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Are you looking for a playground that caters to a range of abilities and is wheelchair accessible? There are several inclusive and accessible playgrounds across Adelaide and South Australia.

Inclusive play is important for a child’s development. It helps children to build confidence, develop important social and communication skills, and learn how to care for others and the environment. It can also help develop physical, cognitive and emotional skills and increases their overall health and happiness.

Certain elements make playgrounds more inclusive and accessible than others. Some elements that make playgrounds inclusive include:

  • Even surfaces – ensuring there are no trip hazards or steps up to the play area.
  • Easy navigation – it’s important that there is a wide path and the ground is made up of consistent material.
  • Accessible entries – If there is a gate at the entrance, this should be able to be opened by an adult in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
  • Play equipment – the play equipment must have entry and exit points, have accessible surfaces, and interactive elements much be at a reachable height.
  • Secure boundaries – the entire play space should be within a secure boundary enclosure.
  • Accessible location – accessible facilities should be nearby.

Here are some playgrounds that tick most of the boxes (we hope to add more to this list as South Australia moves to more inclusive playgrounds!)

Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground

Located in Marison, this inclusive playground has several accessible elements aimed for all ages and abilities, including:

  • an expression swing
  • a slippery dip that can be accessed via a ramp
  • an inclusive carousel
  • and a multi-station with a ramp.

There are also several sensory activities to enjoy, as the playground features a sandpit and several nature elements, including the “logs”, “rocky river” and “stacking stones.” The reserve also features large grassed areas, and a basket court which is across from Marion Outdoor Pool.

Much of the equipment can be accessed via ramps for wheelchair use. The City of Marion has also taken into consideration children who may have vision and hearing impairments and spectrum disorders.

There are inclusive toilets near by with disabled access and also disabled parking available.

To find out more about the play area, click here.

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City of Marion

Allenby Gardens Reserve Accessible Playground

According to Play and Go, who recently reviewed this playground, there’s something for all ages and abilities here and plenty of opportunities to develop physical and social skills.

Features of this playground include:

  • a wheelchair accessible carousel
  • an accessible basketball swing
  • an accessible play net
  • a “boxie climber”
  • a wheelchair accessible fairy themed play system.

This play area is perfect for kids who love all things pirates and fairy tales, as the main play area consists of a pirate ship complete with slide and rope, and a climbing area which is connected to a castle tower.

The reserve itself has also lots of space for the bigger kids to play with a grassed area.

Please note this play area has accessible toilets nearby, but is not fully fenced off. There are also free BBQ facilities on site, and lots of street parking available.

For more information on the Allenby Gardens Reserve Accessible playground, click here.

Paddocks Adventure Playground

This is a new playground in Para Hills West that provides equipment for all ages and abilities. Nestled amongst the greenery of nature, the play area features the following:

  • Several wheelchair accessible sections, with a ramp leading up to a small tower, and a boardwalk over a creek.
  • A water play area and a sandpit.
  • A wheelchair accessible “smooth glider” to sit on and rock back and forth.
  • Basket swings, a seated flying fox, and springy platforms.

Please note this playground is currently not fenced off and does not have public bathrooms close by. This should be upgraded soon.

For more information, click here.

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Jubilee Playground in Noarlunga

Jubilee Wooden Adventure Playground in Port Noarlunga is also a great spot for those of all ages and abilities. This is one of the biggest playgrounds in Adelaide, so there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Fun elements in this playground include:

  • musical bells
  • several swings
  • plenty of cool structures, including a rocket, a ship and a fire pole
  • tunnels and balance boards.

Most of the playground is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of some areas that have bark chips. There is also a toilet with disabled access nearby and free BBQ facilities.

Plus, there’s lots of green space to do plenty more activities and chill out!

 

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Access4u is a not-for-profit organisation that helps guide you through the NDIS to ensure the most optimal and effective outcomes for your ongoing objectives. From your coordinator to your mentor, Access4u works towards your personal goals whilst increasing independence and adding value to every life we support.

We make a difference by providing personalised care to every individual and their aspirations. Through working with a diverse group of service providers we can ensure support for you in a timely, innovative, and flexible way.

