The National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDIS is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years the NDIS will provide an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need. 

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need. The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.

 

The NDIS helps people with disability to:

  • Access mainstream services and supports: These are the services available for all Australians from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education systems. It also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.

  • Access community services and supports: These are activities and services available to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities.

  • Maintain informal support arrangements: This is help people get from their family and friends. It is support people don’t pay for and is generally part of most people’s lives.

  • Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports: The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary. This means they are related to a person’s disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals. Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.

 

NDIS - What does it mean?

  • National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.

  • Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

  • Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.

  • Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

 

NDIS key words

  • Permanent and significant disability: A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.

  • Supports and services: Assistance or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals.

  • Early intervention: Providing support to a person, either a child or an adult, as early as possible to reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay and to build their skills and independence.

  • https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/how-ndis-works

 

Think Say Sing Move Play Childhood Development is a registered NDIS provider. We can 

  • Provide you with therapy supports

  • Provide you with information about the NDIS

  • Assist in completing paperwork

  • Provide you with a quote for the cost of service provision

  • Check in with you to ensure you are happy with the services you are receiving

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