The ACT Government is supporting two local organisations to provide more independent and individual advocacy for Canberrans who need assistance in navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
ACT Disability Aged & Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) and Advocacy for Inclusion will share $400,000 over two years from the 2018-19 Budget to provide this important service to Canberrans with disability.
ADACAS and Advocacy for Inclusion are well established local providers of independent disability advocacy, with deep connections with the Canberra community and long experience of working within a human rights framework to advance the rights and interests of the individuals they support.
While the NDIS has provided greater support for many Canberrans with disability, it has also increased the need for independent individual advocacy, as Canberrans learn to negotiate a new service system.
The ACT Government heard this feedback loud and clear in its own consultations, as well as in evidence to the Legislative Assembly’s inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the NDIS in the ACT.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Disability Rachel Stephen-Smith:
“This is a great outcome for Canberrans with disability who need extra support in navigating the NDIS. These two local organisations have deep connections in the Canberra community and will make a real difference.
“While the NDIS is delivering better opportunities and outcomes for many Canberrans with a disability, we know it has also created challenges. The ACT Government is stepping up and supporting Canberrans who need help to have their voices heard by the National Disability Insurance Agency, so that the scheme can deliver on its promise of greater choice and control for people with disability.
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