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Better Support for People with Disabilities

Traditional supports for people with disabilities have been controlled by the funding source. Equipment, residential services, care givers, and treatments were provided by contracts, leaving people little say in which supports were needed, and which ones were wanted. Individual goals and preferences were not a priority. That is about to change in Australia with a new initiative called the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It will be available in most of the country in early 2016 for those who meet requirements. Giving people more control over plans and services for their own life will ensure better success.

The goal is to encourage self-directed support and a whole life approach to services. Individuals will be given information, referrals, links to services and activities, and lifetime support when needed. People can take some responsibility, or all the responsibility for deciding care plans, choosing suppliers, and managing their needs. Support will also be available to family members, to any disability care provider who wishes to build capacity, and to communities to encourage inclusion in activities. Raising awareness is also part of the goal for NDIS Brisbane.

Disability requirements for early intervention include an impairment or condition that can be improved with intervention to the extent that intervention decreases help needed, decreases deterioration of capacity, or will help family or care giver continue with assistance. A child under the age of six years with a developmental delay also qualifies for early intervention. Adults with a disability must have an impairment that is likely permanent and significantly reduces the ability to participate in daily tasks, activities, or economical endeavors.

Residency requirements involve living in a specific location where services are provided, being a citizen, or holding either a permanent visa or a special category visa. Age requirement is under sixty-five years of age. Some areas, such as New South Wales, Tasmania, and South Australia, have begun services for youth already. Parents can check with local providers to get age requirements for current services offered. In addition to NDIS, some areas are building new housi