The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for Australians with a disability. It is designed to provide people with the necessary support to live an ordinary life, participate in the community and achieve their goals.
Selectability a NDIS manager in Townsville says the NDIS provides funding for a range of services and supports that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant. These services and supports can include:
- personal care and daily living assistance
- transport and equipment
- home modifications
- short-term accommodation
The NDIS is funded by the Australian Government and administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It is available to eligible Australians aged under 65 years who have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
It is a needs-based scheme that aims to provide people with disabilities the support they need to live an ordinary life. The NDIS also has a strong focus on inclusion and community participation.
There are four main objectives of the NDIS:
1. To provide people with disabilities with the support they need to live an ordinary life
2. To promote inclusion and social participation
3. To build capacity within the disability sector
4. To provide affordable and sustainable funding for disability services.
The NDIS is based on the following principles:
1. Choice and control – people with disabilities should have choice and control over the supports and services they receive
2. Inclusion – people with disabilities should be included in the mainstream community
3. Individualised support – supports and services should be tailored to meet the individual needs of each person
4. Capacity building – the focus should be on building the capacity of people with disabilities, their families and carers, so they can take an active role in their communities
5. Natural support networks – family, friends and carers play a vital role in supporting people with disabilities, and this should be recognised and supported
6. Early intervention – early intervention can significantly improve outcomes for people with disabilities
7. Whole-of-life approach – the NDIS takes a whole-of-life approach, supporting people from birth to old age
8. Person-centred approach – the NDIS adopts a person-centred approach, which means that each person’s individual goals and aspirations are at the centre of their support plan
9. Strength-based approach – the NDIS takes a strength-based approach, which recognises that people with disabilities have strengths, skills and abilities that can be built upon
10. Gradual increase in independence – the NDIS supports people to gradually increase their independence over time.
For more information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), it’s role and how you might fit into it visit the NDIS website to find out more.