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NDIS Community Access: Friends, Fun, and Freedom

Published on April 6, 2020

The latest quarterly data from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) released today, shows that close to one in three people entering the scheme are receiving disability support for the first time.

“The NDIS is dramatically changing the lives of people with a disability and these figures dramatically underline that,” said Mr Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services.

Community Access NDIS aims to provide people with a disability the opportunity to explore and access more places in their local communities. Community Access NDIS supports participation in a wide range of engaging, fun activities and learning experiences.You are eligible for Community Access if you’re living in Tasmania and meet the criteria outlined in the Eligibility Policy for Access to Specialist Disability Services funded, or provided by, Disability Child Youth and Family Services (July 2010).

Everyone deserves the right to participate in community life. This can range from:

● Transportation to and from places of interest.

● Going out to eat and enjoy a meal at a restaurant.

● Shopping with friends.

● Having fun and playing cricket in your local park.

● Participating in education and training.

● Lessons about how to live more independently.

Community Access aims to empower young adults with the means to achieve their dreams – dreams that should not be limited by their disability. Education and training gives each individual hope, confidence, and an increased level of self-esteem. Accessing the community and interacting with others has been shown to decrease loneliness, and increase social acceptance and confidence. 

Oliver (name withheld) recently participated in Community Access independence training. In his words:

“It was so good! I know how to catch the taxi to go places and see my friends. I feel more confident to live independently.” – Oliver

What are the aims of Community Access?

Offer a range of community organisations and services.

● Investigate various public and community transport options.

● Develop independent living skills through education and training.

● Explore social skills.

Who is Community Access for?

Community Access is for people living in Tasmania who have a disability. To be eligible for Community Access, you must meet the rules outlined in the ‘Eligibility Policy for Access to Specialist Disability Service’ funded or provided by Disability Child Youth and Family Services (July 2010).

The following people are eligible for Community Access:

● Children

● Adolescents

● Adults

● Families

● Carers

What are the Benefits of Community Access?

The benefits of Community Access are to allow every person with a disability the education, skills, and confidence to participate fully in, and contribute to the community. Ultimately, NDIS Community Access aims to provide the following:

Accessible public and/or community transport in order to reduce taxi costs and dependence on family and carers.

Accessible shopping centre design that will increase independence.

Mobility services for people with VI to reduce falls, accidents and further impairment.

Greater economic and social benefits for disabled Australians by increasing their participation in the workforce.

Who provides Community Access?

All Community Access providers must be registered and approved. To qualify, the Community Access NDIS providers need to meet strict government quality and safety requirements.

How do I apply for a Community Access Package?

To apply for a Community Access Package, contact our friendly team today. We will help you through the process.

How much Community Access will I be eligible for?

Participants can receive up to 30 hours of support per week in a shared arrangement. In some cases, individual support may be provided.

Remember, we’re here to help. We’re with you every step of the way.

If NDIS Community Access is something you’d like to explore, we’re always up for a chat. Contact us today.