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A federal parliamentary inquiry has heard repeated criticism of the early childhood, early intervention approach being rolled out as part of the NDIS. Allied health groups and disability service providers say NDIA staff are often poorly trained, and don't always accept advice from health professionals.
The National Disability Insurance Agency has insisted it is still developing an innovative virtual assistant program, voiced by Cate Blanchett, despite reports it had been deterred by the “robo-debt” and census crises.
NDIS' virtual assistant Nadia, voiced by Cate Blanchett, stalls after recent census, robo-debt bungles
The so-called "Nadia project" aims to help people navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through a virtual assistant. Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is the voice of Nadia, whose face and personality has been created by New Zealand artificial intelligence whiz Mark Sagar.
Desensitisation- The Rebuttal, Gary Kerridge is constantly calling out discrimination affecting our mental health? daru.org.au/resource/desen…