What the NDIS means for Canberra Business
On 1 May 2015, the Canberra Business Chamber and the ACT Inclusion Council jointly hosted a workshop with over 70 attendees discussing the economic opportunities that the NDIS will bring to the territory.
Glenn Keys, Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber and Board member of the NDIS, discussed how the ACT was leading the nation as the first whole-jurisdiction to roll-out the NDIS. Mr Keys said that the roll-out of the NDIS presented opportunities for creating innovative ways to meet unforeseen needs of people with disability, their families and carers.
David Bowen, the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency, told the meeting of business, community groups and educational institutions about some of the initiatives which have already been developed and tested in the ACT. Mr Bowen said that the ACT business community has a real opportunity to lead the nation. Mr Bowen said that it was encouraging to see the ACT on the front foot, saying that it was only the second occasion that he had the opportunity to speak to businesses as CEO.
Craig Wallace, National President of People with Disability, pointed out that as part of the Enhanced Service Offer people asked for mainstream items like, iPads, IT products, fitness services and products, travel, and home modifications. Mr Wallace said that people with disability and their families and carers want consumer information and access to mainstream services and will seek new ways of meeting their individual needs and interests.
Attendees were provided with the Disability Confidence Canberra Guide and manual developed by the Inclusion Council to assist organisations to understand and work more closely with people with a disability and their families and carers.