Sunshine Coast & Wide Bay families to learn more about NDIS

People with a disability and carers on the Sunshine Coast and Wide Region will find out how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will impact and improve their lives at NDIS Families Forums on April 8 and 9.

Endeavour Foundation is bringing experts to the Sunshine and Wide Bay regions, to explain the scheme to local residents.

Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said the four free two-and-a-half-hour information sessions was open to the public and would give locals a chance to ask questions and speak with experts one-on-one.

“The NDIS will change the lives of many people in these regions for the better and we want to make sure people on the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay areas are supported through this journey,” Mr Barbagallo said.

“The focus of the forum will be relevant to local families and it’s a great opportunity for Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay residents to get answers to the questions they have about the NDIS.

“There are a range of guest speakers, including parents from Newcastle, whose adult sons both have intellectual disabilities. They will share their personal journey of being in an NDIS trial site and how they have learnt to navigate the scheme.”

Guest speakers Dianne Monaghan and Steph Berick urged family members, carers and people with a disability to attend an NDIS Families Forum to find out more about the NDIS and how they can start to plan for their future now.

“From our own experiences, we cannot tell you enough how important it is to start planning for your or your loved one’s future under the NDIS now,” Mrs Monaghan said.

“There’s a lot of information to get your head around and we know that it can be very overwhelming at times but if you start learning and planning now, it will make your transition to the NDIS much easier,” Mrs Berick added.

Forum attendees will hear first-hand Steph and Dianne’s personal journey learning to navigate the NDIS with their sons, and they will also share the valuable tips they have learnt and continue to learn about the NDIS.

Other speakers at the event will include representatives from the Queensland National Disability Insurance Agency, and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

In Queensland, the NDIS will start to progressively roll out from July 2016. It’s hoped all eligible Queensland residents will be covered by the scheme by 2019.

There will be two forums held on the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday April 8. A morning session will be held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, Meeting Rooms 6 & 7, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina at 10am and an evening session will be held at Endeavour Foundation’s Wallace Park Learning & Lifestyle, 54 Eumundi-Noosa Road, Noosaville.

There will be two forums held in the Wide Bay region on Thursday April 9. A morning session will be held at the Brolga Theatre, 5 Walk Street, Maryborough at 10am and an evening session will be held at Endeavour Foundation’s Bundaberg Learning & Lifestyle, 9 Nixon Street, Bundaberg.

For further information or to RSVP contact Endeavour Foundation on 1800 634 040, or visit www.endeavour.com.au.

NOTE: People with a disability and their families from the Sunshine Coast region are available for interviews in relation to the NDIS. Photo opportunities can also be arranged.

Media Contact: Cait Bester, Media and Communications Officer, on (07) 3908 7543 or 0431 870 440 or c.bester@endeavour.com.au.

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing support to people with a disability throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This includes accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.