EBL supports individuals living with a disability to achieve their life goals and aspirations. We take care to understand what is important to each person so that we can assist them to maintain choice and control over their lives. This approach is embedded across our organisation.
Our Services Include
EBL understands that whether you have a disability or you care for a person with a disability, time for you is so important.
Our Short Stays at Yarnbrook Cottages are designed to enhance social interaction, build relationships, support independence and create peace of mind for the person and their carer/s.
At EBL, we understand that as a carer, taking time for yourself isn’t always easy. Our Short Stays program at Yarnbrook Cottages provides the opportunity to do just that, knowing your family member is always in safe hands. For the person with a disability, regular short stays at Yarnbrook Cottages provides access to a wide range of tailored programs to ensure ample choice is always available.
These programs may incorporate activities such as community inclusion and social participation as well as learning and life skills development. An onsite coordinator and qualified permanent staff provide individualised support from a single night, up to four weeks, depending upon each person and family’s circumstances.
A range of activities and outings are available, including: games, day trips, parties, cooking programs, sporting events and assisted holidays. There is a lovely sensory garden and outdoor entertaining area which can be utilised in all weather. Special gym equipment is available for those who wish to participate.
Services are open to people with a disability aged between 7 and 65 years. To speak to a Service Coordinator about our Short Stays service call us on (08) 8252 1000.
More about our Short Stays service
Fun, fun, fun!
We provide a range of short stay experiences and days of fun, fun, fun for participants from local vacations, to beach holidays in Victor Harbor. Our role is to ensure every holiday is truly meaningful and memorable.
- West Beach Holiday Retreats with days trips to Monarto Zoo, Adelaide Zoo and local Wildlife Parks.
- Holidays at Regional Seaside Towns and resorts during summer months.
- Short Weekend Retreats where our residents can rest, relax, recharge and rejuvenate in the tranquil setting of the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
- Carers Retreats can also be arranged upon request.
Our EBL employees comply with NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission, National Worker Screening and hold current first aid certificates. All employees travelling away with participants on these holidays are accredited to assist people taking medication.
Our holiday options are tailored for people with a disability who require minimal personal care, and have minimal mobility challenges. If you have higher support needs we are happy to meet with you to discuss your aspirations and explore holiday options.
We aim to provide smaller groups with two or three people to every one carer. This ratio can change depending upon each individual’s needs.
At EBL Disability Services, we respect your right to choose the community in which you live. With a range of support options, you have complete flexibility when it comes to selecting where you want to live, who you want to live with and how you want to be supported.
Our accommodation options include:
Moderate and complex
7 days a week
Our Accommodation Support works to ensure people with a disability have the same opportunities as every person living in their local community. We know that the best place for people with a disability to achieve a full and productive life is within their own home and community.
Our accommodation is aimed at supporting people to build independence and enable personal choice.
We work closely with individuals and their families to ensure a smooth transition during relocation from their family home. We create an environment that is community orientated and view each person’s family as an important part of our ongoing service.
We encourage participants to function as independently as possible, having maximum involvement in the running of their home. Each person is supported to access their local community as much as possible within their individual ability.
People accessing our Accommodation Support have access to additional supports including:
- Advocacy for Work Placements
- Learning & Lifestyle Programs
- Sporting Events
- Planning & Assessment
- Assisted Holidays
- Counselling Programs
- Recreational & Community Activities
- Mentoring & Training Programs
All participants make a contribution to their board and lodging which go towards the running of their home.
Contact us today for more information about residential accommodation supports.
EBL Disability Services understands that people in crisis need an immediate response. We support people who are in the most critical of situations. Our emergency accommodation service is second to none. We have dedicated staff who work hard to ensure the best assistance possible at all times.
EBL is able to provide short-term emergency responses for people with a disability and/or their families who are in urgent need of support and have limited options available to them. Emergencies include things like critical carer stress, fatigue, illness, hospitalisation or other unexpected changes to living arrangements.
Culturally Sensitive Services
The Marra Dreaming Story
The Marra Dreaming Story – for one young man who lived in EBL Transitional Housing it was a time to settle and meet new friends…
EBL is led by participants around their aboriginality at all times. The EBL team actively support each participant’s personal choices in how they express their cultural identity. To celebrate this, at Paralowie a large mural was painted along the hallway by a group of painters from Marra Dreaming – an Aboriginal Community organisation located in Salisbury. The painting is a celebration of Aboriginal Australia and it represents a camp-site or meeting place with family sitting around the fire sharing stories which is a connection to daily life in the Paralowie home.
The story around the campsite in the rest of the mural also has thoughtful meaning in that one side depicts the sea and the other the land where Aboriginal people are able to survive off the land on both sides due to the abundance of what Mother Nature can provide. There is a powerful message in this depiction in that Aboriginal people have been able to live successfully and sustainably for thousands of years. The meaning of this mural was explained to the young man as it was being painted and he expresses great pride in his Aboriginality through this work. It’s a place to call home.
