Victorian Premier & I “NDIS coffee update”

I came away feeling great after my brief chat with Premier of Victoria The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP.

He was aware of how much effort is going into the roll out in Victoria.

We both agree that the ultimate goal of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to make life easier for everyone.

The Premier also acknowledged the great work that VALID is doing in the advocacy space.


The NDIS Plane is now Fueled & Flying

Interestingly my view has only become stronger since my last post about the
NDIS in July 2015 (yes I have been slack)

Regardless whether you’re an existing NDIS participant, family member or a
disability service provider, it’s all about “information sharing”

Yes we all know this.

The important issue is how we interpret the information we find.

Working with the VALID team as a facilitator of Peer Action Groups has really
exposed me to an interesting mix of experiences from a range of people.

The key for me when sorting through new information is to try to connect with
someone who has “been there done that”

Don’t forget, that a 2nd pair of eyes and ears can be extremely helpful when
resourcing new information and communicating.

I have put together some information that may be useful, based on things I’ve
heard  from others.

It’s All About Me, But I’ll Take A Friend

First of all, I’d like to thank my subscribers who have been asking me to start up my blog again. Your encouragement was the good kick in the ass that I needed! I also want to thank Simon Kneebone for helping to support my commentary with his amazing illustrations.

Now let me get into it.

This post is about my thoughts on people with disabilities and their families meeting with those from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

There is a mixed bag of stories out there, good and bad, which is to be expected.

What surprises me is that I’m not hearing many examples where a 3rd party attends these meetings to support the participant or the family.

One of the philosophies behind the NDIA is to encourage greater involvement from people’s natural supports, such as family, the community and other close networks.

Now if this all makes sense, why aren’t 3rd parties (whether it be family, advocates or close friends) with you at meetings with the NDIA?

It’s not about being capable or not… it’s all about an extra set of ears & eyes from someone who can contribute if needed.

The experiences I hear where people have taken a 3rd party to be involved during a conversation with the people at the NDIA has, in many cases, been extremely positive.

Be Prepared colour pic