In The Media | 6 July 2017

Challenge welcomes NDIS boost

People with disabilities in Dubbo who previously received no assistance might find they are much better off under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a regional provider has said.

Challenge Disability Services senior manager Maxine Smith said the Western Region rollout, which started officially on Saturday, would provide new hope for some who had missed out under previous schemes.

Challenge has sites in Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee and Trangie and in those regions it has held seven NDIS forums and supported 20 families and people with a disability with pre-plans to help them prepare for NDIS meetings.

“We have met with many people over the last three years who have received no funding, and have had to pay for help from their own wallets, many already under financial strain,” Ms Smith said.

“Under the NDIS they may be deemed as eligible and receive paid supports that could be life-changing for them and their families.”

Source: Daily Liberal