There is growing support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (see http://www.natdis.com.au/). A paper on the full proposal can be downloaded from http://www.natdis.com.au/NDIS.pdf.A4 members are encouraged to consider the proposal as tell us what they think about how such a scheme would affect people with ASD and their families. We have a forum at http://a4.org.au/a4/forum/NDIS
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National Disability Insurance Scheme
It is time to cement a fully funded no-fault National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at the heart of the National Disability Strategy. Ranking alongside Medicare and compulsory superannuation, the scheme would be a visionary economic and social reform for the benefit of all Australians.
This issue affects every Australian, today and in the future. We are each at risk of experiencing a disability in our lifetime and the numbers of Australians with a disability are increasing.
We need to plan ahead before the current unmet and under-met needs become overwhelming. The projected increase in the proportion of the population with disabilities, combined with the declining informal support through unpaid carers, will lead to very large increases in the costs of disability. Under present arrangements this would add to government outlays.
The situation is similar to the problem identified in the 1980s that led to the development of compulsory superannuation. It was recognised that an ageing population dependent on old age pensions would place an extreme burden on taxpayers.
Key features of the scheme
Key features of the scheme would be the universality of eligibility and the benefits to the individual with a disability through the funding of essential services including:
- case management to facilitate independence, maximise potential and plan transitions over the life course
- early intervention as a top priority in the areas of therapy, education and accommodation support
- aids, technology and equipment and home modification needs met on a timely basis
- training, development and access to work to build self-esteem and reduce long term costs.