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Good afternoon Jill,
Welcome to issue #10! We now have over 500 Twitter followers, and over 500 Facebook likes. Thank you all for your support! You are helping us to get plain language news and information about the NDIS out to the people that need it.
As always, there is plenty of NDIS news to catch up on. This issue we talk about the NDIS New World Conference (#ndisconf), all of the latest reports and documents the NDIS and the Federal Government have been working on, and we also take a look at the issues around closed-system housing, and how different people feel about it.
Next issue we plan to tell you about the activities of an important group of people with disability, carers and service providers - the NDIS Independent Advisory Council (IAC). They think and talk about things that are important to people using the NDIS, and then they tell the people in charge of the NDIS. The NDIS Board also asks the IAC for advice, and makes changes when the IAC gives them good ideas. For example, the IAC recently set up an Intellectual Disability Reference Group to help make sure the voices of people with intellectual disability were being heard now and in the future. The IAC are doing lots of important work and we'll tell you more about it next time. Until then, get to know the IAC members from the NDIS website.
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News from the NDIS New World Conference: Technology in the 21st Century
Matthew, Catherine and Carl from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) attended the NDIS New World Conference: Disability in the 21st Century in Brisbane this October. The conference was about how technology could be used by people with disability now and in the future.
Disability housing institutions are beginning to close
Disability housing institutions are buildings where very large numbers of people with disability live together. People that live in institutions generally have a much lower quality of life than people that live in mainstream housing, but sometimes it is the only option. There have been a few stories in the news recently about some of these institutions closing, and new types of housing are being built before the NDIS rolls out. Different groups of people have different opinions about it.
What has the NDIS been up to in October and November?
Since October 22, the NDIS have released: an Assistive Technology Strategy; the NDIA 2014-15 Annual Report; NDIS Quarterly Report; the Joint Standing Committee's second report on the NDIS, and a proposed NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
Checklist for Mental Health Carers on the NDIS Mental Health Australia, Carers Australia
This checklist is designed to assist carers to describe the support they provide to contribute to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning process for someone with a psychosocial disability.
Do you care for someone applying for NDIS supports? Carers Australia
Do you care for someone who is eligible for NDIS supports, but are unsure about the application and planning process? Carers Australia can put you in touch with carers who have been there and done that, who are happy to share their experiences.