Day sheds light on national disability scheme

People with a disability and those who care for people with a disability were invited to attend a community information day in Gunnedah on Wednesday.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Gunnedah was the theme of the event held at Gunnedah Town Hall.

The event was hosted by the Gunnedah Community NDIS working group which included Ooranga, Sunnyfield, Challenge, House with No Steps, GoCo and Ability Links.

The welcome to country was given by Gunnedah boy Dylan Fermor.

NDIS funding will begin in Gunnedah from July 1.

The scheme, which has already been trialled in seven locations across Australia, is a new system of providing support to people with a disability, their families and their carers.

To access the scheme, people need to have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, be aged under 65 and be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or Protected Special Category Visa.

The NDIS has been introduced to allow people to have greater choice and control over the services they receive.

People work with a planner to develop a plan tailored to their needs.

Chris Norris from Sunnyfield Disability Services said there had been a good turnout from the community at the event.

More information about NDIS is available on ndis.gov.au, on 1800 800 110 or through local service providers.