Carers Queensland is rolling out free online learning to help people using the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) get the most out of their funding.
Debra Cottrell, CEO of Carers Queensland, says the pandemic in the early months of 2020 inspired the organisation to take their in-person support online, and the change is here to stay.
“With COVID-19 restrictions changing the way we undertook engagement in the community, we developed an online learning model that responds to the current environment and will continue to be an accessible option for people with disability and their families to find out more about the NDIS,” Ms Cottrell said.
The Online Learning Program offers interactive sessions for small groups across a variety of topics, with the first sessions covering self-management for NDIS plans.
“People with an existing NDIS plan, who are eligible to consider self-managing their funds, can take part in an introductory session that will explain what self-management is and why it gives them more choice and control over their funding,” said Natalie Polkinghorne, General Manager of the NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program.
“It will also explain how to use the online portal, help people understand how they can determine if an expenditure is reasonable and necessary, and explain clearly what is required on a day-to-day basis.
“We will also be offering an advanced session for people who are experienced with self-managing their NDIS plan. This session is about the flexibility, creativity and innovation that self-management offers people on the NDIS to get the most out of their plan.
“Our first introductory sessions are being offered on 29 and 30 June and we are taking registrations now. Follow us on Facebook at @CarersQueenslandNDIS for the event link or get in touch with your Local Area Coordinator.”
Carers Queensland provides Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community services, supporting people with disability across metropolitan and regional Queensland to apply for the Scheme, get started with their NDIS plan and make the most of their funds.
Carers Queensland also works with people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS to access mainstream services, and with local communities to improve access and inclusion for people of all abilities.
To find out more about the Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination program call 1300 999 636.