Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [1.16 p.m.]: Today I speak about FRANS Inc., a local disability support and advocacy organisation. FRANS has operated in the inner west for 32 years, providing services for people with an intellectual disability. It offers a range of 50 programs, including respite care, an extremely popular life skills program and recreational day outings. More than 400 clients are served by 150 staff under the direction of a volunteer board comprising 12 community members. In April this year I had the pleasure of attending For Arts Sake 2015, which exhibited 38 pieces of art from 25 participants with an intellectual disability collaborating with seven professional artists.
In support of the exhibition, I purchased a painting by Nicola Chapman with the assistance of Shining Rainbow. It hangs proudly in my office in Burwood. For Arts Sake typifies the FRANS philosophy of care and service. It not so much provides a service to individuals with an intellectual disability but empowers them to take a lead in their lives. FRANS is a leader in its empowerment approach to disability services. I congratulate the staff and volunteers of FRANS on their great contribution and success.