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Get to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Issued: 
July 25, 2017

Wellington Shire Council is hosting a forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will be presented by Thomas Banks.

Thomas has grown up with cerebral palsy and is a performer, writer and disability advocate. At this free event at the Yarram Recreation Reserve from 4.30pm to 6.00pm on Monday, 14 August, Thomas will be telling his story of the successes and challenges of the NDIS so far.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life and is the new way of providing support for people with a disability, their families and carers in Australia.

Wellington Shire Council General Manager Community & Culture Glenys Butler says, “The roll out of the NDIS began on 1 July 2016 and is being introduced in stages around the country over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

“It is due to be rolled out across Wellington Shire in January 2019 and we need to start thinking about what it means for people with a disability, for services and for our communities and how we can start getting ready. This forum will give people the opportunity to find out more about it and ask questions.”

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and support will continue until eligible people start to receive support from the NDIS.

Thomas is a great inspiration and a must see, so get in quick to secure your seat. To book call Leanne Wishart on 1300 366 244 or email cwadmin@wellington.vic.gov.au. Bookings close 5pm Thursday 10 August 2017.

Further information on NDIS is available at www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-ready.

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