We need something because right now some folk get a multi-million dollar pay-out to support them in their high-cost lifestyle as disabled bod, following, say a car accident. But other have to make do with a disability support pension and live in poverty. Just because they were born with an impairment or had an accident they were not insured for.
Plus, numbers of people with disabilities are increasing (from 1 in 5 now) because of a range of causes, including that we live longer. How can our society best support them?
NDIS arose from a national "20-20" brainstorm summit courtesy of our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who likes such participatory approaches to democracy. So do I! And I too had written in suggesting a national no-fault disability insurance scheme be introduced. An idea whose time has come, so many people think.
So, everyone happy you say? Nothing to write about? Boring blog!
No, no, no! Hang on a minute, let me finish...
I do NOT support NDIS as proposed. Why not? OK, here goes, but be warned it requires a bit of reading.
Oh, and it's relevant to say that I have some 30+ years of experience of disability. I broke my neck in the surf of the Indian Ocean in 1978. And no, I did not drive my car in to it, so no multi-millionaire created there!
I started this blog as a voice for good people who want to have a platform for proposing a better approach to NDIS. Or, rather, towards better overall support approaches. Doesn't necessarily have to include NDIS. Approaches that promise to support us to live good lives together with everyone else. Your stories are needed to show the disability industry, and the government, what is possible with a bit of recourse to the lived experience of disability.
Even though I think NDIS as-is is more likely to entrench disabling attitudes towards us, the public profile that it has mustered is a great opportunity for real change, an opportunity that does not come along that often.
I don't know whether this blog will be able to make a difference. It depends on you really.
Let's see how far this will take us... Coming along for the ride? It's your life!
(I'll give you a hint about this blog. Whose missing in the picture above?)
Till the next post. Be well!