Wednesday, 25 June 2014

News and commentary on the NDIS (22)

Views about how well the NDIS is meeting needs in the current trial sites are somewhat variable, as might be expected:

Meet the Mowbrays: the human face of the NDIS 
Natasha Boddy, The Canberra Times, 22nd June 2014
... this a family where having a voice is clearly cherished. For Trish and Glenn Mowbray, communication with their four children is an important part of the secret to their happy family - where everyone gets a say in how they want to live their life ...

Children with autism miss out in NDIS
Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald, 20th June 2014
Families of children with autism say they have been short changed under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with early intervention therapy provisions falling far below international best practice. Participants in launch sites have been told they will received funding for less than six hours of therapy a week, less than a third of the recommended 20 hours ...

Checking up on the NDIS
El Gibbs, Ramp Up, 19th June 2014
Positive changes, improved services, confusion, inconsistency, and reduced services. El Gibbs found these were just some of the outcomes for participants of the NDIS trial since it began almost a year ago ...

‘Preparing for the NDIS’ – 5 June 2014 webinar now online
The National Disability Insurance Agency held its sixth webinar on 5 June 2014 on the theme ‘Preparing for the NDIS’. The panel featured early trial site participants and carers, sharing their insights and responding to questions from the online audience. Now available to view online.

NDIS Planning guide and workbook
Published June 2014
The Planning workbook has been designed to assist you to identify your needs, goals and current supports and start the planning process - it is now available to download from the NDIS website here.

NDIS Costs on Track
ProBono Australia News, 5th June 2014
Participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme has doubled since December 2013 with the average cost of individual care packages dropping to within budgeted predictions, the Federal Government has told the Senate Estimates Committee ...

ACT to transition 5,000 people with disabilities onto NDIS from July 1ABC News Online, 5th June 2014
Recent school leavers, young children and 64-year-olds will be the first groups to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the ACT. From July 1, the ACT will begin transitioning 5,000 eligible Canberrans away from current disability services onto the NDIS ...

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