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National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way that people with disability will be provided with support into the future. The NDIS will help people with disability live an ordinary life and achieve their personal life goals.

Those on the NDIS will work with a Local Coordinator from Disability Services Commission to to determine  a plan for achieving these goals. Goals may include greater independence, social participation, community involvement, employment and improved well-being. Individuals will then we allocated personalised funding which they can use towards programs and services which help them to achieve these goals.

The NDIS allows people with disability and their family and carers, the right to make their own life decision and exhibit control over their long-term outcomes. The NDIS also provides information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

The transition to NDIS

The bilateral agreement confirming that WA would administer a Western Australian National Disability Scheme (WA NDIS) was announced on 2 December 2016 by the Minister for Disability Services. 

This agreement states that the NDIS in WA will be consistent with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) model, the only difference being that WA NDIS will be a locally delivered model.

Since that announcement, there has been a lot of information provided regarding dates and locations of the WA NDIS roll-out for eligible people living in WA.

WA NDIS roll-out

How will this effect Cahoots and campers?

Any families living in the current WA NDIS / NDIA NDIS site should already have NDIS plans, or a date scheduled for a plan to be developed. If you have not yet had a planning meeting, please contact Disability Services Commission (DSC) to organise a meeting.

Families not living in WA NDIS areas are still able to access funding for support services. DSC Local Coordinators (LCs) are available to help people with disability, living outside WA NDIS areas to access individualised funding for supports.

Once the NDIS is rolled out, Cahoots will no longer receive government funding.

Funding previously paid directly to organisations like Cahoots will now be paid directly to individuals, allowing them to choose where they spend their funding. This means that the cost of services will increase, and that families need to be proactive in organising their NDIS / individualised funding.

Cahoots has been registered for WA NDIS and NDIA NDIS since early 2016 and is also registered to provide individualised services to any eligible person in WA, but in order to retain our services, we urge families to advise planners how important our’ services are to them to ensure that camps and programs are funded in their plans.

How do I make sure camps are part of my plan?

If you are entering into a plan in the near future and you wish to continue or commence attending programs or services run by Cahoots, it is important that you consider the outcomes you want to achieve and how our services can help you achieve these.

Cahoots fits perfectly under social participation goal setting i.e. I would like to make new friends, I would like to see my camp friends, I would like to attend more Cahoots programs. Cahoots programs are suited to other clusters and categories also. Cahoots also fits under Health and Well-being i.e. I would like to be more active.

Cahoots can provide more information for you to take to your planning meeting, or we can even attend the planning meeting with you as a support person.

If you’d like to learn more about what the NDIS means to you and your family there are a range of information sessions being held.

For more information, check out the National Disability Insurance Scheme website or contact DSC on:

WA NDIS Enquiries – DSC 
1800 996 214 (Free call) or WANDIS@dsc.wa.gov.au

Based on information released by NDIS, these are some great outcomes for you to consider when creating your NDIS plan:

Outcome statements for families / carers of children with disability aged 0-15 years:

  1.  Families understand their children’s strengths, abilities and special needs
  2. Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their children
  3. Families help their children develop and learn
  4. Families feel supported
  5. Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community
  6. Families enjoy health and well-being

 Outcome statements for families / carers of children with disability aged 15-24 years:

  1. Families understand their young person’s strengths, abilities and special needs
  2. Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their young person with disability
  3. Families help their young person become independent
  4. Families feel supported
  5. Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community
  6. Families enjoy health and well-being

The Cahoots team are here to support your transition to an NDIS plans. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact us on 08 9240 6928 orinfo@cahoots.org.au.

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