Spinal Life Australia held a community forum on the Gold Coast today, Tuesday 6th December for local members to connect with community and business leaders before the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The forum discussed how to improve access and inclusion in the Gold Coast region and how to make the most of opportunities presented by the NDIS, including ways businesses can start preparing now.
The event coincided with the International Day of People with Disability, 3 December and was supported by the Queensland Government through a Disability Community Event Grant.
Spinal Life Australia CEO, Michael Powell said the forum was about bringing members with spinal disability and the Gold Coast business community together.
“The NDIS begins rolling out on the Gold Coast from 1 July 2018 which isn’t that far away” he said.
“2018 is going to be a huge year for the Gold Coast’s economy with the introduction of the NDIS and hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
“There will be direct social and economic impacts from the roll out of the NDIS and its important local businesses are prepared. The NDIS is an entitlement based scheme which means the client has more choice and control. Businesses need to work towards making their premises and services more accessible and inclusive so that everyone in their community can participate and be a customer.”
Guest speakers included Josh Sattler, Economic Development Officer, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games who spoke about the “Be My Guest” Program and enhancing visitor experience and Martin Hall, President of the Central Chamber of Commerce spoke about the economic benefits of the NDIS and what it means for the Gold Coast.
Spinal Life Australia Community Services Clinician, Psychologist Rebecca Holmes talked about the social impact of the NDIS and how it will allow people with a disability and their families to access and participate in the community.
The speakers also took part in a panel for a question-and-answer session with the audience.
The annual International Day of People with Disability celebrates the whole of community working together to break down disability barriers and rejoice abilities.
To find out more, visit www.spinal.com.au.