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New Service Provider to Deliver Supported Living for People with Disability - ACT, Australia

  • Published: 2010-09-16 : Author: Joy Burch, MLA
  • Synopsis: Able Australia will provide community based support services for 20 people with disability in nine households across the ACT.

The ACT disability community sector will be strengthened with the appointment of a new provider to deliver $9 million in supported accommodation services over the next three years.

Able Australia, a non profit human services organization will provide community based support services for 20 people with disability in nine households across the ACT.

ACT Minister for Disability and Community Services Joy Burch said that as well as providing everyday supports for people with disability, Able Australia would make use of technology to increase opportunities for social and recreation links into the community.

"This is good news for the disability sector. Able Australia has more than 40 years experience in working with people with disability," Ms Burch said.

"The organization's strength is its capacity to provide a wide range of services for people with disability and its commitment to innovation in the way it delivers these services."

"In practical terms, it means that people with disability can have greater choice in how, when and where they access services and programs to meet their needs. And this is exactly what people with disability have told us is important to them."

Ms Burch said that the contract with Able Australia included provision for support for four younger people who have been living in residential aged care. A purpose built home was opened in Narrabundah by Ms Burch and the Honorable Bill Shorten the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Children's Services in July.

"Able Australia will support each young person to move into their new home and to live life to the fullest. In some cases this will mean re-building connections with families, friends and their local community.

"The ACT Government has been working hard to make sure that people under 55 are not in aged care, and with the help of Able Australia we are delivering on this commitment."

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