Acting CEO of the NDIA, Vicki Rundle, said the latest COAG NDIS Quarterly Report for 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019 shows the strong progress the NDIS has made.
Well-intentioned people are failing to see the entire child and that child’s immense potential because they see the child’s disability first, according to an inclusive education researcher.
The Centre for Workplace Leadership, in consultation with the Australian Network on Disability, examined ‘best-practice’ organisations in Australia to understand how they utilised workplace adjustments towards the inclusion of people with disability in the workplace.
“At the heart of problems in the NDIA is an artificial staffing cap which means there are not enough people to deliver for participants. We need more people working on these plans: It’s as simple as that. Participants rightly ask to have their plans reviewed but due to the staffing cap there aren’t enough reviewers. By the time this gets sorted- if it gets sorted- the 12 months on a plan has expired and we are back to the beginning. Enough is enough.
“We are listening, and will be consulting with people with disability and their families, the disability services sector, ministers and officials from Commonwealth and state governments and the NDIA as part of this review.”
The Morrison government’s review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme must focus on improving the quality of plans, and not just on cutting wait times and red tape, disability advocates say.
Newcastle University education lecturer David Roy said the way state’s schools dealt with disabled children was sometimes haphazard, and could be further exacerbated by the new approach.
David Tune AO PSM has been appointed to conduct a review of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation and rules, which in turn will inform the development of the Morrison Government’s promised NDIS Participant Service Guarantee. Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, said the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 will focus on streamlining NDIS processes.
It was meant to relieve the burden on families caring for children with a disability. But horror stories continue to emerge revealing how the National Disbility Insurance Scheme is failing to improve their lives. A new national survey shows more than two thirds of disabled children have problems or are unable to access the services and support they require.
“When I ran out of funds I was ringing the NDIA nearly every day and getting the same answer, ‘It’s in progress, we’ll be in touch’. “I was going around and around in circles, so on July 2 I made a formal complaint. “I said, ‘I got approval on the 29th of April and I have not heard from you – I am legally blind, I have run out of funds, and I have no support – what else can I do?
“It is about understanding how people with disabilities do things differently. We can still work and love to work and be included. It gives us a real purpose.”
Women with Disabilities Australia executive director Carolyn Frohmader said Australia’s most vulnerable continue to face unacceptable barriers. “There’s widespread hardship, discrimination, violence and poverty, they face these every day,” she said.
A new report has highlighted the discrimination and hardship people with disability face, with over 60 percent of survey respondents unable to afford to get access to the disability support they require.
Studies have shown that transport in the NDIS is the number one cause of all NDIS related spiritual breakdowns.* Given the sheer number of Participants who depend upon transport funding, it would be completely reasonable to assume that the issue would be well and truly resolved by now. But then if you made such an assumption, you probably wouldn’t be too familiar with the NDIS.
For many families of children with disabilities, their first encounter with a Victorian state school is marked by “gatekeeping”. They might be encouraged to enrol their child elsewhere or told a school has reached its capacity to accommodate kids with disabilities. Maybe they’re informed of zoning issues. Obtaining the contact details for key staff and signing up for school tours might be inexplicably difficult.