Thursday, 8 June 2017

News and commentary on the NDIS (69)

Q and A: Disability advocate's NDIS 'crash course' (video 2m 44s)
Actor and dancer Kiruna Stamell explained why the National Disability Insurance Scheme was important on ABC's Q and A program. on 5 June 2017

Your Support Worker Is … Disabled?
Sam Connor, Clickability, 16 May 2017
We were speeding through the NDIS conference and I had a coffee in my hand, despite being a manual wheelchair user. My friend was towing me with her electric wheelchair and on this occasion I’d gone to the trouble of bringing a short length of rope – it can get wearing hanging onto someone else’s wheelchair for a full three days. And able bodied people were watching and smiling and making cute comments, because, after all, it’s not a usual thing to see two disabled people supporting each other, is it?

It’s not usual for them, but it’s usual for us ...

The NDIS is making some changes
Disability Loop, 8 June 2017
NDIS Participants got a letter from David Bowen, the CEO of the NDIA on Tuesday. It was sent to Participants through the online portal, and it was also put up on the NDIS website.

The letter was very long, and used a lot of terms that might be hard for people to understand. We've summarised what we think it means in plain language ...

The document from the NDIA CEO:
Participants and providers work with the NDIS to improve processesDavid Bowen, CEO National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), 6 June 2017
The Board and Executive Management team of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) wish to provide information to the Scheme’s existing and potential participants, their families, carers and providers regarding major work that is underway to deliver a significantly upgraded quality of participant and provider experience in a way that remains consistent with maintaining the Scheme’s financial sustainability ...
Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services, 31 May 2017
The Turnbull Government will today introduced legislation to establish the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the proposed changes to the NDIS Act 2013 would create the Commission and give it powers to regulate NDIS providers, oversee quality and safety of their services and supports, investigate and determine complaints and uphold the rights of people with disability.

“This legislation delivers on the Turnbull Government’s commitment in the 2017 Budget to establish the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, which will oversee protections for NDIS participants as the scheme is progressively rolled out across Australia,” Mr Porter said ...


NDIS Plans Should have a ‘Work-First Approach’
Rachel McFadden, ProBono News, 6 June 2017
The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, released Monday, show in 2015 there was a 3 per cent decrease in the number of people with a disability participating in the workforce compared to 2003.

... “We know from other data that the Disability Support Pension population is falling (it peaked in June 2012 and has since fallen by 55,000 people), but the employment rate appears not be rising, suggesting that people with disability are being diverted from one form of income support to another, rather than into work. This is not a good result for anyone,” (National Disability Services CEO Ken Baker) said ...


The Indigenous Uptake of the NDIS is Low And This Must Change
Fran Connelley, Probono News, 29 May 2017
Indigenous Australians are 1.7 times more likely to have a disability than those in the non-Indigenous population (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics) ...

'Mean-minded' NDIS disability scheme a disappointment: advocate
Miki Perkins, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 2017
... Exhausted parents tell him about adult children who have lost funding for their day program, transport or cookery classes. Or inexpert planners who draw up disability plans over the phone, and never meet the person whose life they shape.

So for the first time Mr Stone, head of the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID), has publicly slammed the "mean-minded" National Disability Insurance Scheme ...


The NDIS Has Teething Problems That Must Be Addressed
Rachel Siewert, Pro Bono Australia News, 24 May 2017
Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert ...

NDIS Planning Workbook
Association for Children with a Disability
ACD’s new NDIS Planning Workbook has been designed by parents of children with a disability, for parents of children with a disability – and is the first planning workbook to be developed with a specific focus on what families need and are asking for.

It’s been designed to help you prepare for your child’s planning meeting with the NDIS ...


Disability Loop eNews Issue #35, 08/06/2017

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