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

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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

National Simultaneous Storytime

ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2018 - Intergenerational Celebration: celebrated across two venues, at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (Fishtrap Theatre) and Mandurah Library. A FREE event; bookings are essential by May 14 for catering purposes.

When: 

  • Wednesday, 23 May from 10AM - 11AM

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/libraries/national-simultaneous-storytime-2018-mpac

Wearable Arts Mandurah Showcase

The Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase presents the finest wearable art from across Australia and beyond through a highly entertaining stage performance. This show has developed from a small fashion show into an international wearable art competition and performance that offers a new exciting experience for textile practitioners and audiences.

When: 

Saturday, 9 June from 6:30PM - 8PM

Sunday, 10 June from 2PM - 3:45PM

Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace

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

National Tree Day

We are planting Mandurah green!
Come join this free community event with your family, friends and the community as we help our local environment this National Tree Day, rolling up our sleeves to plant over 7000 seedlings!

When: Sunday, July 29 from 10am – 2pm

Where: Frasers Landing Core Conservation area, Wanjeep Street, Coodanup

Visit the City of Mandurah webpage at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/community-event/national-tree-day

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

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

  • Constable Care Teaches Fun Scary

    During Week 6, term 2, several of our classes will host an incursion by Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, a recognised leader in safety education for children and young people throughout Western Australia.

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  • Never Stop Reading!

    The Department of Education recently introduced an initiative called Never Stop Reading!, aimed at encouraging parents of children from Years 3 to 6 to continue reading aloud with their children as they progress through Primary School. Research has shown that earlier cessation of reading aloud fails to take advantage of the "significant positive effects".

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  • Canteen Menu Update

    The Canteen Menu 2018 - Terms 2 & 3 (pdf file) is now online. (The menu will run through to end of Term 3, 2018.)

  • Halls Head College ESC Open Night

    As a potential destination for Riverside ESC students, we are pleased to support the Open Night for Halls Head College ESC. Tues 8 May, 4-6:30 PM. Link here to the Open Night program.