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Introduction to the NDIS

5th December 2016

Most people will be aware that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is soon to be rolled out in South Australia for adults aged 18 - 64 years from July 2017. The NDIS will be progressively rolled out via postcodes over an 18 month period beginning with City of Playford, City of Salisbury, and the City of Port Adelaide, Enfield (East).

The Northern Territory NDIS rollout will begin in January 2017, firstly in Darwin with people in supported accommodation and East Arnhem. For more information about when the NDIS will come to your location visit the NDIS website.

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help NDIS participants reach their goals, objectives and aspirations. Supports are funded in a range of areas, e.g. education, employment, socialising, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.

People with a disability will have direct access to money, through the creation of an annual plan, to fund the supports they need to live life and achieve their goals. Participants will have control of their daily lives, including; their choice of provider, therapist, type of supports and social and recreational needs.

Who can access NDIS?

A participant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
  • Be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
  • Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category visa

The participant’s disability must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent
  • The impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions
  • The impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation and you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime

There are many complexities with the implementation of the NDIS and confusion for individuals on how to navigate the new service system. The MS Society is currently working towards becoming NDIS ready and will be developing information resources to ensure you have the right information that will assist you to develop your plan. We are investigating how we can provide supporting evidence for our current clients to facilitate the development of your plan.

Over the next 12 months we will keep you informed about when NDIS local forums and information sessions will be held and support you to access key information.

Planning Workshops

The MS Society is providing interactive workshops to help people living with MS and their support network understand and prepare
for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

These workshops aim to provide a brief overview of NDIS and what you need to think about for your NDIS plan.

Part of the session will be dedicated to having a practice go at what you need to think about when you are developing your NDIS plan. There will be resources available to assist you and for you to take home.

When:Thursday 20 July 11.00 am – 12.30pm
Where:
Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre 28 Smith Road Salisbury East

RSVP by: Thursday 13 July

When:Tuesday 25 July, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Where:
Adelaide Theosophical Society Hall, 310 South Tce, Adelaide

RSVP by: Tuesday 18 July

When: Tuesday 1 August, 11.45 am to 1.15 pm
Where:
Reynella Neighbourhood Centre, 164-170 Old South Road, Old Noarlunga

RSVP by: Tuesday 25 July

Limited Places
Please RSVP asap and by the dates shown to MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or msassist@ms.asn.au


For further information visit the NDIS website.

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Introduction to the NDIS