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Frequently Asked Questions

The VALID advocacy team receives calls every day from people with questions about Service Agreements. So, we’ve put together some answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions to clear up the confusion.

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Some people using the NDIS receive funding for a Support Coordinator. But how do you choose which one to use? Here are some tips from our advocacy team.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities to reach their goals. Most adults have some ideas about goals they would like to achieve in their life – to have meaningful work, happy relationships, travel overseas - but what are goals when it comes to the NDIS? Here are some tips for you when deciding on your NDIS goals.

Two people sitting at a desk going through an NDIS plan

In the past three weeks, VALID advocates have been in Ararat, Stawell and Warrnambool assisting 28 people living in DHHS specialist accommodation with their first NDIS plan. Most of the people we met lived at large institutions across Victoria, but have started going to their local football club, playing in the Tri-State Games, and taking interstate holidays. Read about how the NDIS is the big change people have been waiting for. 

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VALID is providing support for decision-making and advocacy support to hundreds of DHHS residents in their first NDIS planning meeting. Find out how you can get support through this process

5 things to know about NDIS

VALID is providing information and advocacy support to people living in government managed group homes and their families during their transition to the NDIS. Our advocates are learning a lot about how to ensure the transition runs smoothly. Here are their top five tips. 

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The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have released a series of questions and answers for residents of group homes, their families and staff. They are about the transfer to non-government service providers in the transition to the NDIS. We picked out a few highlights.

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Paul Campbell has been part of the VALID family for the past 14 years. In that time he has attended Northern Self Advocacy Network meetings (NSAN), Having a Say Conference and participated in other VALID events or projects. His mother has seen him grow from strength to strength.

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DHHS will announce the new non-government service providers who will manage government group homes by mid 2018. 

Anthony pointing at the whiteboard with information about the NDIS

VALID’s advocacy team is working across Victoria to support people who are transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), including many people who have complex behaviour support needs.

The VALID self-advocacy team has had a very busy couple of months delivering Easy Read information on the NDIS transition from Victorian Government group homes to non government service providers.

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Today VALID and 22 other organisations have together released a statement in response recent news from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

We welcome the good ideas the NDIA have committed to - but we are deeply concerned about the news regarding shared housing and supports. It suggests shared living arrangements will be much, much more common that individual housing and supports. 

Two friendly looking presenters standing near an information board which had info about the NDIS and group homes on it.

With the roll out of the NDIS, Victorian Government managed group homes will be transitioning to non-government providers. This will mean a lot of really big changes, so we've been busy asking questions, finding answers, and supporting residents and families with information and advocacy.

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Research project exploring the accessibility to domestic & family violence services for women with disabilities. 

Self Advocate, Heather Forsyth from VALID was involved in the project.

You can read the findings here

Prepared by Dr Patsie Frawley, Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion, Deakin University

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Victorian Government has committed to establishing an independent, legislated registration & accreditation scheme for the disability workforce.

The scheme is intended to spur high quality services for people with disability by ensuring workers have the necessary skills, experience and qualifications.  

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Issues affecting the future of accommodation support services in Victoria

As you know, VALID actively campaigned for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and remains a committed and active supporter.  VALID’s comments in this letter should not be interpreted as any reduction of support for this vital reform that is fundamental to improving life outcomes for people with disabilities.

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The Living Productive Lives – Employment, Disability and other Dangerous Deeds forum was held on Friday the 7th of June at the High Street Community Hub in Moe

This was the first event conducted by the Moe Peer Action Group (PAG) who have been meeting now for 12 months and have identified getting access to paid work as one of their key issues. 

It was great to see the community of Moe support the event with over 30 people attending the forum from a range of local organisations.

“As a woman with an intellectual disability, I can say that abuse from people who were supposed to be caring for me has had a very bad long term impact on my life”, says Heather Forsyth. 

Ms Forsyth is Inclusion Australia’s Our Voice Chairperson and knows first-hand the devastating impact abuse and violence against people with disability has on lives.

Inclusion Australia and its member organisations are supporting the call for a Royal Commission into the abuse of people with disability.

Peer Group

The Courier interviewd Mark Thompson, facilitator of the Ballarat Peer Action Group and David Craig, Community Development Coordinator at VALID. They shared their  thoughts on the importance of Peer Support within the NDIS environment. You can read the article here

VALID's response to the Four Corners Program aired Monday 27th March 2017.

A National Disgrace