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Disability Loop eNews Issue #14
19/04/2016
Disability Loop - Are you in the loop? An AFDO project.

In this issue:


Welcome

News Resources Stories

Welcome to Disability Loop

 

A good way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


Hello Jill,

What's the big difference between the last three years of the NDIS and the next three years? 430,000 people! It's hard to imagine, so we created an image to help you visualise it.

Did you know that about 70% of NDIS Participants have some form of intellectual disability? There is a new Intellectual Disability Reference Group that is now helping make the NDIS better.

What are your options if you're unhappy with a decision by the NDIS? A great flowchart has been developed to help you figure out what you can do.

And we end with a new addition to our Stories section of our website, with a short video about David, a man with a great attitude. He's making the most of his NDIS Plan. 

We hope you find our website and eNews useful, helpful, and easy to use. We always welcome your feedback.

News

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A surge or a tsunami? The number of NDIS Participants during the trial phase compared to the full roll out


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started three years ago, in July 2013. Since then, about 30,000 people have become NDIS Participants. From July 2016 the trial phase of the NDIS will be over, and the transition to the full scheme begins. This will also happen over three years - but this time about 430,000 new people will become NDIS Participants. It’s a big, big difference.

Learn more here

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IAC in focus: Intellectual Disability Reference Group

This is the third article in our 'IAC in focus' series of articles which covers the very important work of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC is an independent group of disability experts that give the NDIS advice from the perspectives of people with disability, family and carers and service providers. In 2015, the IAC started the Intellectual Disability Reference Group (IDRG), to help the roughly 70% of NDIS Participants who have some form of intellectual disability.


Learn more here.

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Quick links to the NDIS in the news


First family in Queensland to get NDIS funding says it is making a big difference
ABC News, April 15

Human rights questioned as National Disability Insurance Scheme set to launch in Melbourne
Melbourne Leader, April 15

ACT to reap economic benefits of NDIS, report finds
The Canberra Times, April 12

Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring residents could be missing out on NDIS benefits
The Advocate, April 8

Australian tech accelerator to kickstart disability-focused startups
Mashable Australia, March 31

An NDIS in my lifetime
Every Australian Counts, March 30

Plain-speaking on the NDIS
The Northern Daily Leader, March 28

Guide Dogs’ program funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme provides assistance to children with severe autism
The Advertiser, March 26

Read Disability Loop news articles for more links.

Resources

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NDIS reviews and appeals flowchart
Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
HTML & PDF

If you are unhappy with your NDIS Plan, or a decision by the NDIS, this flow chart by DARU will help you understand what you can do. It is presented using a simplified step by step process, and has links to other resources if you'd like more details. Some of the information is specifically for Victorians, but most of the information will be helpful for people from all over Australia.

Learn more here.

Stories

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Video
David's NDIS story 
With captions and transcript

David is Deaf and blind and has an Aquired Brain Injury. He says "I know NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme, but for me it stands for “now, do it somehow” because NDIS provides the funding that I need to do the things that I used to do and love to do."

Watch the 1:20 video (with captions and transcript) here.

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