Other Organisations

The following organisations provide services and support to people with disabilities.

Centrelink

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/contact_us/

Centrelink is a government agency delivering a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community. Centrelink is set up so people can get more of the help they need in one place.

Centrelink administers the Disability Support Pension (DSP), a payment for people whose physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment prevents them from working, or for people who are permanently blind.

Centrelink can arrange a Job Capacity Assessment (JCA) for job seekers claiming the Disability Support Pension from July 1 2006; Job seekers claiming or receiving Centrelink payments with identified barriers to employment; job seekers such as parents and mature age people seeking employment.

Northcott Society

http://www.northcott.com.au/

Northcott operates throughout providing support and services for children and young adults with disabilities and their families.

Northcott works to maximise the potential of the individual with disabilities.Individual and family support is operated across the rural NSW areas of North Coast, Orana/Far West, New England and the Riverina.

Typically, clients are people with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, other neuromuscular disorders or an acquired injury. However Northcott also provides support for families who have a child with a rare or lesser-known disability.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA)

http://www.scia.org.au/

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia was formed as the Australian Quadriplegic Association in September 1967 to provide suitable accommodation for young people with severe spinal cord injuries. Services have expanded as the need and opportunity arose. They now extend their services to all people with physical disabilities.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia has Regional Officers in a number of areas of NSW to provide assistance to individuals and organisations. They provide information, support and assistance to people with severe physical disabilities, their families and carers and other local services.

Information and advocacy is provided in relation to a wide variety of issues such as:

  • Access and home modifications
  • Equipment
  • Personal care
  • Respite
  • Recreation
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Peer support
  • Counselling

Vision Australia

http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/

Vision Australia is the largest provider of services to people who are blind or vision impaired in Australia.

Services include:

Low vision services: individual assessment, advice and training to assist people to make the most of their remaining vision using lighting, contrast and magnification to help with everyday tasks such as reading and writing.

Independent Living Services: assistance with daily living skills such as cooking and handling money; orientation and mobility training; recreation information and counselling as well as peer support and social programs

Employment Services; Technology and Training; Access Advice.

SPELD NSW

http://www.speldnsw.org.au

Specific Learning Difficulties Association of New South Wales.

SPELD NSW strives to support, disseminate information and advocate in response to the needs of children and adults who have Specific Learning Difficulties and those who teach and care for them by: supporting their educational and daily life needs, supporting teachers and other professionals, promoting knowledge of and equal access to education which accommodates the needs of children and adults with SLD.

Telstra Disability Services

http://www.telstra.com.au/disability/index.htm.

Telstra is committed to making communications accessible for all its customers, including customers with a disability, whether these customers live in regional, rural or remote areas or in metropolitan centres.

Telstra maintains a Disability Equipment Program that provides specialised telephone equipment to eligible customers across Australia. Customers with a disability are able to view and try products that meet the specific needs of people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment; blind or have vision impairment; have speech impairment; or have mobility or dexterity impairment. Examples of equipment currently available include phones with incoming and outgoing volume control, a big button multi-purpose phone, TTYs, audible alarm and visual signal alert.

Under the Disability Equipment Program, customers can rent specialised equipment to access the standard telephone service for the same price as a standard telephone handset.

Local Telstra Country Wide offices have a display case of disability equipment and a nominated disability representative.