NDIS Innovative Community Participation
Find a list of NDIS Innovative Community Participation . There are currently some Innovative Community Participation providers offering a range of services.
As the NDIS describes it, these supports are for special activities that are not covered by other community participation categories. The idea is to make community engagement more accessible to people living with disabilities, so that they can fulfill their potential and reach their personal goals, including independence.
By taking advantage of the available supports, participants will develop skills, build capacity, connect with new people, and create new economic, social, and educational opportunities for themselves (e.g finding employment). In the long-term, more community participation leads to greater independence, meaning participants require less supports and hence save money.
The federal government is committed to making community engagement more inclusive for Australians with disabilities.
The NDIS cites a number of examples of how the government is going about this:
Increased access to public transport. Participants who become skilled at using public or community transport will no longer have to rely on taxi services which can be quite costly.
Increased access to shopping centres. Making shopping centres more accessible via public and/or community transport allows NDIS participants to shop independently, without the help of other people.
Increased access to orientation and mobility supports. This is significant for people living with mild to moderate visual disabilities, making them less likely to have accidents, which often result in more extreme disability.
And while these supports are intended primarily to improve the lives of Australians with disabilities, the benefits are enjoyed by the entire community. It creates a more inclusive environment that better reflects the diversity of Australian society. And it gives the economy a boost, as countless NDIS participants gain the skills necessary to find jobs and perform them with confidence and independence.