Mutual Obligations News

As difficult weather conditions around NSW continue, our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted across the state. Our communities are being tested by flooding and challenging weather events. A wide range of people in flood-affected NSW Local Government Areas (LGAs) have had mutual obligation and participation requirements paused. If you receive support through Disability Employment Services,... 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 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

Best Holiday Accommodation Options for People Living with a Disability

Everyone enjoys a relaxing holiday, and as we enter the festive season many of us begin to dream about the perfect getaway. For some people with disability, concerns about accessibility at new destinations can be daunting, and overshadow the excitement of a much-needed break. The good news is that across Australia, and much of the world, there are hotels, motels, and other forms of accommodation that want to make their facilities accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, there... 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 express ourselves and communicate ideas. Many people see speech pathologists for assistance with their communication skills. Often people assume that a speech pathologist is there solely to help people correct a lisp or a stutter, but the reality is that speech pathologists can do so much more for their patients.... CONTINUE READING

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

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

Mutual Obligations Update

Mutual Obligation Requirements have been temporarily suspended until Tuesday 3 August 2021. This extended suspension of requirements applies to job seekers and participants with mutual obligation requirements across employment services programs − jobactive, ParentsNext, and DES. This applies throughout the LGAs of Bayside, Blue Mountains, Canada Bay, Central Coast, City of Sydney, Greater Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Shellharbour, Wollongong, and Woollahra. This now means all mutual oblig... CONTINUE READING

Temporary site closures due to COVID

Due to the Sydney lock down and the heightened exposure sites in the South West Sydney, we will be temporarily closing the following offices until Friday the 16th July 2021, with a decision on extending these temporary closures to be made at the end of the week depending on circumstances. Auburn Parramatta Merrylands Fairfield Cabramatta Liverpool Campbelltown Camden Ingleburn... CONTINUE READING

Best jobs for people living with disability

As society progressively moves away from past prejudices, more and more positions in the workforce for people with a disability are appearing. No matter the disability, individuals can use their skills to achieve great things in the workforce. Everyone is capable of working and workplaces, meaning there’s a wide variety of available jobs for people living with a disability. Finance Financial institutions are considered to be one of the highest employers of job hunters with disabilit... 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....