Staff members stand at a window as they watch a parade of well-wishers driving by Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont., on April 25, 2020.
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As governments start to return to a new normal, people with disabilities in care facilities are still in serious danger of being left behind during the coronavirus pandemic.
People with mental illness as well as an intellectual disability find it harder to receive sufficient NDIS supports.
People with intellectual disability experience higher rates of mental ill health than the rest of the population, so NDIS can be doubly relevant.
More Australians are joining the NDIS than predicted, so cost predictions have had to be updated.
Treasurer Scott Morrison abandoned the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to pay for the NDIS. Here’s what you need to know about how the NDIS is funded, and how cost predictions have changed.
Specialist Disability Accommodation has enabled Ben Parkinson, pictured with his carer, to live in a home of his own.
The NDIS is allowing for Specialist Disability Accommodation for 28,000 people, with 17,500 already in such housing. The potential demand for this life-changing supported housing is even greater.
When participants enter the NDIS, they go through a planning process to determine their reasonable and necessary supports.
The NDIS was set up with the philosophy of choice and empowerment. Yet participants have little control over their support plans and aren’t allowed to view them before they are approved.
Some of Victoria’s wealthiest private schools have reported spikes in numbers of students with disability. We should only trust those numbers if they’re moderated by qualified staff.
The Grocon-built 77-apartment Greenwich Fairfield development in Melbourne includes ten apartments for people with disability.
Artist's impression, Grocon
The NDIS has the resources and mandate to develop a mature market that delivers suitable housing for people with high disability needs, including the more than 6,200 young people now in aged care.
The majority of support funding is used to ‘buy’ teacher aide time.
Accurate data is needed for how disability funding is being used in schools so that it can be allocated correctly.
Jonathan Bredin, a co-author of this article, at work.
Photo: Nathan Oxley
New rules offer the possibility of an inclusive Australian society that enables people with the highest disability-related support needs to have equal access to mainstream services including housing.
Living in supported smart technology homes is liberating for young people with disability who would otherwise be trapped in unsuitable nursing homes.
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Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
State and territory regulators need to start gearing up to meet the growth.
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