Family member of a person with disability
I am a parent with a person with disability who is currently trying to work my way through the disgusting maze of the NDIS.
I am one of the lucky ones who has an Advocate who is vastly overworked due to low level of funding that this Advocate agency has been awarded.
The Advocacy group ,Action for Disability, has been funded up until June 2018 and this needs to be extended indefinitely especially while the rollout of the NDIS is happening.
Just this week we were contacted by the NDIS as I believe this government agency is starting to panic as to the time frame of this rollout.
Without our advocates knowledge under no circumstances would we begin to understand what is needed for our daughter.
Strong Advocacy needs to be readily available for all potential clients of the NDIS which unfortunately is not the case at the moment. Also that the government must make sure that advocacy training is continued in the light of the NDIS so that every individual advocate has the skills to advise careers & parents. This is a very important essential part of this funding.
I truly believe that Advocacy is an essential part of the whole package and should be an integral section of the NDIS.