Five years ago, it seemed too good to be true: a national disability scheme that at last gave people with disability control over their own lives. In our area of assistive technology, it offered funding for helpful technology instead of requiring people to beg and scrounge for it. Instead of having services and supports allocated without regard to their own preferences, people with disability were empowered to make choices in an expanding marketplace of services and products.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that nothing announced in the 2018-19 Budget on Tuesday night related to disability at all. There was scarcely a mention of people with disability in the Treasurer's speech, let alone in the media coverage. He did, however, commit to the full funding of the NDIS over the next four years: “Every dollar and every cent committed to delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme remains in place and always will,” Mr Morrison said in his speech
We had great fun today at the NDIS Service Providers expo run by the Northern Beaches Council! Graeme and Jeremy represented Ability at the expo, providing advice for clients, carers, practitioners and family members, as well as demonstrating a number of products including the SmartNav 4, Housemate, Traxsys Joystick, Big Keys keyboard, a number of switches and the broad range of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps available for iPad. #NDIS #AssistiveTechnolo