Preparations underway for the NDIS on the Sunshine Coast

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace welcomed the announcement of improved support for the hearing impaired, amid preparations for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on the Sunshine Coast. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) this week announced five initiatives to improve the NDIS experience for people with hearing impairment after significant consultation with hearing providers and experts.

Mr Wallace said “There are many people living on the Sunshine Coast with hearing loss and there are already first class community organisations like Hear and Say who are providing them with important support. However, this new announcement means that when the NDIS rolls out on the Sunshine Coast in January more people, and especially more children, will be able to get the services they need straight away.”

The changes include increased eligibility for people with hearing loss under the age of 25, streamlined access for children aged 0 to 6 which will ensure they receive services more quickly, and revision of the prices paid by the scheme for hearing loss services. The changes will also extend in kind support on the NDIS from Australian Hearing to 30 June 2020.

“The NDIS will be rolling out in our community at the beginning of 2019, but that means that eligible people will be able to apply to join the system from the start of July this year. The NDIS will be a big change in the way that disability services are delivered on the Coast, not only for people with hearing loss but for everyone living with a disability. That’s why I am holding a Fisher NDIS Forum in July to help people with a disability and their carers to get prepared.”

Mr Wallace’s Fisher NDIS Forum will take place at 10am at the Events Centre at Caloundra on Monday 9 July. Representatives of the NDIS will visit Caloundra to answer residents’ questions and to provide further information.

“If you think that you might be eligible for the NDIS when it rolls out in 2019, or if you care for someone who does, I would strongly encourage you to sign up for this NDIS Forum. We will learn about what the NDIS will mean for you, how NDIS packages will be planned and delivered and what you need to do to get involved.”

The event is free but registrations are required at www.ndis.gov.au/event/caloundra-info-9jul

“This weekend I will be attending Hear and Say’s Trivia Night fundraiser for local children with a hearing impairment at Sienna Catholic College. I am looking forward to what will be an enjoyable night for a fantastic cause, and I am looking forward to spreading the word about the difference that the NDIS will now be able to make when it rolls out in January.” he said.

For more information on the NDIS see https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/what-help-can-i-get.

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