Unpacking the different types of NDIS supports

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

Tips for motivating employees and strengthening work culture

Creating a great work culture leads to increased productivity and satisfaction amongst employees. As an employer, you can create a more positive work culture by motivating and encouraging your employees within their roles. Recognising their contributions and celebrating their talents will help you progress towards a working environment where employees feel valued, positive, enthusiastic, and motivated to work more efficiently. Why’s a positive work culture important? A positive work... CONTINUE READING

Common interview questions and how to answer them

If you have been out of the workplace for a while or have limited professional experience, an interview isn’t the place to worry about your shortcomings. After all, an interview is an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Being able to anticipate the potential questions and answer them with ease will go a long way in turning a job interview, into a job. Interview questions are designed to highlight three things about a candidate- whether they have the skills to do the job, their level o... CONTINUE READING

5 Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

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

COVID-19 Update – February 2022

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

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

Ability Options is a TTP Provider

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?

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 Update – August 2021

To all Participants, Carers and Guardians, I would like to present you some new information that keeps you safe. This information includes restrictions, closures, services information, and vaccination information. These are worrying times for everyone and we will continue to do all we can to support participants, families and staff. We continue to follow Health advice and Public Health Orders to protect participants, our families, colleagues, and the wider community. In our aim to support you... CONTINUE READING

Seabreeze and Bonville – New Mid-North Coast Respite Homes for people with disability now open

Ability Options has re-opened their Seabreeze and Bonville Respite Homes in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, following COVID-19 challenges of 2020 which led to an unforeseen year-long closure without Respite Services in the area. Respite Services provide short-term accommodation for people with disability and their carers to relax, or simply take a short break. This is either a planned holiday, or somewhere for... CONTINUE READING

Disability employment reform: less red tape, more options and support

Disability employment reform is underway with a new specialist disability employment program to commence on 1 July, 2025. Its goal is to remove the red tape for providers supporting participants and to boost access for participants looking for sustainable employment. On the back of the government...