In July 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme was launched to provide people with disability and their families with support based on their individual needs, goals and aspirations.

The support is enabled through individualised budgets set up for each eligible person with disability to access their supports. This is determined through an assessment of their individual needs – including for now and for their future development and wellbeing.

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

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

You may be able to receive individual support if you have a permanent disability which significantly affects your communication, mobility, self-care or self-management. This includes being deaf or hard of hearing.

All states except Western Australia have committed to rolling out the NDIS, with WA committing to a state-led programme that is consistent with the national Scheme. Full rollout of the scheme across Australia began in July 2016. In many areas, the NDIS has not been rolled out fully, with the NDIS expected to be available in all areas by 2019. Service rollout guides and dates can be accessed on the NDIS Our Sites page.

To check if you may be eligible to access services, visit the NDIS website for their NDIS Access Checklist.

The NDIS have created a guide for getting ready for the NDIS Rollout that began on July 1st, 2016. The page is a comprehensive step-by-step guide on what you can do to be ready for the NDIS – as a person with disability, as a service provider or as a family member or carer. It also includes an up-to-date list of NDIS resources. See the NDIS Ready website to access resources on preparing for the NDIS.

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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