New resources to help families get NDIS ready
New resources have been released to help parents and families understand how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can support children with developmental delay or disability.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) resources, developed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), explain the importance of early intervention and take parents through the ECEI journey step-by-step to show how the process works and what parents can expect.
In February, the NDIA announced its ECEI Approach; the first nationally-consistent approach to supporting children under the age of six with developmental delay or disability.
Under the ECEI Approach, a child and their family will be referred to a specialist early childhood partner who will discuss their needs and identify the appropriate supports to help them achieve their individual goals.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the family-friendly resources, including a booklet and animated video, will help parents learn what they can expect from the NDIS.
“Early intervention is a vital part of the NDIS. We know that families with children with developmental delay or disability are eager to know how the NDIS might work for their child,” she said.
“These resources will provide families with simple and accessible information so they can make informed choices.
“Evidence shows that timely support for a child with developmental delay before the age of six can significantly change that child’s developmental trajectory and overall quality of life.
“We are committed to giving children with disability and developmental delay the support they need to reach their full potential.”
For more information about the NDIS ECEI Approach, when the NDIS is coming to your area and what to do to prepare for its arrival, visit www.ndis.gov.au.
- Early Childhood Early Intervention on NDIS website (including animation)
- Early Childhood Early Intervention (PDF 240KB)
- ECEI Case study video (link is external). Michelle, a mother of four, talks about accessing early childhood early intervention support and services through the NDIS. An open caption version of the video is also available.
For copies of the resources, please contact email@example.com (link sends e-mail).