Strengthening Disability Conference: Getting into gear for the NDIS journey
The theme for 2017’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference is ‘Getting into Gear for the NDIS journey’.
The NDIS trials are done and we’re now transitioning, region by region, to full roll out across Australia to be completed by 2020. The changes since trial are significant – Planners have been outsourced, the Quality and Safeguards Framework has been introduced and the External Merits Review has been replaced by the NDIS Appeals process.
Advocates are now shifting gear, turning their focus from the euphoric nationwide campaign that got the scheme established, back to assisting people with disability to navigate a new landscape where the signposts are not always clear.
Getting into gear for the NDIS journey will feature a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policies and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead.
- This conference will begin with a keynote address presenting an overview of the NDIS, setting the scene before the first panel takes stock of the road already travelled. We will look back and see how far we have come.
- The second panel will look at how we can assert our human rights in the NDIS and investigate how well the framework is fitting into the NDIS system. It will also look at how effective the processes are in dealing with situations that go wrong.
- The final session will look to the future of advocacy in the NDIS, identify the potholes ahead and how best to smooth these out or avoid them all together.
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