Supporters

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RCP Consultancy Services

Every Access Key is fully endorsed by a qualified, registered Occupational Therapist. Richie Parker, of RCP Consultancy Services, has a vast array of knowledge having worked and studied across a variety of fields including community service, pain management, physical rehabilitation, mental health, disability in sport and recreation and disability in the workplace.

For more information on Richie’s services please contact 0406 501 901 or visit LinkedIn

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VersaLearn

Every Access Key is fully endorsed by a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. Jane Henderson is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with over twenty-five years’ experience working with children and adolescents with disabilities. At the VersaLearn clinics, Jane and her speech pathologist colleagues work with children and families to achieve the best possible communication outcomes.

For further information about VersaLearn and their services, please visit the VersaLearn website

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Access Central

Access Ability Australia are very proud to be collaborating with Access Central. Access Central is a disability access and universal design consultancy working with Australian clients locally and globally. Disability Access Consultant, Lee Wilson, is one of only three voluntary Subject Matter Experts in Disability Access appointed by the Australian Building Codes Board.

Lee will be working with Access Ability Australia on various projects and will be available for our clients to help develop best practice access solutions.
To learn more about Access Central’s services, visit the Access Central Website.

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Vision Australia

Access Ability Australia are very proud to partner with Vision Australia. Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. They work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

Access Ability Australia have partnered with Vision Australia to bring you Access Keys in alternate formats.  These formats include large print format, audio and Braille.

Large print format Access Keys will be available for free download from the website of Access Ability Australia. This will enable independent use of the Access Key for participants whose preferred format is large print.

For Access Keys in audio format or Braille, please contact Access Ability Australia.

Hireup

Access Ability Australia are very proud to be supported by HireUp. Hireup is a new kind of NDIS registered online disability support provider for people with disability to find, hire and manage support workers who fit their needs and share their interests.

As an online platform, Hireup is built to revolutionise the way people with disability find, hire and manage support workers by harnessing technology and connecting people.

Hireup support workers and clients will be providing their valuable insight into the Access Key user experience. This will allow us to ensure continuous improvement to the work we do, aiming to support the whole of community.For people looking to come to Hireup and sign up, please register your interest here.

 

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Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia

Access Ability Australia is very proud to be working with Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia.

The Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA) has been the peak body of the locksmithing industry in Australia and New Zealand for more than 35 years.

The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) system is an MLAA initiative that is a unique and innovative system that uses a universal lock and key to allow people with disabilities to access dedicated public facilities 24 hours a day. It was developed to help increase the availability of accessible, clean and functioning public facilities for people with disability.

The MLAK system uses an Australian-made restricted key and lock barrel that is only available from MLAA locksmiths.

MLAA will be working with Access Ability Australia to bring you information on the MLAK system as well as help you with convenient information on how you can access your very own MLAK and have it delivered to your front door.

To check for your eligibility and to order an MLAK, please download the MLAK order form, complete it, and return it via email or post.

To download the MLAK order form, please go to:

http://masterlocksmiths.com.au/mlak/

The cost of an MLAK is $20, including postage directly to your home!

To learn more about MLAK and MLAA, visit the website of MLAA.

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Soundfair

Soundfair is working towards a world of hearing equality by assisting people experiencing hearing conditions as well as those around them including families, workplaces, and communities. They aim to eliminate the social and emotional impacts of hearing conditions.

The Soundfair team will be working with AAA to create further value within our Access Keys that support participation and connectivity to community for people impacted by hearing conditions.

To learn more about Soundfair and their systems approach to hearing equality, go to Soundfair’s website.

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The Auslan Company

Access Ability Australia are very proud to be supported by The Auslan Company.

The Auslan Company was established in 2004 by a Deaf man, Darren Roberts, and today is the largest privately run Auslan training organisation in Australia. The Auslan Company facilitates workplace and community Auslan courses, delivers Auslan LOTE in primary schools, and provides in-home and online Auslan support for NDIS funded families with a deaf child.

In May 2020 Learn Auslan Online was established to meet the needs of people wanting to learn Auslan but unable to attend in-person classes. With beginner and intermediate courses available, this has proven to be immensely popular not only amongst the community but in specialist schools, childcare centres, aged care organisations, hospitals, and primary schools to name a few.

Experts from the Auslan Company will be providing their valuable insight into the Deaf community and the Access Key user experience. This will allow us to ensure continuous improvement to the work we do, aiming to support the whole of community.

