Family shares NDIS pain to spark change

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A LOCAL couple say their experience with the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been nothing but “total stress”. While wishing to remain anonymous, they are sharing the story of their son - who has complex intellectual and physical disabilities and resides independently in Wangaratta - in the hope of effecting change. The couple are among a number of constituents who have spoken with Wangaratta’s federal member Helen Haines (MHR, Indi) and contributed to her submission seeking changes to the scheme. PHOTO: Mel Guy

A LOCAL couple who say their experience with the National Disability Insurance Scheme has created enormous pressure on their family have shared their story with Helen Haines (MHR, Indi) in the hope of effecting change.

The couple, whose son has complex intellectual and physical disabilities and resides independently in Wangaratta, described their situation as one of “total stress” in dealing with the national scheme, which provides funding directly to individuals.

“When there was first talk about the NDIS, we put our hands up thinking this would be great, but now we think, ‘What have we done?’” the mother said.


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