Over 4.3 million Australians live a life full of challenges due to disability. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to provide nearly $22 billion in funding over the next five years. Almost 500,000 Australians suffer from any form of disability that is significant and/or permanent, and many of those will receive this support for the first time.
NDIS brings support to people with a disability that affects their ability to participate in everyday life activities with independence. NDIS service providers work with the participants by identifying and supporting that they need to live their lives conveniently. It helps the participants achieve goals in many aspects of their life, including increased community participation, employment, education, overall health, and well-being.
NDIS also provides access to information and connections for the participants in the form of doctors, support groups, clubs etc. and information related to the support available through state and territory governments.
NDIS has the objective of bringing choice and control to the lives of the participants. It does so through the support it provides and ensures that the participants continue to receive the support over their lifetime. Early intervention is also a top priority here in instances where early support can minimise the impact of disability on the participants.
The Core of NDIS
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is introduced across all of Australia in a phased manner. It will offer support to eligible people who have any form of disability. It can be intellectual, physical, cognitive, psychological or sensory. The feature of early intervention is inbuilt to ensure that the children benefit from it.
Above all, all Australians who have their child or anyone in the family suffering from significant and permanent disability, are assured of support under this scheme.
However, it should not be considered as a welfare scheme. It is merely aimed at helping people with the support they need for improving their life skills overtime.
Supports and services: These may be any form of product or assistance that will support the person in gaining independence in their daily lives. It will also enhance their ability to participate in community activities and move closer towards their life goals.
Permanent and significant disability refers to a disability that is lifelong and has a substantial effect in accomplishing lifelong activities. Together these two aspects contribute to the NDIS classification on permanent and significant disability.
Early intervention: Here, support is offered to an adult or a child, at an early stage for reducing the impact of disability or any form of developmental delay. It also has the objective of adding to their skills and achieving independence in their daily lives.
Consider NDIS as funded support that has a lifelong perspective and gives the participants access to control, choice over the supports that they will receive.
We at Personalised Support Services work towards enriching the participants’ lives by actively building skills and capabilities through timely and efficient support.
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