The Emerging Revolution in Assistive Technology

A fundamental component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is investment in innovation and research towards economically and socially viable outcomes.   This is a time when people with disabilities and their families can genuinely have a voice in shaping their future.  It is also a time when technology is developing exponentially.  Assistive Technology solutions for people with disabilities are already evolving in previously unimagined ways and with funding for innovation this will continue.

A Fundamental Shift

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant social and economic reform and one that should make a hugely positive difference to people with disability and their families. It also represents a huge structural change for the whole disability sector. It is interesting times!

An important aspect of the NDIS is that it is seeking to redress the disadvantage that many Australians living with disability experience and ensure that they will have the necessary support to participate more fully in social and economic life.

The Productivity Commission’s report on Disability Care and Support in Australia concluded that the current disability system is unfair, fragmented, underfunded and inefficient. It has been a lottery of who has received funding and who hasn’t. People have had very little flexibility, choice and control over the support they received.

Queensland NDIS Update #27

Promoting jobs in the disability sector

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) officially started in Queensland on 1 July 2016 signalling the beginning of a new era in disability services and huge opportunity for new workers to join the sector.

With the NDIS expected to create between 15,900 and 19,400 new jobs across the state, Queensland Government is supporting the non-government sector to raise awareness of these job opportunities.

A new video has been launched where people talk about their journey and experiences of working in the disability sector - including the range of jobs, flexible working hours and the life experiences they bring to their work.

You can watch the video and share it with your family, friends, colleagues or anyone you think might be interested in these opportunities, through social media.

More information: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/index.html


ABC: First family in Queensland to get NDIS funding says it is making a big difference

Posted 15 Apr 2016, 11:21am


The first family in Queensland to receive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding says the money is helping them cope with their daily "chaos".

Townsville mother Deborah Dooley has four children with disabilities.

Her 8-year-old son, who has autism, is the first in the state to secure a funding package.

Ms Dooley said the funding had enabled the family to engage support workers this week to get everyone out of the house and off to school.