The NDIS has finally begun its full roll-out across Australia, after being trialled in various shapes and forms and places over the past three years.
It is hailed as the biggest social transformation in Australia since the introduction of Medicare, yet there are growing fears that it is being derailed by the pressure of funding cuts, vested interests and ‘welfare blaming’, and that the understanding of true ‘choice and control’, the NDIS slogan, is being lost.
Last month The Australian reported that founding NDIS chair Bruce Bonyhady has been replaced “following a year of scandals and blunders”, amid a broader shakeup of the Board that will see a number of corporate heavyweights take up positions. That’s prompted concerns that it is lacking representation of people with disability.
That makes this two part article on the NDIS by El Gibbs, published as part of her crowd-funded #CripCroakey series, so timely and important.
In this first part, Gibbs looks at worrying mistakes and directions in the emerging NDIS and asks: where are the voices of people with disability and a deep understanding of human rights in all this?
In the follow-up piece, she will explore how the NDIS was designed to end the “lottery” system of support that people with disabilities endured and questions whether the “scandals and blunders” are symptomatic of a scheme that is far removed from its goals.
You can track the #cripcroakey series here.
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This article was sourced from the website Croakey website (full copy) and the original article can be found at CripCroakey NDIS Part 1: Scandals, blunders & how change will only come when disability rights are front & centre.