Submissions on Victorian State Disability Plan and NDIS discussion paper

Noah’s Ark has recently made two submissions, one on the Victorian State Disability Plan and the other on a discussion paper by the NDIA on children with autism spectrum.

Our recommendations about the State Disability Plan include that it needs to have a much stronger focus on children and specifically recognise their rights; that with the introduction of the NDIS there needs to be a strong focus on connecting children with disabilities and state services, practically and at a policy level; and that the Plan needs a specific focus on improving inclusive education in Victoria.

The submission can be found here.

Our recommendations to the NDIA about children with autism spectrum include that the NDIA should not be discussing funding models based on disability type, rather than function; that the approach needs to support both the development of the child and the capacity and wellbeing of the family; that a renewed focus on integrated policies and outcomes across various levels of government, and specialist and mainstream services are needed; and that a comprehensive approach to developing a skilled workforce is required.

The submission can be found here.

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