Yooralla is one of Australia’s largest and most proactive organisations working to support people with disability to live independent and fulfilling lives. It has been giving encouragement and support since 1918, a testament to the insight and resolve of Evangeline Ireland (Sister Faith) who refused to accept that any child with disability should be treated with less dignity than an able-bodied child. Her actions led directly to the establishment of the Yooralla Kindergarten for children with disability, the Yooralla School and ultimately the organisation that Yooralla is today.
Yooralla values the right of every person, irrespective of age, gender, financial circumstance or level of disability, to access high-quality services that will allow them to achieve their goals.
Our services are developed in partnership with people with disability and, in many cases, their families and carers. They cover every aspect of living, both practical and aspirational, whether the people who require them are born with or acquire a disability as the result of accident, ill health or age.
Yooralla provides essential services for children and adults with disability, their families and carers that include a range of accommodation alternatives, respite, in-home support, therapy, attendant care, specialised equipment, employment, recreation, information, education and training, and practical skills for daily living.
We also provide a pathway for our employees. Today, more than 1,800 people throughout Victoria work in a variety of settings employing a wide range of skills.
Our vision is a fair go for all people with disability and our mission is to actively support people with disability, their families and carers, in all their diversity, to live the life they choose.
As a specialist service provider, Yooralla works with all of its stakeholders and the broader community to meet the legitimate expectations of people with disability for a more inclusive, barrier-free society and an ordinary life.