Children with disability can get a range of support for their education through their school. But through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), families of children with disability can also get support for themselves and additional support to help their child participate in school and everyday activities. If you have a child with disability, the NDIS could help your child and your family. Here is what you need to know.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new system that provides individualised disability support funding that focusses on the needs and choices of people with disability. The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The funding provided can help people with disability access supports to achieve goals in many aspects of their life, including independence, education, and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS gives people more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided, and gives people certainty that they will receive the support they need over their lifetime.
How can the NDIS help my family?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which manages the NDIS, knows that families and carers are partners in the support of children with disability – providing help and support that cannot be provided by formal services or paid support workers. One of the core aims of the NDIS is to better support families and carers in their caring role.
As the parent or carer of a child with disability, your views and experiences are important in the planning process for the NDIS – helping with decision making about your child’s ongoing support needs, goal setting, assessment and the planning process.
You can find information about additional services dedicated to help you in your role as a carer on the Support for Carers page of the NDIS website, including courses and peer-support programs.
What help is available for my child?
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations in a range of areas, which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS website has information about the services and support options available.
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers allowance.
Where and when is the NDIS available?
The NDIS will roll out progressively from July 2016. Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until the NDIS is introduced in your area.
Find out more about where and when the NDIS is available.
Can I access the NDIS for my child?
For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.