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NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS)

The below information is provided from the NDIS website. For more detailed information, please visit https://www.ndis.gov.au or contact us directly to discuss your specific situation. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life. For More information, follow the link below.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is for Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS is a new way of doing things that gives participants the ability to choose and control the supports they use to get involved in their community, workplace, and social life. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

The NDIS funds:

For Hearing Services

For children 0-6 years

A special pathway has been implemented for children, aged 0 – 6 years, with newly diagnosed hearing loss. Your audiologist will refer you to Hearing Australia (formerly Australian Hearing) when your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Hearing Australia can help you apply to access the NDIS at your first appointment.

Your child’s early years are very important as they set up how they’ll learn and develop later in life. Support provided early will help you and give your child the best chance of achieving their potential. The NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) has worked with a range of leading Australian early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach to help our participants aged 0-6.

This approach has been designed to identify the type and level of early intervention support your child needs to achieve their best outcomes. Early intervention in the early years is critical to achieving the best outcomes for your child.

For children 7 years and over

NDIS participants with a permanent hearing impairment may receive funding for assistive technology (AT) in their NDIS plan in addition to receiving hearing devices under the Commonwealth Government’s Hearing Services Program  (HSP). Hearing devices provided under the HSP are fully subsidised, meaning there is no cost.

As an NDIS participant also accessing support through the HSP, you have the option of entering into a maintenance agreement with your hearing provider which covers the maintenance of your hearing device and the cost of batteries. The annual fee for the maintenance agreement would be funded in your NDIS plan.

All requests for AT supports are considered on an individual basis and may be funded under the NDIS where the support is considered “reasonable and necessary” for the participant. Examples of AT supports include specialised alerting systems (vibrating/ flash smoke alarm), wireless streaming devices (for the TV, phone or remote microphone), remote controls, Cochlear Implant speech processor accessories (including aqua accessories) and speech processor upgrades.

What are the types of Hearing Services funded under the HSP?

Under the HSP, participants receive high-quality hearing services and devices at no cost. The HSP has two components, one is called the Community Service Obligation (CSO) and the other is the Voucher Program. Until mid-2020, the usual arrangements for the CSO and Voucher components of the HSP will also apply to NDIS participants.

How do I access the Hearing Services Program (HSP)?

If you are an NDIS participant under 26 years of age, have a diagnosed permanent hearing impairment and not already receiving hearing services from Hearing Australia, your Local Area Coordinator (LAC), Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner or National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planner can refer you to Hearing Australia

If you are 26 years and over, you will need to apply for the HSP Voucher Program. Complete the NDIS HSP application form  and have it signed by your doctor. Your LAC or NDIA planner will then submit the completed form including their details to hearing@health.gov.au.

You will then receive a voucher and welcome pack from the HSP, which is valid for three years. You can use this voucher to receive fully subsidised hearing services and devices from contracted service providers  under the HSP.

If you are an NDIS participant 26 years of age and over with complex communication needs, you may be eligible to receive Specialist Hearing Services . Your LAC or NDIA planner can refer you to Specialist Hearing Services at Hearing Australia.

How NDIS can help carers

Families and carers provide help and support that could otherwise be provided by formal services or paid support workers.  They are often one of the greatest advocates for people with disabilities, providing practical and emotional support to help them live their best life. Moreover, if the person they care for wants it, carers play a vital role in supporting them to join the NDIS, set their goals and use their NDIS plan effectively.

What are goals?

Goals are things you want to achieve with support from the NDIS and other supports and services. Your goals might include becoming more independent, getting or keeping a job, learning new skills, enrolling in education, becoming more active in your community, or improving your relationships and making friends. You should try to make your goals as specific as possible.

Ways to manage your funding

There are three options to manage your NDIS funding – self-managed, plan-managed and NDIA-managed.

Self-management – The NDIA provides you with funding so you can access the supports that will best help you achieve your goals. Find out more about self-management.

Plan-managed funding – The NDIA will provide funding in your plan to pay for a Plan Manager who pays your providers for you, helps you keep track of funds and takes care of financial reporting for you. Find out more about Plan-managed funding.

NDIA-managed funding – The NDIA pays your providers on your behalf. Find out more about NDIA-managed funding.

The below videos from Raising Children Network have some helpful NDIS information for those new to the NDIS.

THE NDIS AND HOW IT WORKS : VIDEO

NDIS: GETTING STARTED : VIDEO

NDIS PLANS & HOW TO USE THEM : VIDEO

NDIS PATHWAYS TO EARLY INTERVENTION : VIDEO

NDIS AND EARLY INTERVENTION : VIDEO

NDIS PLANS & EARLY CHILDHOOD SUPPORT : VIDEO

The following private Facebook groups can provide guidance on various NDIS topics:

NDIS and Deaf & HoH peoplehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/376069735914724/

NDIS Carers Online Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/NDISCarersOnline/

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