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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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14 December 2018 The Challenge Community Art Exhibition photos and winners

ARTISTS in the Challenge art competition ran with the theme of Australian Country. More than 200 artworks were submitted by people with a disability and foster care children across the state. T...

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23 November 2018 Finding inspiration for your NDIS Plan

Making the transition from school to adult life is always challenging, even more so if you need to consider how to allocate your NDIS funding.It’s always best to go into your NDIS planning session w...

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Challenge Connexions Disablity Services NDIS

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20 November 2018 Bayden’s riding a wave of success

As an avid surfer, Bayden knows that hard work and patience pays off.So he put his latest NDIS plan to good use to achieve two major life goals. First, he wanted to get his learner drivers permit and,...

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26 October 2018 Navigating life, and the NDIS, after school

With the HSC exams in full swing, many Year 11 and 12 students are starting to consider their life beyond school. If you are a young person with a disability, it might be the first time you have consi...

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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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