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Thursday, 30 March 2017

News and commentary on the NDIS (64)

Carmel Laragy, The Conversation, 29 March 2017
Monday’s Four Corners program, Fighting the System, was deeply disturbing viewing. It detailed shocking sexual abuse allegations of two residents at a group home for people with disabilities.

... If the NDIS is implemented in accordance with its legislation, it could mitigate some of the abuse and the distress experienced by people with disability. But it won’t be able to address all the other issues raised by Four Corners ...

If I had my time again ...
Rob Woolley, Disability Services Consulting, 28 March 2017
... I’ve worked in either the Barwon, Hunter or ACT trial site since day one of the NDIS and speaking as a Provider, it’s given us a whole new set of challenges to work with. Every day is a learning experience working in and around the NDIS, and some of these lessons have been lightbulb moments while some have been hard-fought and ground out through lots of costly mistakes.

I am regularly asked “If you could wind back the clock and do something differently, what would it be?”. These are things I wish I had known three years ago ...

NDIS housing rules for people with a disability could be life-changing
Libby Calloway, Kate Tregloan, The Conversation, 23 March 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules were tabled in federal parliament in mid-March. The new rules offer the possibility of an inclusive Australian society that enables those people with the highest disability-related support needs to have equal access to mainstream services including housing ...

Privatising NDIS services could be a repeat of the VET-fee disaster
Rod Sims, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March 2017
Say the word privatisation and chances are you will get a passionate response either for or against. While the privatisation of infrastructure can and should yield considerable public benefit, we often see the privatisation of public assets done badly and see rising prices where usually the reverse should occur ...

And the winner is ... culture
Vanessa Toy and Roland Naufal, Disability Services Consulting, 13 March 2017
We’ve seen enough rounds of the NDIS to declare culture as the winner. Culture is the dominant force in organisations. We often use one of Rob Woolley’s favourite sayings culture eats process for breakfast, because culture has both the appetite and the power to override any process-driven management effort. Attend well to culture and it will support all your efforts. Ignore it and it will devour any strategies that do not align with it ...

Prisoners are excluded from the NDIS – here’s why it matters
Jesse Young and Stuart Kinner, The Conversation, 14 March 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide access to personalised supports and services for all Australians with a disability. However, the NDIS specifically excludes prisoners ...

Building an Ordinary Life
Wendy Williams, Pro Bono News, 6 March 2017
... (Matthew Wright) has personal experience of disability being partially deaf and a part of Australia’s signing deaf community (fluent in Auslan).He is a passionate believer in the dream of the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with a disability to live “an ordinary life” as part of the community.
In his role as branch manager design and inclusion, his team consults with individuals, stakeholders and peak bodies to ensure that their views and opinions are reflected in NDIS projects and key decisions.

NDIS must have a consistent national model with all in!
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
, 3 March 2017
In light of recent media activity, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) reiterates its support for a national approach to the NDIS. This includes WA joining the complete Commonwealth NDIS to ensure Western Australians with disability are not compromised by a multi-layered system.

“We are concerned that the WA government is not listening to people with disability when it comes to the future provision of services and supports. People with disability are clear they want WA to be a part of the national NDIS system,” said Mr Ross Joyce, AFDO CEO ...

Norman Hermant, ABC News, 3 March 2017
The number of people joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) jumped dramatically in the last three months of 2016, according to official figures. Close to 26,000 people signed on — three times the number who joined in the previous quarter ... The latest numbers are a big turnaround from the first quarterly report of the scheme's "transition" phase, when only 7,400 new participants were enrolled. That was well below initial targets ...

Pace of NDIS rollout a cause for concern (audio 8m)
Heidi Pett, RN Breakfast (ABC Radio), 17 February 2017
This week, the Coalition attempted to lash funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to the sinking ship of their welfare omnibus bill.

But, as the political bickering continues, those in the sector are worried the scheme itself is taking on water. Disability advocates say the pace of the national rollout has led to inconsistencies and a lack of oversight, leaving many participants worse off ...

Mornings, 702 ABC Radio, 21 February 2017 (audio file 17m 18s)
The current and former Disability Discrimination Commissioners, Alastair McEwin and Graeme Innes, joined Wendy Harmer to vent their frustration following last night's Q and A discussion on the NDIS funding. Alastair wants politicians to stop and think what it would be like to not be able to get out of your house on a daily basis. He and Graeme Innes want NDIS funding to be viewed as an investment in getting people with disabilities out working, socialising and contributing to the community '''

NDIA recruits Cate Blanchett to voice new avatar

Byron Connolly, CIO, 22 February 2017
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has recruited Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett as the voice of Nadia, an online virtual assistant who speaks, writes and chats online and answers common questions about the national disability insurance scheme ...


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). 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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