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More help for young people with a disability in Sydney's west

18 April 2012

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, was today joined by the Member for Granville Tony Issa to open the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) centre at Guildford.

“AFFORD has now established 12 outlets throughout the state as part of the NSW Government’s Community Participation Program (CPP),” Mr Constance said.

There are three types of CPP services:
  • Centre-Based with Community Access where a person with a disability participates in a range of day activities provided in a centre and in the community;
  • Individual Community Based Options where a service provider acts as an options coordinator for the young person and helps them to design their own program of activities in a range of community settings; and
  • Self-Managed Packages where a person with a disability and their family or advocate designs an individual program within the available funding. 
The CPP assists young people with a disability who have completed Year 12 to make the transition after leaving school.

“It targets school leavers with moderate to high support needs who require an alternative to paid employment or further education,” Mr Constance said.

“Young people learn daily living skills such as personal care, cooking, shopping, banking, travel and social communication.”

“They are also able to take part in recreational, social, religious and cultural activities such as playing a sport, arts and crafts, and music.”

In 2011/12, AFFORD has been allocated almost $12 million to provide services to people with a disability. $6.94 million is for the CPP.

AFFORD now has centres at Ashfield, Campbelltown, Canley Vale, Chipping Norton, Condell Park, Green Valley, Kings Park, Lakemba, Mount Druitt, Windsor, Penrith and Guildford.

Mr Issa said 12 clients are already attending the Guildford centre which has the capacity to take another 18 people with a disability.

“This is a good example of how the NSW Government is moving towards more person centred ways of delivering services,” Mr Issa said.

“The centre supports young people with a disability to interact with other individuals of similar interests and with the wider community.”

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