People with intellectual disability can be parents and caregivers too – but the NDIS doesn’t support them

Child protection statistics are a sober reminder of the vulnerability these families face if they fall between the cracks of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mainstream support services. Up to three in every five children with a parent or parents with intellectual disability are likely to be removed from their care according to research from around the world.

Parenting should be treated as an activity of daily living for people with disability and then supported – rather than ignored – to ensure the best outcomes for parents and children.

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Child protection and relinquishment, Human Rights, NDIS

Susan Collings, Gabrielle Hindmarsh, Margaret Spencer and Nikki Wedgwood

The Conversation

Date published:
Tue 16th Aug, 2022