ENGAGED, PERSON-CENTRED SPECIALISED SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITY

OC Connections is a specialised disability support provider working with people living with disability to create their own meaningful lives through daily activity, work and community.

We are here for people with intellectual disabilities on the NDIS or not.  We can help you, and the people important to you, understand what the NDIS is about, and how it might affect your options.  If you are not part of the NDIS, you can talk to us about how to use our services and support.

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At OC Connections, we care about what is important to you. Our people are here to listen to what matters to you and your life, enable you to choose what you want, and help you achieve your goals. We are a place where you will have the support you want to create an enjoyable life, meet new people and do new things.

We have different supports that can help you find a home, live well in your home, achieve your goals, enjoy different activities, and spend time with new people and old friends. These supports are called My Home, My Days, My Work or My Support Coordination, and you can choose one of them or all – it’s up to you.

MY DAYS

Our day support services encourage people with disabilities to be involved in a wide range of activities based on their life goals and personal interests. We can support you in activities that we run on site in Oakleigh and surround suburbs or within the community. We also offer supported daily activities in the City of Casey.

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MY WORK

Meaningful employment is important to us all! Inspiring work opportunities provide economic security, gives us a sense of identity and belonging and encourages social interactions. We can help you reach your employment goals by providing supported employment opportunities, supports in open employment, and training pathways towards employment.

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MY HOME

At OC Connections we understand that ‘home’ means somewhere safe, a place to truly be yourself, where your individual lifestyle choices are paramount. Our disability accommodation services offer a range of living and support options available within our supported community homes or within your own home.

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MY SUPPORT COORDINATION

Our NDIS Support Coordinators can help you to understand and use your plan. they will work with you to find and connect with service providers that are suitable to your NDIS plan and goals.

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ACCOMMODATION VACANCIES

We have a number of dedicated accessible housing options for people with disabilities in South East Melbourne. This includes specialist disability accommodation, NDIS short term accommodation, in home support and supported independent living.

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WORK WITH US

We’re looking for dedicated people who share our goal in supporting people with disabilities to live life their way. A range of roles currently exist in our disability support and administrative areas. Find out more about working with us at the button below.

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SUPPORT IN CASEY

OC Connections are now offering support services for people with disability in the City of Casey. People living with disability who reside in Casey are able to access OC Connections’ supports in daily activities and will soon be able to access in home support, employment and training and support coordination.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

We have a range of resources listed for people with disability and their carers. Find peak bodies and advocacy groups, events and seminars, useful websites and articles, books and videos.

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OC CONNECTIONS’ NEWS

Read the latest news from OC below or find all of our news here

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NDIS participant bookets updated

The NDIA have advised that the NDIS participant booklets 1, 2 and 3 have been updated. These are available to support you throughout your NDIS journey. The updates include information on changes to the NDIS Act, clearer language and information about the ‘my NDIS’ app.  Download the updated booklets on the NDIS website, or pre-order printed […]

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Young Carer Bursary – applications now open

The Young Carers Network’s Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers 1000 bursaries of $3000 each year to assist with education needs and resources. To apply, you must be aged 12 – 25 years old for the entire time you’re receiving the bursary. Additional requirements can be […]

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Pandemic leave disaster payments reinstated until 30 September, 2022

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is support if you can’t earn an income because you or someone you’re caring for has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 If your isolation, quarantine or caring period started: between 1 July and 20 July 2022, you have until 2 August 2022 to claim on or after 21 July […]

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WHAT WILL YOU DO AFTER SCHOOL?

Depending on whether you want to develop life or work skills, pursue hobbies, make friends, trial employment options, get a job, build independence or explore living options, you can find the supports to help you achieve these goals at OC Connections.

Let OC Connections help navigate your transition from school with our range of support services for young adults with a disability.

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As a not-for-profit, we rely heavily on your support.

OC Connections wants to create as many possibilities as we can to bring dignity and independence to people with disability by providing them with access to supports that assist them to live independently and to actively engage in their communities.

When you donate via the Winter Appeal, you are helping people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and live an independent and fulfilling life.

Your contribution will be used to provide more opportunities outside the NDIS for OC Connections’ participants to achieve their personal goals – from assistive technology to achieve greater independence, through to support to gain employment.

We need your donation today!

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working with you through our
co-achieve model to achieve your goals

Our Co-Achieve operating model guides us to help you achieve your goals through person-centred active support, positive behaviour support, communication support and design thinking.

From January to June 2022 87.8% of goals were achieved by participants at OC Connections using this approach.  Read more about how working with you through our Co-Achieve model can help you achieve your goals.

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OFFICIAL NDIS PROVIDER

The National Disability Insurance Scheme offers a new way of supporting people with a permanent and significant disability. You may be eligible for the scheme if you are under 65 and your disability affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.

OUR IMPACT

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Supported Employment

699

In Home Respite Hours

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Total Hours Of Support

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Supported Employment

125

Participants In Supported Employment

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Total Hours Of Support

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Supported Employment

1,808

Fundraising Hours

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Total Hours Of Support

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GET INVOLVED

You can help us change lives. Since 1950, OC Connections has been proudly supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live active, happy lives with dignity and independence. We believe everyone has the right to a life of equality and acceptance. You can help us help others by getting involved.

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