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Independent reports highlight the success of Ability Links NSW



19 Jan 2017

The NSW Government has launched two independent evaluation reports which highlighted the success of Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) in reaching and linking people with disability and their families to community.

ALNSW is producing a return of $3 for every dollar invested. This significantly exceeds previous estimates and has generated significant social and economic benefits to government and the community.

These reports signify the end of a comprehensive three-year evaluation of the operation of ALNSW, since its launch in the Hunter region from 1 July 2013, coinciding with the launch of the NDIS. It’s now estimated that over 43,500 people are being supported each year through ALNSW.

ALNSW is an innovative model that supports people with disability, their families and carers to connect with their local community, achieve their goals and aspirations and live enriched and fulfilled lives.

People who have accessed ALNSW have reported that it ‘is truly different to other programs’. It is embedded within community, flexible and most importantly, focussed on supporting people to take control of their lives, be more connected and self-reliant.

The program is delivered by dedicated staff known as ‘Linkers’ who work with people with disability, their families and carers to help plan for their future. Linkers empower people with disability to build on their strengths and skills. People of disability are able to develop networks within their local communities, outside the traditional disability sector. 

Results reveal that the ALNSW model has been particularly effective in supporting Aboriginal communities, with 27% of the total number of people who have achieved an outcome through ALNSW, identifying as Aboriginal.

ALNSW is continuing to support the reforms of the disability service system as the transition to the NDIS is underway in NSW.

The full reports can be found on the ADHC website. Find out how to access a Linker in your local community on the Ability Links website.

 

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