Changes for Disability Support in Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to begin services to most areas of the country in early 2016, with a new way of providing individualized support for people with disabilities.

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  1. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to begin services to most areas of the country in early 2016, with a new way of providing individualized support for people with disabilities. A whole life approach, or self directed support, will help people design and manage their support and services with the help of people chosen by the individual. People can choose to take full responsibility for care and services and receive direct payments into a person bank account. They can also choose to work with a host provider to maintain a little or some responsibility for planning and managing supports.

    People have to meet access requirements regarding age, residency, location, and degree of disability to be provided with referrals, information, links to services and activities, and lifetime support if necessary. NDIS Caboolture, for example, will provide disability support for people in that area. Other goals of the scheme is to help service providers build capacity, raise community awareness, encourage access inclusion, and participation in community activities and government initiatives. The project will continue to build on knowledge and experiences that lead to better support. Persons with disabilities, or parents who have a child with developmental delay, have to meet requirements in order to participate.

    The age requirement for all participating areas will be under sixty-five years in 2106. Some areas have begun services for youth early. Age requirements in New South Wales is seventeen years and under, South Australia is thirteen years and under, and Tasmania is at least fifteen years of age and under twenty-five years of age. Residency requirements include people live in specific provider locations and be a citizen, hold a permanent visa, or a protected special category visa.

    Disability requirements include an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent, an impairment that reduces the ability to participant in activities or perform tasks without assistance, or an impairment that affects social or economical participation. Early intervention requirements include an impairment that can be improved with intervention, such as decrease help needed, decrease deterioration of functional capacity, or a child under the age of six years with developmental delays.
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