The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is steadily progressing, with a number of people who are blind or vision impaired now receiving individualized support through the scheme.
There has been growing concern within the disability sector since the government’s adoption of a new term to refer to the sites where the NDIS was first launched in July last year. While these were initially referred to as “launch sites”, people felt that the new term, “trial sites” reflected the government’s lack of commitment towards an ongoing NDIS and was a sign of the scheme’s impending demise.
The Council of Australian Governments has, however, advised that the name change simply reflects the fact that the launch areas are being used to trial the way in which the scheme is administered and to learn lessons about how the system can be improved prior to commencement of the full national roll out.
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