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Disability is not Inability!

Disability is not Inability!

A lot of people believe that disability inclusion is an act of charity. That it’s something good people do to make up for the wrongs done in society, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Disability inclusion is not just about accessibility and equal opportunities; it’s about recognizing that people with disabilities are part of society, too. Disability does not diminish humanity or worthiness or potential – rather, it expands all three by making us more aware and empathetic human beings.


It starts with our own communities: we must include people with disabilities in every aspect of social life (political, economic, cultural) if we want to see a world where these barriers don’t exist at all anymore. We need to stop seeing disability as a burden on our families, society and healthcare system. It is important to remember that disability does not equate inability. In Australia we are extremely blessed to have the National Disability Insurance Scheme that allows us to support people with disabilities to assist them in achieving their life goals. The scheme has created opportunities for people with disabilities to gain independence, assist with daily life activities and community activities, specialist disability accommodation, allied health support as well as supporting those with disabilities to have jobs. The scheme has also created jobs for hundreds of thousands of people.


So what are some things we can do to be more inclusive?

         1. Use of language: People with disabilities are NOT disabled people. It is important to understand the difference, as a person’s disability does not define them.

         2. Ensuring accessibility: Where possible, we should make our services accessible to everyone. This includes having accessible entries to our businesses (e.g. ramps, elevators), accessible bathroom facilities, accessible resources (e.g. audiobooks, braille, easy read resources etc.)

         3. Treating people with disabilities as you would any other person: It is important not to belittle people or dismiss their opinions/ thoughts simply because of a disability. As mentioned, the person’s disability does not define them, it is important that you treat them equally.


It is the feeling of being left out, not by choice but because there are no other options. For many people with disabilities, it’s a daily struggle to get through their day-to-day lives and participate in society like everyone else. You can help these individuals feel included by treating them just as you would any other person—by making your business accessible for wheelchair users or providing closed captioning on videos that have audio content so they can still enjoy what you offer when they otherwise couldn’t. Always remember disability is not inability!


What is NDIS?

What is NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a revolutionary new way of funding disability services in Australia. It has been designed to provide more choice and control for people with disabilities, their families and carers. The NDIS was introduced in July 2013 and has been progressively rolled out across Australia, starting in areas where there are high numbers of people with disabilities living. The NDIS aims to address the key priority issue that exists today: lack of access to quality support for Australians who have a disability or long-term health condition. For many Australians this means they do not receive the level of support that would enable them to live an ordinary life. This can lead to undue levels of isolation, exclusion and poverty which may even worsen over time without appropriate intervention by government or other community organisations. 


What supports are available to me through the NDIS?

The NDIS is designed to provide “reasonable and necessary supports” for people with disability. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) lists the following supports that are funded by the NDIS:

  1. Personal care services
  2. Equipment needs
  3. Community participation support  – Aids and appliances
  4. Home modifications, alterations and additions
  5. Support Coordination (Case manager to assist people with disabilities organise their supports)
  6. Supported Living Options
  7. Specialist Disability Accommodation

For a full list of the available supports, see the following link:


How do I apply for the NDIS? 

You can apply for NDIS funding by following the steps below:

  • 1.      Call NDIA on 1800 800 110 and ask to make an access request
  • 2.      Provide supporting document about your disability
  • 3.      Attend a planning meeting to create your NDIS plan
  • 4.      Receive your NDIS plan and start receiving support with us at Motivision!

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a new initiative from the Australian Government that provides supports to people with disability. There is a wide variety of support available through the NDIS for those who meet criteria. To find out more about eligibility requirements, how you can apply for assistance, what services will be provided by your plan, call our office today on 1800 123 637! We have experts on staff ready to help answer any questions you may have!