Access-Able is a non for profit organisation committed to enhancing the quality of life of caregivers and individuals with additional needs.
About the Founder and Director
Patricia Lorca- I was raised in a family who immigrated from Chile in 1976. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Human Services at Griffith University with the aspiration of going onto complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management. My life experience has inspired me to create Access-Able with the aim to assist and serve the disability community. Having a child with additional needs I feel I have been fortunate to grow and learn with my child. This experience has allowed me to do so in many exceptional ways.
As a result Access-able will be able to challenge, motivate, encourage community members and individuals in their communities and build a much needed support network for the caregivers and the individuals themselves.
I also believe that this life experience is allowing me to draw on my own challenges and successes in raising a daughter with a disability. The most profound experience I believe that comes from having been a caregiver to a child with additional needs has been to see the world in a more empathic and sympathetic way. As a result of this experience I have been able to grow with my child and become a strong advocate for needs and services that this lifestyle requires.
The programs I have created for my organisation create stronger communities and allow for a more prominent voice in the community Access-Able aims to serve. The programs will include on-going assessment and evaluation processes in order to meet the needs of the disability community. Access-able will challenge, motivate, encourage community members and individuals in their communities and build a much needed support network for the caregivers and the individuals themselves. This proactive, hands-on approach will allow services like Access-Able to become more effective and suited to the needs of the communities it is servicing.
Further to this, individuals and families will be able to access services and give the community more options, and allow more caregivers to participate in the care plans for themselves and the individuals they are caring for. As this seems to be the way of the new systems that are currently been trialled nationally, I strongly believe that this will create a stronger voice for this community which has been needed for a very long time. This expected growth in person care will enable caregivers and individuals to become stronger and more confident in accessing the services that I believe have not been clearly met or created since I raised my own daughter.