Tuesday, 22 November 2016

News and commentary on the NDIS (59)

The official NDIS website provides access to documents, and up to date information about how the NDIS works, and NDIS events such as local workshops and webinars.


NDIS and Me
People with Down syndrome and/or their families and carers can join the closed Facebook Group, NDIS and Me, for discussion specifically about the NDIS and people with Down syndrome.


Disability Loop - a way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Through Disability Loop you can:
  • Find a great selection of resources relating to the NDIS
  • Find out how the NDIS is working for other people
  • Have your say about the NDIS
  • Keep up to date with news and events about the NDIS
Disability Loop is a project funded by the NDIS. It is run by, and for, people with disability and their allies.

Two other closed Facebook groups (only members can see the posts) that you might find useful for answering particular queries are:

  • NDIS Grassroots Discussion - a large group run for and by people with all kinds of disabilities, and welcoming of carers - the administrators are very experienced in managing discussions that can become robust at times, as criticism of the NDIS is raised
  • the newer and smaller I Love NDIS started recently to promote discussion individual's successes in putting their plans together and implementing them. 
Counting what counts surveys 
Julia Farr Association
We have had a significant response to the first Counting What Counts survey but it's not too late to have your say.

If the NDIS is to be really helpful in people’s lives, it needs to be shaped in line with what people living with disability need to live a rich and meaningful life.

Currently, much of the NDIS development is focused on how service providers make the move to the NDIS. This creates a risk that the NDIS market will reflect what providers need, not what people and their families need.

Counting What Counts is a series of surveys to find out more about what people living with disability, their families and supporters, want. JFA Purple Orange will publish the survey results, so people can use the information to make sure the NDIS is implemented well.



2016 NDIS supporter survey
Every Australian CountsTell us what you think about the NDIS.

People with disability, their families and carers and the service provider sector must have an NDIS that’s the best it can be.

That means letting our decision makers know what’s working, what isn’t and what needs to be done to make it better.

We’ll be releasing our first Every Australian Counts Community Report Card in December and we need you to shape it.

This is your NDIS. Fill out this simple survey to make sure you have your say.
Information, linkages and capacity building
National Disability Insurance Scheme, 9 November 2016
The NDIS has released the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Framework (ILC). The ILC includes:

Personal capacity building – this is about making sure people with disability and their families have the skills, resources and confidence they need to participate in the community or access the same kind of opportunities or services as other people. 
Community capacity building – this is about making sure mainstream services or community organisations become more inclusive of people with disability ...
The ILC Toolkit is designed to help organisations get ready for ILC - it was released on 21 November 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme: a quick guide
Luke Buckmaster,  Parliamentary Library (Australia), 1 September 2016
This five page 'Quick Guide' from the parliamentary Library could be a useful for those who are hearing about the NDIS for the first time, either as participants, family members, carers or potential service providers or support workers.
Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH), 11 November 2016
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability. 9 m 30s

National Disability Insurance Scheme struggling to meet enrolment targets, report shows
Norman Hermant, ABC News, 14 November 2016
The first quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) transition phase shows the scheme came nowhere near to hitting its original estimates for enrolees ...
Every Australian Counts, 16 November 2016
The first quarterly report covering the NDIS transition phase has been released. Here’s what you need to know.

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