The original vision for the NDIS was that it would give people with disabilities a say in how services are delivered. The appointment of an NDIA chair who is disabled is a positive move.
Some NDIS participants worry if they don’t spend their annual funds, they won’t be offered the same support in their next plan – and it’s harder for some to use what they’ve been allocated.
Reports of large-scale NDIS fraud show it’s time to work with participants and involve them in oversight.
The short-term NDIS priorities for the new government are to rebuild trust and restore it to its original intention.
Reports of cuts to NDIS packages have been confirmed with an average drop of 4 per cent across participants.
While public health measures in schools and hospitals aim to reduce COVID transmission, people with disability who have support workers in their homes have largely been forgotten.
In a new survey, almost two-thirds of parents reported having trouble securing a vaccination for their child or children with disability.
The proposed NDIS independent assessments have been controversial. Data doesn't really tell us whether they'd deliver for Australians with disability.
During the height of the pandemic, people with disability felt they had been forgotten and were not a priority. In the vaccine rollout, the government is repeating its past mistakes.
Residential disability care faces many of the same challenges as aged care. Paying close attention to these could help us avert a COVID-19 crisis in Victoria's disability accommodation.