Sarah Butler

Which of the following statements best describes you?

  • I’m a person with disability

Question 1:
During the first stage of consultations we heard that the vision and the six outcome areas under the current Strategy are still the right ones. Do you have any comments on the vision and outcome areas being proposed for the new Strategy?

The NDIS is not working for everyone leaving people with disabilities living a less quality of life as the NDIA are spending more money on sending participants to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or in some small cases the court to get decisions overturned instead of using supported decision making styles. If a participant has already taken a matter to the AAT to get overturned or the court the NDIA are asking and forcing participants to go back to the AAT or the court again for the same matter that has already been overturned instead of agreeing to fund that item in each plan on an ongoing basis each time participants have their planning meeting.

Question 2:
What do you think about the guiding principles proposed here?

NDIA putting participants at the centre when developing plans and making decisions instead of NDIA staff focusing on what is important to them.

Question 3:
What is your view on the proposal for the new Strategy to have a stronger emphasis on improving community attitudes across all outcome areas?

Community trained to communicate the same way people with disabilities communicate.

Question 4:
How do you think that clearly outlining what each government is responsible for could make it easier for people with disability to access the supports and services they need?

Minimise gaps between mainstream services and the NDIS. Provide more funding for all people with disabilities to access education and receive the supports required instead of people with disabilities struggling and having to find support outside education provider.

Question 5:
How do you think the Strategy should represent the role that the non-government sector plays in improving outcomes for people with disability?

Continued funding for advocacy

Question 6:
What kind of information on the Strategy’s progress should governments make available to the public and how often should this information be made available?

Make information available to the public every month and update on what is being done to improve people with disabilities being able to access services and participate in the community of their choice and to receive support to meet their goals.

Question 7:
What do you think of the proposal to have Targeted Action Plans that focus on making improvements in specific areas within a defined period of time (for example within one, two or three years)?

Education, NDIS, Health, Housing, Transport etc.

Question 8:
How could the proposed Engagement Plan ensure people with disability, and the disability community, are involved in the delivery and monitoring of the next Strategy?

Regular consultations, ask people with disabilities if they are interested to take part, ask for feedback and make changes based on feedback

Question 9:
Is there anything else you would like to share about the ideas and proposals in the position paper?

Greater Choice and Control for people with disabilities and no one with a disability should be falling through the cracks and gaps.