What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Fairstart Early Intervention is a registered provider of early childhood services with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. It gives individuals and their families more choice and control over how, when and where supports are provided and gives certainty that support will be provided as needed over a lifetime.
The NDIS works with families to identify supports needed. Supports may help achieve goals in many aspects of life, including independence, involvement in the community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.
It also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on you and your child.
NDIS services available through Fairstart include educational programs, speech pathology and occupational therapy and involve:
- Development of individual programs for each child, with goals set in partnership with the family, early childhood staff and other professionals working with the child
- Regular sessions in a clinic, home, early learning or school setting
Accessing Fairstart services through the NDIS
Your child needs to:
- be aged 0-8
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects his/her ability to take part in everyday activities
- be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category Visa
Existing Fairstart clients: Your child’s details have been passed on to the NDIS.
New clients: Call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 to ask for an access request form.
- From July, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) from Uniting or St Vincent De Paul will arrange a time to meet with you
- When you meet with the LAC, you will talk about goals and supports for your child and family
- It is important that you take to your meeting information about any disability supports your child receives and your ideas about the types of supports you or your child might need
- The NDIS representative will use the information provided to develop a first plan and submit it for approval
- You will be contacted when the plan is approved - from this point onwards funding for supports switches from NSW to the NDIS