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Inside the proposed registration overhaul

This article is a part of a series exploring the inner details of the NDIS Review recommendations and there have been few as controversial as mandatory registration. Recommendation 17 of the NDIS Review’s Final Report details a proposal for a new risk-proportionate model of regulation. This intends to increase the visibility of the NDIS market … Continued

NDIS supports innovative efforts to support babies with early signs of autism to thrive

Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten, and WA Minister for Health, Amber-Jade Sanderson, visited Inklings, an innovative early intervention program funded for $13.8 million by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Based on world-leading research, Inklings supports babies aged 6-18 months who are showing early differences in their social and communication skills.

Government establishes task force to head NDIS reform

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set for reform as the federal government announces measures to heighten oversight of disability service providers. The move comes in the wake of findings from a critical review which highlighted issues with unregistered providers, including inadequate services and inflated charges to disabled Australians.

Season 2 of Better Date Than Never

Season 2 of Better Date Than Never is coming soon! Premiering next Tuesday 20 February at 8:30pm, the endearing series from the creators of Love on the Spectrum returns with more stories of a diverse group of single love seekers as they take their first step into the dating world.

Closing the Gap plans disappoint First Nations people with disabilities, advocates say

When Daniel McDonald severely cut his feet at home, and started bleeding heavily, his first instinct was to call an ambulance. He couldn’t. “How am I going to call 000? What am I going to do?” Daniel said. Daniel is deaf. When alone, there is no way he can verbalise an emergency to paramedics.

We won’t let the NDIS review take away our right to choose – An open letter to Bill Shorten

“The NDIS promise was to empower us to make choices about our lives live independently and with dignity. It is imperative that this promise not only remains intact but is bolstered by policies that reflect the true needs and aspirations of Australians living with disabilities.” Letter from Douglas Fogg a NDIS participant.

David relies on Christina for 24/7 care, but the NDIS won’t fund her help – because she’s his wife

When Dr David Squirrell, a deafblind advocate talks about the NDIS, he calls it the “national divorce initiating scheme”. Squirrell, 68, needs around-the-clock support. After starting to lose his senses in his 30s, the former physician has very limited vision and uses hearing aids. He’s also lost his taste and smell. He relies on his … Continued

Proposed changes to the participant pathway explained

Recommendation 3 of the NDIS Review’s Final Report, along with its 9 action points, proposes a comprehensive re-design of the entire NDIS participant pathway. So, you know, just the small stuff. The ‘participant pathway’ is the term used to describe a person’s journey through the NDIS – from learning about the Scheme, to applying, planning, … Continued

NDIS Review Urges Changes to Improve Participant Experience

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Review Final Report proposes a major shake-up of the participant pathway and experience. Accessing the NDIS, plan budgeting and implementation, and the roles the NDIS workforce will play are set to change.

Victorians take Hoyts to court for not providing captions

A group of six Victorians is taking cinema chain Hoyts to court, alleging the majority of movie sessions are inaccessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members. Deaf Victoria general manager Philip Waters joined Ali Moore to discuss the case, with Expression Australia certified interpreter Maxine Buxton.