Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is a broad term used to describe difficulties in learning and communication which can greatly impact the day to day life of someone who has an intellectual disability. Intellectual disabilities can range from mild to severe or profound, and the level of which will determine the impact on an individual’s ability to be independent, and their overall quality of life. Active Ability provides a diverse range of services- including dietetics, exercise physiology, and physiotherapy for a range of clients with Intellectual Disability. Our professional team have experience working with individuals living with:

  • Down Sydnrome

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Mild-Severe Intellectual Disability

  • Prader-Willi Disease

  • Williams Syndrome

  • Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

  • Angelman’s Syndrome

  • Chromosomal Disorders

Managing health may seem very daunting to individuals with intellectual disability and/or their carers, and it can be very difficult to know where to start! Our allied health team can help by assessing your individual needs and goals and providing recommendations to help you get started. Our mobile service is perfect for individuals with an intellectual disability who would be more comfortable in the familiar setting of their own home.


Exercise Physiology & Intellectual Disability

Exercise plays a very important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is the best way to prevent the all too common early-onset of chronic disease. We provide a range of services including land-based exercise and aquatic or hydrotherapy. These interventions provide a number of benefits including:

  • Education on how you can exercise safely and effectively

  • Support for weight management

  • Management of physical health, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels

  • Support for behaviour management

  • Improved mood in the context of clinical depression and anxiety

  • Improved mobility

  • Improved confidence with exercise

Noticeable improvements can be made to strength, balance, gait, and overall health and wellbeing by engaging regularly in physical activity. It can also provide a fun way for people with an intellectual disability to increase social interaction and community access! Our talented exercise physiologists are able to provide engaging, tailored, individualized exercise programs to assist you in reaching your goals. We have experience supporting people in both group home and private settings. We can also be of assistance by providing education, staff-training, advice and recommendations surrounding physical activity.

Diet & Intellectual Disability

Good nutrition plays an important role in any healthy lifestyle by improving energy levels, boosting health status and decreasing risk for the development of chronic disease. Our team is dedicated to supporting people with an intellectual disability do exactly this and achieve their nutrition and health goals.

People with an intellectual disability might require additional support in optimising their nutrition. Common areas where those with an intellectual disability may benefit from dietetic support include:

  • Weight management

  • Improving variety of diet

  • Establishing ordered eating patterns

  • Encouraging participation in food preparation and cooking

  • Improving nutrition-related knowledge to promote independence in choosing healthy options

Our dietitians are trained in motivational interviewing, adopt a client centered approach and aim to educate and empower those with intellectual disabilities with the tools they need to kickstart a healthy diet and make healthy choices. Dietitians can assist through providing client-centered education, dietary assessment, individualized goal-setting for diet optimisation, staff training, menu planning and recipe development. Active Ability dietitians also have experience in providing service to people with intellectual disabilities in both private and group home settings.

Give us a call or check out our client stories here to see if we can help you!


Hornsby Hydro Group Program

Where: Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Hornsby

When: Mondays at 5:30pm, during school term (4 x 10wk program)

What: Pool based physical activity focusing on both aerobic activity & muscle strength through games and activities - we have a lot of fun!

Who: adults aged 16 - 40 years of age with an intellectual disability

Call us today on (02) 8678 7874 to discuss