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Ability Options Media Release

About Inclusion and Ability Options Response to COVID-19

As you know, there is ongoing and growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Our priority is the health and safety of our participants, service users and our employees during this time.

As a member of the Ability Options Community, we wanted to let you know how we are addressing this health event. For all updates about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://abilityoptions.org.au/about-us/news-events/coronavirus-(covid-19)/coronavirus-(covid-19)


Keep up to date about the Corona virus

NDS wishes to alert providers to the latest advice from the Australian Government on the outbreak of a new strain of the Coronavirus, and urges providers to stay up-to-date with advice which may be provided by the Government.
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Disability Royal Commission Update

Ability Options is looking forward to engaging in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability. We see it as a real and positive opportunity to identify and make the changes needed to ensure that people with a disability are respected for their worth, treated with dignity and respect and can fulfil their potential as equal citizens, safe and free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We want to contribute to shaping future policy, legislation, administrative and other measures needed to promote the human rights of people with a disability and to change attitudes, behaviour, experiences and outcomes for the better. We will ensure the Royal Commission receives advice and support to make sure that barriers to great services are removed and we identify positive practices and areas we can do better, openly and honestly. To do this it is critical to ensure that work in the disability sector attracts, retains, develops, supports and rewards the best possible workforce to make sure that society values the challenging work and contribution the workforce makes.
We are resourcing and preparing ourselves to contribute positively and to identify issues, incidents, complaints and risks we, like all providers, might face. We have put together a dedicated project team under the newly established Practice and Outcomes division of Ability Options. Michelle Hodge will lead this team with support from Rebecca Collins and Kristen Ryan.
Frequent communication will be shared through our Ability Options website
https://abilityoptions.org.au/ to keep you informed of our progress.

We encourage and appreciate feedback from our employees and people support to highlight any issues they would like for Ability Options to raise on their behalf or any advice they may have regarding suspected Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability which should form part of our submission to the Royal Commission.

More information, including information about the Commissioners’ can be found on the Royal Commission website


We will continue to bring you updates on how things unfold on the Ability Options website https://abilityoptions.org.au/
There's help if you're affected by the royal commission:

•National Counselling and Referral Service 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468 offers support and help to tell your story
•If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, call via 133 677
•If you require an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for connection to the National Counselling and Referral Service line

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About Inclusion Integrates with Ability Options

Taree based National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider, About Inclusion has announced that they have integrated with leading (NDIS) provider Ability Options.

CEO of Ability Options Mr Fred Van Steel confirmed the integration following a recent meeting with the About Inclusion Committee and Board Members in Taree.

About Inclusion (AI) join Nambucca Valley disAbility Services (NVdS) and Kempsey Regional Support (KRS) on the Mid North Coast as new members of the Ability Options Community. The integration will further strengthen the organisations footprint in the Hunter and Mid North Coast, providing people with disability, their families and carers greater access to a full range of disability support services.

Donna Ballard, General Manager at About Inclusion welcomed the integration, "The NDIS knowledge, experience, and resources within the Ability Option team will boost and help to grow our organisation in the future. We are excited about the benefits this will bring to our operations, staff and the participants we support."

Under the integration, About Inclusion will continue to offer the full range of services trusted by over 300 local people in the Manning Valley and Great Lakes areas and will also retain its much respected brand identity.

The NDIS has been live in the Manning Valley since 1 July 2016 and About Inclusion have embraced the new scheme and are now supporting over 300 participants with disabilities, their carers and families under the scheme. The NDIS gives people with disability, their families and carers a chance to advocate for supports that are aligned with their goals, offering people with disability greater choice and control over their supports.

Mr. Fred Van Steel, CEO of Ability Options said "Our extensive experience of working with the NDIS in the Hunter, Nepean Blue Mountains trial sites and the new districts across the Greater Western Sydney area, where we support over 1600 participants, has proven that the NDIS is life changing for people living with disability and their families."

"I have had the pleasure over recent months of meeting some of the dedicated and committed staff at About Inclusion that already deliver the support services and uphold the outstanding reputation the organisation has. I look forward to working with the team and helping them extended the great services they provide to more participants across the Manning Valley region" concluded Mr Van Steel.


Ability Options is a TTP Provider

From 1 July 2019, providers of attendant care and community and centre based activities have access to a higher support price limit through a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The TTP assists providers with any costs associated in transitioning to the NDIS. Ability Options is a registered TTP Provider. The NDIA have increased existing service bookings to ensure the additional funds are available to be claimed, and do not impact the quantity of services provided to participants. The NDIA has released an updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20, effective 1 July 2019.



Disability Royal Commission Update