Barb and Nelle – The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Barb and Nelle are registered service providers under the NDIS and provide services and tailored programs in accordance to registration groups 0116 and 0101.
CAPACITY BUILDING SUPPORTS
Innovative Community Participation – Line item: 09_008_0116_6_3
Item description: Mainstream services that promote inclusion of people with disability to expand opportunities for community participation and employment.
Increased Social and Community Participation (Support Category 3.09)
This category is participation in skills based learning to develop independence in accessing community. Innovative Community Participation This support item is designed to allow mainstream and incumbent providers to offer new and innovative services to NDIS participants. Any standard applicable to the industry in which the provider operates would need to be met.
Accommodation/Tenancy Assistance – Line item: 01_001_0101_1_1
Support in helping individuals find and apply for suitable accommodation.
Reproduced from the NDIS website. You can read the original here.
Why is community participation important?
The Productivity Commission report assessed that addressing the relative lower levels of community participation and inclusion of people with disability will have important benefits.
The Productivity Commission reported that:
- It can lead to improved wellbeing outcomes for people with disability and their carers (in relation to health, employment, education, income and life satisfaction outcomes)
- It can lessen the longer-term costs of care and support for people with disability indeed, it may prevent people who have modest disability care and support needs from requiring more costly levels of care and support. For example:
- The provision of public or community transport that are accessible to people with disability can reduce the need for them to use taxis and, so, the associated costs of taxi vouchers
- The design of shopping centres that are accessible to public or community transport can enable people with disability who can use these transport options to shop for themselves, rather than to have others shop on their behalf
- The provision of orientation and mobility services to people with moderate levels of vision impairment can reduce the likelihood of them falling or having accidents that lead to further disability or impairment
- Support for people with disability and unsustainable care by carers, is also likely to have economic benefits by increasing participation in the workforce
- The community as a whole benefits from inclusive arrangements, not just people with disability. In the broadest sense, inclusion can enhance Australia’s ‘social capital’ by engaging more people within the community and, through that, better reflecting the community’s diversity
- To the extent that it creates better networks among people and breaks down stereotypes, it can promote economic (such as employment) as well as social participation.