In The Media | 18 April 2016

Human rights questioned as National Disability Insurance Scheme set to launch in Melbourne

DISABILITY advocates have raised serious human rights concerns  about  the  way  National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans are set up for people with ­profound disabilities.

On July 1 the NDIS will be rolled out across Melbourne’s north east, in Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

About 10,000 people in this region who receive State or Commonwealth Government disability support are expected to transfer to the new system.

The group in charge of rolling out the scheme, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), said it was “a new way of providing support to people with disability across Australia”.

But amid the anticipation, Moorabbin-based advocacy group Communication Rights Australia says many people who can’t communicate verbally are being “left out” of the consultation ­process.

Source: Leader Community news