This is - breathtaking.

In comments likely to rile some advocates, Reynolds pointed to data showing that since 2017 there had been a “significant drop” in people classified in the scheme as “high functioning” and a “significant increase” in those who were “low functioning”.
2/ “If you think about the implications of that, it’s quite alarming,” Reynolds said. “Is the NDIS actually making people less functional over time? So those are one of the many questions we need to have a look at … to work out what is happening and how it becomes sustainable.”
3/ I mean, there are three likely explanations, which the minister appears to have overlooked.

Outside of the fact that I am not sure who collects data of that description and how it’s collected.

One is that people aren’t getting into the scheme unless wildly disabled.
4/ Two is that the scheme is causing them such stress that they are deteriorating if they require psychological support.

And three is that they are being forced to get more and more so called evidence for their daily support which accurately reflects their needs.
5/ How long has it been since I heard a fellow wheelchair user say ‘now I have more support on bowel day, I am far more disabled.’

All that support, it making us LAZY. Take up thy bed and walk! Do it!

Maybe we need idk prayer not wheelchairs or support workers.

That’ll work.

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I am very interested in some of the payments that the NDIA has apparently made to contractors.

Contractors you wouldn't expect. Nous Group, for an innocuously named 'digital strategy' of almost a million buckaroos. #RoboNDIS
2/ Nous Group Pty Ltd Consultancy Services Relating to Digital Strategy 1/07/2020 31/03/2021 $ 282,147.56 $ 772,200.00

Tim Orton. They have been running around WA doing this - and it is kind of interesting that they are also working for the NDIA, yes?

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Martin Hoffman asserts that WHODAS has always been used by the NDIA (correct) & that the question about our sex lives has always been used.

I have been in the scheme since its inception & I have never once, unless first raising it, had a planner ask about my sex life. #RoboNDIS
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3/ If a decision is made by the NDIA and is appealed at AAT, Hoffman is asked, would the input by the IA be considered? Yes, he says, because accuracy of information is always considered.

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Senator @holliehughes is talking about families who put in the investment and getting gains. Recognising that this is a big tension between the Agency, autistic people and their representative organisations and parents - ABA.

There is little discussion about this.
2/ It's an uncomfortable tension. Most rights based disability organisations say that ABA is anywhere from abusive to undesirable and parents of autistic children say that it works, despite the massive costs. Most parents of autistic kids have mortgaged - or no - houses.
3/ As a parent carer as well as an autistic woman, I hold my own opinions, as do our peak autism organisations for autistic people. But that does not change the fact that we need to have this discussion - there is no way an overall reduction in funding will have good outcomes.
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I absolutely dislike it when men in suits say that the 'sector' (often meaning mouthy disabled women who do public appearances) is 'emotional'.

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2/ In addition, we have decades of experience as advocates, parents, disabled people, workers & volunteers in the sector. Saying that we are 'emotional' about something that we actually know more than they do about is - offensive.

We base our opinion on facts & lived experience.
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Good grief.

Minister Reynolds says that people in Halls Creek should have the same funding packages as people in Canberra.

Let's take a deep breath, people. Let's look at that.

This is Halls Creek. We all know Canberra, right?

#RoboNDIS
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A population of 3,269. Versus, of course, 395,790 in Canberra. In 2016, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 67.6% of the population. Versus 0.02% in Canberra.

You know how much Aboriginal people trust wadjela services?
3/ I'm talking to Far North Community Services right now. They don't actually know what delivery is done in Halls Creek, cos they're Broome. Let me look, shall I?

I can find - two that deliver in Halls Creek.

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Oh my god.

Minister Linda Reynolds just said that she has been pretty clear that there is a need for some form of functional assessment and that it is 'in the legislation'.
WHAT.
Senator Steele-John is saying she is pre empting the outcome on the outcome of the model. #RoboNDIS
2/ She is saying that 'we must have some form of functional independent assessments'. And that she is committed to that.

As I said, the Minister has picked a side. And it is not ours.
3/ She is saying that this is about us having fair, transparent, consistent decisions made and getting fairer outcomes.

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