucial to read these letters and to know of the importance of Ability Options’ v... CONTINUE READING

How to Work with A Speech Pathologist to Achieve Communication Goals

Verbal communication is so important to modern life and work. Whether it’s a quick chat over the phone or an in-depth meeting, we constantly rely on speech to communicate ideas and, whether it’s intentional on the part of the listener or not, there’s always the feeling that we’re being judged on how we communicate. Many people see speech pathologists for assistance with their communication skills. Often people assume that a speech pathologist is there to help people correct a lisp or... CONTINUE READING

5 Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

  • February 26,2022
  • Blog

Diversity in the workplace means the acceptance and inclusion of employees of all backgrounds. A diverse workplace is an important asset, since it acknowledges the individual strengths of each employee and the potential they bring. Valuing the differences of others is what ultimately brings us all together and can be the secret to a successful, thriving workplace and a fair work culture.   What is workplace diversity? Workplace diversity means respecting and valuing the skills... CONTINUE READING

Unpacking the different types of NDIS supports

  • February 26,2022
  • Blog

There are many different types of supports a participant can purchase through NDIS funding. They all aim to increase independence and inclusion in social and economic participation. We get asked a lot of questions about NDIS Plans and two of the big questions are, what can I do with the funding in my NDIS plan and what do these supports mean for me? There are three types of support budget categories in your NDIS Plan. Each support budget includes specific line items which describe the types o... CONTINUE READING

COVID-19 Update – February 2022

  • February 1,2022
  • News

Like so many out in the community, our teams at Ability Options are also managing the impacts of the current wave of COVID-19. Our COVID Management Plans are working really well. We continue to support staff to stay safe and to help keep participants safe. We are also well stocked with rapid antigen tests (RATs) and are supporting everyone to get their booster vaccinations. We have Ability Options vaccination clinics coming up, which participants can attend if they want to by speaking with th... CONTINUE READING

Top Honour for Nola – Champion for People with Disability

  • January 27,2022
  • News

Mrs. Nola Buck, Ability Options life member and long-serving Board Director has been awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with disability, and to the community. The entire Ability Options community is delighted and would like to congratulate Mrs. Buck on the recognition of her lifetime’s leadership, advocacy and support for people with disability.... CONTINUE READING

Best Holiday Accommodation Options for People Living with a Disability

  • January 13,2022
  • Blog

Everyone deserves memorable holidays, and for those living with disabilities, that starts with finding places to stay that are sensitive to their needs. The good news is that across Australia, and most of the rest of the world, hotels, motels, and other forms of accommodation do want to make their facilities accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, it has never been easier to get around, regardless of what your disability is. Holiday planning 101: Finding accommodation T... CONTINUE READING

A Short Guide to Occupational Therapy and Children’s Education: How They Help

  • January 13,2022
  • Blog

For people living with a disability, having access to an occupational therapist is enormously valuable in helping them to enjoy the maximum quality of life, by helping them be active and achieve independence. What is occupational therapy Occupational therapy is a type of healthcare where the therapist will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of their patients by helping them to participate in everyday activities. This ranges from self-care activities such as showering, dressin... CONTINUE READING

Ability Options is a TTP Provider

  • January 13,2022
  • News

From 1 July 2019, providers of attendant care and community and centre-based activities have access to a higher support price limit through a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The TTP assists providers with any costs associated in transitioning to the NDIS.   Ability Options is a registered TTP Provider.   The NDIA have increased existing service bookings to ensure the additional funds are available to be claimed, and do not impact the quantity of services provided to... CONTINUE READING

What causes epileptic seizures?

  • September 28,2021
  • Blog

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological disorder (not a mental illness) and is often characterised by spontaneous or recurrent seizures. However, through medication and self-management of the condition, the chance of experiencing seizures can be significantly reduced. Does it start in childhood? Although epilepsy is more likely to be diagnosed in childhood, there is no specific age range when it can first occur. It can also occur later in life, in teen years, adulthood... CONTINUE READING

COVID-19 Letters to the NSW Ministers

In light of the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Mandate in the Disability Sector, Ability Options CEO Julia Squire has written to both the NSW Ministers for Health and Disability. The letters outline our dedication to vaccine advocacy, compliance with Public Health Orders/Work Health and Safety obligations...