Our History

Focus ACT was founded in 1991. From the very beginning, we have provided personalised and flexible support to people with intellectual disability.

We are an incorporated, non-profit, non-government organisation that operates only in Canberra.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to build sustainable futures for people with intellectual disability by assisting them to live in and be part of the Canberra community. To achieve this, we work in partnership with individuals, their families, guardians and/or advocates.

We provide personalised and flexible support to people with intellectual disability to:

  • Set up and maintain a home in the community.
  • Choose their lifestyle.
  • Manage their daily lives.
  • Stay safe and secure.
  • Live as independently as possible.
  • Keep in touch with their families.

Our Values

Above all, we believe that contributing positively to our communities is central to the way we do our business.

Our core values are that:

  • People are valued as individuals.
  • Everyone is treated with respect.
  • People are supported to achieve their goals.
  • Support is flexible and sustainable.
  • Focus is accountable and ethical.

And we believe that:

  • People are capable of achieving a fulfilling lifestyle.
  • People should live in conditions that are safe and secure.
  • People should be encouraged to develop meaningful relationships and participate in the community.
  • People should have opportunities to explore their independence

The Board

Focus ACT is comprised of management staff and a support team who are dedicated and trained to assist people with disability to achieve their goals.

We are managed by a Board of Directors who are selected for their expertise in specific areas required for sound governance and strategic planning. Directors meet regularly and are responsible for ensuring that the management, services, legal and financial business of the organisation are conducted according to government regulations, and in the best interests of the people with intellectual disability that Focus supports.

Focus Supported Living Foundation

The Focus Supported Living Foundation was established to provide opportunities for donations, sponsors and bequests to further the work of Focus ACT. It is independent from Focus ACT and governed by a separate volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation has Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Since it began in 2009, the Foundation has provided financial assistance for the people with an intellectual disability it supports. Without the Foundation’s help, people would not have been able to:

  • Attend Canberra’s annual celebrations for the International Day of People with Disability in December
  • Undergo individual comprehensive health assessments
  • Purchase household items including furniture
  • Buy much-needed clothing
  • Participate in exercise programs
  • Pay for some personal transport

Your contribution to the Focus Supported Living Foundation will help people with intellectual disability in many ways.