NDIS rhetoric

  • 22/11/2018
Maree Ireland
Chante with her support worker visiting her miniature pony

With the roll-out of the NDIS in Victoria, will the rhetoric ever meet the support needs of some people with disabilities in reality?  Can we ensure the rhetoric is applied to all people with disabilities?

After reading and hearing some stories about people with disabilities who believe their disability support needs are not being met either by the current system or the NDIS, it led me to ponder the following:

  • Choice and control
  • Getting the support you need to live your life
  • Getting the support you need to be part of your community

These are all great guiding principles under the NDIS that should now be underlying the delivery of disability services; the training of disability support workers in all areas and how people with disabilities envisage how their lives should be.

Maybe some people, who have what is labelled ‘high support needs’ and ‘complex communication needs’ – whatever that means – and who have been receiving funding for the bare necessities, will need to use the rhetoric, explore and open up their minds to what they really want to do with their lives, and insist on the amount of funding they really need to live a life they want.

For some, this may mean letting go of negative thoughts, beliefs and low expectations about themselves that have been ingrained into their heads, and being told the amount of funding needed to be able to do the things they want is ‘unrealistic’.

Yes, we all know the ‘funding bucket’ will not be limitless, but can we ensure that those who need more funding for their support needs don’t miss out, or have ‘less choice and control’ to be able to live the lives they want?

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