Wednesday, 8 July 2015

NDIS and Me - closed Facebook group

Social media, including Facebook has allowed people with disabilities and their families unprecedented access to the support of others with similar interests around the world, all the time, very inexpensively. 

That freedom also comes with a degree of vulnerability, so higher levels of privacy, and the oversight of administrators makes closed Facebook groups more secure for all. 

We have just passed the second anniversary of the implementation of first trial sites for the national Disability Insurance Scheme, and the full roll out is on its way. It has been called the biggest social change in Australia since universal health care, in the form of Medicare, was introduced in the 1970s. The NDIA is using many different platforms to promote the transition to the NDIS. This one is specifically for people with Down syndrome and their families:

NDIS and Me is a closed Facebook group for Australians with Down syndrome and their families. The aim of the group is to help its members to get ready and get the best outcomes they can from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This Facebook group is just one of a number of Local Support Groups (LSG) being set up across the country by peer support organisations. Most LSGs will be face-to-face groups in local places, but you can take part in this group, wherever you are in Australia. We hope that people already in the NDIS as well as people yet to sign up will join this group to share information and support.

The group is funded by the NDIA and its goals include that people will learn how to:
• Exercise choice and control
• Effectively engage with the NDIS
• Effectively engage with mainstream programs, services and activities
• Increase opportunities for independence, self-management and community inclusion
DSWA runs the group with support from DSNSW and DSV.

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