There are approximately 4.3 million Australians living with a disability. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to provide eligible Australians with funding for supports and services.
What support does they provide?
The supports and services funded by NDIS may include living arrangements, health and wellbeing, independence and education. They can also provide information and connections such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools.
Is my child eligible?
The NDIS supports people between the ages of seven and 65. They also has an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach for children aged six and under. This approach aims to reduce the impacts of disability and developmental delay as early as possible and helping the individual build up their skills. Your child may be eligible for funding if they usually need support from a person because of their disability, if they use special equipment or if they need support to reduce future needs. To find out if your child is eligible, visit www.ndis.gov.au and complete the eligibility checklist.
How do I apply?
If you believe your child may be eligible for NDIS, ring 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request. Mission Australia are also an NDIS partner, so if you’d like to deal with someone face to face, make an appointment to see them. They can also assist you with a list of all NDIS approved services.
How do they work with schools?
Your NDIS provider can work with your child’s school. This is to ensure your child is supported consistently at home and at school. They will not replace the obligations our schools have to provide appropriate adjustments and support to students with disabilities. You can read more about school’s supporting a diverse range of learners here.
Lorraine Carroll is the Manager – Therapy & Disability and a Speech Language Pathologist at Cairns Catholic Education