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Ability Links launch in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ability Links is a free service available to anyone aged from 9 to 64 with any kind of disability, regardless of whether they have a formal diagnosis, receive funding or other help and support. The program is being delivered across the Far North Coast by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC).

Inspiring and joyful, the Ability Links flash mob is made up of Ability Links participants.

‘This dance celebrates what we are hoping to do with the Ability Links program’, says Tweed Heads Linker, Mina Hunt. ‘To encourage people not to let life and circumstances get you down, but to find things to be happy about.’

A short film clip was released yesterday to celebrate the launch of the  Ability Links program featuring the Flash Mob performers in action.

Ability Links launch in Casino on Wednesday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch in Casino on Wednesday. Photo Tree Faerie.

An initiative of the NSW Government the program supports people aged 9 to 64 years to achieve their goals and connect to their local communities.

‘Ability Links enables people with disability to access all of the same community resources and opportunities that people without disabilities access every day’, said Tony Davies, CEO of Northern Rivers Social Development Council.

Coordinators, known as ‘Linkers’ assist people with disability to make connections and achieve their goals so they can live the lives they want to live as part of their local communities. Linkers also support the broader community to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to community members with disability.

Ability Links is a broad ranging program which can assist in helping participants find employment, to helping them to achieve their dreams whether that be sky diving, singing or surfing.

Ability Links launch with Clunky the Clown in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch with Clunky the Clown in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.

‘You don’t need to tell us what your disability is, you just need to contact us and let us know what it is you want support with’,  says Tweed Linker Wendy Gillbett. ‘This program is all about inclusion and everybody being involved. We will walk with you and beside you to help you obtain whatever outcome it is you want to achieve.’

Ability Links is being delivered all over the Northern Rivers with local launches in Kyogle yesterday, and previously in Casino, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Byron Bay, Grafton and Lismore.

To contact Ability Links call 1300 792 940 to find your local Linker or go to www.fncabilitylinks.org.au.

The Ability Links Flash Mob performances will be held today in Tweed Heads and everyone is welcome.

  • 4.30pm – Tweed Centro
  • 5.30pm – Twin Towns

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