Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Nominations open for NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards

10 April 2014

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today opened nominations for the 2014 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards to recognise the work being carried out by organisations and individuals improving the lives of people with disability.

Mr Ajaka said the awards recognised community-based or non-government organisations and individuals whose innovative service approach was transforming the lives of people with disability.

“These awards are important because little recognition is given to these tireless, selfless people who spend their lives improving others’ – we need to make sure their work is recognised,” he said.

“We are here today at Essential Employment and Training in Wollongong, an organisation with two employees recognised for innovation in last year’s awards.

“With their approach to finding vocational, lifestyle and employment opportunities for their clients, Essential Employment and Training are a great example of an organisation whose employees have made significant improvements to the lives of people with disability.

“It is important that we celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals who have excelled in reshaping disability services.

“The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides an opportunity for the whole disability sector to think about how they provide person-centred services.

“By 2018 people with disability will all be choosing the services which suit them best and which deliver the best services. Being innovative and different is going to encourage more clients to use your organisation.

“I am here to encourage people to nominate organisations and individuals who are transforming the delivery of services and supports to people with disability in NSW.”

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