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Inclusive Programs

At YMCA NSW, we believe people of all abilities should have equal access to health and fitness activities. That’s why our sports, recreation, health and leisure programs are designed to be inclusive for all. It is our hope to motivate people with disabilities to participate and exercise their independence and choices in a supportive, social environment that builds self-esteem. We pride ourselves on being the only fitness and leisure organisation in NSW to provide a full suite of health, fitness, sport and recreation activities for people with disabilities. 

YMCA programs for people with disabilities

We have created a customised suite of programs for people with disabilities. These provide practical assistance to encourage participation and promote a supportive, social atmosphere that encourages connection and friendships.

  • YMCA FitAbility

    The FitAbility program tailors fitness programs to individuals or groups with a physical or intellectual disability. It’s all about providing functional fitness options for adults. We provide practical assistance, a positive atmosphere and the opportunity to connect through shared experiences, making physical activity a rewarding experience. 

  • YMCA GymAbility

    GymAbility is our recreational and competitive gymnastics program for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. You can try your hand at trampoline jumps, tumbling and more in a fun, safe and soft environment. Progress at your own pace, develop coordination, flexibility, motor skills and confidence, and experience the satisfaction of achieving and excelling. This program caters for beginner groups and people with higher support needs, through to participation at a competitive level

  • YMCA SportsAbility

    Playing sport is a great way for everyone to get active. It’s a positive challenge that can awaken your competitive spirit. Through our SportsAbility program, we modify sports activities to make participation fun and easy for all. It unites people with shared interests and can assist on the pathway to participation into mainstream sports.

  • YMCA SwimAbility

    Everyone should have access to potentially life-saving swimming lessons. Our SwimAbility program helps to develop aquatic fitness and water safety skills for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disabilities. This program also builds confidence and empowers participants to achieve their best. Our experienced instructors help you to learn and have fun in a safe environment. 

  • YMCA CheerAbility

    CheerAbility is the Y’s team-based physical program for adults and young people with an intellectual disability. It’s about being active, having fun and making friends. It offers a wide range of activities such as gymnastic type activity, cheer, dance and sports acrobatics. It fosters fitness, learning, self-esteem and team spirit.

  • YMCA Integration Programs - Bankstown City YMCA

    This innovative program builds social networks and independent living skills by connecting adults with physical and intellectual disabilities into mainstream community groups and experiences.. These shared activities are always great fun and include bowling, movies, picnics, weekends away, holidays and camping experiences.

  • YMCA Flexible Respite - Bankstown City YMCA

    Children aged five to 12 years with a physical and or intellectual disability are sure to enjoy this After School and Vacation Care program. It offers a range of fun and engaging activities catering to your child’s individual needs and interests, such as craft, games, music, sports and excursions. They’re an opportunity to enjoy good times with other children and build all-important social networks.


 A person-centred approach: putting you in control

What is a Person-Centred Approach?

Our members and participants make the decisions.

Just as the phrase “person-centred” suggests, it’s all about putting you at the centre of decisions about your life and life choices. It means you decide and choose what programs you attend and what activities you wish to participate in. Your choices are respected and appropriate support is given to you, your family and support workers to help you pursue the choices you make.

What are Mainstream Services?

These are services that are not disability specific and available to all people. In NSW, Tte YMCA is a mainstream service that provides sport, recreation, leisure, health and fitness programs and activities, inclusive for all.

We respect your Rights

  1. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times
  2. You have the right to be a full participant in decisions made about the service you receive
  3. You have the right to complain or express your concerns about the service you receive without fear of losing the service or suffering any other recriminations
  4. You have the right to have your complaint dealt with fairly and promptly
  5. You have the right to be represented by another person of your choice
  6. You  have the right to be informed about what services and programs are available
  7. You have the right to be assessed to receive services without discrimination
  8. You have the right to an interpreter service for meetings if required
  9. You have a right to receive services that are aware of your language and culture
  10. You have the right to decide what programs you want to receive. You may have to wait if the program of choice cannot be provided immediately
  11. You have the right to privacy and confidentially. You can expect that no information will be provided to anyone else outside the service without your permission.
  12. You have the right to view or correct any information held by the service about yourself
  13. If your needs or circumstances change you can request a meeting with the service to discuss this

For more information about rights go to:

We follow the National Disability Service Standards

By June 2015, YMCA NSW will become an accredited service provider of sport, recreational and leisure programs for people with disabilities. That means we must adhere to these newly streamlined National Standards:

1) Rights: Each person receives a service that promotes and respects their legal and human rights and enables them to exercise choice like everyone else in the community.

2) Participation and inclusion: Each person is encouraged and supported to contribute to social and civic life in their communities in the way they choose

3) Individual outcomes: Each person is supported to exercise choice and control over the design and delivery of their supports and services

4) Feedback and complaints: When a person wants to make a complaint, the service provider will make sure the person’s views are respected, that they are informed as the complaint is dealt with, and have the opportunity to be involved in the resolution process

5) Service access: Each person is assisted to access the supports and services they need to live the life they choose

6) Service management: Service providers are well managed and have strong and effective governance to deliver positive outcomes for the people they support

Advocacy services

We support the right to Advocacy Services.

There are a number of organisations in NSW that have professional staff that can provide assistance to people with a disability and speak on your behalf. This is called ‘advocacy’.

These organisations include:

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Phone: 02 9891 6400

Disability Complaints Service
Phone: 02 9319 6549, TTY phone 02 9318 138

NSW Advocacy
Phone: 1300 365 085 or 02 6651 1159

Advocacy for Carers:

Commonwealth Carers resource Centre
Phone: 1800 242 636


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