Background

Upper Great Southern Family Support Association Inc (UGSFSA), which now supports “accessability and greenability” program, is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing support services to people with a disability in the Upper Great Southern Region since 1991.  This Region covers 65,000 square kilometres, 23 Shires and the Town of Narrogin.

UGSFSA was originally created to provide families and carers in the Upper Great Southern with in-home and out-of-home respite.  As the agency grew, the need for a more structured program base was identified.  The INROADS program commenced.

INROADS stands for Inclusive Networks for Recreation and Other Activities for People with Disabilities.  The concept of INROADS was initially introduced in April 1995 as a program which would increase the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in recreation and leisure activities and to integrate more fully into the local community.

In 1997 a proposal was forwarded by the organisation to Disability Services Commission to provide Alternate to Employment Options (ASF) for people with a disability.  This proposal was endorsed.

On the 28th April 2010, UGSFSA received pre-qualification from the Disability Services Commission to provide Accommodation Support Funding (ASF).

UGSFSA has grown quite considerably in the last 13 years and is now offering a variety of Programs that people with a disability can use to help them be a part of the community.