SSI News Blog

Ability links

The Ability Links program operated by the partnership of Settlement Services International, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and UnitingCare has officially started today, July 1.

The partnership was awarded the tender to deliver Ability Links across 23 local government areas in Sydney Metro North and Metro South and the Southern Region.  

The Ability Links program contributes to the objectives of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to foster full and active participation of people with disability in their communities.

Ability Links coordinators, called “Linkers”, will work with clients to connect them with local communities in order to shape a more inclusive society for people with disability and their families.

Linkers will help people with disability, their carers and families plan for their futures, build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities so they can achieve their potential.

The program provides people with a locally based, first point of contact to support people to access support and services in their local communities. Linkers also work with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disability.

Success stories

Karim's small business success while seeking asylum

Ignite Small Business Start-ups client Karim.Karim* arrived in Australia in 2012 to seek asylum when it became unsafe for him to stay in Iran.

An electrical engineer by trade and with a wealth of experience, he owned and operated his own business in his home town of Shiraz, Iran.

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