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Make sure the NDIS works for your child

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At MPM, many of our clients are parents caring for children on the NDIS. That’s why we’re passionate about advocating for change to make sure the NDIS is right for every child.

If you have or are caring for a child on the NDIS, now is a great time to have your say on how the NDIA supports you and your child. By providing feedback, we can work together to make improvements that are fair for all children.

What is early childhood intervention?

When a child has a development delay or disability, early childhood intervention provides them and their families specialised supports and services to help them build the skills to participate in everyday activities.

The NDIA aims to connect families who have a child with a developmental delay or disability to the right supports at the right time, whether that be through supports in their local community, short term support or the NDIS.

What is the NDIA proposing to change?

The NDIA is reviewing the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) available to all children under age 7 with a developmental delay or disability. This is because some children weren’t receiving intervention support early enough in their development and some families were unsure how early intervention could help them.

The NDIA have set out their ideas on what’s proposed to change including:

  • Children under nine years of age (previously seven years) will be able to receive early childhood services.
  • Independent assessments, conducted by NDIS’ Early Childhood Partners, will determine eligibility and budgets for young children over 12 months of age.
  • Short Term Early Intervention (STEI) to be improved, this is the early support offered whether a child is eligible for an NDIS plan or not.
  • A clear ECEI implementation model, so young children receive the right level and mix of support for the right length of time.
  • Best practice approach to help young children and their families successfully transition from needing NDIS supports to the next stage of their life.

The NDIS have more detail about what’s proposed to change and what will remain the same on their website.

What can you do?

What you think really matters! Visit the NDIS website Have your say page for further information and details about how to give them your feedback. A summary paper of the supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential is available on the NDIA website (including Easy Read versions) and you can give written, audio or video feedback.

Feedback closes at 10.00am ADST on Tuesday 23 February. Let’s take the opportunity to have a say and help make the NDIS better for all families.

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