NDIS Supports Full Participation of People with Disabilities in the Community
One of the goals of the NDIS is to assist people with disabilities to access mainstream services, and to achieve this, the Australian Government, non-governmental organizations, businesses and the wider community all play a role.To be fully included in the community, people with disabilities need access to mainstream systems, such as schooling and financial support.The Government of Australia is committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community,
How can NDIS help people with disabilities access mainstream services?
NDIS staff work on a community basis to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.
NDIS district coordinators can help connect people with disabilities to the mainstream service system and assist other organizations to include people with disabilities.
NDIS will provide participants with personal assistance to build capacity to use mainstream services. For example, NDIS provides participants with public transportation training so that people with disabilities can access local transit services.
Determining whether a support is funded by NDIS or another system
Not only will the NDIS not replace the mainstream service system, but the financial sustainability of the NDIS depends on the continued efforts of other systems to support people with disabilities.The key to the “reasonable and necessary” support provided by the NDIS is that other systems are not suited to provide this funding, but only the NDIS can.
The Government has identified key principles in key areas to differentiate whether NDIS funding or other systems are more appropriate. These areas include health, education and employment. NDIS cannot fund a support if it could be funded by another system, even if that responsible system does not currently fund it.
The principle that there is no alternative system of funding is a key principle of NDIS funding, not only to ensure that people with disabilities continue to access mainstream services, but also important in maintaining the financial sustainability of NDIS.
Participation in learning and education
People with disabilities can attend school, pursue higher education or vocational education and training. If a participant is going into education, the NDIS will fund the relevant support, which will also assist the person with a disability to participate in a range of community activities.
The NDIS is responsible for educational attainment, the provision of teaching and educational resources, and reasonable adjustments to educational facilities for people with disabilities. Individuals and families are also expected to provide education-related support, such as purchasing school uniforms, paying school fees and travel expenses, which are not funded by the NDIS.
The goal of many NDIS participants is to get into work or to find work that suits them.A major goal of the NDIS is to assist people with disabilities and their caregivers to participate in employment. If a participant qualifies for a job that requires support beyond the capacity of an employer or employment service, then NDIS will fund supports to assist the participant to get into employment. For example, NDIS will fund transportation to and from work for a person with a disability who needs a special vehicle. In the case of assistance with transportation and assistance with self-care, NDIS will fund the supports needed as long as the participant in this service may need them, whether or not they are currently at work.
It is the employer’s responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to enable a person with a disability to access the workplace. The ESS is responsible for training participants in job participation skills and assisting them in obtaining employment. These related services are provided by the Employment Services for People with Disabilities and Employment Services Australia.
Like all Australians, NDIS participants need access to affordable, appropriate and safe housing. Some participants have additional housing needs due to their disability. the NDIS will assist all participants to live independently, which includes developing independent living skills such as life skills training, money management, social skills and communication skills. the NDIS can also fund home improvements, personal care and household help.
Most participants will continue to rent or buy a home in the private market or obtain public housing through the Social Security housing system. As in the past, participants are responsible for their own daily living expenses such as rent, utilities, and fees, which are not funded by NDIS.
Like all Australians, people with a disability may require medical services at any time and may also have more complex healthcare needs related to their disability. The NDIS will fund the support and assistance participants need with activities of daily living as a result of their disability. This includes assistive devices, home furnishings and allied health providers (e.g., dietitians, audiologists, etc., with the exception of physicians/dentists/nurses) as well as health care needed due to the participant’s disability, including physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy.
The healthcare system is responsible for the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of health conditions. This includes clinical services such as general practitioners, hospital admissions, surgeries, medical specialists’ fees, dental care, drugs and medication. The health system is also responsible for sub-acute care, such as palliative care and post-acute care, including treatment of health conditions and wound care.
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