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Welcome to Johnny H

Johnny H offers group programs for teens and adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. We create opportunities to enjoy new experiences, make firm friends and develop new skills in a safe and supported setting.

Group Social Activities

Day Excursions

Overnight & Short Trips

Life Skills

Capacity Building

School Leaver Employment Supports

School Holiday Activities

Private Tutoring

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Our Community

Johnny H supports families in the Nepean & Blue Mountains, Canberra & Monaro and Gold Coast regions. Each region has a main centre, Johnny’s Place, which is home to our Work Readiness and Life Skills Day Programs as well as hub to all of our weekend adventures and overnight trips.

Johnny H is more than just a disability support service – it’s a place where participants and their families can feel at home. Our social activities enable participants to develop meaningful and long-lasting friendships. Capacity building and learning programs operate in an environment where trainees and students feel challenged, supported and safe.

A shuttle bus service is available for some activities to increase independence and make life that little bit easier for Johnny H families.

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Johnny H Adventures

Life Skills Program

SLES Academy

The many day adventures and short trips Scott has been on have brought him right out of his shell. He has the biggest, happiest and natural smile which isn’t something that I’ve seen in Scott prior to starting at Johnny H.

Narelle VellaParent

I have learnt so much since joining Johnny H. I am more confident and independent. I have learnt that I can do a lot of things on my own that I didn’t think I could do.


James is also very social and Johnny H enables him to have social interactions with his peers. James especially loves the outings and camps. Johnny H assists James in developing the skills to have more independence.

Christie WeelerParticipant Sister

The Johnny H program has opened up a whole new world for Ben who is much happier and can’t wait for the next adventure with the team. Thank you Johnny H for making Ben’s life a whole lot brighter.

Donna MallasParent
John Hirst

Our Story

Johnny H is a family-owned and operated support service inspired by the life of John Hirst.

John was born in 1942 with Down Syndrome and lived during an era when independent travel was not considered suitable for the disabled.

Despite the limitations imposed upon him, John loved meeting new people and visiting new places, and enthusiastically recounted his adventures to all he met.

In a nod to John’s love of life and adventure, the concept for Johnny H was born.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, commonly known as NDIS, is a Federal Government initiative that funds costs associated with disability.

Those who have an NDIS plan in place can access some of those funds to cover the support component of Johnny H programs. We are able to assist those whose funds are Self Managed or Plan Managed.