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Thursday, 16 February 2017

News and commentary on the NDIS (63)

Developing and starting your first plan - NDIS webinar
2.00pm-3.00pm Tuesday 28 February 2017 (AEDT)
NDIA hosted webinar about your NDIS First Plan and how to put it into action.
It’s free to watch, and the live and online panel will be answering questions submitted by viewers on the day. 
If you have questions about the first plan process or want to hear about how you might best implement your plan, this is the webinar for you!
Probono Australia, 25th January 2017
The wellbeing of carers caring for an individual participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may not have improved compared to those not on the scheme, according to researchers who are embarking on stage three of a national investigation ...

NDIS Housing - 4 key questions
Luke Bosher and Libby Ellis, Disability Services Consulting, 5 February 2017
Literally tens of thousands of people with disability (and families) are thinking about how the NDIS will enable a move out of the family home and into a house of their own.

... Ultimately, participants and their families will need to decide for themselves where they live, who they live with and how they are supported ...

The Inclusion Hub is a new online tool to support Australian families, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) practitioners and communities with the resources they need to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 
The site has been developed by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA). Our ECI experts have selected all the best available resources to support families and children with disability and/or developmental delay. It is our goal to make it easy for families, early intervention providers, early childhood educators, medical professionals and the community to have available to them resources, ideas and stories all in one place. 
The Inclusion Hub encompasses a resource directory, a glossary of common terms, webinars, articles, newsletters, downloads and more.
Concerns NDIS Quality and Safety Framework Forgets Majority of People With DisabilityEllie Cooper, Pro Bono Australia, 7 February 2017
Disability advocates welcomed the release of the long-awaited NDIS quality and safety framework, but expressed concern about the significant number of people outside the scheme who won’t be protected ...

Every Australian Counts, 13 February 2017
Until now each state and territory has been responsible for ensuring the quality of NDIS services and protecting NDIS participants in their jurisdiction. But that’s set to change under the new national NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework ...

The Policy Problem: The NDIS and Implications for Access to Education
Pro Bono Australia, 7 February 2017
Despite the policy priority across OECD countries of increasing lifelong learning opportunities, fragmented NDIS policy in Australia prevents people with disability from achieving this ideal, write academics Ben Whitburn, Julianne Moss and Jo O’Mara from Deakin University ...

Hunter workers join Sydney disability services rally
Ian Kirkwood, Newcastle Herald, 14 February 2017
About 700 public sector disability workers braved pouring rain and NSW government threats of legal action to rally outside Parliament House against the privatisation of government disability services.

Additional responses to the Omnibus Bill proposal:

Architect of NDIS lashes Federal Government over funding for the scheme (audio 2m 48s)
Peta Donald, ABC AM, 16 February 2017
The man sometimes called 'the father' of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has criticised the Federal Government over the debate this week on how the scheme's to be paid for. The government wants the Senate crossbench to support cuts to family payments, in order to fund the NDIS.

Bruce Bonyhady, the inaugural chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency, says linking the two is deeply unfair, and cruel to disabled Australians.

Political debate over future funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme raises concerns (audio only) (audio 4m 45s)
Emily Bourke, ABC PM, 15 February 2017
Well, disability advocates say they're increasingly alarmed by the tone and substance of the political debate over the future funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ...

National Disability Insurance Scheme: Where will the cash come from?
Jane Norman, ABC News, 15 February 2017
A ferocious argument has erupted between the Federal Government and Opposition over the funding for the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ...
Hearing Morrison use disabled people as political pawns gave me the creeps
Michael Buckley, The Guardian, 14 February 2017
Tying the omnibus savings bill to NDIS funding was cynical. I wasn’t surprised – we disabled are used to being treated with contempt by this government.

Leaving aside the ethical question of harming one group of poor – the bill would push unemployed people under 25 from Newstart to Youth Allowance, as one example – to help another, there is something quite unsettling about the way Morrison is framing a refusal to vote for the omnibus as some kind of attack on the NDIS. It’s unsettling to see a bipartisan enterprise like the NDIS (remember that sense of hope when it was introduced) used as a wedge in this way ...

Agree to welfare cuts or forget funding for childcare and the NDIS? The government's ultimatum that failed
Georgina Dent, Women's Agenda, 14 February 2017
Yesterday the federal government ramped up the pressure on senators who might block its $4 billion omnibus of savings - comprising significant welfare cuts - by indicating that would put funding for childcare increases and the National Disability Insurance Scheme at risk ...

Here's a tip: don't pick on disabled people
Laura Tingle, Australian Financial Review, 13 February 2017
Christian Porter is often touted as a conservative contender for future prime minister. He's smart. He's personable. He's got the experience of being a state attorney-general and treasurer under his belt despite his relative youth.

What he hasn't got is any political touch. He rather showed that last year when he missed a huge opportunity to parade himself as an innovative policy maker with some interesting ideas - and create a new platform for debating welfare spending - when he instead sold the government's adoption of the New Zealand investment approach to social welfare as yet just another exercise in ways to save eleventy billion dollars in a hundred years time.

So here's a tip Christian: don't pick on disabled people ...
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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 MePeople 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). 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 aims to promote discussion of individual's successes in putting their plans together and implementing them.

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