“Despite the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’, there is no doubt that there are widespread and serious violations of the human rights of women with disabilities, as well as failures to promote and fulfil their rights (Byrnes 2003).”
Our team is incredibly passionate about supporting individuals and families to establish a true sense of belonging and value within the community.
We have established gender specific accommodation services for young women (at their request) who are now able to live much fuller lives. We continue to witness transformation every day, such as people making their own choices in their daily lives, stepping outside of their comfort zones, making new friends and doing more than they ever thought possible.
These accommodation services are run by the participants with the support of dedicated and caring teams of female staff. The participants are responsible for designing weekly menus, grocery shopping, keeping the homes clean and caring for the many animals that share this space.
Offering a range of flexible options, we provide choice and control for every person based on their individual needs and desires. We understand how important inclusion and achievement is for every person. Not only for creating a sense of worthiness, but to aid growth and adaptability as well.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched;
They must be felt with the heart
Learning & Lifestyle Programs
Our Learning & Lifestyle programs encourage a person-centred approach aimed at improving the independence, confidence, self-esteem, interaction skills and life choices of each person. These programs are centre-based and provide support for people to access a range of learning experiences, as well as recreational and social activities.
We offer encouragement to ensure each participant actively engages with the people around them who are there to help them identify and express their needs and goals. We take care to understand what is important to the individual.
A key focus of our Learning & Lifestyle programs is the activities we provide which are designed to continually increase each person’s potential for participation in the local community.
The story behind this painting
We approached Robert to see if he wanted to make a large painting for the new EBL office at Mawson Lakes, upon which he immediately asked if he could do a rainbow painting.
“I never before considered asking Robert if he wanted any support in the making of the painting, given his complete independence in such matters, however this time I did ask, in case he wanted the rainbow to have the colours in the order as they appear in the sky. I explained to him that this painting was a bit different if I helped him, however he welcomed the offer, saying that he did want the rainbow’s colours to be as they are seen in the sky,” said Linda.
Linda’s part in the process was simply to help Robert put the colours in the order that they are seen in nature and to help him to explore different textures for the painting of the sky. All of the design, choice of shade, tone for each colour and the execution were done entirely by Robert over six sessions at Jam Jars.
“In one of the later sessions he told me enthusiastically, “I have told Wendy I will make her a rainbow painting” and it was then I told him about the surprise: that this very painting could be for the office if he so wished….and he was very happy indeed,” said Linda.
Every year we develop an annual calendar full of opportunities for participants to enjoy community and recreational activities. Depending on the skill level, we support participants to access mainstream sport competitions, modified activities, or disability specific programs.
Every person is consulted and has a say in what activities they would like to participate in. Supporting people to be a socially inclusive and active member of community is a priority.
Whilst services may vary between sports and geographic locations, we work closely with each individual through planning and assessment to create fun planned and unplanned events that include:
Local wild life parks
Learning and lifestyle programs
Socially inclusive community activities
Full day programs
Picnics & BBQ’s
Sea side fun in the sun
Local council events
Arts & crafts
Assisted holiday experiences across SA and interstate
A range of entertainment productions of choice
Expressions of Interest – Day Options Program
Seeking Expressions of interest from families caring for a person with a Disability in the CBD and Eastern Suburbs who are looking for a Learning and Lifestyle (Day Options) Program.
· Do you care for a family member with a disability who is a school leaver?
· Are you looking for a program closer to home?
At EBL Disability Services, we offer day programs Monday to Friday, located in Frewville and the northern suburbs.
Our Learning & Lifestyle programs encourage independence, confidence, self-esteem, interaction skills and life choices. These programs are centre-based and provide support for people to access a range of learning experiences, as well as recreational and social activities.
To speak to a Service Coordinator about accessing this service please call (08) 8252 1000.
“It was just great to have someone be there to help you out, as I felt lost”Lisa
“Feel very comfortable – we have developed a great professional friendship and Paul has gone above and beyond and exceeded my expectations. Has made my whole experience a lot more settled and easier.”Kate
“They help from A to Z all the way through, not part way. EBL have a lot of people they can contact for you and can organise for them to come and talk about your son or daughters needs and if they are not right, you can go back to find more options.””Wayne
“The experience has been fantastic, I class Paul as a friend and has taken a lot of the initial stress off.”
“I just wanted to provide feedback re the CareView app. I am very happy and impressed with it and appreciate the extra information I can now view. Thank you.”
If you are interested in learning more about our Support Coordination service or book an initial appointment please feel free to contact us on 08 8252 1000.
Financial Plan Management
At EBL Disability Services, we can help.
We know that navigating the NDIS is not always a smooth and easy process. That’s why we work hard to take the stress and confusion away by managing your NDIS plan for you.
Plan Management provides you with confidence knowing you have a team of specialists supporting you with managing your plan.
Our team of individualised funding specialists take on the responsibility of paying your supports, submitting claims to the NDIS portal and are here to help you with any NDIS related questions you may have.
Our aim is to provide individualised financial plan management that provides you with less confusion, more options and time so you can live your life, your way.