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Disability Loop eNews Issue #9
21/10/2015
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In this issue:


Welcome

News Opportunity

Welcome to Disability Loop

 

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


Good morning Jill,

The AFDO team have all been busily working away on projects this month that we believe will change things for the better for people with disability and their families. Keep a look out for our Diversity Field Officers in Geelong and stay tuned for information on NDIS training coming soon.

On September 29 our CEO Matthew Wright facilitated a panel (asked people on stage questions), at the Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel in Melbourne. We heard some powerful stories from a broad range of people who are thinking about how the NDIS is changing lives. We'll share the videos from this with you very soon (keep an eye on our Twitter
and Facebook). 

We'll be attending the NDIS New World Conference next week. On day 2 (October 28) Matthew will be an MC, and Carl will present his 'digital dream'.

Stay tuned for the latest news!

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

News

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New information about NDIS and housing

When the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments recently signed the bilateral agreements for the full rollout of the NDIS, some information about disability housing support was included in the documents. This housing news is the first new information on how the NDIS might help solve the housing problems of people with disability. However, the housing information is very ‘high-level’ and complicated. 

Read more here.

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What are people from Western Australia worried about? What's happening there that is different?


There are two different trials being held at the same time in Western Australia. The first trial is the NDIS trial that is just like all the NDIS trials sites in the other states and territories. The second trial is called ‘My Way’ and it is being run by the Western Australian state government. 

Read more to find out what exactly is happening, and how people with disability from WA feel about this.

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Queensland announces it's first NDIS sites: Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island


Queenslanders have been waiting a long time to hear about when the NDIS will come to the sunshine state. On September 25, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments told the public that Queensland will have three trial sites starting in January 2016 - six months before the full roll out begins in July. 

Keep reading to find out more.
'ndis' and a newspaper.

Quick links to the NDIS in the news


Australia’s NDIS: Its Design, Progress, Campaign Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities (speech transcript)
NDIS, October 19

Preparing for the NDIS: How does it translate to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families?
La Trobe University Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, October 13

Technology liberates a mind from physical bars
The Australian, October 9

NDIS could fail thousands of people with mental illness
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, October 8

NDIS roll out and review (audio)
ABC Radio National, October 3

NDIS trial ‘bungle’ amid ballooning autism rates
The Australian, October 3

Invest in capacity building before the NDIS rollout to make it work (also in easy read)
My Choice Matters Blog, September 24

Audio stories: How the NDIS is changing the lives of Hunter residents
1233 ABC Newcastle, September 23 

Opportunity

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Have you decided not to take part in the NDIS? Have you been told you can’t join the NDIS?


To find out how the NDIS trial is going, an independent evaluation team has been set up at Flinders University.

They want to hear from a small number of people with disability or a mental health condition (and/ or their family and carers) who live in the NDIS trial sites (in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria or the ACT), but have not joined the NDIS. 

They would like to speak with you for 60-90 minutes either as part of a focus group of up to eight people who also have a disability (although their disability may be different from your own) or as an individual discussion if that is more suitable. You will be given $50 to help you attend. They are interested in learning about your experiences and contact with the NDIS, your current satisfaction with the disability supports that you receive and any issues about disability supports and the NDIS that concern you.


Find out more on the evaluation website, or read the flyer (PDF).
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