The NDIA has announced today that Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing are going to receive better supports and faster access to the NDIS. There are five newly announced initiatives aiming to improve service users’ experience with the scheme:
- Eligibility for access to the NDIS for individuals with hearing impairment has been clarified. This recognises the benefits of early intervention for participants under 25.
- A revised pathway to speed up access for children aged 0 to 6 with a hearing loss. This will allow children to move quickly from diagnosis to early intervention and avoid developmental delay. The revised pathway has been developed in consultation with providers and other key stakeholders.
- The NDIA has been working with providers to clear a list of children with hearing impairment currently awaiting access and planning decisions. Newborn children and people with a severe or profound hearing loss or auditory neuropathy have been escalated for urgent response.
- Australian Hearing’s current in kind support to the NDIS will be extended until 30 June 2020. Australian Hearing plays a key role as an entry point for children with hearing impairment. It is also a critical provider of specialist information to parents to help them make informed choices about their children’s needs, particularly in relation to the use of a single or multiple experts.
- Prices for the provision of hearing services will be revised.
We are looking forward to more details on what this will mean for deaf and hard of hearing children accessing the NDIS, and will share when more is announced.
View the full announcement on the NDIA website.