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Thursday, 21 April 2011

New ADHC website launched - more information, easier to find

If you are looking for services and support for someone with with a disability and/or their family living in NSW, the NSW governeent's Ageing, Disability and Home Care Website is a logical starting point

With the recent change in government in NSW, the 'super department' of Human Services has been renamed the Department of Family and Community Services.  Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) remains part of this super department.

The Ageing Disability and Home Care website has been extensively revised, redesigned and relaunched.  It looks much more welcoming, and is easier to navigate, particularly for finding information relevant to people with disabilities and their families. 

Overall the new website is much more user-friendly, and we recommend you become familiar with it if you care for an adult or child with Down syndrome in NSW - you will probably need to access information about ADHC operated and/or funded services at some point.

Much of the information has transferred from the previous site, but is much easier to find, such as descriptions of HACC (Home and Community Care) services,  and links to HACC Services Fact Sheets - now located under Help at home.

New information is also being added - for example the information about a new model of Drop-in support for people with disabilities living in the community is very welcome, and is located under the Somewhere to live menu.

The options for locating ADHC offices and services in your local area are much better. Click on the 'Contact us' tab and give it a try - you can search by service/office type and location.

You might still have some difficulty locating particular programs - for example post-school programs (Transition to Work and Community Participation) are located under the submenu "Learning new skills" - logical, but three levels down the menu heirarchy.

It's well worth a bookmark, and a welcome development of an information resource that many of us need from time to time.

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