For people looking to learn Auslan, please visit the website of the Auslan Company.

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Disability Sport & Recreation

Announcing New Partnership between Access Ability Australia and Disability Sport & Recreation

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Disability Sport & Recreation, whose ensures Victorians with disability have equal opportunities to meaningfully engage in the sport and active recreation of their choice.

Disability Sport & Recreation’s commitment to ensuring everything they do is to help Victorians with disability live happier, more active lives closely aligns with our goal to drive inclusive practices and improve community attitudes and commitments to the Social Model of Disability.

Disability Sport & Recreation focus on understanding the many needs and goals of people with disability so they can then support and work with sport and active recreation organisations and providers, as well as the broader community, to increase choice, access and participation.

We look forward to our shared vision and common goals strengthening opportunity for collaborative services and solutions that will help recreational providers become more successful.

Access Ability Australia share our vision of better choice, access and participation for people with disability, evidenced by the brilliant accessibility and communication work they are doing to make sure sport and recreation facilities and venues are welcoming to all Victorians,’ said Disability Sport & Recreation CEO, Richard Amon.

The synergy between our organisations will benefit both Victorian sport and recreation providers and people with disability, as we work together to support the work and training opportunities offered by our respective organisations.”

“Working together will provide Access Ability Australia and Disability Sport & Recreation designed opportunity to constructively explore their ideas to support recreational providers in ensuring people with disability are primary beneficiaries of services”, said Access Ability Australia’s cofounder, Judy O’Connor.  

“Sharing the common goal of everything we do is to help Victorians with disability live happier, more active lives is the first and foremost step in the right direction of a successful partnership between Access Ability Australia and Disability Sport & Recreation,” said Access Ability Australia’s cofounder, Maxine Parker.

For more information on DSR and services, visit their website.

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Wallara Australia

We are proud to be working with Wallara Australia, an organisation who drive social change in our community to empower people with different abilities.

Wallara’s commitment to changing attitudes, and raising awareness and understanding of people with different abilities aligns with our goal to drive inclusive practices and improve community attitudes and commitments to the Social Model of Disability.

Sages Cottage Farm, showcased in a beautiful AAA Access Key, forms an integral part of Wallara’s commitment to raising awareness and inclusion where they see a unique opportunity to welcome the whole of community to this amazing property.

Our new partnership now supports this commitment into the wider community as we work at ground level up with Wallara clients and support workers. Access Keys will be utilised for Wallara’s get out and about in the community programs to support clients to confidently experience fun recreational activities and explore interests with friends.

Our shared vision and common goals strengthening opportunity for collaborative services and solutions will help venues showcased in Access Keys to become more successful and support Wallara clients to be more involved in community.

“When Wallara bought Sages Cottage Farm in 2016, our ambition was to make it Australia’s most inclusive farm.  It was important for us to have a relationship with AAA to build an Access Key that would assist us in achieving our goal. With shared values and vision, Wallara look forward to a productive partnership with AAA” said Wallara’s CEO, Phil Hayes.

“Working together will provide Access Ability Australia and Wallara opportunity to focus on people of different abilities throughout community so we can ensure their needs are met and that community experiences are more enjoyable” said Access Ability Australia cofounder, Maxine Parker.

“Sharing the common value of ‘together we make a difference’ will lead us towards a higher success rate of achieving outcomes and will allow us to offer services and solutions that help other organisations to become more inclusive” said Access Ability Australia’s cofounder, Judy O’Connor.

For more information on Wallara and services, visit Wallara’s website.

To view the Access Key for Sages Cottage Farm, go to our website library.

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Thrive Together Therapy Group

Access Ability Australia are very proud to be collaborating with Thrive Together Therapy Group.

Occupational Therapist, Jessica Di Giulio, has been working in the NDIS space for over 2 years. Jessica continues to provide services to participants of all age groups, for all varying unique needs. Jessica’s aim is providing participants of the NDIS with the resources and skills to live an independent and meaningful life, through the use of independent living skills intervention, home environment modifications and prescription of assistive technology.

Jessica will be working with Access Ability Australia on various projects and will be available for our clients and Access Key users to help develop best practice access solutions and provide insight into the trending needs of individuals living in our community, with the aim of facilitating a society that is appropriate for all.

To learn more about Thrive Together Therapy Group, visit their website.

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