- Blind and Visually Impaired
- Orthopedically challenged
- Intellectual disability
- Learning disability
- Multiple disabilities
- Serious emotional disorders
- Communication disorder, speech and language impairment
- Other significant health problems
Who are Persons with Disabilities?
- Scientific view – locates disability within the individual
- Social pathology
- human rights
Australia currently has 43,000 children and young people living in Out of Home Care, unable to live with their parents for reasons of safety. The National Disability Insurance Agency estimates 18% of people live with disability, (abs.gov.au) while 20% of all people will experience some form of mental illness within a 12 month period. (SANE.org.au). In addition, we as a nation, are getting older. Over 15% of all people living in Australia are aged 65 years and over, that’s 3.4 million people. Of those still living in their own homes, 70% enjoy good health – they are ageing ‘well’ – and the other 30% require some form of home support. (AIHW.gov.au) as a national provider of social services, all changes in Australia’s demographic profile requires us to review our services and models of support. However, our approach of putting people first neverchanges.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme of the Australian Government that funds costs associated with disability. The scheme was legislated for in 2013 and is expected to be in full operation nationally by 2020. It is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The scheme entitles people with a “permanent and significant” disability (under the age of 65), to full funding for any “reasonable and necessary” support needs related to their disability (subject to certain restrictions). Funding is allocated to the individual, and the individual or their guardian chooses which providers supply the funded goods and services (subject to certain restrictions).
The scheme is entirely publicly funded: recipients do not purchase or contribute to an insurance policy, nor is funding means-tested. The term ‘insurance’ refers to the scheme’s use of proactive insurance principles to manage long term financial sustainability, and that it aims to ‘insure’ any citizen will have costs covered in the event they are born with or acquire a disability.
Individual NDIS funding is independent of the Disability Support Pension and universal health care. NDIS legislation draws a distinction between health care and disability supports, only the latter being within the remit of the NDIS. In addition to funding for individuals, the scheme funds some general ‘information, linkages, and capacity building’ (ILC) programs.
WEK Services – https://www.wekservices.com.au
When a client is in the care of Wek Services you can rest assured that management and all staff will offer exceptional care, follow strict policies and uphold confidentiality, religious beliefs, cultural needs and provide a safe and loving environment at all times. Each client’s personal needs and goals will be worked towards by providing new opportunities and resources that bring out their best abilities.