Jed Macartney CEO of Independent Disability Services.

Jed Macartney CEO of Independent Disability Services.

As we enter the new year it is a time to reflect on 2016, a year of significant change across the disability sector and for the team at IDS. Trying to keep abreast of these changes has been a real challenge for us all.

I am proud of what IDS has achieved over the last 12 months and very appreciative of all the hard work each and every one of our team members has put into supporting our clients. We have made good progress in many areas and can now look forward to the future with real optimism.

We have sustained our focus on developing our individual support program by seeking to offer clients a level of service over and above that provided by other providers. Integral to the program’s success is the quality and dedication of the staff we engage as support workers.

IDS took over the management of six independent living apartments in Ringwood in August. The apartments have been designed to enable people with a disability to live independently while sharing supports. This ensures they can maximise the hours of support they receive while retaining a high degree of independence and a flexible living style. I firmly believe this innovative program will form the cornerstone for housing provision for people who require high levels of support in the future.

We will continue to maintain a presence in the housing arena, supporting those in the community who are seeking appropriate and affordable housing. We are also committed to the further development of our Social Enterprise, IDS Business Services, seeking to develop other professional disciplines that will work alongside the bookkeeping arm of the program.