“I choose not to place “dis” in my ability” – Robert M. Hensel
NDIS – Sink or Swim. The True Benefits of a world leading disability support scheme.
With the implementation and rollout of NDIS, there is now a new sense of ownership and freedom amongst people with disabilities. The positivity and inspiring stories we see everyday, has shown us how the NDIS is now empowering choice for participants. With the $22billion cost of the rollout both positive and negative reactions are to be expected, much like any other Government initiative.
It is important to isolate the criticisms about the Initiative, as opposed to the process, as every new concept, no matter how big, incurs teething problems. The NDIS is no different. There has been confusion, funding access issues and provider queries on the systems currently in place. However, these issues need further discussion so that negative components can be identified and reviewed. The NDIS initiatives primary goal is to support people with disability, but in the same step, promote inclusion and diversity, which is something our society is striving for.
Every Australian Counts outlined the key benefits of the NDIS, based on a more emotional case which reflects the equality and inclusion principles of the NDIS. With in the 10 points, we really get an accurate insight into the benefits which people outside of the care industry, don’t generally see.
- It’s a national system. If you, or someone you love, is born with a disability or acquires one later in life, you all no longer run the risk of falling through holes in Australia’s safety net based on what state or territory you live in.
- People with a disability and their families and carers can participate in the social, economic, and cultural life of the nation with the supports and programs they choose.
- Families will be able to access support and services for assistance in meeting the needs of their family member with a disability, reducing physical, emotional and financial stress.
- The NDIS is based on equality. You will be able to equally access existing services regardless of when and where your disability was acquired.
- There will no longer be an expectation of unpaid care as the norm.
- As a Medicare-type system, the NDIS will provide people with a disability and their families and carers with the regular care, support, therapy and equipment they need from a secure and consistent pool of funds for these services and support.
- It focuses on early intervention and delivering supports which produce the best long term outcomes, maximising opportunities for independence, participation and productivity.
- Each NDIS plan is individualised and person-centred. Support is based on the choices of the person with a disability and their family.
- The NDIS is fiscally responsible. It is not welfare but an investment in individual capacity leading to more positive results for people with a disability, their families and carers.
- All Australians benefit from the NDIS because disability can affect anyone, anytime. Everyone will benefit from a more inclusive, more diverse community
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