About Us

EBL Disability Services was established in 1981, by a loving group of parents who came together to support each other, and help those with intellectual disabilities to live meaningful lives. To this day we remain committed to ensuring every person is supported to embrace and enjoy a rich and full lifestyle of their choice. We provide a range of supports including short stays, accommodation, assisted holidays, learning and lifestyle programs, social and community participation programs and plan management.

Our services are designed to support individuals and their families from childhood through to adulthood in line with the NDIS practice standards and code of conduct.

Vision, Mission, Values

To passionately support individuals and their families to lead fulfilled lives.
– Our Vision

To provide quality lifestyle support and accommodation services to enable people with disabilities to enjoy active fulfilled lives.
– Our Mission

We lead by example, treating all in our community with genuine respect and equity.

We encourage people with disabilities to believe in their ability to achieve independence, with support and individual choices.

We partner and advocate for our community to unite and overcome challenges to fulfil aspirations and provide peace of mind.

We deliver quality service options that support the individual to make a positive difference to their health and well being.
– Our Values

Our Plan

Strategic Vision

Our passion is to support people with complex and multiple disabilities to live fulfilled lives. We will do this through leading by example to create an innovative, transparent, embracing and brave culture of inclusion, collaboration and respect. Our success is measured by delighted customers who value our service and love working with us.

To view our Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022, click the button below.

View Our Strategic Plan

Our Structure

EBL Disability Services is a registered not-for-profit organisation.

We have members and our profits are returned to our service which ultimately benefits the EBL community. We are a registered NDIS provider operating across South Australia.

We are governed by a carer-led Board who oversee all governance of EBL. Our Chief Executive and Leadership team manage the day-to-day operations. Each accommodation service has an appointed House Manager who is a key contact for families and significant others.

Our Foundation

The foundation comprises a diverse representative group of volunteer members including, carers and EBL Board members. Its primary role is to support a range of activities and programs that enhance and enable a sense of community within our disability service such as:

  • Assisted Holidays
  • Carer forums and events
  • Annual recreational activities

  • Therapeutic and sensory equipment
  • Annual family Christmas party
  • Housing

Both EBL Disability Services and the Foundation are guided by a Constitution and specific set of By-Laws. Each year we provide an Annual Report which outlines the Foundations and EBL’s governance arrangements, service activities, internal audits, risk and quality management.

Our Board

Susan Chapman | Chairperson

I have been involved with the disability sector for many years, having a son with Autism and intellectual disability, and a husband with Multiple Sclerosis. I have advocated on behalf of the families of those with disability, both to service providers, Disability SA and The Minister. I sat on the Board of the Autistic Children’s Association of SA (now Autism SA). I was a member of the Family Forum group of Highgate Park (formerly Julia Farr). For the last 12 years I have been a Board Member of the Harrow Trust (Harrow Housing P/L), which has a focus on developing housing accommodation in the disability sector. Harrow Housing built Harrow House at Glenside which is home to 12 young adults with intellectual disability, including my son. EBL Disability Services has operated Harrow House for the past 4 ½ years. I have been very impressed with the care and service they deliver, the level of consultation with all clients and their families, and the dedication of all of its staff. I joined EBL’s Carer Advisory Group because I wanted to become more involved with the organisation. I joined the Board of EBL to support and promote their invaluable work in the disability sector.

Betsy Tang | Vice Chair and Convenor, Governance & Risk Committee

My association with EBL started in the mid 1990s when I first used EBL respite service for my intellectually disabled daughter. In 2015, I decided I would like to give something back to the community.  An opportunity arose when EBL was looking for a carer to be involved in their Carers Advisory Group. I accepted the role because I was attracted to EBL‘s culture and ethos led by CEO Wendy Warren which shows genuine compassion for caring for the vulnerable in the community. I was later co-opted as a Board member which allowed me to be a voice for carers/parents of the EBL community.  I have strong knowledge and understanding of carers’ needs drawn from my owned lived experience as a mother of an intellectually disabled adult daughter.  My aim is to ensure EBL continues to support and provide quality service to the EBL community and that supporting and caring for the vulnerable always remains in the forefront of its consciousness.

I am a qualified accountant.  I hold a number of professional qualifications including a Bachelor of Economics degree with accounting majors and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments.  As well, I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia. I have worked in accounting firms and have spent a good part of my working life working in the Commonwealth Public Service in a number of leadership roles in the field of compliance.  I am now retired from full time employment and therefore, I hope to devote more time to contribute as a Board member.

Dawn Brodie | Convenor, Carer Advisory Group

I am a long serving supporter of EBL Disability Services. My daughter has a significant developmental disability and associated conditions. She has attended the EBL Respite service for over 16 years. Following the sale of our family business after 29 years I was delighted to be offered a role on the EBLDS Board. With more time to pursue other interests, and a genuine desire to understand how the organisation functioned, I accepted the role and my journey as an EBL Director began.

Originally the Board was comprised of 5 carers and 3 volunteers from various professions. This has now reversed with less carers and more professionals. The work EBLDS undertakes is complex and challenging and I have first-hand experience of the issues we face. For this reason, I believe that a strong carer presence has never been more critical.

During my time on the Board I have attended national Board Conferences and training programs including: Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance for NFPs, Finance, Risk and Strategic Planning.

EBLDS has grown significantly under the leadership of Wendy Warren and the team. Her family experience of disability has been instrumental in building trust and respect for the organisation and I feel proud to be able to contribute to EBL’s ongoing success.

