Our philosophy at Anglicare Central Queensland is based around choice, control and flexibility.
Recent research has shown that excessive choice can cause burden and may actually reduce NDIS participants experience of choice and control.
Have you ever looked for a movie to watch only to end up choosing nothing at all? Too many choices can overwhelm us and cause us to not choose at all.
As a result, more often than not, we resort to tradition. We do what we have always done because it is safer and easier.
72 per cent of NDIS funds includes assistance with daily living, assistance with social and community participation, consumables and transport. Participants will receive a lump sum for core supports, leaving you to decide not just who should deliver these supports, but how often, for how long, on which days, at what price and which staffing ratios. All while ensuring that all of these choices over the year add up to no more than the funding you have been allocated.
Cue an endless number of support combinations. Cue the choice paralysis. Cue droves of previously enthusiastic participants putting “choice and control” in the too-hard basket and simply choosing to keep their support arrangements as is.
People with disability, advocates, carers and families have worked so hard for so long to make individualised funding a reality. The challenge now is to make sure we continue to break down the barriers that inhibit choice and control and ensure that participants and families can really make the most of the opportunities the NDIS presents.
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