October 2014


Rhubarb - ISADD Newsletter
ISADD Newsletter - Editorial
Editor :: Daryl Cooper.Publisher :: Bill Davey, Linda Thomas, Audree Poff

Photography :: Various.

In the previous edition, I wrote about the concerns expressed by Bob Buckley (and others) that children with Autism may be poorly served by the NDIS. Since then, I have heard nothing more encouraging, and indeed heard more that supports having the concerns. I thoroughly recommend that readers visit the A4 website www.a4.org.au to learn more.

I also note that a new phrase has crept into the NDIS rhetoric, namely “necessary and reasonable”. This is used when talking about the services and supports which the NDIS will provide to those with a disability. This has supplanted the original rhetoric which talked about those with a disability “finally getting access to the services and supports they want”.

Now, it seems, persons with a disability will get the services and supports they want, IF they are “necessary and reasonable”. And of course this begs the question, “who decides what is ‘necessary and reasonable’?”

There is much to be concerned about as the NDIS is being “rolled out” (as the current jargon dictates); in addition to the concerns about what sort of “deal” disabled persons will eventually get, the complexities of the national scheme taking over from the various State disability services are immense, and, from what I have experienced so far, it is a bureaucratic/administrative nightmare. But given the size and complexity of the scheme, it is understandable that implementation will proceed slowly, and that there will be mistakes made which will need correction, unforeseen problems to be solved, fine details to be tuned, and misinterpretations to be rectified.

It will be many years before the scheme is (excuse the jargon) “bedded down”; longer than the originally projected five years, I suspect. Thus it is going to be a long wait before we know to what extent the scheme will fulfill the expectations created when it was first announced, and whether persons with a disability will really be so much better served.

Daryl Cooper


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