New Service for Werribee
Gateways Support Services, which provides services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism, officially launched its new Werribee service this week.
The launch was well attended by parents seeking more information on how to navigate the NDIS, due to arrive in Wyndham in October, and wanting to learn about the range of therapy, support coordination and recreation / community participation services Gateways offers.
Gateways Support Services began in the early 1980’s and was the brainchild of local Geelong Paediatrician, Dr Bernie Jenner. Through Dr Jenner’s practice, he regularly met mothers managing the complex needs of their children with disabilities with little or no coordinated or funded support. Gateways was established to address this need, and continues to do so today with more than 500 staff, Dr Jenner as its President and with the direction of a skills based board.
“Gateways Board recognized the high need for our kind of service, and felt it was a community responsibility to bring our understanding and experience of the NDIS to Wyndham, to make the transition easier for families,” Dr Jenner said.
Gateways Support Services has over 5 years direct experience working under the NDIS and a 20 year history of delivering disability support services in the Geelong and Western District regions. Gateways CEO Rosemary Malone said “Gateways has also been operating from Braybrook since 2015 and merged last year with Interchange Western, an existing disability support provider, so we can offer people a range of service options.”
Gateways Werribee service offers innovative small group and individual therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual disability and developmental delay, support coordination services to help with NDIS plan management, and an extensive program of recreation activities and camps for children and adults.