There is too little support for people with a disability, their families and carers – and what little support is available is difficult to access and rarely able to be adapted to individual needs.
When the formal support system fails, families are forced to fill the gaps – and as a result there are high rates of physical, emotional and financial distress amongst many families.
The NDIS will allow people to access the support and services that best meet their needs, to enable them to live as independently as possible and participate fully in the life of the community.
Most importantly it will allow people to make choices about the kinds of things that will best meet their particular needs.
People with a disability, their families and carers want the same things in life as everyone else – the NDIS will help ensure they get that chance.
Robert, 28 years old and his Mum Mary Read Robert and Mary’s story
The most important thing is that with an NDIS Robert would be able to choose what works for him. The NDIS would mean that there would be a system in place that would have the funds to help people with disabilities.