Disability Types

CLA supports a range of disbility types including: Autism, Intellectual disability, Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injuries, Complex Needs, Physical Disability, Diabetes, Chanllenging behaviours and positive support:


Some of the people we support at CLA also have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Our staff who work in this area are trained by an accredited diabetes educator, to assist the people we support who live with diabetes to best manage their condition, with minimal impact on their daily lives.

Further Information

Intellectual Disability

Intellectual Disability is defined as a disability that occurs in the developmental period (under 18), where IQ is assessed as under 70 and where deficits are evident in two or more adaptive behaviours that affect every day, general living.

It is a neuro-developmental disorder characterised by significantly impaired intellectual (reasoning, learning and problem solving) and adaptive functioning which covers everyday social and practical skills.
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Mental Health and Intellectual Disability

While people with an intellectual disability are often more likely to also have an associated mental illness, (often termed a dual diagnosis) the two should not be confused. An intellectual disability is a developmental disorder and a mental illness is a mind related disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves.

There are a number of reasons why people with an intellectual disability are more likely to also experience a mental illness.
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Physical Disability

While some physical disabilities are associated with certain conditions like cerebral palsy or spinal injury, many are caused by accidents, injuries, age or illness.

As a person with a physical disability you may require a number of supports from various health professionals during a typical day. On the other hand, you may already be independent and just need some assistance with domestic tasks or getting out in the community.

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Multiple and Complex Needs

A person with Multiple and Complex Needs may have a number of disabilities and issues in their lives requiring a high level of support and coordination. As a complex needs capable organisation, CLA can assemble well-qualified teams who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to offer support tailored to the person.


Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental condition that is characterised by differences in behaviour, social interaction, communication, special interests and sensory processing. It affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.

The Autistic spectrum describes the range of difficulties that people with autism may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, while others may have an accompanying learning challenges and intellectual impairment and may require continued specialist support.
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Acquired Brain Injury

An acquired brain injury, sometimes called an ABI is defined as any damage to the brain that occurs after birth. A person may acquire a brain injury from an accident, drug or alcohol abuse, a stroke, a brain infection such as meningitis, or degenerative neurological disease such as Parkinson’s.

An ABI can lead to difficulties with physical, emotional, cognitive or independent functioning and may result in poor impulse control and disinhibited behaviour.
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Challenging Behaviours and Positive Support 

Some of the people we work with a CLA may engage in behaviours that can be seen as confronting and challenging to manage. There is a temptation to concentrate on the behaviour at hand, but this can often lead to a reactive response, to minimise the behaviour occurring, when we should be looking more widely at the reasons the person needs to engage in the behaviour in the first place.

If we can uncover what is driving the behaviour and understand what the person is trying to tell us (remember all behaviours are communicating a message), we can work towards better meeting the person’s needs.
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Our friendly, well qualified staff are always happy to answer your questions.

Phone: 08 9842 3855

Email: admin@mycla.org.au