What’s New Down Under for People with Learning Disabilities?

 

What’s New Down Under for People with Learning Disabilities?

A workshop on Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme

 Presented by

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Friday September 30th, 2016

1.00pm – 4.00pm

BRG.78, Lecture Theatre 1

Brooks Building, Birley Campus

Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Travel details: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpsc/contact-us/travel-and-parking/

 

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-new-down-under-for-people-with-learning-disabilities-ndis-tickets-27348830087

 

For more information and for any access requirements, please contact:

k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk

 

Australia is currently undertaking the biggest change in a generation to the way disability support services are delivered. The Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises a new world of personalised funding and the development of a ‘market’ for disability services. This shift, similar to those that have taken place in the UK over the last decade, moves away from block funding to service providers, and promises to make choice and control over their supports a reality for Australian disabled people.

 

Presented by Leanne Dowse and including video messages from Australian Self-advocates, this workshop will explore what this change means for people with learning disabilities in Australia, including:

  • The kinds of changes the NDIS will bring
  • What is good about the changes,
  • What is not so good about the changes
  • How having a say has been important for people with learning disabilities and their families and for the NDIS.

 

The workshop will include discussion about how the experiences of self-advocates, their families and their organisations in the UK can help those in Australia make sure that the NDIS is right for people with learning disabilities.

Summary

  

 

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There are big changes going on in services for people with learning disabilities in Australia.

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A new system called the National Disability Insurance Scheme is starting this year.

 

The changes are to make sure people have more say about the services they get to help them live the way they want.

 

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At this workshop Leanne Dowse from Australia will talk about the changes. We will also see messages from Self-Advocates in Australia.

 

 

 

 

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They will talk about:

·      The changes that are happening

·      What is good about the changes,

·      What is not so good about the changes

·      How having a say has been important for people with learning disabilities and their families.

 

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At the workshop we will talk about what self-advocates in the UK think Australians can learn from their experiences, to make sure that the new system is right for people with learning disabilities.

 

 

 

This lecture is being supported by The Childhood Research Network, The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, The Disability Research Network and The Critical and Community Psychology Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Learning Disability England (http://www.learningdisabilityengland.org.uk) and Human Activism (humanactivism.org)

 

 

 

            

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