Monday, 18 July 2022 01:08

Our Fullarton Office Has Moved!

As of 14 July 2022, our Fullarton Office has moved.

We are now a hop, skip and a jump away at 242 Glen Osmond Road. According to Google Maps, this is a just a one-minute walk from our previous location.

Our new office has a wheelchair accessible entrance, and is a larger premises compared to our old site, which will allow us to better accommodate our customers’ needs. The office is now accessible for those who require office-based appointments.

We have to admit this project has taken a lot of effort over the last few weeks, but now that we are finally moved in, we could not be happier.

It was important to us to take a moment to recognise this milestone, because this move represents growth for Access4u.

Going from a being four-person organisation back in 2018 to now having 5 office spaces across Adelaide, this new office is a reflection of the incredible support we have received from our clients and the community as well as the dedication of our employees.

We will continue to provide a flexible and customer focused service to those in the community from our new office. We can’t wait to see you soon at 242 Glen Osmond Road!

 

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Cathy Miller, CEO at Access4u, is excited to welcome you to our new office!

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Here's a look at reception at our new office!

Access4u is a not-for-profit organisation that helps guide you through the NDIS to ensure the most optimal and effective outcomes for your ongoing objectives. From your coordinator to your mentor, Access4u works towards your personal goals whilst increasing independence and adding value to every life we support.

We make a difference by providing personalised care to every individual and their aspirations. Through working with a diverse group of service providers we can ensure support for you in a timely, innovative, and flexible way.

It’s a common misconception that there are limited pathways in the disability sector. However, thanks to the recently introduced NDIS Scheme, this is rapidly growing field that offers several career pathways.

There are also several benefits of working in the disability sector, including:

  • a great work life balance
  • an opportunity for salary packaging
  • an ability to choose when you work
  • knowing you are making a difference.

To find out why you should consider a career in the disability sector, click here.

Job opportunities across this field include:

  • Support Workers/Mentors
  • Support Coordinators
  • Allied Health Professionals, including Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists
  • Administration and Finance
  • IT
  • Supervisors

We will delve into several of these career paths below. Keep reading if you want to learn more…

Support Workers/Mentors

A Disability Support Worker, also commonly referred to as a “Mentor”, spends a lot of time directly with customers/participants. Support Workers need to have great interpersonal skills, and be good at building relationships. Like all jobs in the disability field, Support Workers need to be caring individuals who want to make a difference and help others improve their independence and life skills.

Disability Support Workers help those with a disability achieve their community, social or recreational goals. Day to day tasks may include:

  • doing activities with participants, such as ten pin bowling or fishing
  • attending footy games, concerts and other events with participants.

They also help customers with a range of daily tasks, including

  • transporting them to work, school, or medical appointments
  • running errands
  • personal hygiene facilitation
  • mobility support
  • food preparation
  • shopping and/or household tasks.

A large part of the role of a Disability Support Worker is being able to offer an ear to someone, understanding their needs, and providing emotional support.

Support Coordinators

A Support Coordinator’s role is to coordinate the different supports linked to an individual customer’s goals. At Access4u, Support Coordinators provide assistance in navigating the NDIS and its many services.

The NDIS Scheme can be very overwhelming and confusing, so the Support Coordinator’s job is to reduce confusion, address barriers and ultimately connect customers with the support they need.

Support Coordinators can also help with addressing service or support delivery concerns.

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioners

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioners assist people with disabilities to reduce the risk of or harmful behaviours and achieve positive outcomes.

This role comes under “Specialist Support.” Specialist Support also includes allied health professionals, like psychologists and occupational therapists.

So, Are You Interested in a Career in Disability?

Kickstart your career with our CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

This qualification will teach you:

·        the skills to empower and support people with disabilities

·        how to provide appropriate home and community support

·        legal and ethical workplace practices.

Learn the essential skills to provide better care for people living with mental or physical disabilities.

We offer two study options – a paid internship and external mode. You can find out more about these options here.

Who Can Apply?

