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ndis Left: The NDIS has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for Samuel. Below: NSW Minister Ray Williams. participants like five-year-old Samuel and university student Karim. The Scheme allowed Karim to employ the right support to get NSW leading the way enjoying his studies. It also supports him to run disability advocacy By NSW Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams workshops for staff in the corporate On 1 July 2018, New South expanding his business. Wales will have successfully transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a scheme that is changing the lives of thousands of people with disability across the state. M ore than 74,000 people are already benefitting from the Scheme in NSW, Before he entered the NDIS, little Samuel couldn’t speak. But now the five-year-old is initiating plan in place and a further 6,700 conversations with his friends at children aged 0-6 years have been school following intensive NDIS referred to the Early Childhood Early supports over the past two years, Intervention (ECEI) gateway. Around opening up a whole new world of 86,700 people with disability are now possibilities. At last, people with disability The NDIS also presents major economic benefits, including the are at the centre of decision-making creation of around 30,000 new jobs and are empowered to live the life in NSW, especially in the health care they choose. and social services sector, according The Coalition Government’s to recent independent analysis by JP strong financial management has Morgan and Goldman Sachs. This has put us in a position to deliver the also contributed to a two per cent rise NDIS in NSW on time and on budget. in the female workforce participation People with disability will benefit rate in NSW (ABS Labour Force, from a huge increase in funding, with Australia, December 2017). the NSW Government committing As Minister for Disability Services, $3.2 billion into the Scheme this year I am committed to ensuring people and the Commonwealth committing with disability in NSW continue to $3.3 billion. have the opportunity to thrive and Day to day, I am fortunate to hear about the success stories from NDIS ndis sector – and he looks forward to having an individual NDIS support eligible for the Scheme in NSW. 18 to university so he can continue live in an inclusive society. www.ndis.gov.au linkonline.com.au