Program 320 of New Horizons

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This week on program 320 of New Horizons, Robyn Gaile speaks with Colin Watson, President of the Geelong and Districts Branch of Blind Citizens Australia.

We also hear extracts from the Networking in social Situations session at the Blind Citizens Australia National Convention.

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Barry Chapman
New Horizons

Braille and Tactile Street Signage

The City of Melbourne has installed 80 new tactile street signs to assist residents and visitors who are blind or have vision impairments to move around the CBD safely.

The City of Melbourne consulted Vision Australia, Vic Roads and Health Science Planning Consultants on the project as part of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2017, to create a more inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

Photo Swanston Street Braille and Tactile street sign in the Melbourne.

Braille and Raised Tactile street signs in Melbourne CBD



Features of the signs include:

high contrast colours to assist people with low vision
braille labels indicating street names
accessible height (plates attached to signposts at eye-level)

The new signs are located at 10 major CBD intersections.

NDS News Update – NDIA revises support definitions and pricing lists

NDIA revises support definitions and pricing lists

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released new versions of the ‘Support Clusters Definitions and Pricing’. The revised items have positive features, but note: this is not the Agency’s response to the review of the prices for one-to-one supports, which is not expected until the end of November.The positive features include a new category for supporting participants with challenging behaviour or with high medical support needs. This covers support with daily personal activities and support to participate in community, social and civic activities. While the rates set for this support category are inadequate, NDS is pleased that the NDIA has accepted our argument that supporting participants with challenging behaviour or high medical needs costs more than supporting other participants.

NDS is also pleased to see a new support item that recognises that some individuals require higher intensity complex support coordination. The price for this has been set at $83.00 per hour, more than $30 per hour more than the standard coordination price. In addition, the NDIA has acknowledged that where “such support is provided or guided by a health professional because of the needs of the participant, the health professional rates apply for that support.” This range of complex support coordination items better reflects the needs of participants who require assistance with coordination or managing life stages, transitions and supports.

The expansion of the number of items under the ‘Assistance to access and maintain employment’ cluster is also positive. It better reflects the assistance that people with significant disability require to find and maintain employment. The inclusion of ‘Assessment to identify vocational potential and suitability’ and ‘Workplace assessment’ are particularly welcome, along with the items for ‘Post-school employment assistance’.

The prices related to work in an Australian Disability Enterprise have been revised to reflect current ADE case-based funding levels. This at least will clarify pricing arrangements for ADE providers during the launch phase of the NDIS.

As NDS’s negotiations with the NDIA continue, members operating in the launch sites are encouraged to provide NDS with feedback on NDIS prices, particularly those prices relating to accommodation support, group-based community participation and employment. We thank members who have already assisted us with information.

NDS will inform members as soon as the outcome of the review of prices for one-to-one support is available. 

 

Contact Information:
Ken Baker, Chief Executive, Ph 02 6283 3200, ken.baker@nds.org.au