About the NDIS

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, is now rolled out across many areas across Australia. By giving the funding to you, it puts the choice and control back into your hands. It’s designed to promote wellbeing and empower participants to participate fully in community life.

Every individual has different needs and the NDIS works to recognise this difference.

Different supports are available through individualised plans established for each NDIS participant.

These supports are determined through an assessment of yours or your child’s individual needs including the needs for now and for future development and wellbeing.

The NDIS works differently to past support services because individuals control what supports they access. Previously the government allocated block funding to organisations like Deaf Children Australia to deliver services. With the NDIS, participants have their own support budgets that they can use to purchase services from different providers who best meet their needs. This means individuals have the opportunities to access specific services that matter the most to them.

The NDIS has now released information in a series of Auslan videos. To watch them, see the NDIS website.
DCA has also produced captioned Auslan videos about the NDIS, which can be viewed below.

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You may be able to apply for and receive individual support through the NDIS if you have a permanent disability which significantly affects your communication, mobility, self-care or self-management.

In order to access the NDIS you must:

  • Have a disability that affects your ability to participate in everyday activities – this includes being deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have a permanent residence special category visa
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have a permanent bilateral hearing loss of either 90 decibels or above with an audiogram in the better ear.

If you or your child is 90 decibels or below, you will need more supporting documents to show that your hearing loss affects your ability to participate in everyday activities.

  • Deaf blindness confirmed by an ophthalmologist and audiologist and assessed as resulting in permanent and severe to total impairment of visual function and hearing.

An assessment of eligibility will depend on your location and age and whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support.

The NDIS is being rolled out progressively. When the NDIS is available in your area you may be able to apply. Go to the NDIS website to find out more about the scheme and when it is in your area.

The link to the roll out information is listed below

https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/ndis-rollout

To check your NDIS eligibility and understand if you meet the requirements to receive funding, you can use the NDIS My Access Check List.
The link to the tool is listed below.

https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis

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Hearing supports
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.

The NDIS helps people to participate in everyday life. It allows participants to access a wide range of supports from Auslan to technologies.
Supports that can be accessed through the NDIS include:
Skills to help you be independent and part of community life. This includes things such as computer skills, travel training, budgeting and independent living skills, supports such as Auslan interpreting, live captioning, or note taking for events, activities and appointments to help you participate and to increase access.
Supports to help others understand your needs, for example, Deaf Awareness Training or Auslan training for other people in your family, friends or partners.
Equipment that helps you in everyday life such as an Ipad to access captioning or a captioned telephone.
Work experience and employment training, which will be available through the School Leaver Employment Supports or SLES
And assistance to participate confidently at work.

You could use the NDIS to have Auslan interpreting at your sports training or important family events like your party or Christmas celebrations, to fund equipment like a deaf friendly alarm clock, fire alarms or doorbells, or to access therapeutic support such as mentoring or counselling.

These are just suggestions of things you might like to access. There are many other kinds of supports available under the NDIS and a good place to ask around for advice is other families or deaf and hard of hearing people with NDIS plans.

They will have a wealth of knowledge to help you with your pre-planning.

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The NDIS does not cover:
• Support or services already funded by the government. For example, Australian Hearing services, medical health services or services provided by the Education Department.
• Anything that is not directly related to yours or your child’s disability or day to day living costs such as purchasing food or telephone bills which are not related to support needs.

If you would like more information about what is covered, we recommend looking at the NDIS website or contacting Deaf Children Australia’s helpline: helpline@deafchildren.org.au

You can have a look at Deaf Children Australia’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/DeafChildrenAustralia

Or you can call us on 1800 645 916

You may wish to join one of DCA’s POD Groups. These groups are continuing to build as informal networks of families who get together from time to time in relaxed community spaces, such as local parks.

If you would like to join or start a POD Group in your area, please contact DCA’s Helpline.

There are also several online communities and discussion groups for the NDIS.

Our next section Applying for the NDIS will cover gathering evidence and preparing for your planning meeting.

Deaf Children Australia is registered to provide support to NDIS participants in all rollout sites. We can support you or your child to achieve independence, to support
social inclusion and participation, or to support communication via Auslan instruction.
For more information on available supports, see our NDIS Services page.

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