National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national government system for providing people with disability the support they need. Deaf people, deafblind people, and parents of deaf children, can apply to get support through the NDIS. Support can be things like interpreting, learning Auslan, getting a job, deafblind communication and guiding, or learning new skills.

The Deaf Society of NSW is a registered provider under the NDIS, so we are able to provide supports to you in all areas where NDIS is available.

If you don’t have an NDIS plan, but are under 65, we can support you to apply to the NDIS.

If you are over 65, you probably can’t apply for an NDIS plan, but we can work with you to find other support.

Read more about our NDIS Services.


Changing the way we support you

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We are changing the way we support you and it is really exciting. In the past, the government gave organisations like us funding with strict rules on how it could be spent to support you. It meant that while some people got support, others did not.  

In the next few years, this system will end. The Deaf Society will not receive funding from the government anymore. Instead we will have a new government system called the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is all about making sure you get the right supports and funding for your individual needs. It will give “you” choice of services and supports to allow you to break down barriers and achieve equal access in your everyday life. This is more flexible than the old system and the Deaf Society will be able to offer you a range of different support services. 

For example – As the only deaf person in a hearing family you can often feel left out of family events. You can ask NDIS for supports to feel more included like; deaf awareness training, Auslan classes for your family and/or interpreting for special family events. This is just one example it will be different for everyone as we are all different.

The NDIS is currently available for select sites and ages. It will be available across the whole of NSW and ACT soon.

If you have questions about NDIS, please feel free to email us or visit us during our walk-in times. If you would like to receive more information about NDIS and Deaf Society services register for our Auslan/English email updates. 


How will you know if you can get NDIS support?

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Most deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people will be able to get NDIS support as long as you are an Australian citizen and under 65 years old.

To be sure, it is recommended that you complete the My Access Checklist. You can complete the My Access Checklist online. My Access Checker will;
1.    check your age
2.    ask where you live
3.    check your residency
4.    check you have a permanent disability
5.    ask you about how much support you need when doing certain daily tasks

It will then tell you if you are eligible or not for NDIS. 

If you would like support completing the My Access Checklist, you are welcome to visit us during our walk-in times. If you are not available at these times, email us and make an appointment for a time that suits you. For more information about NDIS and Deaf Society services register for our Auslan/English email updates.


What can you do to prepare for the NDIS?

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Once you have confirmed that you are eligible to access the NDIS by completing the My Access Checklist, there are a few things that you can do to prepare for when NDIS is available in your area.

Start thinking about how you would like to live your life now and into the future;

What supports do you need to do everyday activities ?
How would you like your life to be in a few years ? What are your dreams? For example; for employment, education, social life or independent living.
What are your barriers to living independently ?
What would you like to change or improve in your life?

It’s important to prepare.

To ensure you get an NDIS support package that best matches your individual needs, come along to our workshops and information sessions. We will be hosting workshops across NSW and ACT to support you in preparing for NDIS. The dates and locations will be announced soon.

For more information about NDIS and Deaf Society services including upcoming workshops register for our Auslan/English email updates.