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New building in action at Pathways

6 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Strathfield Charles Casuscelli today visited the Pathways Early Childhood Intervention Foundation in Marrickville to inspect a recently completed NSW Government funded facility.

Minister Ajaka said that a NSW Government investment of $1.5 million allowed Pathways to carry out an upgrade of its existing property and renovate a new property to improve services for children with disability or delays.

"Pathways Early Childhood Intervention supports children with disability or delays to be active family and community members through the provision of therapies, learning and play-based activities. Their vision is for children with disability to be in the community doing things that all children do.

"The upgrade has allowed this important organisation to boost the number of children and families it supports by 88 per cent."

Mr Casuscelli said this organisation does fantastic things for the whole disability community, however works closely with the ethnic and indigenous communities.

"Pathways is a leader in providing services to children and families who are usually underrepresented. They have 10 per cent of enrolments from an Aboriginal background and 62 per cent from culturally and linguistically diverse communities," Mr Casuscelli said.

Mr Ajaka said that the facility at Pathways exemplified the improvements this government is working towards for people living with disability.

"This is a great organisiation and an opportunity to remind the community to have their say on the draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 before it is introduced into Parliament next year," Mr Ajaka said.

"This legislation will ensure there is greater opportunity for people with disability by opening the door to individual choice in the way supports are provided.

"This is an opportunity to make sure your feedback, concerns and suggestions are heard while we implement the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The draft Bill will be available for public comment until 14 February 2014. Comment can be made online via  www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/dib, by phoning 1800 446 470 or by emailing disabilityinclusionbill@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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