Ability Options first disability not-for-profit organisation in Australia to release sustainability report
In October, Ability Options was the first disability, not-for-profit organisation in Australia to release an annual and sustainability report in line with the international Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines at its 2011 Annual General Meeting.
Sustainability reporting requires companies and organisations to demonstrate their corporate responsibility by publicly reporting against economic, social and environmental — or people, planet and profit— values or criteria on an annual basis. With its roots in environmental reporting, which was established in the 1980s, sustainability reporting is a practice that is increasing globally.
By taking a proactive role to collect data on, measure and track specific issues through sustainability reporting, Ability Options aims to further improve the lives of the people with disability and their families.
This Hearing Awareness Week (21-28 August) Ability Options Employment is calling on more organisations to follow in the leadership of My Size at Parramatta Westfield when considering hiring an employee with hearing impairment. My Size recently employed twenty -nine-year-old Sally Keyrouz from North Parramatta who is profoundly deaf.
Ability Options encourages better employment of people with hearing impairment during Hearing Awareness Week
Ability Options celebrates 2011 Ability Awareness Day
On Friday 5 August, more than 200 people with disability, their families, staff and community members, including the NSW Minister for Disability Services, The Hon Andrew Constance MP, attended Ability Options’ 2011 Ability Awareness Day at Fairfield RSL Club. Ability Options’ Chief Executive, Matt Donnelly, said, “Through Ability Awareness Day, we aim to celebrate equality and independence, fostering understanding and acceptance of people with disability to build a stronger connection between people with disability and their own community.”
Ability Options Employment Mount Druitt say ‘Count Us In’ during DisabiliTea
Staff from Ability Options Mount Druitt and community members enjoyed a ‘DisabiliTea’ on August 2 to say “Count me in” in support of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This event was one of more than 900 ‘teas’ across the country where individuals and organisations, like Ability Options, encouraged their friends, family, colleagues and politicians to join the Every Australian Counts campaign to revolutionise disability services in Australia.
Ability Options celebrates providing employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people with disability during NAIDOC Week
Ability Options Employment Mt Druitt and Campbelltown offices celebrate achieving quality employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people with disability during 2011 NAIDOC week (3-10 July).
Michelle Rowland and Ability Options lead the charge for a NDIS
Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland has become the first Sydney Federal representative to get behind the Every Australian Counts campaign, calling for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during a visit to leading disability service provider, Ability Options in Seven Hills.Read full press release
Aspiring chef, Josh Seigel defies the odds and rocks the Kazbah
Twenty two-year-old Seven Hills resident, Josh Seigel, is passionate about food. With the help of staff at Ability Options Employment, Josh, who has learning difficulties, is now on his way to becoming a chef after recently securing a job at Sydney’s award winning Moroccan restaurant, Kazbah in Darling Harbour.Read full press release
On Wednesday 15 June, volunteers from Ability Options were encouraging morning CityRail commuters at Seven Hills and Penrith stations to sign up to ‘Every Australian Counts’, a national campaign, urging community support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the interests of more than 300,000 Australians with a disability. Ability Options, based at Seven Hills, is one of 10 organisations who campaigned to commuters at 15 railway, bus and ferry stations across Sydney.
John Aquino secures RailCorp traineeship with help from Ability Options Employment
Eighteen-year-old John Aquino is on the way to achieving his career goals after he was offered one of five 2011 traineeships provided by NSW rail service provider, Railcorp, to people with a disability. It is estimated approximately 6 per cent of RailCorp employees have a disability. Staff at Ability Options Employment, Mount Druitt, helped John, who has learning difficulties, find and apply for the position and they continue to support both him and his new employer on the job.
Ability Options Calls Upon Penrith residents to show their support for an NDIS
Ability Options is calling on residents in the Penrith region to join them at ‘Every Australian Counts’ Penrith Roadshow on Thursday 16 June, 10.30am at the Penrith RSL Club. ‘Every Australian Counts’ is a national campaign urging the community to show support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the interests of more than 300,000 Australians with a disability. Ability Options is one of many organisations supporting the scheme.