Orana and Down Syndrome SA are set to merge in what will be an amalgamation of two of the disability industry’s most respected non-profit organisations.
The proposed merger will build on the existing relationship between the entities and aim to broaden the positive impacts for people with disabilities in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) era.
It will strengthen pivotal services Down Syndrome SA provides such as life education, work skills, behavioural support and social activities.
Down Syndrome SA Chair Shaun Kennedy said his organisation’s pledge to its clients was a driving factor in the decision.
“Organisations such as ours, who are fully committed to our clients and putting service before profit, need to be in a position of strength,” he said.
Orana Chair Bill Filmer is also excited by the new arrangement and what the future holds.
“While honouring our traditions, we understand that people with disability are customers with the right to choose the service provider that best meets their individual needs,” he said.
“Together, Down Syndrome SA and Orana can direct more resources to our combined offerings, allowing clients a wider choice of services provided by caring professionals who are valued by a viable organisation.”
The new affiliation will build existing and develop new services, while allowing a bigger network for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to grow.
“With each day, we will work in partnership with our customers and staff to further improve our services as we strive to help more people with disability live in an inclusive community,” Orana CEO Nick Mihalaras said.
Current Down Syndrome SA Board Member, Paul Kerin, will join the Orana Australia Board.
The effective merger date is expected to be confirmed by the end of the year.