Thursday, 24 March 2016

News and commentary on the NDIS (46)

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.

February 2016 eNewsletter - NDIS
Includes news and event information

Rachel Browne, Syndey Morning Herald, 14 March 2016Demand for disability services will drive a jobs boom in Sydney's west and south west as the National Disability Insurance Scheme starts to roll out from mid-year ... According to the agency's analysis, almost 30,000 new jobs will be generated by demand for disability services across NSW as the number of people supported under the NDIS grows to 140,000 over the next three years.

Craig Wallace, Open Forum, 8 March 2016
There have been comments from the business sector that the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should be slowed down. President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace, says if the Business Council of Australia really thinks that Australians with disability and families shouldn't get reasonable and necessary support, it should have the courage and integrity to say so ...
Miki Perkins, The Age, 8 March 2016
What does a man in his forties hope for in life?

A decent job and some money in the bank perhaps. For some, a family. For others, travel and a rich social life.

George Taleporos has some of these. But what he wants most is to be fully independent. Taleporos, 40, uses a wheelchair, and has to rely on family for 24-hour care. Like thousands of people with a disability he is looking forward to July, when the National Disability Insurance Scheme will expand from its trial sites to cover the country ...

The NDIS: there, but for the grace of God, go us all

Pro Bono News, Australia 7 March 2016
The Federal Government has given a reprieve to members of the inaugural board of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, backing away from its earlier plans to replace them all with heavyweights from the corporate sector.

However, claims that the Federal Government is also attempting to remove control of the NDIS from the states have caused anger in the disability sector ...

The Peer Connect website is for people living with disability, their families and supporters. It has information about:
  • Peer Support Networks
  • having choice and control in your life
  • planning and decision making
  • the NDIS 
The website is part of a project called the Disability Support Organisation (DSO) Capacity Building Project.  The project involves 18 membership-based disability organisations from around Australia who help up to 20 Peer Support Networks.

The project has been funded through the NDIA Sector Development Fund for a two-year period.

NDIS Tip: using your plan more flexibly
Sam Paior, The Growing Space, 17 March 2016
As the NDIS goes through a massive growth spurt with all the associated growing pains, here's some information I think you should know about using what’s in your kiddo’s plan. And, in case you’re a bit of a Nervous Nellie with this stuff, I can let you know that NDIS have officially checked this post to make sure the information provided is not misleading ...

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