Ability Links - NDIS Registered Support Provider

Choosing the right people to help and understanding the NDIS can be overwhelming. But relax… Ability Links has you covered. 

As a registered NDIS provider in the Illawarra, our friendly and supportive services can assist you in achieving your life goals and make your NDIS budget best work for you. 

 

We Connect People

The Ability Links team takes pride in helping people learn new skills, achieve goals and life meaningful lives by maximising their abilities, growing support networks and providing opportunities.

We collaborate in this process by running skill groups, community engagement activities and can provide Support Coordination (L2 & L3), Recovery Coaching and Support Worker services from Thirroul, to Wollongong, Dapto, Kiama, Nowra, Vincentia and all places in between! 

Please feel free to drop into our community facility in Yallah and say Hello!

A person with a disability in a wheelchair with a friend walking around having fun, normality
Mark Pietsch (far right) meeting with Physical Disabilities Australia members in Canberra
Picture: Tiarna, our Art Therapy Master

We Love To Help People To Feel Heard, Understood And Empowered

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Welcome to Ability Links!

Check out this video to learn a little about us. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Meet Mark: The Founder of Ability Links

Hello! I’m Mark, the Director and Founder of Ability Links, an organisation born from personal experience and a genuine desire to uplift the disability community.

As an NDIS participant, a disability advocate, a Specialist Support Coordinator, and the NSW State Director of Physical Disabilities Australia, I wear multiple hats – each representing a commitment to the cause I deeply believe in.

Our mission at Ability Links is to fight tirelessly for the rights of those with disabilities. We strive to break down barriers, foster understanding, and pave the path towards equity.

With over a decade’s experience in Community Services and an intricate understanding of the NDIS, I am often called an “NDIS nerd”. This tag is a badge of honour for me as it reflects my enthusiasm for diving deep into the details of the scheme, exploring its potential, and leveraging my personal experiences to design creative, practical solutions.

I understand the challenges the disability community faces because I’ve lived with them. I’ve experienced the cracks in the system, the gaps in services, and the struggle to find empathetic, informed support. These experiences led me to establish Ability Links – a beacon of hope for individuals navigating the complexities of the NDIS.

We are dedicated to helping you secure the proper funding and create a plan tailored to your needs.

We are not just a service; we are a dynamic, flexible community that invites you to suggest new programs and innovative solutions. We don’t focus on roadblocks; instead, we envision the possibilities and work backwards to make them a reality.

Ability Links is a disability-led organisation. I believe that those with disabilities and their carers are uniquely positioned to understand and address our community’s challenges. Guided by this principle, I’ve built a team of dedicated disability champions, all drawn from the disability community itself. Together, we stand in your corner, ready to support, guide, and empower. Besides, our NDIS support workers in Wollongong, and those serving in Illawarra and Nowra are caring, compassionate, and committed towards providing high-end assistance to our beloved clients.

I am incredibly proud of our ever-growing team – a group of individuals united by their unwavering dedication to making a difference.

Join us on this journey, and let’s transform lives, one day at a time.

Our Services

Ability Links focuses on building a person’s ability, and linking people to their community.

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Coordination

Why Choose Ability Links?

The team at Ability Links get it. We have experienced the limitations that disabilities can create, and are driven to support others on their journey to find what works for them when working to reduce the effect of a disability on your life. 

We believe in equity and will always work actively to address barriers and advance inclusion for people that experience disabilities.

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Ability Links

Is run by, hires and respects people with a disability and their carers.

FAQ

Our support coordinators work with you 1:1 in all stages of your plan from beginning to end of plan reviews.

We connect you to the right NDIS services and providers like physio or support workers.

We can also help you navigate other mainstream services like Centrelink & DOH.

We build your confidence & understanding of your NDIS plan and budget. 

We can also help with employment and living arrangements that most suitable to your goals.  

Depending on your needs and goals, support workers can assist with personal care, domestic duties, companionship or social support out in the community. Support workers can also help build your skills such as learning to cook or catching public transport. 

Our Recovery Coaches provide services similar to a support coordinator (see above FAQ) but also has qualifications/and or lived experience in mental health. This personalised service is available to psychosocial participants that require extra support due to the challenges and barriers presented by mental health. 

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