Access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for young children with disability is not equal across Australia. Where you live can hinder access to information about disability support, assistance to apply for it, and timely access to services.
Sadly, long-standing problems getting children into disability support were part of the reason the NDIS was introduced in the first place.
Your location can exacerbate inequity at three points: noticing your child needs support, proving they need support, and finding suitable support near you.
We interviewed families with a child who went through the NDIS process and the organisations that support them. Based on our research, we’ve collated some tips to ensure your child can access the NDIS if they need it.
Nirosha has had seven years combined experience as a Mental Health Social Worker and Intellectual Disability Academic. Holding a Masters (MPH), double Bachelors (BSW/BA), and completing a Doctorate of Social Work, specialising in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.