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New home for young people with a disability

19 April 2012

A new residential home for young people with a disability in the New England area has officially been opened today by Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance.

"Three people have moved into the house in Armidale as part of the Young Person in Residential Aged Care program (YPIRAC), with another two preparing for the transition," Mr Constance said.

"YPIRAC is jointly funded by the NSW and Australian Governments and is designed to divert younger people with a disability from entering residential aged care, assist them to move into more appropriate accommodation and ensure those that remain in nursing homes receive suitable support."

"Last year an independent evaluation of the NSW program found it has filled a significant gap in the disability services system and improved the quality of life for younger people with a disability."

"This was achieved by providing more appropriate accommodation options, enhancing social connectedness and personal confidence, home modifications, equipment, speech and communication training, and building mobility and physical strength."

The Minister said today's opening of the Armidale home is further proof the NSW Government remains committed to meeting the individual accommodation and support needs of younger people with a disability.

"To date, a total of 118 younger people have been diverted from entering residential aged care in NSW," Mr Constance said.

"In addition, around 100 younger people have moved out of residential aged care or are in the process of transitioning into more suitable accommodation."

"We will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government and younger people in the YPIRAC target group, their families and carers, to ensure a reduction in the number of younger people living in residential aged care facilities."

The House with No Steps has been funded $818,000 to provide supported accommodation for the 5 residents.

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