Ladybug House is building its expertise in understanding what the NDIS means for all participants. The NDIS is a government organisation that supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. It will eventually replace schemes like the Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA). The main benefit is that, unlike HCWA, the funding does not stop at the age of 7, it continues on for the life of the child. The NDIS will work with you to identify supports you need to live your life. Supports may help you achieve goals in many aspects of your life, including independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and well being. The NDIS will roll out over the next 3 years across the country, see the roll out areas here in an interactive map.
I'm currently attending the NDIS New World Conference and it has been a real eye opener. The conference has a focus on how technology can make a difference. The possibilities that technology brings to those with disabilities is endless. An example I saw on the first day was a start up business called abilitymate.com. It's an online service that connects people with 3D printers around the world to work with people with disabilities to make specialist components required by them. They won the award for best new idea!
This was only one element of the messages coming out of the conference. The key take out from the conference, regardless of when the NDIS rolls out in your area, is that you need to start planning now. Planning is really about understanding what supports you will need for your child when you go to discuss your requirements with the NDIS. So making a list of what you are using now and what you will need in the future is a great starting point. If you need more information keep checking back to this blog or drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.