People with disability

people with a disability

Ku-ring-gai Council Disability Services provides information and resources to the community.

We work with local people with disability, families, carers and services providers, giving information, options and opportunities.

Exploration exhibition

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability Council is hosting the Exploration art exhibition from 29 November - 9 December at Council Chambers and Gordon Library and from 13 December - 21 January at The Gallery St Ives Shopping Village. You can also view some of the artworks online.

Disability services

Discover the national and local services that support people with a disability, their families and carers.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people who are under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability to get the care and support they need. Under this scheme, NDIS participants  have choice and control over the services they receive.

Ability Links

Ability Links supports people with a disability, their families and carers to connect to mainstream services in their local community. The Ability Links program in the Northern Sydney area is run through Uniting.


Email Ability Links or phone 1800 864 846 or email ADHC.


From June 2018, ADHC no longer provided disability services. As the NDIS has been rolling out, ADHC have progressively transferred their services to non-government service providers. Now, when a person with a disability becomes an NDIS participant, their NDIS plan provides funding that allows them to access the support they require from a provider of their choice.

Visit Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).


Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.


Phone 1800 422 737.

Age services

Ku-ring-gai Council has plenty of activities, events and services to keep seniors in our community well looked after, active and fulfilled. Find information on aged services

The My Aged Care website by the Australian Government is a one-stop shop to access the aged care system. 


Phone 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

Dementia services 

There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body disease. Click here for more information on dementia services.


Phone National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Children’s services


Lifestart supports children and young people living with disability or delay aged 0-24 years, their families and carers through:

  • Early intervention
  • School age years support
  • Specialised therapy
  • Inclusion in the community
  • Family information and support
  • Helping communities and services to build capacity


The nearest centre to Ku-ring-gai is the Pennant Hills Centre, 4 Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills.

Phone 9484 4895 or email Lifestart.


KYDS Youth Development Service provides free, easily accessed, one-to-one group support and information programs for 12 to 18 year olds across Northern Sydney. They help young people deal with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues, addictions, school problems, HSC/exam stress, family problems, relationship problems, communication break downs, anger management, body image concerns, self-esteem issues, bullying, grief, loss, loneliness, anti-social and risky behaviour, self-harm and suicide.


Rear 265 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070

Phone 9416 0900 or email KYDS.


KU Children's Services is Australia's oldest not-for-profit provider of early childhood education and care.  It offers an inclusive environment for all children, including those with additional needs. It is a provider of the Australian Government's Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP).


EarlyEd is a family-centred early childhood intervention service for young children with disabilities or delays in their development. It has been offering support and services to families across Northern and Western Sydney since 1979. EarlyEd teams have experience and training in early intervention practices to support children from birth to primary school age.


Phone 9923 2727. For more infomration, visit EarlyEd.


IDEAS provides information for people with disability, people with age-related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to access and search for information that promotes independence.

Advocacy Services

If you would like to have someone with you when discussing the issue, select your own support person, or contact the following services for an advocate:

Complaints Resolution & Referral Service (CRRS)

The CRRS  is an independent service that helps you sort out complaints about your service funded under the Commonwealth Disability Services Act.


1800 880 052

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

The National Disability Abuse & Neglect Hotline is an Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability. The Hotline works with callers to find appropriate ways of dealing with these reports.


1800 880 052

Side by Side Advocacy

Side By Side Advocacy promotes and upholds the rights, needs and interests of people with intellectual disability to enable full and meaningful participation in the community.


Phone 9808 5500 or email Side By Side team.

Action for People with Disability

Action for People with Disability (ACTION) provides advocacy and support for people with disability and support for their families.


Phone 9449 5355 or email Action for People team.

NSW CID Council for Intellectual Disability, Sydney, Australia

The NSW CID works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better.

For more advocacy services, see NSW Government Communities and Justice website and search 'Advocacy'.

Mental health services


Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in Gordon provides telephone crisis support, suicide prevention, counselling services, support groups and community aid.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14.

Community Matters – Suicide Prevention ToolKit

Information on suicide prevention and how to support those who need help.

Visit Community Matters

The Mental Health Line

The Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service operating seven days a week across NSW. Call 1800 011 511.

The Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.


Headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people.


Beyondblue is a national initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, providing resources for recovery, management and resilience.

Family Drug and Alcohol Support

Family Drug and Alcohol Support is a 24-hour information, help and referral service.

Phone 4782 9222 or 1300 368 186.

Partners in Recovery Northern Sydney (NSPIR)

The NSPIR program supports people who have severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs. It offers services in a coordinated and integrated way by:

  • Facilitating better coordination.
  • Strengthening partnerships and building better linkages.
  • Improving referral pathways.
  • Promoting a collaborative recovery model.


8599 2600.



KYDS Youth Development Service provides free, easily accessed, one-to-one group support and information programs for 12 to 18 year olds across Northern Sydney. They help young people deal with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues, addictions, school problems, HSC/exam stress, family problems, relationship problems, communication break downs, anger management, body image concerns, self-esteem issues, bullying, grief, loss, loneliness, anti-social and risky behaviour, self-harm and suicide.

