People with disabilities, their families and disability sector jobseekers are being encouraged to attend one of two National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) expos coming to the region.
Being held in Murray Bridge and Berri at the end of June, the expos are part of a series being hosted by the State Government to help people better understand how they might benefit from the NDIS.
The expos will feature stalls with disability service providers offering information to people with disabilities and their families, plus stalls from registered training organisations and career services providing information to jobseekers.
There will also be information presentations and panel discussions involving state and federal government representatives talking about how the NDIS works and jobs in the sector.
Danielle lives with leukodystrophy and resides in a Cara share house in Murray Bridge hopes under the NDIS she can get a new wheelchair to be out in the community more often.
Danielle’s support worker and Murray Bridge Cara group accommodation team leader Annmarie has over 30 years of experience in nursing and administration before deciding on a career change.
She said being working with people living with disabilities is an honour, and she thrives on her role.
“When you think about what they go through, it is a real privilege to be a part of their lives,” she said.
Lois Boswell, acting chief executive for the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, said the expos are an important way to help people navigate the changes under the NDIS.
“The NDIS is the biggest social reform since Medicare and we need to make sure people have the knowledge and confidence they need to manage the new system,” Ms Boswell said.
“The NDIS gives people with disability real choice and control over the support they receive and we want to make sure they are able to achieve the best outcomes they can.
“The expos are open to people who already receive support, as well as anyone who thinks they may be eligible.
“We also know that the disability sector is going to boom with increased demand for services, so we need to help people considering a career in this sector to find the training and opportunities that exist.
The NDIS will start rolling out for people aged 18 to 64 in the Murray Mallee region from 1 October this year.
The scheme is expected to create up to 350 new jobs in disability in the area.
If you are interested in attending the expos, you must register online at www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au.