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18 June 2019 What NDIS funding for Supported Independent Living means for you

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides eligible Australians aged under 65, who have a permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, th...

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6 June 2019 Living in Supported Accommodation: How Jamie gained his independence

Cooking a yummy butter chicken and having a chat with his support worker after work is all in a day’s routine for 19-year-old Jamie. On the autism spectrum, Jamie lives in Challenge Disability Servi...

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31 May 2019 Sensory rooms are changing the landscape for people with disabilities

A place of quiet, comfort and unique sensory experiences has been created at the Challenge Disability Services Site on Greg Norman Drive in Tamworth, NSW.Warwick Bennet, a former mayor of Tamworth him...

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14 May 2019 Start Up: Paving the path to self-employment

Start Up works with young adults living with an intellectual disability as they explore the possibility of self-employment through developing their own microbusiness.Beth Innes, Grants Coordinator at ...

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16 April 2019 Young people living with a disability empowered through Challenge programs

Becoming independent is an important step for every young person. The Challenge Community Services ‘Connexions’ program helps young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 35 learn imp...

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12 April 2019 Understanding Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

If you are looking for accommodation assistance, there are a number of different housing solutions and supports available to consider for your unique situation. Supported Independent Living and Specia...

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3 April 2019 Kenny finds his focus through art

A connection to country and deep love of Australian wildlife are recurring themes in Kenny Thurbon’s paintings. From Trangie in north-west NSW, Kenny works at his paintings for many hours each week ...

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27 February 2019 Changing lives for the better

Working at Challenge Recycling, Narrabri has been a positively life-changing experience for Marie Hatch.The expression ‘life-changing’ is often overused but Ms Hatch’s job really has changed her...

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6 February 2019 Tony’s story – how he’s inspiring others to challenge their disability

Tony Hawkins is someone who will leave a mark in your life from the moment you meet him.He is described by many of his friends, family members and Tamworth locals as an inspiration to people with a di...

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Disablity Services Challenge

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17 December 2018 Start Up incubator for people with intellectual disabilities begins in Mayfield

Meet Newcastle’s next cohort of entrepreneurs. Young, innovative and passionate about what they can offer the city’s residents, the students participating in a new 18-month startup program are...

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 700 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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