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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 on the below website.

Website:www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA.html

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  InclusionWA
 Access Mandurah  INKA
 Activ Library  Kalparrin
 Autism Association of Australia  Kidsport
 Cahoots  Kids Matter
 Cerebral Palsy  Manta Rays Swim Team
 Changing Places  Moving Home Tips
 Colour Blindness  National Disability Association
 Communicable Diseases - Department of Health  Play 2 Talk
 Create a Home to Thrive In  Raising Children Network
 Comprehensive Children's Health Guide  Riding for the Disabled
 Depression  School Age Therapy Services
 Developmental Disability WA (DDWA)  Sensory Friendly Flicks
 Directions Disability Support Services  Sesame Street and Autism
 Disability Services Corporation  Starkick
 Down Syndrome WA  Student Wellbeing Hub
 Equal Footingball League  The Hub
 Guide to Birth Injuries  Vision Australia
  Immunisation  W.A. Disable Sports Association
   XYY Syndrome

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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  Garden-to-Plate Project
 Asthma Australia  Headspace Mandurah
 Children's Global Hygiene Foundation  Inclusive Mandurah
 City of Mandurah  Independent Living Centre
 Clan WA  Interchange
 Community First  Little Atheletics - Peel District
 Cyber Safety  MAN - Healthier directions for males
 CYDA  Ngala Parenting
 Daisy  Rivers Regional Council
 DET   Riverside Primary School
 Fairbridge Village  Stay Smart Online
    VacSwim

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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:

2020

Crab Fest

Crab Fest is the largest free regional community event in Western Australia and will be held on 14 and 15 March, 2020 attracting over 100,000 locals and visitors to the City of Mandurah. The event showcases the lifestyle, location, culture and talent that makes Mandurah so unique. Of course, Crab Fest would not be Crab Fest without a celebration of the native blue manna crab!

When: Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 10am – 8.30pm, Sunday, 15 March 2020 from 10am – 5pm

Information: crabfest.com.au

Note: This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, pet-free event.

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: 1800 177 777

Police:  131 444

Security Monitoring Centre:  9264 4632

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

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What's New

  • News for ESC Parents - Children Should Stay Home

    Under advice from the WA Department of Education the following letter is being sent home today to parents and carers of children enrolled in Education Support Centres such as Riverside ESC. This information changes and updates information previously supplied, recognising the greater risk for our students from possible exposure to COVID-19.

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    You are invited to attend ONE of the three Triple P Seminar Series – The Power of Positive Parenting. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.

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