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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

NDIS: ways to have your say

The National Disability and Carer Alliance has received funding from the Federal government to 'ensure people with a disability, their families and carers and specialist disability service providers have a chance to have their say about the design, introduction and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.'

... this project is about ensuring people have as many opportunities as possible to have their say about how the scheme should work on the ground so it best meets the needs of people with a disability and their families. 

... This project is not about the current system – there is a great deal of evidence already about how the system has failed to meet the needs of people with a disability and their families. What we are looking for is what people would like to see done differently in the future – what works well now, what could work well in the future and what would need to be done to make that happen

NDIS Engagement Project
The Alliance will ... hold a series of forums across the country, including in regional and remote areas. Some of these will be held jointly to include people with a disability, families and service providers all working and responding together. Some will be held separately to make sure people feel comfortable and safe and are able to express themselves in a manner that suits them.

The Alliance website lists scheduled events for people with disabilities, their carers and families, and events for service providers.  No events for people with disabilities and their families have yet been listed for NSW locations, but we are assured that dates in October and November are expected to be announced by the organisers, People with Disability Australia and Carers Australia
In the meantime, NS residents can complete the online survey:If you are unable to come to an Engagement Forum, or did not get to say everything you wanted to at the forum you attended, we’d like to invite you to complete the online survey. We are very keen to hear what you think the NDIS should look like.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme - Your Say
Starting in July 2013, the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become real for people with significant disabilities in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT, the Hunter region of NSW and the Barwon region of Victoria.

National Disability Insurance Scheme - Your Say is a new website set up by the Commonwealth government where you can have your say about what you want the NDIS to be; what would work best for you and your family. 

You can register for updates, tell the designers your story and what you want from the scheme, your thoughts about what makes a good support worker, for example.

Please take the opportunity to have your say.

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Every Australian Counts
The community campaign for the implementation of the NDIS continues to monitor progress and lobby to raise community and political awareness of the urgent need for the NDIS. Visit the website for information on currents activities and events.

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