Day program eligibility
The Life Choices and Active Ageing Programs are for adults with a disability who:
- have an intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory disability or like impairment, are eligible for a service under the NSW Disability Services Act 1993 and are assessed as eligible by ADHC;
- are residents of NSW;
- are not undertaking full-time paid employment or formal education. (A person working or studying may still be eligible, however places are prioritised on relative need);
- are aged between 25 and 54 years when they start their Life Choices Program or
- aged between 55 and 64 years when they start their Active Ageing Program (or aged between 45 and 64 years with early onset ageing or Aboriginal and aged between 40 and 64 years with early onset ageing or requiring specialised service provision).
People under 25 years of age and in need of government funded disability services may be eligible for post school programs (Transition to Work and Community Participation) funded by ADHC.
People over 64 years of age and requiring specialist disability services may be eligible for programs funded by the Federal Government.
Priority of access
Entry into a Life Choices or Active Ageing Program is not guaranteed even if a person meets all of the above eligibility criteria. This is because the number of places available under these programs is limited. So far places have been prioritised for clients such as (the list below is not ranked or in order of preference):
- People living in the community who do not have access to existing day program support;
- People living in group homes and other types of supported accommodation who are in need of a day program;
- People who are at risk of entering a more intensive support model unless entry into a day program service is facilitated;
- People with a disability who have older parents or carers; and
- People who have no or limited access to other services for reasons of social isolation, geographic location and limited peer support networks.