Wednesday, 19 February 2014

News and commentary on the NDIS (16)

The National Disability Insurance Agency presents the third NDIS Webinar:
A Strong Voice: Self-Advocacy
‘A Strong Voice’ will focus on self-advocacy, and how people with disability take control of their own lives to speak for themselves with greater confidence. Our panel of guests will discuss ways that self-advocacy has helped them to make informed choices about their reasonable and necessary supports and achieve their personal goals as valued, contributing and included members of the community. Our guests will answer your questions about how to build self-advocacy into your own life.
Thursday 27 February 2014 at 12:00pm (AEST)

Disability care goes straight to the heart, but needs a businesslike touch
Liz Kelly, The Age, 16th February 2014
Tangible dividends should be expected from the NDIS.
... The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation economic and social reform that could mean many people have access to the same support I received. Parents I have spoken to over the years have said that the NDIS is a crucial step in ensuring that the person they are caring for in an unpaid capacity is supported appropriately - so that they then can obtain paid work. People with disabilities also have the capacity to seek employment if given the right support ...


NDIS trials to cost further $400m
Dan Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald, 14th February 2014
Federal Labor's rush to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme before last year's election contributed to it underestimating the cost of trials by almost $400 million, the Coalition says. The minister responsible for the scheme, Mitch Fifield, told Parliament on Thursday that trials in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia were likely to cost $392 million more than expected because of ''errors'' in federal-state agreements negotiated by the Gillard government ...

Share your NDIS experienceEvery Australian Counts is keen to track the real life experiences of participants in launch sites.
Are you already an NDIS participant? Do you have a family member or friend who is part of a trial site? We want to hear from you! We're looking for people to share their NDIS experience. 
NDIS quarterly report - Senator Mitch Fifield
Transcript, Senate Questions Without Notice, 13th February 2014
... The Coalition is committed to delivering the NDIS in full. The priority of the Government is to ensure the scheme is as effective and efficient as it can be. And that’s to ensure that the support gets to the people who need it. We are determined to ensure that the NDIS is here to stay, and that its foundations are strong and financially sustainable ...

Do-it-yourself care plans and the NDIS
Life Matters (ABC Radio National), 5th February 2014
Under the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme, people with disabilities and their carers will be given an individual funding package allowing them to choose services and manage their care. This will require new skills to make a successful transition from the old to the new system.  
Audio file.

My Access Checker
National Disability Insurance Scheme, February 2014
My Access Checker is a tool to help people with permanent and significant disability understand whether they may be able to access assistance from the NDIS or the My Way initiative in WA during the launch period ... Anyone can complete My Access Checker. Even if you do not live in one of the NDIS launch sites for 2013 or 2014, or one of the My Way initiative locations in Western Australia (2014 or 2015), you can still complete My Access Checker to find out whether you could meet the access requirements. It should take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete ...

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