Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Additional funding to empower people with disability

    27/07/2019 10:00 AM
    • $2.7 million to be shared between 15 disability sector organisations
    • ILC grants empower people to access their community and achieve their goals

    Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today announced new funding designed to empower people with disability to access their community and achieve their goals.


    An agreement between the State Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has unlocked $2.7 million in funding for the disability sector.


    Fifteen organisations in the disability sector will share in the Commonwealth Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) funding.


    The funding was made available for suitable organisations that missed out on the third round of ILC grants this year.


    Successful recipients for the third round of ILC grants were announced in February this year, with $7 million made available to increase employment and recreational opportunities for people with disability in WA.


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "I'm very pleased to announce this additional funding which will lead to greater empowerment of people with disability.


    "These grants ensure organisations can continue to provide vital services in the disability sector to build capacity, boost social connections and improve employment and recreational opportunities for people living with disability.


    "Improving and delivering employment outcomes for people with disability remains one of the focus areas for the State Government so I'm pleased this agreement between the Department of Communities and the NDIA is working to make that happen."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800


    Transition funding successful respondents


    Inclusions Solutions Ltd                                  $196,707


    Socially Inclusive Communities WA (SICWA) Project

    The SICWA Project supports local government authorities and their staff, as well as clubs and local groups, by building capacity, increasing knowledge and developing skills to ensure that people with disability are valued and included within local activities.


    Developmental Disability Council of WA        $133,188


    Professional development for aquatic recreation staff

    Developmental Disability Council of WA will partner with Microboards Australia (WA) to develop an innovative, practical and contemporary online toolkit for staff delivering recreation activities across a broad range of aquatic settings, with a focus on inclusion of people with complex communication needs and/or challenging behaviour.


    Community Vision                                               $221,800


    Recreational services and inclusive activities in Badjaling and Quairading Communities

    Community Vision and project partner Gundaring WA will work with the local communities of Quairading and Badjaling to co-design recreational activities that will provide social connections and supports which link to positive health and wellbeing outcomes for participants.


    Senses Australia                                             $86,205


    Deafblind Camp

    This project will engage a variety of organisations including the Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council, the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries and Thai Chill Fremantle to create a wider choice of recreational pursuits for people with single and dual sensory loss.


    Valued Lives Foundation                                $321,401


    Microenterprise WA

    The project builds upon the 2017/18 Microenterprise Project (MEP) and will expand and grow the initiative based on high demand, evidenced through increased referrals from local co-ordinators, planners, schools and requests from young people leaving school who are seeking support to gain employment through the development of their own microenterprise.


    Synapse                                           $239,335


    Yarn Up

    Synapse will build upon the existing Yarn Up cards, a resource developed in 2017 to start conversations about the NDIS and provide examples of some of the types of supports and services available, in collaboration with communities and move these to an online and fully customisable and interactive environment.


    Down Syndrome WA            $231,000


    Getting Ready to Work

    Down Syndrome WA will develop and test a 'Getting Ready to Work' course to help people with intellectual disability gain knowledge, skills and confidence to set and achieve their employment goals.


    Rocky Bay                                                      $120,500


    Support for the Delivery of Cert IV in AT Mentoring

    Rocky Bay will facilitate and support the delivery of a Certificate IV in AT Mentoring for participants. Graduates will then be able to develop a role as an Assistive Technology Mentor for others living with disability.


    Edge Employment Solutions                          $128,472


    Address real solutions to barriers of local employers hiring people with disability

    Education, clarifying misconceptions, and raising awareness on supports available to employers, through structured workshops: "speed-dating" and breakfast sessions to address major barriers to employment for people with disability.


    Good Samaritan Industries                             $175,050


    Building Better Business

    Identify employer's barriers and challenges to employing people with disability and address these through developing of resources, workshops and the provision of support.


    Forrest Personnel                                           $204,706



    Provides employers with knowledge, tools and materials around disability, access and inclusion in the workplace, tailored to meet the needs of the organisation, the industry and the community in which it operates.


    Western Australian Deaf Society                   $221,850


    They Did What! Project

    Develop video content for a social media project that builds awareness and recognition in mainstream communities about the needs and contributions of people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Videos will be presented in Auslan, voiced and captioned.


    Wheatbelt Health Network                             $147,500


    DISCO (Disability Inclusion in Schools and Community)

    Teach children and the wider community about people with disability, the challenges they face, and the achievements accomplished through face-to-face presentations and social media channels.


    Carers Association of WA                              $223,250


    Disable the Label; My Community, My Contribution

    Co-design, develop and implement a series of short films, digital resources, books and a mobile community engagement and education unit to travel across metro and regional WA.


    VisAbility Ltd                                                    $49,036


    Access for All

    Deliver the Access for All program through a series of workshops, co-designed and co-delivered by an Expert Reference Group comprised of people with a range of disabilities and print access needs (vision, hearing, cognitive etc.)