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    The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a game changer, but the challenge is to make it work across people’s life course, from education and housing, to social participation and employment

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    As a researcher specialising in the health of people with disabilities, Anne Kavanagh is better versed than most in the ins and outs of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    But even she finds the reviews of her autistic son’s care plan stressful.

    “It’s quite traumatising to be honest,” she says. “So much of our life is contingent on having a plan that meets his needs.

    Navigating the disability support system can be stressful for families. Picture: Getty Images

    “He’s been an NDIS participant for 18 months and we are now having a review for his fourth plan. Having said that, the NDIS has really opened up lots of new opportunities for him and our family that weren’t there before.”

    The worries don’t end there. Like most parents of children with disabilities, Professor Kavanagh is concerned about her son’s future, and frustrated by the options offered by an education system that is [...]

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