Baptcare supports International Day for People with a Disability

Baptcare supports International Day for People with a Disability

Baptcare is proud to be at the forefront of disability services in Tasmania, through its work as part of the Tasmanian Gateway and its involvement in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launch site in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Gateway has been in operation for five and a half years, connecting families with vulnerable children and people with disability to mainstream and specialist family and disability supports.

ON Wednesday, 3 December, Baptcare will join the international community in celebrating International Day for People with a Disability (IDPwD).

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

Baptcare is proud to be at the forefront of disability services in Tasmania, through its work as part of the Tasmanian Gateway and its involvement in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launch site in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Gateway has been in operation for five and a half years, connecting families with vulnerable children and people with disability to mainstream and specialist family and disability supports.

There are currently four Gateways across Tasmania, operated by community service organisations, Baptcare and Mission Australia. Baptcare operates in the North and South West regions and Mission Australia in the North West and South East regions.

Gateway is an intake, assessment and referral service that provides a clear point of contact for children, young people, their families and people with a disability, seeking information and support services in their local community and access to specialist family and disability support services.

Gateway also manages the needs registers for disability accommodation, respite, community access and individual support packages.

Baptcare is proud to have been a part of the significant reform of service provision in disability services, informed by a belief that achieving the best outcomes for people with disability involves taking a shared approach to planning and service delivery, which places the person with disability at the centre, and is inclusive of carers, family and other service providers.

Baptcare supports and encourages greater choice and individual control for people with disability through its Gateway and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services and through its involvement with NDIS trial site.

Nearly 18 months after the rollout of the NDIS trial, Baptcare is confident that it has yielded significant successes.

Mary D’Elia, State Operations Manager for Baptcare in Tasmania said the first year of NDIS has been extremely positive. “Participants are now able to consider what supports they need, and choose how that service might be delivered. Funding is individualised, so people can afford to meet their own needs the way they want to.”

A key success of the program has been the Local Area Coordinators (LACs). Once clients have been assessed and a plan is agreed, the LACs can support them to implement their plans, find and access services, and explore opportunities to participate in education, training and the community.

Ms D’Elia said the LACs are fundamental in helping clients take control of their lives, to find their voice and to make real choices.

“Having these roles embedded in community service organisations has helped to keep a strong community focus and partnership,” she said.

Marita Scott, Baptcare General Manager of Family and Community Services said the Gateway model puts clients at the centre of care, to give them choice and control. “The Tasmanian trial is a success not only for people with disabilities, but for their carers and the communities they live in,” she said.

“The success of NDIS in Tasmania is proof that it’s a better system than what was in place before. Rather than expecting people to take what they can get, it gives people with disabilities choice.”

“I am also tremendously proud of our Tasmanian staff and of Baptcare’s role in transforming the disability services system.”

The Tasmanian Gateway has been in operation for five and a half years, connecting families with vulnerable children and people with disability to mainstream and specialist family and disability supports.

There are currently four Gateways across Tasmania, operated by community service organisations, Baptcare and Mission Australia. Baptcare operates in the North and South West regions and Mission Australia in the North West and South East regions.

Gateway is an intake, assessment and referral service that provides a clear point of contact for children, young people, their families and people with a disability, seeking information and support services in their local community and access to specialist family and disability support services.

Gateway also manages the needs registers for disability accommodation, respite, community access and individual support packages.

Baptcare is proud to have been a part of the significant reform of service provision in disability services, informed by a belief that achieving the best outcomes for people with disability involves taking a shared approach to planning and service delivery, which places the person with disability at the centre, and is inclusive of carers, family and other service providers.

Baptcare supports and encourages greater choice and individual control for people with disability through its Gateway and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services and through its involvement with NDIS trial site.

Nearly 18 months after the rollout of the NDIS trial, Baptcare is confident that it has yielded significant successes.

Mary D’Elia, State Operations Manager for Baptcare in Tasmania said the first year of NDIS has been extremely positive. “Participants are now able to consider what supports they need, and choose how that service might be delivered. Funding is individualised, so people can afford to meet their own needs the way they want to.”

A key success of the program has been the Local Area Coordinators (LACs). Once clients have been assessed and a plan is agreed, the LACs can support them to implement their plans, find and access services, and explore opportunities to participate in education, training and the community.

Ms D’Elia said the LACs are fundamental in helping clients take control of their lives, to find their voice and to make real choices.

“Having these roles embedded in community service organisations has helped to keep a strong community focus and partnership,” she said.

Marita Scott, Baptcare General Manager of Family and Community Services said the Gateway model puts clients at the centre of care, to give them choice and control. “The Tasmanian trial is a success not only for people with disabilities, but for their carers and the communities they live in,” she said.

“The success of NDIS in Tasmania is proof that it’s a better system than what was in place before. Rather than expecting people to take what they can get, it gives people with disabilities choice.”

“I am also tremendously proud of our Tasmanian staff and of Baptcare’s role in transforming the disability services system.”

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