Ability Links NSW assists people with disability to be valued and equal members of their communities. By placing people at the centre of decision making, our team of Linkers support people with disability, their families and carers to achieve their goals and to live the life they choose. Linkers work with people with disability aged 9-64 years old and their families, carers and communities. We also work to build a more inclusive, welcoming and accessible society.
St Vincent de Paul Support Services (SVDPSS) is working in partnership with Settlement Services International to deliver Ability Links NSW across 23 NSW local government areas in Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and South Western Sydney. Ability Links NSW is funded by the Department of Family and Community Services. Ability Links NSW is the NSW government’s approach to foster full and active participation of people with disability in their community and contributes to the objectives of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Ability Links NSW Metro South team also includes two decision making support projects – one in Sydney and one in Lake Macquarie. Supported Decision Making (SDM) builds the capacity of people with disability to make decisions for themselves and increase their choice and control over their own lives.
Who can use Ability Links?
Ability Links NSW is for:
people with disability aged 0 to 64 years
carers and families of people with disability.
Individual, clubs, groups and businesses can also access Ability Links NSW for information and support on inclusion of people with disability. There is no formal assessment process or referral that you need to meet in order to use Ability Links NSW.
How can I make a referral to Ability Links NSW?
For referrals to Ability Links NSW, please contact the Team Leader for the area where your client lives or the central Ability Links NSW intake on (02) 8622 0456 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Referrals for Ability Links NSW can be made by an individual themselves, a family member, Carer, friend or service provider. We aim to respond to all referrals within five days.