Disabled to tailor own support
A QUEENSLAND trial, to allow people with disabilities to tailor their own support services and break away from the current regimented regime, has been warmly welcomed by disability advocates.
More than 1300 Queensland families will be selected to take part in the "Your Life Your Choice" trial.
The State Government is touting the scheme as one of the hallmark features of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and claims it allows for greater control over the funding people with disabilities already receive from the Government.
Leanne Walsh is the founder of charity group Sunshine Butterflies, which provides support to people with disabilities and their families, and the mother of a 17-year-old boy with a disability.
Ms Walsh said the trial would give individuals and families greater flexibility and independence.
"We will be able to create our own support to match our needs and we can live a normal life," she said.
"You are not being dictated to by a particular service (provider).
"Having the flexibility to use the funding as you want it means this move is going to be a saving on everyone.
"Disability campaigner Peter Yeo also congratulated the Queensland Government on the move but said there were still a few issues to be addressed.
The Government needed to outline where the trial would happen, what would happen after the six-month trial period ended and whether the funding for the scheme was on top of what was already committed, Mr Yeo said.
He also said there needed to be a focus on getting people with disabilities working.
"But it definitely shows the Government is committed to the NDIS and they want to do it, which I was very pleased about," he said.
But Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk appeared to call the Premier Campbell Newman out by claiming the LNP was taking credit for a Labor-driven initiative.
"As Minister for Disability Services in June 2009 I announced $1.1 million for two trials of self-directed funding for people with disabilities," she said.
"The Premier and his Minister have not detailed any new funds for their scheme to assist 1300 people.
"Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said on Tuesday (I4/9) she would write to more than 1300 families to invite them to take part in the scheme.
"It may not be for everyone though, and people will be able to move along a spectrum of support depending on what level of self-management they're comfortable with," she said.
Premier Campbell Newman said the trial would support the State's transition to the NDIS by 2018.