The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government initiative that supports disabled people by making sure they get the right supports and services.

If you don’t know a lot about the NDIS, check out our video. It features young disabled people talking about the NDIS.

The NDIS supports people to live the life they want. It aims to give people choice and control over their own lives – something which hasn’t always happened for disabled people in the past. It responds to people’s individual interests and goals. It supports young people to access education, work and social activities in the community.

The NDIS is based on an insurance model. It works by building the capacity of both disabled people and the community. Through the NDIS, young disabled people have access to supports that they have never had before. They are now able to attend events, groups, clubs, youth centres, gigs and all sorts of activities. Youth services need to be bold and ready to actively include young disabled people.

Reflection questions:

What are your goals and how do you achieve them?

How do other people support you to achieve these goals? Friends? Family? Peers?

Think about how young people with disability are supported to achieve their own goals by the people around them.

What activities or events do you offer to young people? How can you offer these activities and events to young people with disability who are now supported by NDIS?

Further reading

You can find out more about the NDIS by reading and watching resources produced by YDAS here:

You can find out how the NDIS works for young people by reading people’s stories here:

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