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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

The following information has been collated from various sources to assist parents and carers of the Riverside ESC community. All information should be confirmed with your medical practitioner or current disability support contact.

Continuation of support through transition to NDIS

For people who are currently receiving local coordination or other services funded by the WA Government’s Disability Services Commission (DSC), your current supports and contact people will remain the same until your NDIS plan is approved. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been contacting people currently connected to services funded or provided by the DSC to confirm their access to the NDIS and start their planning conversation.

The NDIA is working closely with Local Coordinators from the Disability Services Commission to ensure people who need support urgently are brought into the NDIS.

People who are not connected to the Disability Services Commission who would like to test if they are eligible for the NDIS can make an access request by phoning 1800 800 110.

How will my child’s NDIS plan be managed?

When you and your child meet with an NDIS professional to develop your child’s NDIS plan, you’ll also talk about how you want to manage your child’s funding. You can have as little or as much help as you need.

There are four options:

Self-managed

You can choose to manage the funding for your child’s support. You can do this yourself, or you can have a nominee do this on your behalf. This nominee might be a member of your family, a friend or a carer.

Registered plan management provider

You can choose to have a registered plan management provider manage some or all of the funding for your child’s support. A registered plan management provider can find and organise support for you, pay service providers, take care of the paperwork, and work with your service providers to decide how and when your child gets support.

NDIA managed

You can choose to have the NDIA manage the funding for your child’s support. Under this option you choose the service providers you want from the registered provider list on the NDIS website, and you organise the support your child needs directly with them. The NDIA can help you find and get in touch with the registered service providers. The NDIA then pays the providers directly.

A combination of the management options above

You can choose different options for different support. Your child’s plan might have a combination of options.

Who can access the Scheme?

A person with an impairment that is likely to be permanent and the impairment makes it difficult to take part in everyday activities can access the Scheme. A person needs to meet disability or early intervention requirements, as well as age and residence requirements.

Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

More information is available in the factsheet and frequently asked questions documents below:

NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (PDF 4MB)
NDIS Factsheet: Participating in the NDIS in Western Australia (DOCX 80KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (PDF 65KB)
NDIS Factsheet: Frequently Asked Questions – WA (DOCX 65KB)
NDIS Evidence of disability or developmental delay for children under 7 years of age

Our Community

Riverside Education Support Centre is part of a broad community that reaches across Mandurah and as far afield as Dwellingup, Pinjarra and Carcoola, although practicality limits enrolment to areas that can be serviced by the School Bus System or private transport.

The role of community is central to all schools, but is perhaps even more important for schools of children who require extra care. We therefore emphasise and encourage the child's whole community, imparting skills and knowledge that needs to be supported and upheld by every contributer to the child's wellbeing.

This emphasis on community is enabled by our community where you will find access to community resources and activities.

Useful Links for Parents and Caregivers

We list for your convenience information about several organisations that can assist families of children with disabilities. Inclusion of Organisations and Services on this list does not infer endorsement by Riverside ESC.

 4families  INKA
 Access Mandurah  Kalparrin
 Activ Library  Kidsport
 Autism Assn of Australia  Kids Matter
 Cahoots  Manta Rays Swim Team
 Cerebral Palsy  Moving Home Tips
 Communicable Diseases - Department of Health  National Disability Association 
 Create a Home to Thrive In  Raising Children Network 
 Comprehensive Children's Health Guide  Resiliency Resource Centre
 Depression  Riding for the Disabled
 Developmental Disability WA (DDWA)  School Age Therapy Services
 Disability Services Corporation  Sensory Friendly Flicks
 Down Syndrome WA  Sesame Street and Autism
 Equal Footingball League  Student Wellbeing Hub
 Guide to Birth Injuries  Vision Australia
 Immunisation  XYY Australia
 InclusionWA  
   

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General Links

The following information and  links are provided for the benefit of the whole school community. While we endeavour to keep this webpage up to date your willingness to notify the school of outdated items, link issues and possible sites for inclusion will be appreciated.

