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getting the ndis right environment is presenting major obstacles – from inadequate pricing Australia’s peak body for disability to systems that are not holding up in service providers, National Disability the rapid pace of implementation.” which details recommendations on NDS’s recommendations include Services, has released a paper the way forward for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. proposals to improve participant planning and pricing; to strengthen the NDIS’s focus on employment; governments to improve the NDIS. The paper ‘How to get the NDIS on and improve communication We have recommendations ready track’ commends the NDIS as the between all parties. to be heard and acted upon. The right reform for Australia but warns time to act is now. that the scale and complexity of “The NDIS cannot deliver on its implementation is placing great great promise to people with “Disability service providers pressure on stakeholders, including disability and their families unless campaigned for the NDIS service providers. there is a strong and sustainable alongside people with disability, disability services sector. That their families and carers. Their sector is at risk,” said Dr Baker. motive was to improve the life NDS Chief Executive Dr Ken Baker said: “The commitment of the opportunities and wellbeing of service sector to the NDIS has never “NDS and the sector are ready people with disability. That same been in question. But the operating to work with the NDIA and motive remains.” tennis star named how we can all improve the lives of as idpwd patron people with disability.” Tennis champion Dylan Alcott Mr Alcott, who is a dual OAM has been named as this year’s patron for the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), on December 3. Paralympian and recent addition to Triple J’s breakfast line-up, said he was particularly honoured to be named as the 2017 Patron, as this year commemorates the 25th The Assistant Minister for Disability anniversary of the event. Services Hon Jane Prentice MP said Mr Alcott, also 2016 Paralympian “I have always used my profile of the Year, is a remarkable young in the community to turn up the Australian who exemplifies what spotlight and volume on disability IDPwD represents. issues and awareness in Australia and IDPwD provides a platform to “His passion and positivity is do this,” he said. “I want to encourage people of all abilities to be more aware, infectious, making him an excellent choice to champion the rights of “As the 2017 IDPwD Patron I am increase their understanding and people with disability and contribute inviting you all to continue a national be more accepting and inclusive of to the national conversation about conversation that talks about what people with disability during their we can do to normalise disability. everyday lives.” linkonline.com.au news 07