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New facility opened in Armidale for people with a disability

27 September 2011

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today officially opened a new accommodation facility in Armidale for people with a disability.

Walker House, which is managed by the Ascent Group, received $500,000 from the NSW Government for its construction.

"This new facility is a huge boost for disability services in the region and will provide accommodation for five residents with complex support needs," Mr Constance said.

The Ascent Group is also involved in the development and trial of a new cooking resource for people with a disability - the Easy Step by Step Cookbook - supported by a $110,000 grant from the NSW Government.

"The cookbook, developed by fourth year nutrition and dietetic students from the University of Newcastle, is designed for use by people with a disability and contains healthy, nutritionally balanced and affordable recipes and menus," Mr Constance said.

"It contains step by step instructions in simple language and pictures to encourage individuals to become involved in cooking and food preparation."

Mr Constance said the Ascent Group had also received government funding to conduct a music festival - Accessfest - for people with a disability.

"In joining with the New England Conservatorium of Music, the Ascent Group is giving people with a disability a great opportunity to engage in the development and performance of a musical work."

Accessfest will culminate in a performance at the Hoskins Centre for the Performing Arts on International Day of People with a Disability (3 December).

"In the lead-up to the event, people with a disability and mainstream musicians will receive support and training through a series of workshops and a range of people across the community, including local schools, will be involved."

The NSW Government is providing the Ascent Group with more than $3.3 million this financial year to provide a range of services including accommodation support, post school programs, Young People in Residential Aged Care Inreach and Home and Community Care services.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with non-government organisations across the State to deliver enhanced services to people with a disability," Mr Constance said.

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