Today's NDIS forum aims to address concerns

4 December 2013 10:08 PM

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Today's NDIS forum aims to address concerns

The organisation rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme is reminding Hunter people with a disability they will be given choice and control over their support.

A public forum is being held in Newcastle today in a bid to address any concerns that people have about the NDIS.

Preliminary figures released last month show individual care programs are costing about 30 per cent more on average than forecast, and that demand is far greater than expected.

NDIS spokesman Dougie Herd says people already part of the scheme will be at the forum to share their experiences.

"What we want to do in the forum, and in all of the work that we do as an agency, is to explain to individuals how their reasonable and necessary needs will be met, how they'll be given choice and control," he said.

"We want to talk to people in Newcastle about the practicalities - how does it work for real people living real lives in the Newcastle area?"

"It's very common for instance for people to say, 'If I get supported by the national disability insurance scheme, will this affect my disability support pension?' The answer to that of course is no," he said.

"Lots of people want to know how the planning conversation works with one of our planners, what kind of information do they need to bring along, will people be tested unreasonably about their ability?"


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