Funding for disability employment and participation programs

More than 45 NSW-based organisations will receive a share in $10 million to boost job opportunities and social and community participation for people with disability.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants are about creating a more inclusive and accessible community.

“We want to empower people with disability to live happy and healthy lives where they can exercise choice and control over the supports they receive,” Mr Ward said.

“These grants enable organisations to deliver life-changing initiatives that benefit people with disability, their families and carers.

“This program is about creating connections between people with disability and the communities they live in, so that they can thrive and reach their goals.”

The grants include support for programs focusing on creating job opportunities for young people leaving school, accessible arts initiatives and tailored support for people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Multiple national organisations have also received funding to roll out programs that will benefit NSW residents.

ILC grants support both NDIS participants and people with disability who are not eligible for the Scheme.

People with disabilities in NSW have benefitted from more than $135 million in ILC funding since the introduction of the NDIS in 2015.

This financial year NSW will contribute almost $3.5 billion towards the NDIS.

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