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Delivering greater independence

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

CareWest CEO Tim Curran with Prue McCarthy. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs CareWest CEO Tim Curran with Prue McCarthy. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs

People living with a disability will have better understanding of the services available to them thanks to a new government initiative, according to the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka.

Ability Links will aim to improve the way people with a disability, their families and carers are supported by helping them make decisions based on individual circumstances.

CEO of CareWest, who will deliver the program in Broken Hill, Tim Curran said Ability Links will increase the opportunities available in local communities.

“It’s about building inclusive, welcoming communities, and enabling people with disability to make their own plans for the future, making their own choices about the way they want to live their lives,” he said.

Services will be coordinated by local “Linkers” who will work with people with a disability and their families to develop plans designed to extend beyond traditional services.

Social Science degree graduate Prue McCarthy, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, said she appreciated what a difference a service like Ability Links would have made to her life.

“Ability Links allows someone with a disability to take charge of their own life by ringing up and saying ‘Hey, I’d like to do this. What’s out there for me?’ It’s greater independence, socialising and self-esteem by making that one phone call,” she said.

Linkers will be available by phone, in person and online across 29 towns by July 1.

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