Get as­sis­tance out­side NDIS

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PEO­PLE with dis­abil­ity in WA who are not el­i­gi­ble to be­come par­tic­i­pants of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme may still be able to ben­e­fit from other sup­port ser­vices.

As peo­ple con­tinue to ac­cess the scheme in WA, APM Com­mu­ni­ties is help­ing link peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, car­ers and fam­ily mem­bers with ad­di­tional sup­port ser­vices which do not re­quire NDIS ac­cess.

APM Com­mu­ni­ties has been selected to de­liver the NDIS Part­ners in the Com­mu­nity ser­vices in ar­eas in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle, Suc­cess and Ar­madale.

As well as help­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­ity ac­cess and un­der­stand the NDIS, APM Com­mu­ni­ties’ lo­cal area co-or­di­na­tors – known as LACS – are also able to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als with a dis­abil­ity or health con­di­tion to get sup­port from com­mu­nity and main­stream ser­vices to im­prove their in­de­pen­dence and qual­ity of life.

“Our teams help NDIS par­tic­i­pants and peo­ple with dis­abil­ity who for what­ever rea­son may not be el­i­gi­ble for the scheme but could still ben­e­fit from sup­port,” APM Com­mu­ni­ties gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Diederich said.

“We’re work­ing with com­mu­nity and main­stream ser­vices, as well as NDIS funded sup­ports, to en­sure peo­ple in WA who need help with their dis­abil­ity can ac­cess the sup­port they need.

“This may be as sim­ple as link­ing some­one in with a com­mu­nity health ser­vice through the lo­cal coun­cil, or it can be as­sist­ing fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als with more complex needs through a lo­cal so­cial worker to as­sist in how they man­age their day-to-day lives.

“When some­one comes to one of APM Com­mu­ni­ties branches or gives us a call, our pri­or­ity is help­ing them identify the best sup­port for them, which in­cludes mak­ing it as easy as pos­si­ble for them to ac­cess.”

As part of the sup­port, Mr Diederich said APM Com­mu­ni­ties worked closely with lo­cal groups and busi­nesses to pro­mote ser­vices and build op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

APM will be con­duct­ing free com­mu­nity events for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, car­ers and fam­i­lies.

Visit ndis/events.

For more in­for­ma­tion about ac­cess­ing sup­port for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, or to speak to APM Com­mu­ni­ties about a ser­vice your busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion can pro­vide, call 1300 276 522 or email lac@apm.

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