NDIS and What it Means to Participants


ChiekoCrop250Chances are if you are a person living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability, you would have now heard all about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is quite difficult to get your head around all the information, with the changing levels of detail and complexity, more and more information is appearing daily.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) has been supporting people living with a disability (and their carers), from multicultural backgrounds, for over 30 years. Let’s look at one example of how the NDIS has changed the life of one of ADEC’s Japanese Carer Group participants.

Chieko has been participating in ADEC’s Japanese Carer groups for about the last five years. The reason she linked up with ADEC was because our facilitator was Japanese which immediately removed any cultural or language barriers. The many information sessions and outings provided her with respite, social contact and important information about disability services and her rights.

Chieko is carer for her daughter Mimari who is now 23 years old. Mimari has been diagnosed with Autism and Severe Language Disorder. Prior to the NDIS, Mimari was receiving a small amount of support at Level 3 which she had no control over. This went directly to an organisation.

In October last year Chieko went through the initial stages of the NDIS planning and has since been approved under the NDIS.

When asked about the difference in support Chieko said, “Mimari is now receiving a lot more support, which is entirely under our control.”

“The funding now goes directly to supporting my daughter’s disability.”

Mimari now has:

  • Two hours a week of one on one cooking classes – her ability to learn is greatly increased by this sort of direct training. They go shopping together, undertake the cooking training, they then enjoy the fruits of their work
  • Mimari now attends Latrobe Life Skills 5 days a week, where she undertakes group cooking, art and travel training. Travel training teaches how to use the Myki card, understanding public transport, understand Melbourne, providing the skills to live independently
  • Mimari is also a student, undertaking a Certificate 1 in Employment at TAFE
  • On the weekend, Mimari attends art classes at Wild At Heart


When Chieko was asked how has her life has changed with the NDIS her response was interesting, “I am actually a lot busier, as I have extra activities that Mimari is attending.”

“The beauty of the NDIS is they really care about family,” she said.

“My parents live in Japan, and when they are sick or if there is an emergency, the NDIS will provide emergency support for Mimari, providing emergency care while I am gone,” she said.

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