Ac­cess as­sured

NDIS now a re­al­ity for Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days’ dis­abled res­i­dents can rest a lit­tle eas­ier this week on the back of an an­nounce­ment by the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Lo­cal res­i­dents are ex­pected to be able to ac­cess the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme from Novem­ber 1.

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion ser­vice de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion man­ager Kate Lemke wel­comed the news, say­ing it would bring “many pos­i­tive ben­e­fits to our re­gion”.

“Whit­sun­day res­i­dents with a dis­abil­ity can be­gin plan­ning their fu­ture with cer­tainty in the knowl­edge that the NDIS will be avail­able soon,” she said.

“Peo­ple will be able to ob­tain sup­port from the dis­abil­ity sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion of their choice, or from more than one if they choose.”

Ms Lemke said the move would also in­crease dis­abil­ity aware­ness.

“Peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity will be­come a far more vis­i­ble part of our com­mu­nity as the NDIS makes it eas­ier for them to get in­volved in com­mu­nity groups and events, join the work­force, take part in education and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, live in­de­pen­dently and start to achieve other life goals,” she said.

PHOTO: LOUISE STARKEY

TAKE NOTE: Mum and carer Trudy Helsham was among those who at­tended the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme pre­sen­ta­tion in Mackay.

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