In October we hit the road to tell families in the Ovens Murray and Goulburn regions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We were lucky enough to be joined by the experts from the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) who presented an overview of the scheme and gave tips and resources on how to prepare.

Over two weeks, eight sessions took place in Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Shepparton and Seymour with a total of 94 people attending.

Eddie Chapman, CEO of ACD, who presented the sessions, had some great advice for parents. In particular, “Start thinking about what your average week looks like: what happens day-to-day, occasionally, what is a challenging week like as well as a good week. This will help you figure out what supports and services you are accessing and what you need.”

“The NDIS is about moving from ‘what do you need to survive’, to what will improve the independence of participants and help them achieve their goals and aspirations. It’s a more positive view.”

The feedback from the sessions was overwhelmingly positive, with people who attended telling us they now have a much better understanding of the scheme and what they need to do to prepare.

These sessions are the beginning of an ongoing conversation we will be having with families and people we support as the scheme rolls out across Victoria.

Image: Eddie Chapman, CEO of ACD speaks to families at a session.