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  • Writer's pictureShayna Gavin, Splash Principal Physiotherapist

Capacity building in the NDIS

Building the capacity of participants is one of the key principles of the NDIS.

It relates to our core purpose here at Splash to help babies, children and young people learn everyday functional skills to participate in life at home, school, and in the community.

It is also reflected in our core values that "we teach the way kids learn"

Capacity building in the NDIS Act 2013

We have pulled together this article to assist with advocacy around current changes to NDIS rates which you can read more about here and then get involved in speaking up about what changes you like and don't like!

Following are quotes from the legislation of the NDIS Act 2013, relating to capacity building. The NDIS Act 2013 can be found here.

The following are quotes from the NDIS Act 2013 "general principle" section describing capacity building:

"(1) People with disability have the same right as other members of Australian society to realise their potential for physical, social, emotional and intellectual development."

"11) Reasonable and necessary supports for people with disability should:

(a) support people with disability to pursue their goals and maximise their independence; and

(b) support people with disability to live independently and to be included in the community as fully participating citizens; and

(c) develop and support the capacity of people with disability to undertake activities that enable them to participate in the community and in employment."

"(13) The role of advocacy in representing the interests of people with disability is to be acknowledged and respected, recognising that advocacy supports people with disability by:

(a) promoting their independence and social and economic participation;

and (b) promoting choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports;

and (c) maximising independent lifestyles of people with disability and their full inclusion in the community."

"25. (1) A person meets the early intervention requirements if:

(a) the person:

(i) has one or more identified intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments that are, or are likely to be, permanent; or

(ii) has one or more identified impairments that are attributable to a psychiatric condition and are, or are likely to be, permanent; or

(iii) is a child who has developmental delay; and

(b) the CEO is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit the person by reducing the person’s future needs for supports in relation to disability; and

(c) the CEO is satisfied that provision of early intervention supports for the person is likely to benefit the person by:

(i) mitigating or alleviating the impact of the person’s impairment upon the functional capacity of the person to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self‑care or self‑management; or

(ii) preventing the deterioration of such functional capacity; or

(iii) improving such functional capacity; or

(iv) strengthening the sustainability of informal supports available to the person, including through building the capacity of the person’s carer."

I would like to acknowledge support from a fellow physio who assisted in pulling together this information, but who wishes to remain nameless.

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