What do you really think about the NDIS? Thoughts from people with disability, their families and carers

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Nov 13
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Throughout the past year we have spent a lot of time working with Australia’s disability sector to help organisations gain access and guidance on managing the challenges and realising the potential of implementing the NDIS.

We have had countless conversations with consumers, carers and their families and have been lucky to hear their perspectives on a reform that will affect them so closely.

This week at the Implementing DisabilityCare (now NDIS) Reforms conference we’ll be sharing these thoughts and look forward to hearing new things that arise at the event or passing on any feedback gained through the blog.

If you would like to be a part of the conversation please submit your thoughts below.

In the meantime, here are some of the opinions that people with disability their families and carers have told us.

‘Will the NDIS promote excellence by creating a more competitive market where the client can choose if they are happy with the service provider?’

‘The majority of services provided by government funded bodies have involved long wait lists and the level of service has been limited or had less of an impact than those services I have paid for privately’

‘One of the core objectives of DCA (NDIS) is to support people through early intervention that helps reduce the impacts of their disability and then improve their participation in today’s society. As an adult (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome), DCA (NDIS) presume I have a capacity to exercise choice and control in my life, and endeavour to support and develop my capacity to make important decisions.’

‘I’ve have spent hours searching the web but cannot find the answer to my question; what will the NDIS do for me?’

‘Interviewing, planning and goal setting can be most confronting intimidating and intrusive in people’s lives and so I am keen to hear how this is going to impact on families’

‘If you are not immersed in the system it feels like a foreign language – a foreign language we don’t speak. It is daunting. How will service providers communicate with parents and what parents take away from those communications?’

Obviously there is still a lot to learn for all concerned and we hope this week’s event brings us closer to finding some solutions.

We’re committed to ensuring our conferences are inclusive and accessible. To do this, we are pleased to have awarded 20 free passes to this weeks conference to small NFP’s, consumers, carers and families who will join this important conversation.

Submitted by Lindsey Eifler

Lindsey Eifler

Lindsey is a Senior Producer who specialises in conferences for the public and not-for-profit sectors. On Wednesdays and Fridays she has, arguably, the best office in the world; her home on the beautiful Central Coast.

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