Irabina Autism Services is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme service provider and would like to take the chance to introduce you to the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) which will be rolled-out for some areas in Victoria in July 2016. Currently there are seven trial sites which include support for children aged 0-8.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
- The NDIS is a new way for children and their families to access supports. It puts the goals ofyour child/family at the centre of supports.
- NDIS provides you with a choice over who delivers the services you want and what these could look like in order to achieve the outcomes you want.
- NDIS is a scheme for Australians 0-65.
- With NDIS all different funding systems will be streamlined into ONE system
- ECI services will now be funded through the NDIS
- NDIS is bringing together multiple state systems, programs and services which will merge into one giant Commonwealth funded scheme.
- The supports for your child are currently funded through many different pathways such as the Department of Education (ECIS), Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), Better Start or others. All these different funding steams will roll into one funding body called NDIS.
What happens to OUR services and support?
- Irabina will still remain your provider and will assist and support you through the NDIS transition.
- We will co-ordinate the services your family requires, provide you with a key worker and ensure that your family goals in relation to your child’s learning and development are being met.
- Irabina will work together on developing a Service Agreement which will provide you with the type of support that we will provide, who will provide this support, how often this support will be provided and for how long.
- Irabina is committed working with you to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the NDIS plan.
When will I be contacted by the NDIA?
Some eligible clients may be contacted by the NDIS as the scheme rollout continues, but people can also be pro-active if they wish and contact the agency in advance to log their interest.
Am I able to access the NDIS?
The NDIS website also has an eligibility checker, called the Access Checklist if you’d like to get an initial idea of your child’s eligibility. This checklist involves a series of questions that help to determine whether you may be able to access the NDIS. The process is anonymous, meaning you will only be asked for your first name, and takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.
How to prepare for NDIS?
For the transition to the NDIS platform, we have created a guide which can assist you in preparation for your meeting with a NDIS planner. Download the Irabina Pre-Planning NDIS Guide.
For more information please check out the links below:
Access Checklist – National Disability Insurance Scheme – A five question checklist to help you determine if you or your child may be eligible for an Individual Funding Package through the NDIS.
Visit us – National Disability Insurance Scheme – The official website of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Of particular interest is the Victorian Rollout Participant Pack
Raising Children Network – Information targeted to parents of children with disabilities, including Autism. Some of the relevant information includes information sheets or pages on the following topics:
The Inclusion Hub – The ECIA (Early Childhood Intervention Australia) site with information and guidance regarding the NDIS for both families, service providers, and community members.
Disability Loop – A fully accessible website by the Australian Federation for Disability Organisations (AFDO) providing essential information and resources regarding the NDIS for people with disabilities and their families. It has an excellent search function and all information is in plain Englisk. They also have a newsletter with regular NDIS updates.
NDIS for Kids – is a new online resource for families of children with a disability aged 0-6 years of age. It has been created in partnership with Amaze (Autism Victoria), Deaf Children Australia and the Victorian Department of Education and Training to provide the information you need to map your journey of accessing services that support the learning and development of your child. www.NDIS4Kids.org.au