Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Intellectual disability groups believe the NDIS is unfairly geared to the physically disabled's needs

December 14, 2014


Julia May for The Age - National

 

Advocates of people with intellectual disabilities, who make up more than two-thirds of future users of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, fear they are being disproportionately shut out from its services, writes Julia May.

 

People with intellectual disabilities are being excluded from the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme despite making up more than two-thirds of future users of the service, advocates warn.


Researchers, carers and people with intellectual disabilities fear that without closer engagement, the $22.4-billion scheme will be disproportionately tailored to the needs of the physically disabled, leaving those with cognitive impairments as the sector's "poor cousins". They say the NDIS pilot schemes are showing signs of inadequate design.


Bruce Bonyhady, the chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency that oversees the scheme, acknowledged at a conference last month that people with cognitive impairments had not been properly consulted on the design process and...

 

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