Australians with acquired brain injuries and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be kicked off the NDIS under secret changes the Morrison government is considering.
How wonderful. Time for some cost savings! Those f***ers with disabilities, they're costing too much!The Morrison government is considering radical reforms to the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme including denying funding to Australians with acquired brain injuries and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as well as reducing avenue of appeal for participants as part of secret plans to save costs.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have obtained a confidential 300-page draft of proposed legislative changes to the NDIS that includes hundreds of comments from senior decision-makers within the National Disability Insurance Agency, which administers the scheme, raising concerns over proposed changes.
As somebody with a family member who receives NDIS funding - as well as another family member who works in disability services - I cannot describe what a freaking godsend the NDIS was for people with needs.
The specialist therapy it has enabled this young child in my family to access is amazing. And it costs thousands and thousands per year... if this funding goes or is cut, the therapy simply will not happen (unless you're loaded and can pay for it privately, hi ho all good for the LNP campaigners and their mates! Play on!)
Parents of these kids are absolutely shitting themselves. They're devastated.
Oh and they're doing it in the wake of COVID-ravaged 2020, when many people spent less and simply had to go without because so many providers were closed, so that it looks like the full funding really isn't needed.
Oh and of course, we need a PR campaign for taking funding off the disabled. I've got it!! Let's talk publicly about how NDIS funding is used for 'sex therapists', so that the great unwashed think "it's all a rort, these bastards taking our taxpayer dollars!" I mean that's only in 0.0000000000000001% of cases. And you know, we could just chuck in a simple rule banning the use of NDIS funding for sex therapy. And play on. But no! That won't save us the billions we need to ensure Solly Lew and Gerry Harvey get their JobKeeper bonuses! We've gotta get more money out of the bloody costly disableds!
Having a child with a disability is hellish, and now parents are facing this. Burn this ******* government to the ground.