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More about Local Area Coordination

This page has more detail about Local Area Coordination.

Local Area Coordination was developed in Western Australia in 1988 by Eddie Bartnik and the Disability Services Commission.

Eddie started with a belief that people are experts and have knowledge and skills, no matter what service labels they may have. With this expertise, people could plan and control their own lives and contribute to the well-being of their community.

Local Area Coordination combines a range of activities and delivers them locally at a single, point of contact - often a shopfront.

The activities include:

  • information
  • self-advocacy and advocacy
  • personal network development
  • community linking
  • community building
  • supporting self-direction
  • planning for the future
  • brokerage
  • developing local partnerships and leadership
  • supporting access to services.

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