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My Take: Julia on the NDIS Review

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has undergone its ten-year review and released its historic final report. This report continues to be a topic of discussion for a sector that looks to its recommendations with hope for a more inclusive Australia. Ability Options’ CEO Julia Squire says she, like many in... CONTINUE READING

Strength in support the highlight of FY2022-23 for Ability Options, Annual Report out now

Breaking barriers to employment, supporting people to live more independently, and growing as an organisation would be three highlights of Ability Options’ last 12 months.   Our 2022-23 Annual Report is jam-packed full of the amazing stories from across our community, from participants reaching their goals living more inde... CONTINUE READING

December 2023 – COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 transmission continues to increase in the community with the eighth wave predicted to peak in December. Community transmission in NSW is now moderate to high which means the pandemic is still a major issue with widespread vaccination softening. Several easy but important COVID-safe behaviours helped keep us safe during the pandemic and these little things can still make a big difference now. Please stay home if you have any cold or flu symptoms and consider wearing a mask if you need... CONTINUE READING

Reflecting on 2023: International Day of People with Disability

  • November 30,2023
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Sunday 3 December marked International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), an incredibly significant date on our calendar. What you might not know, is this 2023's IDPwD theme – ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by people with disabilities.’ The 2023 theme for IDPwD is asking everyone to work together to make the world better and fairer for people with disability.... CONTINUE READING

What is NDIS Plan Management?

  • November 7,2023
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Each time you access a service or purchase a piece of equipment with your NDIS funding you are entering into a financial transaction which is subject to the rules and regulations of the NDIS. Plan management is a choice regarding who will be responsible for tracking your budgets and paying your service or purchase invoices. For some people living with disability managing finances can seem a daunting task, so it’s important to consider how you’re going to administer your NDIS funding.... CONTINUE READING

The Benefits of Employing Someone with a Disability

  • November 7,2023
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There is a common misunderstanding that a person living with disability will require more attention and resources from their employer. Lack of awareness and unconscious bias has contributed to the stigma that people with disability are a liability to their employer, rather than a valuable team player. But don't just take our word for it! Research states that these perceptions do not match reality. Let’s explore the facts. Employing people with disability enhances an organisatio... CONTINUE READING

What is Psychosocial Disability & How Can the NDIS Help?

  • November 7,2023
  • Blog

Psychosocial Disability (PSD) is a term used to describe disabilities that may arise, due to mental health issues. There is potential for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to greatly improve the lives of people living with psychosocial disability, however a recent survey from ACT Mental Health Consume... CONTINUE READING

5 Key Benefits of Hiring Young People

  • November 7,2023
  • Blog

With 18% of the Australian youth labour force underemployed the employment outlook for many young Australians is profoundly different than it was for past generations. – SMH, March 2017 With youth underemployment rates the highest they’ve been in 40 years it’s more important now than ever to... CONTINUE READING

Celebrating growth and new opportunities as Ability Options

Our CEO Julia Squire recently marked a significant milestone with our new colleagues in Yamba. Hosting a Community Morning Tea, Julia acknowledged the final stages of CHESS Connect joining the growing Ability Options family and celebrated their wonderful legacy of service....