Achieve Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, provides services that support people with disabilities to lead lives which are meaningful and valued. We do this by facilitating the learning and maintenance of life and work skills, the development of relationships, the ability to make life choices and participation in community activities.
The Importance of Disability Services
Disability services are extremely important not only to people with disabilities, but also to the entire community. They provide resources not available within the wider community to support a group of people with specialised needs. These services provide people with a disability with qualified support staff, volunteers, life skills, employment and educational and recreational opportunities. The goal of our disability services is to provide individuals with access to services and that will facilitate everything from learning new skills to maintaining relationships, to integration into the workforce and the ability to provide valuable services to the community.
Types of Disability Services Offered by Achieve
Achieve Australia offers a range of disability support services. These include community homes with 24/7 support services, drop-in support at your own home, social education, employment services, health and wellness support, and a wide variety of day programs.
This range of services allows you to choose the support required to meet your needs and aspirations. Our mission is to support people with disability to achieve meaningful and valued lives.
We offer several ways to access these disability services. You can choose to live in, and receive services in, one of Achieve’s community homes or apartments. We can also come to your own home and provide services right there. You also have the option of participating in activities at one of our Day Services centres — either while living with family, independently, or in an Achieve community home.
Types of Disabilities
There is often confusion when asking the question, “What is a disability?” The types of disabilities that we support at Achieve Australia are many and varied. Roughly 90% of disabilities are not visible, and can be separated into four distinct categories: physical, sensory, intellectual and mental illness.
An intellectual disability can mean a person has difficulty learning, communicating, retaining information, and undertaking work or leisure activities. An intellectual disability may be caused by a genetic condition, problems during pregnancy and birth, illness, or environmental factors. Examples include development delays, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome.
A physical disability is one that affects a person’s mobility, stamina or physical capacity, on either a permanent or temporary basis. Examples of physical disabilities include Multiple Sclerosis, brain or spinal cord injury, epilepsy, Cystic Fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy.
Sensory disabilities can affect one or more of a person’s senses: touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, or spatial awareness. Examples of sensory disabilities include blindness and low vision, hearing loss, sensory processing disorder and autism spectrum disorder.
Mental illness affects a person’s behaviours and emotional state. There are different types and degrees of severity. Mental illness may interfere with a person’s ability to work, carry out daily activities and enjoy satisfying personal relationships. It can also cause difficulties in participating in social activities and pose sensory challenges.
Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.