NDIS avail­able in Tweed

Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties can ap­ply

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Brennan ais­ling.brennan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

SO­CIAL Fu­tures is mak­ing it eas­ier for Tweed res­i­dents with a dis­abil­ity to sign up to the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme af­ter open­ing a new of­fice in Tweed Heads.

Since the roll-out of the NDIS in July, So­cial Fu­tures has been ex­pand­ing its ex­ist­ing pro­grams to in­clude sup­port­ing el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents to move onto the new scheme, which aims to see peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in­de­pen­dently con­trol their care and work goals.

So­cial Fu­tures CEO Tony Davis said the new of­fice would act as the lo­cal area co-or­di­na­tion point to de­liver the NDIS to Tweed res­i­dents.

“It’s the touch point for fam­i­lies and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to help them come into the scheme and to plan their sup­port plans,” Mr Davis said.

“It’s about sit­ting down with the per­son with the dis­abil­ity and their sig­nif­i­cant car­ers to work out what their goals in life are, what their im­me­di­ate goals are, what their long-term goals are and then work­ing out what sup­port will be needed for them.”

Mr Davis said the lo­cal area co-or­di­na­tors would also help each per­son with a dis­abil­ity suc­cess­fully man­age their plan once it had been ap­proved by the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity and In­sur­ance Agency.

So­cial Fu­tures is

ex­pect­ing to help ap­prox­i­mately 6000 peo­ple North­ern Rivers sign up to the NDIS within the first 18 months.

Rich­mond MP Jus­tine

El­liot helped open the new of­fice and said the NDIS would make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“A ma­jor part of the NDIS is con­sumer di­rected care, those peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties mak­ing de­ci­sions about the sup­port and ser­vices they want,” Mrs El­liot said.

“It’s truly trans­for­ma­tive, like Medi­care, and it’s about pro­vid­ing the best ser­vices for those with a dis­abil­ity, their fam­ily and their car­ers.

“It’s great to see it on the ground here in Tweed and our re­gion.”

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

OPEN­ING UP: Rich­mond MP Jus­tine El­liot with Pe­ter Smales and Mark Eather cut the rib­bon at the new So­cial Fu­tures and NDIA South East Queens­land Of­fice.

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