Judith O’Donnell

I am a carer and my son attends the respite house at Davoren Park. I have completed a Diploma of Business, Diploma of Leadership and Management and am currently attending University of South Australia to achieve my Bachelor of Business. I have had a variety of experiences standing on two school Governing Councils and Para West Adult Campus Student Association. I have also completed the Playford Mayoral Leadership inaugural program.

I currently hold a position on the Adelaide North Special School Governing Council, where I have held the positions of Secretary and Finance Officer.
I was on the Smithfield Plains Governing Council where I held the position of President and general member.

Whilst at Para West Adult Campus on the Student Association I gained experience on all positions of the council.

It would be my greatest pleasure to be involved on this board and become an active and knowledgeable member as EBL moves forward into the future for the wellbeing of all the clients, staff and board members.

Sanjay Shah | Board Member

By way of background, I am a qualified accountant (CPA) with over 30 years of experience in various industries. With strong analytical, communication skills and commercial acumen, I have a strong bias for clear thinking, strategic focus, decision making and action. I have achieved success in a variety of roles in senior financial management, internal controls & compliance, MIS, change management and budgeting.

I am fairly hands-on and am adept in building consensus amongst peers to accomplish goals. But more importantly, I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of those with a disability and their families.

I am reducing my other commitments to focus on contributing my skills, time and energy for voluntary work and it would be my honour and privilege to serve the needs of EBL clients and their families, to help grow the organisation, provide more services and to be able to extend the excellent care to more families that are in need.

Christine Streeter

As the mother of a 44 year old man with severe Autism, profound intellectual disability and who is non-verbal with a range of complex health conditions, I am a strong advocate for the most vulnerable. I am committed to ensuring respite or similar NDIS services continue. I have always advocated for the flow-on from children’s respite to adult respite and long term accommodation.

I strongly believe in the values of EBLDS and am enthusiastic about the future of the organisation. Our CEO demonstrates an excellent feel for the needs of our clients and the energy and forethought for the future. I am committed to support her and the team as a Director. I take the Board’s role to oversee the welfare of our clients very seriously. Above all, I am a carer, and my needs for my son are the same as yours for your child.

I have worked as a carer and nurse in family day care and foster care for many years. I am currently still employed as a disability support worker in children’s services, aged care and disability. I care for (and will always protect) the rights of individuals in our care. I have prior experience as a Board member and Chair of Friends of Windermere, VH Refugee Resettlement Program and Australian Vietnam Children’s Association. I have been a Girl Guide leader for 32 years and strongly care about the welfare, comfort and quality of support each child deserves.

Wendy Warren | Chief Executive Officer / Public Officer

With lived experience of disability, I am passionate about supporting people with disabilities to live their best life. It has been a great privilege to utilise my commercial acumen, leadership and strategic management experience to contribute to the significant growth of EBL Disability Services since late 2011.

Prior to commencing as CEO for EBL Disability Services, I worked across Australia in a number of senior executive roles for both commercial and profit-for-purpose organisations. I have wide-ranging experience in the area of change management and business turnaround contributing to strategic growth and service improvement. Additionally, I have a strong foundation in establishing person centric services and robust clinical governance/WHS frameworks in multifaceted human service settings. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent welfare in the context of complex developmental disability.

My educational achievements include: Grad. Cert. Human Services, specialising in Child & Adolescent Welfare; Australian Scholarship Foundation (ASG) recipient ‘Meikles Files Black Leadership’ program with visiting Fellow Andrew Meikle of the Centre for the Mind, Sydney University; Copeland Leadership Program, Flinders University; Professional Management Program – Adelaide University (credits towards Adelaide Uni MBA); Therapeutic Assessment Program for NeuroDevelopmental Disorders (Children & Young People SA); MedicoLegal Consultants of Australia (MLCOA), Understanding Psychiatric Illness DSM5 and Musculoskeletal injury and assessment ANZIIF (MLCOA).

I am an elected state member of the National Disability Services (NDS). Past appointments include: National Operations Committee, Job Services Australia (JSA), Economic Development Boards (Regional SA/NSW), Area Consultative Committees (NSW/SA), Aboriginal Focus Group (NSW) and past member of the CEO Institute of Australia (SA).

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History of EBL

Like many of the Not for Profit services operating in the disability sector in South Australia today, EBL Disability Services began as the result of people, usually those having personal contact with friends or family with disability, wanting to secure a better life for the disabled.

On 18th August 1981, during the International Year of the Disabled Person, 64 people attended a meeting at the Salisbury Council to discuss the formation of a steering committee to develop a respite centre for children with intellectual disability to be based somewhere in Salisbury. The organiser of that meeting was a special education teacher named Margaret Walshe. Another of those present was Elizabeth Bowey, the wife of the then Mayor of Salisbury.

The proposal was unanimously agreed upon.

On 23rd September 1981, Marg Walshe, and about 10 others from that original group of 64 held their first meeting. The inaugural Chairman was Mr Paul Nikkerud. Also in attendance were other interested parties including representatives from the Housing Trust and the Salisbury Council.

They decided upon the name of Elizabeth Bowey Lodge Inc. Its inaugural constitution stated that its aim was “to provide community based respite for children and young adults with an intellectual disability thereby providing family support”.

To read the full history of EBL, click the button below.

Locations

  • Kilburn
  • Paralowie
  • Parafield Gardens
  • Blair Athol

  • Elizabeth
  • Daveron Park
  • Munno Para
  • Wallaroo

  • Frewville
  • Mawson Lakes
  • Campbelltown
  • Andrews Farm

Our Support

The Family of Harrow House

Please note: Costs will vary depending upon which service you use and your individualised government funding. You can speak with a contact person from NDIA to explore your options.