Close to 45,000 Queenslanders could benefit from NDIS
A SIGNIFICANT number of Ipswich residents could benefit from the new National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to Queenslanders with Disability Network Ipswich regional facilitator Peter Tully.
Mr Tully said the NDIS, which is set to be introduced in Queensland in July next year, could benefit up to 45,000 Queenslanders.
"It will help a lot of people providing they engage with it, the NDIS will not come to people, they need to seek out the information," Mr Tully said.
"At the moment the Ipswich community is very isolated, the NDIS is about taking away that isolation and encouraging community engagement for people with disabilities."
To help local residents prepare for the NDIS roll out, the Endeavour Foundation will be holding a free information session for parents and carers in Ipswich tomorrow.
Redbank parents Tony and Lorraine Beaven said they would be attending the session and were excited to see what opportunities the insurance scheme would provide for their son Darryl, who was born with Williams syndrome.
"It will absolutely benefit people like Darryl, it's going to be an excellent thing and will offer financial assistance on a case-by-case basis, starting with those who are most in need," Mr Beavan said.
"I'm part of the Endeavour Foundation area committee and even we had to break the NDIS down and really look at the fine print to understand it."
Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said the information session would be an open forum, where locals were able to ask questions and speak with a member of the National Disability Insurance Agency, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and guest speakers one-on-one.
"The focus of the forum will be relevant to local families and it's a great opportunity for Ipswich residents to get answers to the questions they have about the NDIS.," she said.
"Attendees will hear first-hand experiences from two families in trial sites where the NDIS has already been introduced."
The session will be held at Ipswich Humanities Auditorium, 56 South St from 10am tomorrow.