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Friday, 15 November 2013

News and Commentary on the NDIS (10)

The NDIS in practice - Hobart dad John gives his report card
Ryk Goddard, ABC Radio Hobart, 5th November 2013
John is a widower and father of three kids aged 15 - 19. His two eldest have intellectual disabilities. Has the NDIS made his life better? What about the life of his 15 year old daughter who has no disability but has huge responsibilities? Audio file.

Anglicare report confirms that disability support programs must take into account the needs of carers and families
Carers Australia, 7th November 2013
Carers Australia welcomes the report released by Anglicare yesterday on Caring for a Child with an Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviours. The report dramatically highlights the strain on families caring for such children ... Although I was most impressed with the services that were being provided to the first intake of NDIA clients, it was clear that if, as a carer, I asked for respite to be made available I would need to seek supports outside of the agency. While such assistance to families can be sought under the NDIS, carers need to learn a special language to have their request considered ...

Fifield demands action on disability
Patricia Karvelas and Rick Martin, The Australian, 11th November 2013
The Abbott government has ordered the National Disability Insurance Agency to overhaul its processes and provide immediate "remedial action" because the flagship disability insurance scheme is running late. This is despite concern that the most vulnerable - those with intellectual disabilities - are being railroaded into accepting decisions that are not right for them and, in some cases, left to negotiate without independent advocates present ...

Newman slams five years of 'reckless' Labor spending
Brendan Trenbath, AM (ABC Radio), 12th November 2013
... The senior executive who chairs Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Business Advisory Council has condemned the economic management of the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments, accusing them of five years of "reckless" spending... In a speech to the business community in Sydney last night he also singled out Labor's multi-billion dollar commitment to its "better schools" plan and the National Disability Insurance Scheme ...
EveryAustralian Counts comment 12/11/2013 (FB):
The NDIS is not a "cause". It is a social and economic policy reform that will enable people with disability to get out into the community and into work. It is investment, not charity.
(PriceWaterhouse Coopers) report found that the cost on not implementing the NDIS would be greater over the next twenty years than actually funding the scheme.

NDIS good for economy: disability advocate
AAP/The Australian, 15th November 2013
A leading advocate for the national disability insurance scheme has warned that it would be financially and politically reckless to scale back the program ...

Miles Heffernan, Star Observer, 12th November 12, 2013
Alex Greenwich, the independent member for Sydney, will move an amendment to the NSW Government’s NDIS Enabling Bill to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender people with a disability and disability workers who are gay, lesbian or transgender ... Religiously affiliated disability care providers are exempt from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, meaning they can deny service to or unfairly treat a gay, lesbian, or transgender person with a disability or fire a disability worker who is gay, lesbian, or transgender ...

National Disability Insurance Scheme Community Forum
The first NDIS webinar, Choice and Control was held on Wednesday 6 November.

Next webinar will be held on Tuesday 10 December, the theme will be in keeping with International Day of People with Disability.

NDIS Community Forums are scheduled for the following Hunter (NSW) locations:
Belmont Tuesday 26 November 
Broadmeadow Wednesday 27 November 
East Maitland  Thursday 28 November

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