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Help to access disability support services

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, there is an estimated $40 million of extra funding available to assist people with disability in the Murraylands and Riverland to access the supports they need.

The problem is, many people with a disability, and their families and carers, have been struggling to navigate the NDIS landscape with the little information available and minimal access to support.

“There’s a lot to work through. It can be quite overwhelming, especially while caring, to focus on this,” says
Helen Jenkins, who cares for her son Edward.

RDA Murraylands and Riverland stepped in to help fill that gap, partnering with Carers SA to run two NDIS Pre-Planning Essentials workshops in Berri and Murray Bridge in February.

More than 50 people attended, coming away with greater awareness of what services and funding are  available, and what they need to do to access them.

The workshops covered how to apply, what supports you can and cannot ask for, what to expect in your planning meeting and what language to use, what documentation you need to have ready, and the time frames for appeals.

“I found the workshop very valuable as it gave a lot of information. It made me more aware of how to go about the planning process.”

“It was a good way to network with other people in the region who understood my situation,” says Helen.

“I also got a business card from a Plan Manager, who I might ask for help.”

Helen is now working through the paperwork with a friend, who also has a disability. She says that with
the new information, she feels more confident in navigating the process and accessing services for her son.

Contact RDAMR for information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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“I found the workshop very valuable as it gave a lot of information. It made me more aware of how to go about the planning process.”

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