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House with No Steps has been agents for change since the 1960s when our founder, Lionel Watts, made it his mission to break down barriers for people with a disability.

For media or interview requests with our organisation, contact Claudia Romero, at CRomero@hwns.com.au or 02 9452 8790

HWNS welcomes 600 customers and 1000 new staff with transfer of government services

House with No Steps has welcomed around 600 new customers and 1,000 staff, with the transfer of accommodation and respite services from the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). Services in six areas of New South Wales were transferred on Thursday 5 October. View the full media release.


HWNS to develop Virtual Reality learning tools 

House with No Steps has won funding to develop innovative Virtual Reality-based learning tools for disability support workers View the media release on the Virtual Reality funding.


House with No Steps successful in Government disability services transfer

House with No Steps, was today named as the successful service provider for the transfer of existing NSW Government disability services in the areas of Sydney, Northern NSW, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, New England and Southern NSW. View the media release on the Government Services Transfer.


House with No Steps to represent NSW at Australian training awards 

The anticipated rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to begin in a number of locations around Australia from today, meaning greater control and choice for people with a disability. View the media release on the NSW Training Awards.


NDIS rollout means greater choice for all 

The anticipated rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to begin in a number of locations around Australia from today, meaning greater control and choice for people with a disability. View the media release on the NDIS rollout.


New advertising campaign challenges the status quo on disability 

House with No Steps has teamed up with top tier creative agency GPY&R who provided pro bono support to create an exciting new awareness raising campaign that challenges the status quo. View the media release on our new campaign.


Zayla dances her way into mainstream school

Zayla, 7, has completed her first year of mainstream school. Thanks to the support of House with No Steps staff and her grandmother Belinda, her future is looking bright. View the Zayla attends school media release.

Peta and Nat's home loan dream come true

House with No Steps service users, Peta Lambert and Nat Howland have recently become the first people with an intellectual disability in Newcastle to have been approved for a home loan. View the Peta and Nat media release.


Self Advocacy DVD launch for people with a disability

Self advocate Leigh Creighton has made and directed his DVD for people with a disability. His DVD, titled Choice and Control, explains the importance of people with a disability learning to speak up for themselves. View the Choice and Control DVD launch media release.


House with No Steps a finalist at the Disability Innovation Awards

HWNS was recently a finalist in the ‘excellence in business development and change management category’ at the Disability Innovation Awards. The nomination recognised our CQL Person-Centred Excellence Accreditation by The Council on Quality and Leadership and the implementation of Personal Outcomes Measures (POMs). View the Disability Innovation Awards media release


Managing Director Andrew Richardson says NDIS price rise a 'slap in the face' 

"Today's announcement by the NDIA of increased NDIS prices for 'assistance in self-care' and 'community support' sounds like good news, but is in reality a major slap in the face for people with a disability", said Andrew Richardson. View the NDIS price rise media release.


​House with No Steps launches new disability employment program

HWNS is celebrating the launch of its innovative new Transition to Work Program (TTW) for young people with disabilities. The TTW program is delivered by Choice Solutions, a new division of HWNS and focuses on supporting young people with a disability to achieve employment in the open market when they leave school. View the House with No Steps launches new disability employment program media release.


​NDIS Executive Rob Watkins joins House with No Steps

Rob Watkins, the executive who has led the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW and the Hunter launch site, will join House with No Steps (HWNS) on Monday 9th December as State Manager of the NSW & ACT Community Services. View the NDIS Executive Rob Watkins joins House with No Steps media release.


House with No Steps welcomes the transferring of NSW disability services to NGOs

On the 24 October 2013 the NSW Government announced that it will transfer all existing government run disability services to the NGO sector by 2018. House with No Steps (HWNS) supports and welcomes the transition. View the HWNS welcomes the transferring of NSW disability services to NGOs media release.


Vivienne's dream comes true - From supported to open employment

Vivienne has worked at House with No Steps (HWNS) Summerland House Farm in Alstonville as a supported employee for 26 years. She recently made the transition from supported employment to open or mainstream employment and is now following her dream of working as a support worker for HWNS Community Services. View the Vivienne's dream come true media release.


Ted and Ella Taylor – The gift of giving

Ted and Ella Taylor were regular folk who enjoyed giving. They were generous enough to leave House with No Steps a gift in their Will and will now be remembered and cherished forever by the many local people with a disability their gift will support. View the Ted and Ella Taylor media release.


The sky’s the limit! – HWNS advocate, Leigh, is selected as a Living Life My Way Champion

Leigh, 34, was born with Down Syndrome and is a participant and spokesperson for the HWNS Independent Living Skills Initiative (ILSI) based in Hunter. He was recently selected as an advocate for the NSW Government’s Living Life My Way Ambassadors and Champions Program. View the media release on the Champion Program.

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