Following up from my last article, The Most Dangerous Word, I took time to reflect on what it means for Providers to move away from should and savour the is. I’ve sunk a lot of thought into this for two reasons: because I have spent more than three years living in the NDIS day-to-day, grappling…

Throughout our lives, we will all experience some form of loss and grief. Hopefully, we are provided with the support, love and understanding to help us during this difficult time. However, we don’t always adequately recognise the grief felt by different groups. This includes the grief felt by Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Communities, parents…

I first came into contact with the NDIS in the trial sites in Hunter (NSW) and Barwon (Vic), back in 2013. At that stage we all knew it was coming, and that it’d probably be a big change, but the scale and scope wasn’t really understood. I remember meeting with the Director in Barwon, and…

Supporting people to fully take part in society The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds the types of things that people with disabilities need in order to carry out everyday activities, and in order to exercise their right to pursue goals such as education, work or travel. It can also support spontaneity – anyone, for example,…

I need to pay that overdue phone bill. I need to eat better and exercise. I need to finish folding that ever growing pile of washing… did I mention previously that I have six kids? However, I want to go to the pub with my mates on Friday night and watch the footy, and I…

Mambourin’s Movie Makers program has come a long way since it began four years ago. Movie Makers – one of Mambourin’s largest creative programs – started out with six people and a second-hand camera. Today, a group of twenty eager participants work together to create a range of movie material. These days they use a…

The ID Crowd are a team of adult educators in the online space. We’ve been having a lot of great conversations about the NDIS and the relationship between providers, participants and planners. We understand that planners and participants might need a little help in better understanding the services offered by providers to make better decisions…

Sometimes, staying fit and healthy is just as important, if not more so, when you have a disability. My name is Brodie and I’ve been on a mission. For over 12 months, I’ve been on a healthy lifestyle program, learning about all the things that make me healthier and stronger. Before signing up, I couldn’t…

I was probably a bit starry eyed when I started my PhD almost three years ago. I believed academics uncovered important knowledge and found the ‘answers’ that society was seeking – delving into the trickiest and most critical of problems, putting forward innovative solutions, moving society forward. Focusing on social innovation in the Australian disability…

The move from block funding to the NDIS is in equal parts exciting and scary. Exciting because service providers are no longer mandated to provide services that are dependent on funding. Scary because for the first time they have to be ‘innovative’. A Hackathon (as the title of this piece alludes to) is an event.…