The momentum continues to build as more and more individuals take up their NDIS support packages.

Since the full roll out of the NDIS began on July 1 2016 thousands of people have had life transforming experiences while for others, there have been challenging issues to overcome.

For many working carers – like Alison in this month’s carer story – life has changed immeasurably for the better.

Alison could never in her wildest dreams have envisaged a life where her son, who has extremely high support needs, could have been so well supported.

She had been dreading him leaving high school, thinking she may have to retire from work in order to care for him, but today she is still able to work and her son is able to lead a full and rich life in the community – thanks to his NDIS funding.

So if you are a working carer caring for a person with disability, and have not yet fully explored your family’s options, we encourage you to get informed and take action.

 Start thinking about the changes you want to make in your life and the life of your loved one today. Create your NDIS plan together and get ready for the exciting big changes ahead.

Under NDIS, your loved one will get to choose the supports that meet their individual needs so they can live their life the way they want to.

A great way to start your planning is to set aside a couple of hours to visit the ‘Every Australian Counts’ home page here:

http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/

It will empower you and your family to start thinking about the changes you want to make in your lives and learn what others have done. Even if you have already signed on for a NDIS package, it will be extremely informative to learn about how other people with disability are using their packages.

One of the best things about this website is that there are hundreds of real-life stories that other NDIS users and their families are sharing openly and honestly. It is immensely humbling and inspiring to read these personal stories. We can guarantee that you will find someone’s journey written up here that will resonate with you and your life situation.

You can comment on people’s stories, share your own perspectives and join the conversation on dozens of topics related to the NDIS.

You can participate in the NDIS online survey. Your answers will be made known to decision-makers to let them know what's working and what’s not working with the NDIS as the rollout continues.

Don’t forget to sign up for regular Every Australian Counts updates, too, so you stay in the loop with all the latest NDIS information, resources and news.

There are now over 40,000 participants in the NDIS

A new report reveals more than $3.3 billion has been committed to help people living with a disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. More than 40,000 Australians have NDIS plans or are in the process of accessing the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention approach. 85 per cent of people rated their NDIS experience as good or very good.

Languages other than English

The NDIS recently worked with SBS to make a podcast of an NDIS information session in Arabic. The podcast answers lots of common NDIS questions and is available to listen to and download here. There are other resources on the NDIS  website in languages other than English and more are being planned.

Psychosocial disability

A new has been developed alongside carers and consumers which covers how the NDIS supports participants with psychosocial disability.

The NDIS is the new way of providing support to people with a psychosocial disability and works to have a positive impact on your everyday life. It will provide opportunities in the community and certainty of funding for supports, and give people more choice and control over how supports are provided. The overall amount of funding available for disability supports will be nearly double that of the previous system when the NDIS is fully rolled out in 2019.

You can download a PDF fact sheet with more specific information here:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/medias/documents/heb/h21/8799160959006/Fact-Sheet-Psychosocial-disability-recovery-and-the-NDIS-PDF-774KB-.pdf

More information about NDIS

W: Visit the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au

T: 1800 800 110* 8am to 5pm (local time) Monday to Friday

For people with hearing or speech loss TTY: 1800 555 677

Speak and listen: 1800 555 727

For people who need help with English TIS 131 450

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