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What is an NDIS?
Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide support to people who have a permanent and significant disability, which affects their ability to participate in the community, and who require care and support. It will include comprehensive information and referral services to help people with a disability who need access to mainstream, disability and community supports. This will also assist people to have more opportunities and independence by providing the appropriate and necessary supports that will allow people with a disability to reach their full potential. The Barwon Region has been chosen as one of the locations for an NDIS trial to commence in July 2013. The Barwon Region includes the City of Greater Geelong, the Colac-Otway Shire, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Surf Coast Shire. Over the course of the trial, over 5,000 people with significant and profound disabilities, along with their families and carers in the Barwon region, will have their needs assessed and will begin to receive individual care and support packages under the NDIS model.

What is Deaf Children Australia’s Role?
Deaf Children Australia (DCA) is providing information about the NDIS to the families, carers and support workers of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people in the Barwon Region. Our key objective for the first stage of the NDIS roll out is to develop increased understanding of your needs and the services that might benefit you. We will be consulting with children, young people and their families to understand specific needs, goals and aspirations in order to inform proper service development. We will take this information back to the NDIS Transition Launch Agency in the Barwon Region and advocate for consideration of your needs.

During 2013, DCA will hold a series of workshops in the Barwon Region to keep people informed about the implementation of the NDIS. These workshops will also assist us to understand the needs, and information obtained during these consultations will be provided to the Launch Agency.

Individual Consultations
We are available to visit the families of children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing if they are unable to make it to a workshop and would like information about the NDIS and the opportunity to have their say about the services that need to be developed. For more information about the NDIS and children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please contact: Greg Frost: Ph 03 582 66213 Mob 0407 318 436 Email Debra Swann: SMS 0437 758 624 Email:

Feedback from Torquay
When the parents were discussing the NDIS at the Family Fun Day in Torquay in February, their hopes and dreams for their children included, “equal access and no more barriers”, “educational opportunities” and the chance for their children “to find work and participate in the community”. To achieve these goals, they said “community education, acceptance, support and understanding” are needed – along with “early intervention services, interpreters, advocacy, technology and employment services”. DCA hopes these services for children who are deaf and hard of hearing will be taken into consideration as part of the NDIS.

How Can Deaf Children Australia Support Us?
Deaf Children Australia (DCA) was formally established in 1862 to support the needs of families raising children who are deaf. DCA is one of Australia’s longest serving charities and our organisation continues to build upon our reputation for quality services and innovation. DCA’s purpose is to remove barriers to the personal development and social inclusion faced by children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing. We achieve this through direct service delivery, advocacy, and partnerships across the deaf sector, supporting research and piloting new initiatives. We respond to the individual needs of deaf children and their families, regardless of the degree of hearing loss, communication methods, educational setting, personal circumstances or additional disability.

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