“It was supposed to offer hope, but that’s just been trashed”.
It’s not the way you’d expect the head of one of Victoria’s peak disability groups to describe Australia’s rapidly growing national scheme for people with disabilities.
But Kevin Stone has had a gutful. At every meeting he goes to, the stories are the same.
Exhausted parents tell him about adult children who have lost funding for their day program, transport or cookery classes.
Or inexpert planners who draw up disability plans over the phone, and never meet the person whose life they shape.
So for the first time Mr Stone, head of the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID), has publicly slammed the “mean-minded” National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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