A shift to support: The change to a new calling

  • February 14

Meet Jodie, a dedicated and compassionate Support Worker committed to making a positive impact on members of her community. Jodie began her career in support work driven by a deep sense of compassion and a genuine desire to support others beyond what she could at her previous customer service role. “I couldn't see the benefits I was bringing to people behind the phone, and I wanted to work more closely with the people I’m driven to support,” she said. “I started out doing some v... CONTINUE READING

Participants strengthen friendships at community festival

  • December 19

A group of NDIS participants on the Mid-North Coast were transported to automobile heaven following a recent outing to a motor vehicle festival.   Grant, Warren, Michael, and Ashley are four participants who share a passion for vintage cars, bikes and everything in between. Their shared interest was in motion after th... CONTINUE READING

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

  • December 19

On Sunday, 3 December, Ability Options marked a significant date in our calendar, International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).   With this year’s theme being - ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with, and by people with disabili... CONTINUE READING

Bradley’s adventure to meet his Aussie idol

  • December 19

An NDIS participant on the Mid-North Coast had the privilege of meeting his favourite musician following a trip to attend a concert in Sydney.  Bradley, a participant supported by Ability Options, is an avid fan of Australian rapper, Kerser and dreamed of meeting the artist in person. After learning Kerser was performi... CONTINUE READING

From pitch to support: A budding career powered by passion and a drive for inclusion

  • December 12

Teamwork, as it happens, really does make the dream work. For a budding young footballer from Aotearoa (New Zealand), who ended up pursuing a dream career in Disability Support, team sports and team-based work really make the day-to-day something worthwhile. Although Ability Options’ Michelle was a footballer, the decision to play football – soccer, if you’re that way inclined – over the national sport of New Zealand (rugby league) was influenced by a driv... CONTINUE READING

Supporting people to build their independence

  • December 12

About five years ago, Brad was in a serious motorbike accident that left him injured and with a neurological disorder which required specialist treatment. He spent a long time going between hospitals and for three years of his life was non-verbal, being peg fed, and was aided by specialist equipment to help him go to the bathroom. Last year, he and his family sought more support to redevelop his communication skills, build his strength, and regain some of his indepen... CONTINUE READING

Employment Success for Nambucca Local Ollie

  • November 6

When Young Nambucca local Ollie Walshe finished work with a previous employer in the area, he wanted to find new employment. Ollie faced some challenges finding work due to his disability. But he never let this hold him back. A keen worker and local volunteer Ollie, a keen worker and active volunteer in his local community, needed some guidance when looking for new employment. He was connected to Anessa Edwards from our Disability Employment Service who helped him build confidence in... CONTINUE READING

A hole in one for young jobseeker Jamie!

  • November 6

Patrons of the Bellingen Golf Club will be familiar with Jamie, the young Club All Rounder who works with the club crew and keeps the golf carts clean, fuelled and in tip top shape. An opportunity to volunteer Living on the spectrum, Jamie was able to access NDIS supports through his Disability Service Provider, which helped him engage in social activities and explore work experience opportunities after he graduated Year 12. This led Jamie to his role at the Golf Club, where he began... 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....