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New transition to retirement resource to help people with a disability

29 November 2011



NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, was today joined by the Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre to launch a new resource to help older people with a disability make the transition from work to retirement.

The Transition to Retirement DVD, produced by the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) with the University of Sydney and funded by the NSW Government, has been designed to help people with a disability and service providers meet the challenges of this important life change.

“There are over 8,600 people with a disability in NSW in supported employment and preparing for retirement can be a daunting prospect,” Mr Constance said.

“This new resource will help people with a disability and service providers identify opportunities and overcome barriers that can confront them when they leave the workforce.”

Mr Ayres said the DVD was produced as part of a pilot program, which received more than $250,000 in government funding, and involved introducing supported workers into a volunteer setting with community organisations.

“The experience proved to be positive for the organisations, other volunteers and the retirees who were able to remain connected with the community in a more meaningful way and enjoy their retirement,” Mr Ayres said.

“The DVD will be invaluable in helping other disability organisations develop transition to retirement programs and is in line with the O’Farrell Government’s commitment to a more socially inclusive NSW.”

The aims of the Transition to Retirement program are aligned with the O’Farrell Government’s Towards 2030 strategy which includes improving community participation among older people so they remain connected and engaged with their communities.

“I commend AFFORD, which will receive more than $10.8 million in State Government funding this financial year to provide employment, training and accommodation to more than 1500 people with a disability, and the University of Sydney for developing this new resource,” Mr Constance said.

The DVD will be distributed by AFFORD and will also be available through its website and that of the University of Sydney.

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