New disability respite facility for Kangaroo Island
A new Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) facility will be officially opened on Kangaroo Island today, offering respite and a day options service for people living with disability.
Disabilities Minister Tony Piccolo said the new centre located in Kingscote will provide Kangaroo Island residents with local support services, rather than them having to rely on support from the mainland.
"It will have accommodation facilities for two people and each year is expected to provide centre-based respite for about 40 people," Mr Piccolo said.
"The facility will enable residents to live independently while providing increased opportunities to participate in local community life."
CLASS is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1983 by a group of parents of children with disability.
It provides support services such as accommodation, respite and day options to people with disability across the state.
"The State Government has committed $4.93 million this financial year to CLASS so they can continue to provide supported accommodation, respite and community support services to people with disability," Mr Piccolo said.
"This year is the 30th anniversary of CLASS providing services to people with disability in South Australia.
"I commend them for this continued dedication to improving the lives of people with disability, and helping vulnerable people in our community to make independent choices.
"The opening of this important new facility is another example of the State Government's commitment to partnering with organisations to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities in our state."