-About ACD Tas – A Short History
In February 2007 ACD Tas opened an Office in Newstead at the Northern Children’s Network, and in December 2007 obtained funds from the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in partnership with Play Group Tasmania to provide three MyTime peer support groups in the south of the state.
A new CEO began in May 2009 and lobbying for funding for sustainability continued. DHHS (Advocacy, Information and Support) and FaHCSIA (MyTime parent groups) continued to be the most reliable sources of income. ACD Tas continued to provide Case Management and design and provide training packages for fee-for-service. The NDIS presented as an opportunity for further ACD Tas growth. An office in Devonport was leased in 2015.
From 2009-2015, ACD Tas built on its brand reputation and expertise in community development work by delivering quality family support services in the areas of, Professional Advocacy (Individual & Systemic), Information, Case Management, Peer Support Networks, and Training and Consultancy. As funding issues stabilized ACD Tas concentrated its efforts on ‘inclusion and participation’ and ‘health and well-being outcomes’ for families and their children and young people with disability as a means to assisting families to experience equality in life.