Disability service groups make changes ahead of July National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out

CareWest is one of the organisations, which help people with a disability, that are making final preparations for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in July.

Corporate Communications senior manager Marc Bonney said the NDIS will be driven by client selection so program changes have been made and education sessions run to ensure staff and clients are prepared when it is rolled-out in Orange.

He said clients will determine where their funding allocation goes and to encourage them to choose CareWest he said the organisation ran workshops to find out what services people wanted to receive.

“Over the past 12 to 18 months we’ve been preparing how we deliver services to work with the NDIS,” Mr Bonney said.

“A lot of people don’t know what it’s going to change and what it’s going to do so we’be been running education sessions.

“We’re trying to get some information out there, we’ve started an NDIS e-newsletter, employed a communications officer to talk to people and work with people to explain the NDIS and she’s put a workbook together.

Changes have included moving disability services into individual programs and putting more focus on active participation programs such as hip hop dance lessons. 

“It’s going to mean some pretty significant changes for people with disabilities and their families, it opens up how they can use funding” Mr Bonney said.

“There’s a lot more things that they can choose from now, it does make a difference because it depends on what people want to do.”

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