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Able & Deadly: Unlocking the NDIS

Baptist Care SA’s Able and Deadly program provides NDIS education to the community and helps ‘hard to reach cohorts’, including homeless and/or Aboriginal people access its services. It is one of just two programs like it in the country and works with up to 50 people at a time.

 

The need is great; one quarter of people with disabilities live beneath the poverty line¹ and a staggering 45% of Indigenous people are living with impairments or long-term health issues².

 

This client group has limited or no access to phones and email and no home address. Without projects or services similar to Able and Deadly, who offer assertive outreach and cultural knowledge, there is extremely limited potential for engagement.

 

Co-location with the WestCare Centre, where many potential clients of Able and Deadly often come, provides staff with the opportunity to offer email, phone and mail support. The Karpendi building is a safe, neutral cultural hub. Staff are seeing an increasing willingness to engage with all facets of NDIS and other supports.

 

Additionally, to educate people about their choices and the control they have over them, a booklet is being developed to help them to identify their needs and goals. Participants will be able to take this tool into pre-planning meetings, helping to ensure that their voices are heard.

 

All program activities are approved following cultural advice from the Able and Deadly Advisory Group; comprised of senior Aboriginal community services leaders and community members with lived experiences of having a disability.

 

‘Able and Deadly’ is an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) initiative which is funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

 

Cuba, Janelle and Aroha participated in a photo shoot for the booklet.

 

¹ACOSS 2013 Poverty and Disadvantage Report
²ABS The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014-15,
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/4714.0
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