Welcome to the Queensland NDIS update – No. 23 Early intervention services for children and the NDIS
Early intervention is essential for children with disability or developmental delay to develop the skills they need to engage with the world around them and get the best possible start in life.
The NDIS’ Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach (ECEI) is now being rolled out in Queensland’s early launch sites. The approach has been developed with input from leading early childhood intervention researchers and practitioners, and provides a nationally consistent, best practice approach to supporting children and families.
Under the NDIS, families can choose who delivers their early intervention supports, as well as how they want the supports provided – in a group setting or individual setting, in the home, in the community, alongside mainstream kindy or childcare services, or through a combination of all of these.
For Queensland, the NDIS approach brings more choice and control for families, over a wider range of supports and services. Parents and carers will not only benefit from greater choice in services for their children, but from greater flexibility to change these services as the needs of their child and family change.
The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring children and families are supported throughout the NDIS transition, so that all children in Queensland can access the supports and services they need to thrive.
The NDIS will roll out to the whole of Queensland from July 2016 to June 2019. In order to provide certainty and peace-of-mind for families with children in existing programs, the Queensland Government has committed that its Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs), run through the Department of Education and Training will remain operating until 2020.
- Read the NDIS’ ECEI approach
- Keep up to date with Queensland’s transition to the NDIS
- Search by suburb or postcode to find out when your area will transition
- Find out more about ECDPs
Participant Readiness gets a funding boost
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke last week announced an additional $2.8M in Participant Readiness Initiative (PRI) funding for Queensland. The additional funding will support 11 community organisations to deliver NDIS readiness activities across the state until June 2018.
AMPARO Advocacy, the latest organisation to receive funding under the initiative, will be working to ensure people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are provided with opportunities to prepare for the NDIS.
PRI provides information sessions, meetings, workshops, home visits, phone support and online resources to help people prepare for Queensland’s NDIS transition. As at 31 March 2016, participant readiness organisations had delivered 1089 workshops across the state, attracting more than 12,800 attendees.
Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program
People with disability, advocacy agencies, disability peak bodies,human rights organisations, offices of public advocates and ombudsman are invited to provide feedback to the Department of Social Services (DSS) about what is working and not working in the current National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP).
The purpose of the NDAP is to provide people with disability with access to effective disability advocacy to promote, protect and ensure their full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.
Feedback from the review, together with feedback from recent NDIS and DSS consultations, will be used to develop the new NDAP. One aim of the review is to achieve greater consistency across the program in order to better ensure the rights of people with disability are upheld.
To have your say, make a submission at engage.dss.gov.au before 7 June 2016.
NDIS provider registration webinar
Queensland providers are keen to prepare for registration with the NDIS. To help providers understand the registration process, the NDIA are holding a nation-wide webinar on provider registration from 1pm-2pm on Tuesday 7 June.
The webinar will give providers who are new to the NDIS advice on how to register, the benefits of registering, and guidance on working with the NDIA.
- NDIS provider registration webinar
- Queensland NDIS provider registration information
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