Personal experience trying to get @NDIS to approve Reasonable and Necessary supports (that the NDIS Appointed OT has identified as R&N) - even through the @aat_gov_au process. My kid will be homeless in 3 months if we can't break this loop. #NDISFail
This is a worldwide issue. How can our community expect to get out of #poverty if we accept #Slave labour roles. While we are struggling to put food and essential medications on the table we are unlikely to band together and demand the change we need #Disability #HumanRights
This is why I tell my #NDIS #SelfManagement community that they should not be scared of making an innocent mistake. The fraud squad is looking for genuine #Fraud. This is hard to do by accident https://t.co/s9pIeJqGhd
I think Fr Rod is going to be just what I need to regroup. Excited to be attending the @OurCommunityAU #CommunitiesInControl Conference in Melbourne for the next 2days - and meeting other community leaders who are ready to do this outside of government
I have some exciting news to share .... the NDIS Participant I have been working with the longest (A.K.A - my kid) has just had her SDA eligibility APPROVED by the NDIA.
At 19, she is looking forward to moving into an apartment suited to her needs - with the support team of her choosing.
It has been a massive team effort to pave the way and we thank everyone involved. Looking forward to collaborating again as we support planHELP clients on their journey to independence. ... See MoreSee Less
I know that this affects many planHELP families - the need for food thickeners; and dietary supplements/HEN formulas.
The AAT has just determined that the NDIA should be funding these items as Reasonable and Necessary Supports where they are prescribed by a dietician.
While there is a good chance that the NDIA will appeal this decision; this can give confidence to those families who are self-managing and can only afford these life-saving products by using their NDIS funding
The Liberal National Party Coalition are still the Government of the Day. People in our community are hurting today. People in other communities are also hurting.
My inbox proves that people are nervous about the impact this may have on their daily lives. Changes to NDIS and Centrelink can really hurt our community.
So, what do we do?
In the lead in to the Federal Election, ScoMo and the LNP told us what they would do for people with disability if they remained the Government of the Day.
The highlight of their plan, from my perspective, is: "Introduce a new 7 per cent employment target for people with disability across the Australian Public Service (APS) by 2025." There is a bunch of other stuff - you can read the whole document on my blog. Many of the things on that list will happen naturally, particularly around the NDIS.
But this. A commitment to employing people with disability. This will take a lot of work; and will make a huge difference to people – if it gets implemented and actioned.
When the APS Aboriginal Employment Strategy was launched in 2015, the wording was far more action orientated : "The Government’s goal is to increase the representation of Indigenous employees across the Commonwealth public sector to three per cent by 2018."
We have work to do.
We need to transform a thought bubble “introduce a target” into an actionable Employment Strategy.
We need to prepare our community so that people with disability are APS workforce ready.
We need to take on disincentives within the current Centrelink rules where people who have significant physical disability (which typically translates into higher personal expenses) lose part of their DSP when they get paid employment; yet people who are blind do not lose any DSP.
We need to ensure that all types of disability will be represented in APS employment. At the moment, the APS relies on people self-identifying as having a disability. Anecdotally, this translates to a lot of people with medical issues (asthma, chrohns) being counted as employees with disability. We have seen this behavior in Para-Sport where only the most “functional” make their way through to elite levels.
This is a future worth fighting for. Genuine employment opportunities raise our community out of poverty. The current Government of the Day has laid the groundwork for us to insist they follow through. Let’s take control of this opportunity. ... See MoreSee Less