Rear 265 Pacific Highway, Lindfield NSW 2070

9416 0900

Email KYDS

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Association Action for Mental Health

Contact Hornsby Kuringai Association for Mental Health's president Nick Baines

9980 2500

email Kuringai Association Action for Mental Health

Gordon Clinic (previously The Lawson Clinic)

Leading specialist treatment clinic for depression and bipolar disorder, utilising the Black Dog clinical model, comprised of a team of psychiatrists and psychologists. Day program. Treats people from ages 14 and above. Screening tests and mood assessment program.

748 Pacific Highway, Gordon

9418 4488

The Depression Network (Support)

A volunteer service run by people with depression for people with depression, mood disorder and bipolar disorder. Offers group exercise and one on one support.

Unit 1, 828 Pacific Highway, Gordon

9144 1447 or 0422 552 291

Wahroonga Rehabilitation Services

Provides adult mental health rehabilitation in the areas of social, pre-vocational, educational and skills training. Groups and one-to-one interventions. Individual rehabilitation plans form the basis of engagement.

House in the Park, corner Stuart and Illoura Streets, Wahroonga NSW 2076

9487 1699

Art and performing arts for people with a disability

Ku-ring-gai Art Centre

Ku-ring-gai Art Centre provides inclusive arts classes. It also offers its Exploration Art Exhibition where local artist who have a disability can showcase their art, skills and experiences.

Boonah Creative Arts Centre

Boonah Creative Arts Centre supports artists with disability.

Unisson Disability Art Studio

Unisson Disability Art Studio provides supported arts classes.

Merry Makers

Merry Makers are a diverse dance troupe of people with physical and intellectual disability ages 6 to 56.

Marian Street Theatre for Young People

Marian Street Theatre runs a drama class for young people aged 12 to 25 with an intellectual disability. Please see details provided at the bottom of the web page.

Accessible Arts

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.


Discobility is an annual event held for young people with special needs to enjoy a fun and exciting social event. Entry is $5 which includes food and drink.

To find out when the next Discobility event will take place, phone 9424 0837 or visit its Facebook page.

Sports, recreation and events

Northern Sydney Disability Newsletter

View the Northern Sydney Disability Newsletter

The bi-monthly disability newsletter provides information on events, social clubs, carers groups, resources and training for people with a disability, their carers and families in the Sydney North and Northern Beaches regions.

Sports and recreation 

This provides new accessible sports facilities in West Pymble. Accessible parking, changing rooms, lift access and a ramp and lift into pool are provided.

This provide year-round training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Phone 0481 582 576 or email Special Olympics Upper North Shore.

This provides rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury in partnership with Royal Rehab, Ryde. Recumbent trikes are available to use at the HARTS track in St Ives.

This program is designed for kids with a disability aged 6 to 12 years by introducing them to fundamental movement skills in a fun, game-based centred activity. Email the Active Opportunities team.

Ability Links

Ability Links can help you find an inclusive local sports club in your local area.

Phone 8830 0768 or email.

Ku-ring-gai Community Directory

Search the Ku-ring-gai Community Directory.

If you are unable to visit our libraries, our Home Library Service can deliver items to you. Select books (including large print), magazines, videos, or talking books and these will be delivered to you on a regular basis.Members also have access to all our e-books, e-magazines and e-audio books.

If you have a disability, don't have a car or licence or live too far away from public transport and find it difficult to visit our libraries, then our Libraribus can provide you with free door-to-door transport to our library.

An inclusive place where local residents come together to cultivate fresh food, learn about organic gardening and make new friends.

A wheelchair-accessible bush track that passes through areas populated by eucalyptus and casuarina alongside Little Blue Gum Creek, where cormorants can be spied drying their wings in the sun.

This card assists people with significant disability to access community events and events by providing free entry for a carer once the person with a disability has paid admission.

Information to be provided shortly.

Accessible business and facilities

Accessing local facilities

Ku-ring-gai public toilet map

Parking spaces for people with a disability

Accessible business

Business NSW – Disability Tip Sheets for businesses

Employing outside the box is not about businesses acting as charities or taking over government's role in supporting our most disadvantaged. Instead it is about businesses meeting their skills and labour needs by engaging people who they may not have previously considered but who are willing and able to do the job.

Visit Business NSW for information on employing people with disabilities.


Disability policy and community profile

Ku-ring-gai Council's Access and Disability Inclusion Plan 2020-2024

Access and Disability Inclusion Plan 2020-2024(PDF, 5MB)

NSW Disability Inclusion Plan

NSW Disability Inclusion Plan

Disability Discrimination Act (1992)

Disability Discrimination Act (1992)

The Disability Inclusion Act (2014)

The Disability Inclusion Act (2014)

A guide to Ku-ring-gai Council's disability services

A guide to Ku-ring-gai Council's disability services(PDF, 658KB)

Feedback, complaints and compliments

Ku-ring-gai Council's disability services feedback, complaints and compliments information(PDF, 695KB)

Community profile

Profile ID provides statistics for the Ku-ring-gai Council area that relate to the need for assistance due to a severe or profound disability.



Community Development 9424 0992.