Connecting Abilities Program:
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Since 2014, KBHAC has been providing services to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with a disability, their families and carers.
This work started with our delivery of the Ability Links NSW program which is a program that aims to assist people with a disability to be valued and equal members of their communities and to help build a society where people with a disability enjoy inclusive lives in all spheres of community life.
KBHAC continues to deliver the Ability Links NSW program and since 2019, has been providing NDIS Registered Services.
Our Connecting Abilities Program’s services are strength based, culturally safe and trauma informed. We support you to live the life you want.
NDIS Registered Services
KBHAC became a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in May 2019. For more information about the NDIS and how to access the NDIS in order to be eligible for NDIS Registered Services.
Our NDIS registered services include:
With you, our skilled team will help bring your supports and goals to life, ensuring you live independently and participate in community as feels best for you. We will help you select providers you want to work with and setup service agreements with them. We will regularly check-in with you to make sure your supports are working well or resolve any problems.
LIVING SKILLS & HOUSEHOLD TASKS
Our focus is to support you to undertake everyday activities at home. We can assist with preparing meals, undertaking domestic chores, or engaging in social activities and hobbies. Alternatively, we can help develop your skills like cooking for yourself and others, menu planning, shopping, paying bills and other routines.
LIVED EXPERIENCE MENTORS
Our Lived Experience Mentor (LEM) program is available to a person with a disability who is registered with the NDIS. We pair you with an appropriate lived experience mentor who has successfully navigated the service system. We also provide mentors for family members or carers of a person with a disability, who is accessing the NDIS.
LIFE STAGE TRANSITIONS
The KBHAC team can help you move through important periods of change in your life or the life of the person you support. This may be a child starting school or young person entering secondary school. This could be a young person stepping into adulthood, entering the workforce or moving into independent accommodation. Or you may be an adult moving into your older years, making changes to support your changing needs.
KBHAC will help keep you connected and included in your community. Whether you select one on one or group activities, this support provides the opportunity to get you out and about, connecting with recreational and learning opportunities. It can be everything from trying a new café, to learning a new craft or hobby. We also support linking to culture through our Men’s and Women’s Groups, and our Strong in Culture program.
PERSONAL ACTIVITIES SUPPORT
This service assists with daily personal activities, supporting a participant to live as independently as possible at home and in community. This can include supervision of personal daily tasks or support attendance at community activities.
Ability Links NSW
Ability Links NSW works within local communities to assist people with disability, their families and carers to be valued and active members of their community. Ability Links coordinators, known as ‘Linkers’, work with people with disability, their families and carers to plan for their future, and help them become more confident, supporting them to achieve their goals and access support and services in their community. Linkers also work alongside communities and mainstream services, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive.
This service is available to people with a disability aged 9 to 64 and who are generally not accessing specialist disability services, carers and families of people with a disability.
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation have 2 fulltime Linkers who are both Aboriginal identified positions. Our Linkers work with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous community members and can refer you to another Ability Links program in our area if you prefer working with a non-Aboriginal service provider.
KBHAC delivers Ability Links NSW in parts of Metropolitan and South Western Sydney. This includes: Ashfield, Burwood, Fairfield, Strathfield, the Inner West, City of Sydney, Canterbury, Bankstown and Liverpool