Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is partnering with QCOSS, Community Living Association, Micah and Community Resource Unit on the Getting on the NDIS Grid project. The project is working in fun and interactive ways with people with disability who may experience additional challenges engaging with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the organisations who support/work with them, to learn about the NDIS, see if the NDIS is for them and know how to access the scheme. This includes people with disability who are:
- transient, in supported accommodation, living in caravan parks and or experiencing housing challenges
- homeless, or at risk of homelessness
- exiting the child safety, criminal justice and juvenile justice systems
- from LGBTIQAP+ communities
The work is co-designed and co-delivered by 14 peer leaders with lived experience. Events such as NDIS bingo, Art BBQ’s and information sessions have run in locations across the South East region including caravan parks, social housing companies, neighbourhood centres and at various parks where street vans such as Rosies and Orange Sky provide services. Staff are very keen to learn more about the NDIS and discover ways they can prepare for the roll out of the NDIS in their area and how they can help their clients. The workshops are about sharing innovative approaches to best engage potential participants of the NDIS and help them learn about the NDIS, what’s in it for them and how to access the scheme. In Queensland alone over 91,000 people will get funded support, of those, 45,000 people will receive funded support for the first time.
However, many people from this cohort have been slow to uptake the NDIS in areas where it has already rolled out in Queensland.
It is critical that everyone who is eligible for the scheme gets the opportunity to access the supports they need, so its important that all eligible participants are ready to access the scheme when it extends to the rest of the South East region between July 2018 and January 2019. If you think this project could be of value to you, someone you care about or provide a service to, then please contact QDN to discuss how they can work with you. Call 1300 363 783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.