Greenacres Disability Services

Reaching Goals Together

North Wollongong

Business Summary
Our vision is to be a leader in providing opportunities for people living with a disability that allows full participation in all aspects of community life.
About Us

Back in 1950 a small band of loving parents in Wollongong decided that their children with intellectual disabilities deserved a quality education close to home. Despite being refused repeatedly for funding by the Government, the parents persevered with their own fundraising and in 1953 Greenacres Special School opened with only 16 pupils.

By the late 1950s Greenacres School had grown significantly and parents were concerned about the lack of employment opportunities available to their children when they left school. Once again fundraising began in earnest and by 1963 a workshop had been built and school leavers were busy filling an order for 120 blackboards and easels.

Over the coming decades, Greenacres continued to be an innovative pioneer in disability services, constantly adapting and evolving with the needs of the people who used our services - the people we call our Greenacres family.

Today, Greenacres is one of the leading disability service provider in the region, providing services and programs from 30 different sites in Wollongong and the Shoalhaven. Every week we support close to 900 people to live the life they imagine.

Am I Eligible for the NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS you must be have a permanent disability which has a significant impact on everyday life and your ability to participate in the community and also means that you need ongoing support. You also must be under 65 years old and be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.
What will happen when the NDIS is rolled out?
When the NDIS is rolled out in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will provide you with a Support Planner to work out your NDIS package and your support plan. The Support Planner will look at your dreams and aspirations, work out what can be supported by your community, friends and family and what ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports you will need to be funded by the NDIS.
What can I do to get NDIS ready?
Now is the time to work out what supports you currently use and what you will be needing in the future. It is also the time to really think about your goals and dreams. Try not to be limited by what programs are currently available, this is your chance to design your life exactly how you want it to be.
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