Disability Services for Young People

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Info for Young Carers

Young Carers Victoria
Ph: 1800 242 636
www.youngcarers.net.au

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink/Carelinks North Young Carers Program
Freecall: 1800 052 222
Ph: 03 9495 2500
Email: clintakeworkers@mchs.org.au
www.mchs.org.au                                                                            
www.carersaustralia.com.au/how-we-work/national-programs/young-carers-program/

Carers Victoria
Carers Victoria work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout Victoria.
www.carersvictoria.org.au

Disability - Advocacy and Information

Action on Disabilities within Ethnic Communities - ADEC
ADEC work towards empowering people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to fully participate amongst their local community. They have offices in Preston, Dandenong and Werribee.
Toll Free: 1800 626 078
Preston office: 175 Plenty Road, Preston 3072
Ph: 9480 7000
www.adec.org.au

Disability Services at the Department of Human Services
DDHS supports people living with a disability through a range of services including: Financial, community life, employment, accommodation, aid and equipment, advocacy and support for carers and families.  
www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disability

Victorian Disability Services Commissioner
The Disability Services Commissioner can respond to complaints about Victorian disability services, including disability services provided by the Department of Human Services.
Freecall: 1800 677 342
Toll Free: 1300 728 187
TTY: 1300 726 563
www.odsc.vic.gov.au

Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc
The Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc (DDLS) is a state-wide independent community legal centre that specializes in disability discrimination legal matters. They provide free legal services in several areas.
Ph: 9654 8644
Toll Free: 1300 882 872
TTY: 9654 6817
www.ddls.org.au/

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc (VALID)
Valid is funded by the State Government as an advocacy group for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families. They work to protect and defend the rights of people with an intellectual disability.
Ph: 03 9416 4003
Freecall: 1800 655 570 (Rural Victoria only)
Email: office@valid.org.au
www.valid.org.au

Centrelink Disability Services
Centrelink are able to provide financial support for people living with a disability, as well as help them to find employment.
www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/themes/people-with-a-disability

ABC Ramp Up
ABC Ramp Up is a website that allows for open discussion and debate about disability. The site publishes news and opinion pieces about living with a disability and services provided in Australia.
www.abc.net.au/rampup

YDAS-Youth disability advocacy services
Youth disability advocacy provides services to young people aged 12-25 years to raise awareness of their rights.
Ph: 03 9267 3709
www.ydas.org.au

Carers Solutions
Extremely comprehensive website featuring res pite and recreation information, agency lists, advocates and health links www.carersolutions.com.au/

Brotherhood of St Laurence – NDIS Local Area Coordination
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is delivering the NDIS in North and East Melbourne. For more local information you can visit the Banyule and Nillumbik office: 65 Main Street, Greensborough, 3088
Ph: 1300 BSLNDIS (1300 275 634)
www.bsl.org.au  

North East Citizen Advocacy
North East Citizen Advocacy is a community based program that aims to recognise, promote and protect the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities.
Ph: 03 8407 3864
www.citizenadvocacy.com.au

Disability - Education and Training

National Disability Coordination Officer
The NDCO address the barriers that people with a disability face in education, employment and training (15-64 years)
Ramona Mandy
National Disability Coordination officer
Ph: 03 9686 2354                                                                                                   
www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Northstar - Specialist Employment Services
Northstar is a free service that assists people with a disability to obtain and maintain full or part time employment.
Ph: Greensborough - 03 9432 0806
Ph: Heidelberg - 03 9457 7863
www.northstar.org.au

Disability Employment Services (DES)
DES assist people with a disability find and keep ongoing employment. DES providers are experienced in supporting job seekers with a disability as well as practices that support employees in the workplace.
www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/programmes-services/disability-employment-services

CVGT Australia
Young people aged 15-21 may be eligible for CVGT’s Transition to work program which offers young people practical experience and support as well as the opportunity to gain skills and confidence through their employment journey.
Greensborough Office: 88 Main Street, Greensborough, 3088
Ph: 03 8401 6170
www.cvgt.com.au

Disability - Programs

Banyule City Council MetroAccess
MetroAccess is a key program of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Community Building Program, delivered in partnership with Local Councils.
MetroAccess works to increase community awareness, advocate for people with disabilities and work with existing disability support providers.
Sherridan Bourne
Ph: 9457 9940
TTY: 13 677 then ask for 03 9490 4222
Email: Sherridan.Bourne@banyule.vic.gov.au

Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Offer accessible programs and equipment for people with disabilities including digital talking books, digital reading book groups and PC's with large screens and modified keyboards and mouses.
Ph: 03 9480 7888                                                                                                          
www.yprl.vic.gov.au

Interact
Interact provides a range of tailored services for people with disabilities, their families and carers. These include post school planning, creative recreational activities, holiday and respite programs, employment services and independent living skills
General Enquiries: 1800 093 369
Principal Office Victoria (Head Office)
Ph: 03 8650 7000
www.interactaustralia.com.au

Access for All Abilities 
Reclink Australia is funded by the Access for All Abilities program to act as the first point of call for people with disabilities looking for sporting opportunities, through the provision of Access for All Abilities Play. AAA Play is a free information and referral service.
AAA Play
Ph: 1800 222 842
Email: request@aaavic.org.au
www.aaavic.org.au

Aspergers Support Group
Aspergers Support Group - group for teens in Blackburn and Glen Waverley for young adults. 
www.aspergersvic.org.au/Groups
Email: admin@aspergersvic.org.au

Extended Families Australia
Extended Families Australia is a not-for-profit incorporated association that provides support, respite, significant social relationships and community participation for children with disabilities and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula
www.extendedfamilies.org.au
Central Office (Coburg) Ph: 03 9355 8848

The Lab
The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10-16 year-old young people diagnosed with high functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers.
www.thelab.org.au  

Arts Access
Arts Access have an online directory for accessible art programs and activities for people with disability.
www.artsaccess.com.au/artfinder

Disability - Support & Other Info

Tell Someone
The 'Tell Someone' Website is aimed at educating people with a mild intellectual disability and their family and community about family violence.
www.tellsomeone.org.au

Association for Children Living with a Disability
The ACLD offer family Support resources for families with young children who have recently been diagnosed with a disability or developmental delay.
Ph: 03 9880 7000
www.acd.org.au/helping-family/

Interchange
Interchange offer family support and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability.
Ph: 03 9663 4886 or 1300 300 436 (FREECALL)
www.interchange.org.au

DiVine
DiVine is an online community which includes a wide range of opinion articles, news and reviews written for and by people with a disability. The website is published by the Victorian Government.
www.divine.vic.gov.au

E-Bility
This website offers information on access for all abilities around Melbourne. It also offers links to information on accessible restaurants and public transport.
www.ebility.com

Disability Connections
Disability Connections is a network of people who have a disability, their families or carers or anyone who shares a passion for disability issues.
www.disabilityconnections.org.au

Pride Vic
Pride Vic assists individuals who have a disability through outreach and social programs by using person centred approaches and connect individuals with LGBTIQ+ communities.
www.pridevic.com.au

Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR)
DSR promotes health and wellbeing for people who have a disability. Through DSR, you can find the right sport or recreational activity that suits your interests and needs.
www.dsr.org.au
General enquiries: (03) 9473 0133