News 13 January 2015

7 issues we can’t afford to let slip

2015 is going to be a big year for the roll out of the NDIS. There are a number of important decisions that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the governments will need to make before the full roll out commences. The State of the Sector report that was released by NDS lists their seven top issues that need to be addressed this year. Here are the issues that National Disability Services (NDS) wants action on.  

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News 12 January 2015

Ally blossoms under the NDIS

It’s the simple things. Simple, everyday things like going out to the mall and ordering a hot chocolate and paying for it with her own EFTPOS card. Simple things like using a mobile phone and texting. Simple things like dressing the way she wants to dress.

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News 8 January 2015

Leigh – a voice for the voiceless

Leigh has Down Syndrome and works as a peer mentor. His work gives a voice to people with disabilities, especially people with Down Syndrome.

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Opinion 6 January 2015

Being of service or being a service?

My motivation to create a more inclusive Australia is highly personal. I have been transformed by love and by my brother’s experiences in a disabling world.

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News 23 December 2014

Hit the road … or the skies … or the island!

Floating at dawn in a hot air balloon, front row seats at a zoo safari tour, an elevated viewing tower at the Phillip Island penguin parade; three top outdoor attractions when visiting Melbourne. But wait, there’s more – they’re all accessible.

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Opinion 23 December 2014

Waising Miss Chloe

Nestled in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne is a light and leafy abode, the home of Sue and Chloe Dymond. They welcome me quite literally with open arms, and having followed their life journey in Sue’s book ‘Waising Miss Chloe’, I was only too comfortable with this.

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News 22 December 2014

Why the NDIS makes economic sense

The NDIS is not just about improving the lives of people with disability; it is also clearly a win for the Australian economy.

Here’s how.

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News 18 December 2014

The NDIS: See It Through

Two years ago, the law that would eventually establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme was introduced into the parliament.

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News 17 December 2014

Molly and Jane: Play, bike riding and swimming – it’s all in the plan

A few months ago Jane Paardekooper hadn’t even heard of the NDIS.

Now she marvels at the change in her young daughter Molly as she runs from activity to activity under the watchful eyes of skilled therapists.

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News 15 December 2014

NDIS full rollout timetable on track

The timetable for the full rollout of the NDIS will be released in six months time.

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Opinion 15 December 2014

Disability in Australia: Unfinished Business

Our investment in the NDIS is a landmark achievement. However Australia requires deep cultural, structural, economic, legal and attitudinal change if we are to deliver on the reform agenda outlined by the Productivity Commission for disability in this country.

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News 12 December 2014

Call for a comprehensive blueprint for the NDIS rollout ahead of today’s minsters meeting

“If I could sit in the room with the disability ministers today, I have one message for them. We need to know it’s coming, we need to know when it’s coming so we can plan. We need you to see it through.”

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News 9 December 2014

Action calls for a national rollout strategy

While there are some incredible stories of transformation rolling in from the trail sites, the fact is that most people are still waiting for the NDIS.

At last count almost 9,000 people had approved NDIS plans so that leaves a good 450,000 people to go.

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News 8 December 2014

Every Australian Counts transforms

Today we are excited to launch the next phase in the Every Australian Counts campaign. You told us you’d like to hear more from people in the NDIS trial sites. You told us you’d like to know more about exactly how the NDIS works on a practical level. And you told us you wanted us to keep up the pressure to make sure the NDIS rolls out on time and on budget.

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News 8 December 2014

Vale Stella Young

Every Australian Counts mourns the loss of Stella Young, a passionate feminist, comic, writer and disability rights campaigner who died on the weekend at the young age of 32.

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News 3 December 2014

NDIS – Where are we at? September 2014

More than 8,800 people with disability are now living their lives with an approved NDIS plan out of almost 11,000 people eligible for the scheme.

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Opinion 3 December 2014

Changing Attitudes Changes Lives

I roared out of the garage of Sydney University, and the College of Law, a shiny new lawyer. My social justice engine, fuelled by its knowledge of unfair dismissals and unconscionable contracts, was ready to drive people from the back roads of disadvantage onto the freeway of life.

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Opinion 3 December 2014

Work and the invisible disabling disease

Most of us have an idea in our heads of what ‘disabled’ looks like. It’s a very clear picture, and it usually involves wheel chairs or other visible devices.

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Opinion 3 December 2014

The starers, the nosy, the plain rude

If you’ve ever been to a grocery story with a toddler, it’s likely it’s happened to you.

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News 2 December 2014

Minister Fifield reaffirms commitment to rolling out the NDIS in full.

Yesterday, Minister Fifield spoke about the NDIA’s Quarterly Report in Parliament. Importantly he reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to rolling out the NDIS in full.

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