Finding young people living in aged care and linking them to the NDIS is a vital first step to creating positive and real change in their lives. However, a lot more work needs to be done to ensure that the person‘s NDIS plan is adequate and that they have the capacity and the necessary housing and supports in place to exit residential aged care. A closer look at the detail of the plans allocated to younger people with disabilities in residential aged care suggests inadequate plans may be part of the problem.
The ACT Human Rights Commission says a man whose application for the NDIS was lodged more than a year before his release from prison ultimately returned to jail after the relevant agency failed to process his claim and left him in the community without the necessary supports.
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has pledged to promote and monitor accessibility guidelines, after 25 disability groups jointly called for the procurement of accessible information and communications technology (ICT) in the Australian Public Service.
There are warnings today that disability service providers are de-registering from the National Disability Insurance Scheme because of frustrations with the system.
People with disabilities are bearing the brunt of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s teething issues. Among them is access to assistive equipment, such as walking frames, wheelchairs and special software. Last week, the agency that administers the scheme, the NDIA, apologised to the family of a Tasmanian man who died while waiting for medical equipment.
The former fruit picker and cleaner, who was injured at work in July 2016, is locked in a fight with Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds. She has accused them of failing to properly pay out her permanent disability claim, and compensation lawyers say she is one of many being put under severe financial stress by the organisation.
The government’s allocation of per-student disability funding came under fire from the Catholic school sector this week, with the Victorian director of the Catholic Education Commission, Stephen Elder, claiming independent schools were “raking in millions” from the scheme because of “subjective teacher assessments” of students.
The government has dramatically cut access to the disability support pension in the past eight years, cutting the approval rate from 63% to about 30% this financial year.
‘When is my walker coming?’ Enabling choice for people with disabilities not easy with NDIA policies
People with disabilities are bearing the brunt of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s teething issues, with many struggling to get access to assistive equipment, such as walking frames, wheelchairs and software.
A national mental health charity and a not-for-profit learning centre, have merged in a bid to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.