TAKE NOTE: Mum and carer Trudy Helsham was among those who attended the National Disability Insurance Scheme presentation in Mackay. PHOTO: LOUISE STARKEY
TAKE NOTE: Mum and carer Trudy Helsham was among those who attended the National Disability Insurance Scheme presentation in Mackay. PHOTO: LOUISE STARKEY

Access assured for region's disabled

THE Whitsundays' disabled residents can rest a little easier this week on the back of an announcement by the Federal Government.

Local residents are expected to be able to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme from November 1.

Endeavour Foundation service development and innovation manager Kate Lemke welcomed the news, saying it would bring "many positive benefits to our region".

"Whitsunday residents with a disability can begin planning their future with certainty in the knowledge that the NDIS will be available soon," she said.

"People will be able to obtain support from the disability support organisation of their choice, or from more than one if they choose."

Ms Lemke said the move would also increase disability awareness.

"People with a disability will become a far more visible part of our community as the NDIS makes it easier for them to get involved in community groups and events, join the workforce, take part in education and training opportunities, live independently and start to achieve other life goals," she said.

KEY POINTS

Support for permanently and significantly disabled persons

Tailored support plans

Funding for therapies, equipment, home modifications and employment assistance

To be available locally from the Mackay Disability Service Centre


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