The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s new way to support people with disability. By allocating funding for disability support, directly to those who meet the eligibility criteria, rather than disability organisations, the NDIS aims to create greater opportunities for people with disability to achieve a good life.
People who are eligible (NDIS participants) to access NDIS funding will be supported to develop an individual plan which will document their nominated life goals. The plan will link these goals to corresponding budget items and funding will be provided to each NDIS participant.
Down Syndrome Victoria is committed to the values of self-direction, choice and control, which underpin the NDIS. We are registered as an NDIS provider and over time will be providing personalised services which in the past were predominantly funded directly by Government and philanthropy.
These NDIS funded services will include –
• Club 21 (commencing January 2018)
NDIS support category – Assistance to access community, social and recreational activities
• Linking people with Down syndrome to open employment opportunities (commencing January 2018)
NDIS support category – Finding and keeping a Job
• Training for families to assist with their son/daughter and their family to achieve a good life (commencing February 2018)
NDIS support category – Training for parents and carers
• Assistance to access community opportunities (pending)
NDIS support category – Increased social and community participation
We will continue to work alongside our members to promote positive attitudes towards people with Down syndrome and seek opportunities for improved inclusion and participation in early childhood and education, employment and community life.