Do Board Members “Get” the NDIS ?

Following on from my last post about NDIS readiness for disabilities professionals, there is a very important group of people that need to have a better understanding about the NDIS than they do.

I’m referring to Boards and Board members of not-for-profit organizations.

A lawyer colleague of mine, Geoff Donovan and I are delivering a seminar on the Board’s leadership role in the new NDIS world for disability service providers.

Time : 5-6 pm Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Location : Purpose Law Level 17, 31 Queen Street Melbourne

Cost : $65.00  (plus GST & booking fee)


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Geoff’s legal expertise is in the area of “Good Governance” with a particular focus on Directors duties for community and corporate organisations.

I will be giving my views looking through the “participants” lens.

As I have been a governance member on a number of boards I believe the NDIS will challenge some board members in understanding a different way of thinking which is now required as we move from a welfare model to an insurance model.

Leadership by the Board is crucial in these times of transformational change in the disability sector which requires a definite mindset shift by Board members.

When I encourage people to embrace “choice and control” when choosing a provider, I suggest that they look closely at 3 aspects.

  1. Does their board really understand the NDIS?
  2. What is the culture of the organisation?
  3. Are people with disabilities represented with in the organisation?

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Front Row Seats

We all dread being assessed.

Assessments are not all about funding, they are also about balancing your goals and priorities whilst living with a disability.

The outcome of the assessment depends a lot on the individuals who are conducting the assessment and the information you give them.

To improve your chances for a positive outcome try my, “Race Approach” approach.

  • Research
  • Attitude
  • Creativity
  • Engagement

I do believe this approached really helped me as now, for the 1st time in my life, sit in the front of my car.

Two words from the “RACE Approach” are especially important.

Attitude – Creativity

I sincerely thank the following professionals who worked with me (without mentioning names) to achieve my goal after many years.

It was a great experience to work with individuals who are so client focused, thank you all.

Now Sitting in the Front of My New Car

Whilst sitting front row in my new car I picked up a hitchhiker on my travels, her name is Marita Cheng from 2Mar Robotics.

I am having a sneak preview of A Robotic Arm that can be controlled using your smart phone.

No, robots are not driving our cars yet, but it can wipe my bum.

Stay connected I will be doing a full review you on this amazing technology soon.

Hang out with them…Don’t Pretend

As a kid who travelled every day on I schoolbus I sat next to this kid who was blind & dribbled a lot.

Everybody said hello Peter hello Peter…. but at the age of 10 it was obvious to me this was an “interaction” between two people.

Real meaningful interaction was when I lent my crutches against him as we travel on the bus and he would play with the spring button that made them adjust.

Peter and I became friends and I really got to understand his moods.

This memory came back to me as I was recently listing to Sheridan Forster who is the author behind

Hanging out Program HOP.
It is simple and easy to understand handbook designed for Disability Support Workers who are supporting people who have a
Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

The key message in this book is to dedicate 10 minutes a day and give 100%  of your concentration to the people you are supporting.

I take my hat off to people like Sheridan whose approach is working and there is lots of supporting data out there.

For more information take a look at, the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria website

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I really love how people using this program are using Facebook to share their thoughts as above (written permission received from Merry Prain to publish Facebook quote)