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Able Day in the Sky 2013
Almost 50 people with deafblindness took to the skies over Melbourne on Saturday, as part of Able Day in the Sky 2013.
Now in its second year, Able Day in the Sky provides people who experience deafblindness with a rare opportunity to take a joy flight in a four-seater aircraft and experience the thrilling sensation of soaring above the clouds.
Around 80 support workers, volunteers and interpreters gave their time to help bring the day to life, including the pilots who also donated the planes, fuel and maintenance costs to help deliver a memorable experience for everyone.
Our thanks to the Royal Victorian Aero Club, Aero Bar & Restaurant and the Australian National Aviation Museum for their generous support and assistance on the day.
To find out more about our Deafblind services, please call 1300 225 369.
Able reopens Birribi
(L-R) Minister O'Connor with Able clients, Karen Terry and Heather Styles.
Able Australia celebrated International Day of People With Disability this week by reopening one of Launceston’s most beloved community buildings as a day services facility.
The old Tompson’s Lane fire station – otherwise known as Birribi – has been given a $400,000 facelift by national disability service provider, Able Australia and reopened as a customised facility that accommodates the person-centred needs of people with a disability.
Meaning ‘a meeting/crossing place’, Birribi will house a diverse selection of day services ranging from art, music and yoga, through to reading, cooking and computer literacy.
Tasmania’s Minister For Human Services, Cassy O’Connor, joined Able Australia CEO, Kaye Collard, in opening the facility and said:
“Able Australia has stepped up to the challenge of providing flexible support for people with disability by investing in a customised facility that increases choice and control in activities for participants.”
“For the National Disability Insurance Scheme to work well, we need services like Able Australia that are willing to invest in service growth and flexibility to improve the choices people living with disability have in their day to day lives.”
You can view the ABC News report on the opening by clicking here.
To find out more about Birribi, please call Able Australia in Launceston on (03) 6331 2536.
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