Often people with disabilities don't have the experience, understanding or confidence to be able to choose activities easily, therefore we assess needs and interests and support the person to trial activities so they can make informed choices about activities based on real-life experience. 
We have found that although many clubs and organisations generally welcome people with disabilities, inclusion often doesn't happen easily because the person with a disability needs support to get involved. It is difficult for anyone to join a new group, particularly a person who doesn't have the confidence, experience, or social skills ( or challenging behaviour)  to successfully become a member of a club. We work with the person and with the club to assess the client's needs in that environement &  address the person's individual needs and challenges to ensure the best chance of succesful inclusion.
We also assess support needs within that group, i.e. support from club or individually chosen club members, volunteer support, paid support ( possibly for a trial period and reduced if possible).
A few examples:
  • Organised for quite a few people to join their local lawn bowls club some using specially designed bowling arm. 
  • Organised & trained volunteers (music students from local university) to spend time with man who was a violin teacher prior to an accident. He isn't able to cope with a large orchestra so the only time he is happy is when he is playing the violin with the students. 
  • Supported lady to join in local CWA group, this involved attending trials and also sourcing suitable craft project that she can do one handed, Also spent time providing appropriate information to group about the lady's needs and behaviour.
  • Organised a lady to join a specialised athletics program which led to her competing in the Paralympics
  • Organised for a number of our clients to trial cycling using specialised cycles, hand cycle or leg powered recumbent, to cycle with family, friends, children, some join cycling clubs
  • Organised for a lady with vision impairment to trial and get a tandem bike, She and her husband ride every weekend and even cycled in Europe
  • Supported a number of clients to join in mainstream men's shed programs, some with and some without attendant care support
  • supported a number of people ( including a mouth painter) to join mainstream art classes.


Often there are attendant care programs set up for people with disabilities to access the community. It is important that these programs are properly assessed and set up well to really meet the person's needs without limiting their independence. We work with the client, the family, funding body and  attendant care agency to assess programs to ensure it is effectively supporting the person to enjoy life through participation in quality recreation options.
A lot of our work is assessing, managing & reviewing these programs, ensuring the workers are aware of their role, boundaries, receive training in relation to recreation and community access. This ensures the program meets the client's needs and interests and we develop a method to ensure that the client is able to of choosing their activities.

The Process is:
  • when we have conducted the specialised assessment, know the client & have a plan for their recreation/community access program, we work with agencies to select  support worker/s with specific skills to support the client
  • we provide training and written material if necessary regarding the client and the program and their role in that program
  • we help structure and document weekly program taking into account all other activities, managing fatigue, family issues
  • we work with client and therapy team if necessary to develop a system to ensure the client is able to choose their activities... e.g pictures, limiting choice etc....
  • we endeavour to address logistical issues that impact on the program including behaviour, access, travel, costs
  • we train the support worker not to "take over", enabling the person to develop their own relationship with members of the group, only intervening if necessary.


In some cases it is appropriate that people with disabilities trial group program or day program run specifically for people with disabilities. There are a range of options, it is important that the group is assessed as suitable for the person, meeting social and recreational needs. We work closely with the group providers in relation to our client's needs and interests.


We recognise that quality social interaction is important for everyone, we all choose who we socialise with and so we try and match people together who function at a similar social level & have similar interests. Everyone forms friendships based on interests and personality. Some people are eligible for community "Friendly visiting" programs.


We work with people and assess all aspects of a holiday,  to enable them to go on the holiday of their choice within their budget and with appropriate support. This might involve going away with 1:1 support, joining in mainstream with trips with support if needed, a few people we work with going on a trip with shared support.  We also have good connections with providers of organised trips specifically for people with disabilities, which suit some people, but not all people.
  • Organised for a man with an ABI to go on a mainstream "Seniors Trip" Opera in the mountains with a support worker. Enabled him to pursue his love of Opera, socialise with others with similar interest in music..
  • Organised  6 men who had an interest in golf to go on "blokes golf trip" staying on a short golf course with shared support. There have been many of these trips as the men all want to keep returning.  We have an arrangement with the golf club for unlimited free golf, they also go fishing and whatever else they choose to do. We select the support workers carefully to ensure they have the skills and experience to make these holidays very successful.
  • Organise for a group of people to join in snow skiing with shared support.
  • Organised for a lady with an ABI to go on a Cruise every year.
  • Organised for a client to go on his dream trip to Vietnam with a support worker.
  • Organised for children with a disability to participate in a mainstream camp
  • Organised for children to attend camps for children with disabilities.

We often assess and support our clients to trial and participate in volunteer work, with or without support. For many people who are unable to work, they can feel really valued and respected by participating as a volunteer. Often they have a paid support worker with them.
  • a number of our clients are involved in "friendly visiting" and the recreation programs ( e.g calling Bingo) at Aged Care facilities

  • one man sings at a local Nursing home 

  • a lady volunteers at a cat shelter

  • we have supported a number of clients to help out a local Op Shops, some with support,  others, over time, have been able to work without support

  • one man is a volunteer with the local football club as a runner

  • one man  and his worker deliver "meals on wheels"

We have a strong belief that,  as families are such an important part of the person's life, it is important that they can "have fun"  together as well as care for the client.
Sometimes this is hard and daunting so they need some support.

  • We run "Family and Friends" dinners, which is a chance for people so socialise, meet others with disabilities, family members also socialise with others who understand some of the issues they deal with daily. Friendships have developed from these evenings.

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