You must either be currently working at, or considering employment at Access4u.

If you are currently not employed at Access4u, you can submit an expression of interest here and our HR Advisor will be in contact shortly. They will provide more information about our training options during the onboarding process.

Job Pathways from Cert III:

Possible job pathways include, but are not limited to:

·        Residential Youth Worker

·        Personal Care Worker

·        In-home Respite Worker

·        Home Care Assistant

·        Personal Care Assistant

·        Community Care Worker

·        Disability Support Coordinator

·        Disability Support Worker

·        Employment Coordinator (Disability)

·        Field Officer

We are always on the lookout for amazing staff to join our team. Apply now!

Access4u is a not-for-profit organisation that helps guide you through the NDIS to ensure the most optimal and effective outcomes for your ongoing objectives. From your coordinator to your mentor, Access4u works towards your personal goals whilst increasing independence and adding value to every life we support.

We make a difference by providing personalised care to every individual and their aspirations. Through working with a diverse group of service providers we can ensure support for you in a timely, innovative, and flexible way.

A career in disability is an incredibly rewarding path.

Do you want to make a real difference in people’s lives? Want to help others grow their independence and be part of the community? A role in the disability sector may be the perfect fit for you.

Keep reading to learn more about a career in the disability field and why it may be an avenue to consider…

1. You’ll Make a Difference

Those that work in disability are innately caring people. Here at Access4u, our employees are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people we support. We employ people who share our vision of providing access to quality supports that enable vulnerable people to achieve our goals.

It’s important that if you work in disability, you share our values and passion for making a positive impact on individuals and the community. You want to motivate others, or you simply want to make more of a valuable contribution. Does this sound like you? Consider a career in disability!

2. It’s a Growing Industry

Due to the expansion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there’s a lot of demand for staff in the sector. The Department of Jobs and Small Business suggests that to meet this demand the workforce will need to double over the next five years. This means that a career in disability services is a great avenue if you’re after job security. This is an industry that offers reliability and room for growth.

And with a growing need of disability service workers, there are several career paths available. Like any industry, there is a need for support workers and field officers, but also a need for team leaders and coordination roles, too. The opportunities are endless. If you want to explore the diverse range of jobs available, click here or view this blog by the Disability Support Guide.

3. You Want Flexibility & Variety

Working in the disability sector generally means you won’t have an average 9-5 role. We all live busy lives, and support work in particular is the perfect job to fit around a hectic schedule! At Access4u, we’ll work with you to provide you with shift options and schedules that suit you and our customers.

In addition to this, disability work provides a lot of variety.  No two days are the same. This makes the roles challenging (but rewarding!), and will allow you to learn and grow.

So, Are You Interested in a Career in Disability?

Kickstart your career with our CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

This qualification will teach you:

·        the skills to empower and support people with disabilities

·        how to provide appropriate home and community support

·        legal and ethical workplace practices.

Learn the essential skills to provide better care for people living with mental or physical disabilities.

We offer two study options – a paid internship and external mode. You can find out more about these options here.

Who Can Apply?

You must either be currently working at, or considering employment at Access4u.

If you are currently not employed at Access4u, you can submit an expression of interest here and our HR Advisor will be in contact shortly. They will provide more information about our training options during the onboarding process.

Job Pathways from Cert III:

Possible job pathways include, but are not limited to:

·        Residential Youth Worker

·        Personal Care Worker

·        In-home Respite Worker

·        Home Care Assistant

·        Personal Care Assistant

·        Community Care Worker

·        Disability Support Coordinator

·        Disability Support Worker

·        Employment Coordinator (Disability)

·        Field Officer

We are always on the lookout for amazing staff to join our team. Apply now!

Access4u is a not-for-profit organisation that helps guide you through the NDIS to ensure the most optimal and effective outcomes for your ongoing objectives. From your coordinator to your mentor, Access4u works towards your personal goals whilst increasing independence and adding value to every life we support.

We make a difference by providing personalised care to every individual and their aspirations. Through working with a diverse group of service providers we can ensure support for you in a timely, innovative, and flexible way.

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