Ability Focused started as a collaboration between John De Giusti and the parents of the participants with which he has had the opportunity to get to know over their many years of support in numerous organisational roles. Over time, John consistently proved to parents and participants that their needs and concerns took precedence over any organisational politics and outmoded procedures. Parents directly consulted with John as their primary and trusted source of information regarding their child's wellbeing. The parents began to see positive changes in their child's learning, self identity development and personal growth, which they perceived to be directly linked to John's support.
Over time our community began to grow; consisting of participants, parents and ourselves. During many social and informal meetings with parents, a new type of boutique support model was being created. John De Giusti registered his company, Ability Focused PTY LTD in 2016 and was registered for supports within the NDIS in 2019. During this time he also began specialising in providing supported travel to Fiji for participants and respite services in Fiji for families travelling with a children who required support under the NDIS. Patricia Bidart began assisting participants since 2019 and quickly developed a great reputation amongst families and participants. She has assisted John with Community Participation and Support programs in Sydney as well as interstate supported tours. Families and especially participants love her positivity, professionalism, honesty and kindness.
We strive to maintain a high standard of support and liaise with parents and participants directly and tailor our programs to suit the individual needs of each person we assist. Plus we make sure that we match our group with other participants based on similar support needs, cognitive functioning, intellect and demeanour. This ensures that no member of our groups feels "different" or isolated. Most of our participants have low to moderate support requirements. That is not because we cherry pick, but this is the clients with which we have the most experience with. This group began with around 15 families of children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and highly intelligent members of people on the Autism Spectrum, who wanted their children to feel inclusive in any group they are a part of. So we are here to maintain their wishes.
Our goal is to remain small, that way you can communicate directly with us. We make sure that each supported holiday we provide match each participants with others of similar skills and abilities. We also do not put on any uniforms or logos during our group tours or community support programs. We want to make our participants feel that they are just hanging out with mates and not a disability organisation.
Our programs, weekend activities and supported holidays aim to promote positive personal development, learning, self confidence, individual goal fulfilment, healthy lifestyle, fitness and positive group interaction.
And they are heaps of fun!
Most importantly, this is more than a job to us. This is a fulfilment of our life's purpose. We truly love our job. Hopefully, you will see it by the way we engage and interact with each participant as well as take the time to create tailor made Innovative Community Participation programs and holidays that are based on individual needs and goals.
2023 will see a new chapter for Patricia and John as they are embarking on a new adventure. They are finally fulfilling a long held goal of moving to Cairns. They will base themselves there and organise supported tours, holiday respite for families and local programs in the Cairns area. We will still provide pick up and drop off services to anywhere in Australia. Plus, we can also tailor tours to anywhere in Australia.
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require references or advice or to arrange a meeting with John and Patricia.
Meet the Team
We are a team of two and that is just the way we like it. We have over 25 years combined experience in the disability sector as well as the respect and trust of families, service providers and participants. Families have peace of mind knowing that if they have any concerns or questions they will be dealing directly with their child's support worker. We offer transparency and direct communication. This is what makes Ability Focused a boutique and much needed NDIS service.