 Airports, Travel & Special Needs Travel  Headspace Mandurah
 Asthma Australia  Independent Living Centre
 Children's Global Hygiene Foundation  Inhalant Use - For parents and carers only
 City of Mandurah  Interchange
 Clan WA  Little Atheletics - Peel District
 Community First  MAN - Healthier directions for males Inc.
 Cyber Safety  Parenting WA
 Daisy  Rivers Regional Council
 DET  Riverside Primary School
 Ecostar Consulting Stay Smart Online
 Fairbridge Village Vac-Swim 
 Garden-to-Plate Project  
 Generation Next
 

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Funding for Disability

The Community Living and Participation Grants are managed by National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and supported by Lotterywest.

Applications are made on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals by either:

  • An unincorporated community group that has a bank account in its name and holds regular meetings; or
  • An incorporated not for profit organisation.

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Provision (CAEP)

The Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) of the Disability and Services Commission (DSC) provides an equitable, accessible and consistent state-wide scheme for the provision of equipment and home modifications to benefit people with a long-term disability living at home in the community.

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Sports - Get Involved

Young people, regardless of whether they have a disability or not, enjoy their sporting experiences in the same way. There are physical, mental and emotional benefits for children with disability who participate in physical activity. These include but are not limited to, promotion of fitness, increased self-esteem and a great confidence boost.

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Mandurah and Regional Events

The following learning and activity opportunities may be of interest to the Riverside ESC Community:

2018

Mandurah Children's Festival

The Mandurah Children’s Festival is a FREE event for children of all ages to attend and participate in a safe and friendly environment. Come along to a fun family day out on the Mandurah foreshore.

When: Sunday, October 21 from 10am – 3pm

Where: Mandurah Foreshore, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/mandurah-childrens-festival

Abilities Expo

The Abilities Expo "Pathways to the Future - Planning for Success" is for people of all ages with disability, their families and carers who want to know more about the services they can access and the organisations that provide those services.

AT the Crown Perth - Grand Ballroom, on October 30. Further information is included in this downloadable flyer (pdf).

Community Christmas Pagaent

Come and experience the wonder of Christmas at the Mandurah Christmas Pageant presented by ACTON Mandurah. This wonderful tradition sees local community groups and businesses parade their floats through Mandurah’s CBD.

When: Tuesday, December 11 from 6pm - 8:30pm

Where: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/community-christmas-pageant

New Years Eve Celebrations

Join the community of Mandurah at the New Year's Eve Celebrations for live music and fireworks to welcome in 2018. Check out the free shuttle bus running between Mandurah Station and Mandurah Visitors Centre.

Fireworks: 9pm and midnight

Live DJ all night, disco lights, roving entertainment and amusement rides on the Mandurah foreshore. With hours of entertainment, activities and amusements the evening will be a great night out for the whole family.

When: Monday, December 31 from 6pm to midnight.

Where: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/new-years-eve

School Watch

School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage.

Who to contact:

School Watch Security

T: 1800 177 777
 

Police

T: 131 444

When you contact School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.

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What's New

  • Abilities Expo - Planning Your Future

     The Abilities Expo "Pathways to the Future - Planning for Success" is for people of all ages with disability, their families and carers who want to know more about the services they can access and the organisations that provide those services.

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  • Secret Harbour Cricket Opportunity

    Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club has established an all-inclusve program for kids with a disability to learn new skills and play Australia's favourite sport. The Woolworths "Cricket Blast" program is open to all boys and girls. It's a great way to start the cricket season of 2018-19.

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  • Nipping Starfish? No, Starfish Nippers!

    Mandurah Surf Lifesaving Club had started a new all-inclusive program for students, believed to be the first for W.A. The Club has opened enrolments and invites you to contact them to fill the limited places available.

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  • Coastal Lakes - A New College Pathway

    Riverside ESC is delighted to be able to offer our students and their families another transition option for post-primary education. Starting 2019, Coastal Lakes College in Lakelands, Mandurah, will open its doors to Year 7 and 8 students for entry into the college's Inclusive Education Hub (Education Support).

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