There are 2.7 million Australians providing care for one or more family members or friends, including people with disability – navigating their way through what can be a confusing and time consuming labyrinth of government departments.
John Della Bosca, Every Australian Counts Campaign Director said “The Abbott Government’s strong support for the NDIS cannot be questioned. They are funding the NDIS and in doing so transforming the lives of people with disability.
The NDIS will give people with disability more choice about how they live their lives, what services they need and who delivers those services. The NDIS Planners are there to support people with disability plan for a better future. Here’s how the planning system works under the NDIS.
More than 650 people answered the Every Australian Counts call to share the challenges they face in finding accessible, affordable housing. We also received feedback from a range of organisations actively working in the housing arena.
Last Friday disability ministers from around Australia met to discuss the next steps in the roll out of the NDIS. A commitment to set up pilot programs for innovative accessible housing was one of the positive outcomes.
Preparing for the NDIS can be a daunting prospect for carers, many who are unsure about how they fit into the planning process. This fantastic video The NDIS and You from Carer’s Queensland explains in simple graphics how the NDIS planning process works and the role of carers along the way.
There are just less than two weeks left to share your thoughts on how we can help the NDIS put in place clear rules that will make sure people receive supports and services that are high in quality and safe – wherever they live in Australia.
Not-for-profit disability service provider Northcott has launched a new subsidiary named Northcott Innovation. Described as a “radical new organisation,” the subsidiary will be dedicated to co-creating creative and unexpected solutions to support people with disability.
Every Australian Counts supporters are desperate for action on housing for people with disability. Hundreds of responses have been pouring in to our call for housing stories and ideas. Here is just a small sample.
There’s a new mobile game called “Extreme Wheelchairing”, which you can find for free on the App store, or Google Play.
This is a game where you manoeuvre around 20 different levels of a virtual landscape avoiding all sorts of obstacles and so on. It’s much like dozens of other videos game most of us have played at one time or another.
On the weekend the NSW Premier Mike Baird promised to roll out early intervention services under the NDIS for up to 2,000 young people with disability in Penrith and the Blue Mountains from September this year if he is re-elected.
It’s the everyday things that are sometimes the most challenging for mums, dads and carers of children with disability. Tasks like getting the weekly groceries can be that much harder when you’re trying to juggle a trolley and a wheelchair at the same time. The move by Coles to introduce new trolleys for kids with disability into many of its supermarkets will make this one everyday task a little easier.
With over 500 registered attendees, the ACT NDIS conference is set to be one of the largest, most comprehensive and practical events covering the NDIS held to date. Throughout the conference, we’ll be live blogging to bring you rolling coverage of all the latest news, views and discussion from on the ground.
Over the last few weeks thousands of our supporters emailed the National Disability Insurance Agency and asked them to release the plan for housing under the NDIS.
The response from the Agency on this vital issue was disappointing, bureaucratic and hard to read. We thought we’d have a go at de-coding it for you because on the question of housing, people with disability and the NDIS, we need it to be crystal-clear.