Our board of management is comprised solely of individuals who have a connection to people living with disabilities or providing assistance to people living with disabilities. Our board members have held jobs in the public and private sectors, as well as having actively worked in the disability support industry.
Board profiles coming soon.
LAAS was established on 2nd June 1986 by four sets of parents of children with disabilities after concerns were raised that no services were available in the Riverland for their sons and daughters after they left the Riverland Special School. Historically, individuals with complex needs and high behavioural support requirements were relocated to Adelaide, removing people from the community they had grown up in and away from their informal support networks. Dissatisfied with this, and the lack of accommodation services in the Riverland, the group of parents lobbied for over 2 years for funding to create LAAS. This occurred with the support of staff at the Riverland State Government office and the Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC).
Riverland Council for the Handicapped organised a steering committee that worked with IDSC and the families to obtain the funding and support to set up LAAS. A grant of $150,000 was received following a meeting with the Health Minister, John Cornwall. This enabled a Board of Management to be established as well as the appointment of two staff, as well as the setup of a house in Loxton. The establishment of LAAS demonstrated a new way of service provision by supporting people with significant intellectual disabilities and behaviours of concern within a rural community.
After the establishment of the first home in Loxton, LAAS has grown over the past 30 years to include three sites in Loxton, one in Berri and one in Renmark. A day options program, based out of Loxton, was also formed. This provides clients with meaningful, developmental day activities and is used by not only clients supported by LAAS in accommodation services, but other individuals living with disabilities across the Riverland.