NDIS

  As clients you would be aware that Western Australia is transitioning its disability services from WA NDIS under the Disability Services to NDIS. Existing WA NDIS clients are transferring over in an area rollout. Eligible clients will need to call NDIS or go through the NDIS web site under http://ndis.gov.au/people-with-disability/accessing-the-ndis  . Alternatively, if you are an existing client you can go through your LC. There is a tentative rollout timetable on the Disability Services Commission web site. Further to this, if your child is between 0 to 6 and has a disability you can access NDIS services for Early Childhood Early Intervention. At this stage there appears to be only one contact office for this which is Midland. Once again we will need to wait and see how this service unfolds. The assumption is that there won’t be a gap in services and you will continue to be looked after by your existing services whether it be WA NDIS, HACWA or Better Start or DSC. Meanwhile, our advice is to look up the website and ready yourself for the steps to take for when NDIS is rolled out in your area. The advice pared down is: Ready yourself with your child’s personal details, their current support details, how you manage your child’s every day activities and note any safety considerations. Ready yourself with reports to validate the disability (see website for details eg permanent impairment that impacts on daily functioning). These reports can be from your GP, your specialist, or your Allied Health Professional (OT, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist or Psychologist) Plan your goals for your child to facilitate...