Part­ners needed

Cockburn Gazette - - APM COMMUNITIE­S / ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

A NEW ser­vice for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in WA is look­ing for lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity and sup­port for all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

APM Com­mu­ni­ties is now de­liv­er­ing NDIS Lo­cal Area Co-or­di­na­tion ser­vices in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing Melville, Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle and Ar­madale.

As part of the NDIS Part­ners in the Com­mu­nity pro­gram, APM Com­mu­ni­ties’ team of lo­cal area co-or­di­na­tors work with peo­ple with dis­abil­ity di­rectly to help them iden­tify and ac­cess the sup­port they need.

One vi­tal fea­ture of the co-or­di­na­tors’ role is to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als who do not know whether they are el­i­gi­ble for NDIS sup­port. They also as­sist peo­ple who need sup­port but are not el­i­gi­ble for the NDIS by con­nect­ing them with other main­stream or com­mu­nity ser­vices.

APM Com­mu­ni­ties re­cently hired more than 200 peo­ple to de­liver the ser­vice in WA, with most of­fices open­ing their doors on May 1.

In part­ner­ship with the NDIS, APM Com­mu­ni­ties is also look­ing to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­clu­siv­ity of busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions, so­cial clubs and other lo­cal ser­vices for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

The new Com­mu­nity Ca­pac­ity Build­ing team’s goal is to en­able more lo­cal groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to connect with peo­ple with dis­abil­ity and in­crease the amount of ser­vices, ac­tiv­i­ties and sup­port avail­able.

Pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tives in­clude as­sis­tance to make a path more wheelchair­ac­ces­si­ble and link­ing busi­nesses with em­ployee train­ing on ser­vic­ing cus­tomers with dis­abil­ity.

APM has been sup­port­ing West Aus­tralians liv­ing with in­jury, ill­ness and dis­abil­ity for more than 25 years and is Aus­tralia’s largest provider of the na­tional Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices scheme.

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