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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4684 ..

behavioural issues. The aim of the program is that treatment and support will primarily be provided to individuals in their existing accommodation settings.

The only time individuals would be provided with alternative accommodation by the new program would be if there was a clinically-based assessment recommending that a different environment would assist in the treatment and support process. Under those arrangements the Step Up Accommodation currently being developed as part of the program may be used for a limited time. Any recommendations around accommodation will of course take into consideration the safety and security of the client and of the wider community.

If an individual does reside at the Step Up Accommodation for a period of time, they will be moved back to their previous accommodation as soon as it is deemed appropriate following further clinically-based assessments. Therefore there is very little impact expected from the new service on existing community-based housing.

Disabled persons(Question No 689)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

Given that in April 2005 Disability ACT provided “Quality of Life” Community Grants totalling $109 468.18 to 33 people with disabilities, what forms of specialist disability supports were provided from the funding and how will they assist the recipients in improving their quality of life.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

One-off grants of between $500 and $5,000 were provided for the following specialist disability supports and will benefit recipients as outlined:

Vehicle modifications for people dependent on wheelchairs and safety equipment for people with a disability to provide increased independence and improved safety and wellbeing whilst travelling.

Electronic communication devices and computer equipment for people with communication difficulties or who have been isolated because of limited mobility. This support will enable recipients to increase their participation in community life, improve reading skills and increase access to employment opportunities.

Lifting equipment and bathroom modifications that will enable recipients currently in rehabilitation to live in their own homes.

Payment for support workers to assist people with disabilities to access community activities.

Replacement of a cochlear aid to enable the recipient to continue current employment.

Purchase of a specialist bed, as the recipient had been sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

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