National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a strategy for all Australians that will provide sustained, significant, long-term improvements in meeting the needs of people with a disability and their families. This proposal is now gaining attention from both the media and at the highest levels of government.

The NDIS has issued a nationwide petition with organisers hoping to gather at least one million names to present to parliament, and strengthen political will to reform the disability sector.

You can download a petition and find out more about the NDIS from their website below.

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About Jane Farrall

Jane has been working in the disability and assistive technology field for over 20 years. She has extensive practical experience in both Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in teaching children and adults with disabilities to acquire literacy.

Jane has worked as a school and adult service based therapist and literacy teacher. She has also worked as an assistive technology specialist at both ComTEC and at Spectronics and is currently working as an independent consultant in literacy, AAC and Assistive Technology.

She has completed a Masters in Special Education focusing on literacy acquisition in children and adults without speech. Jane is a former Chairperson of AGOSCI (Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment) and is the founder and organiser of the Big Mouth Camp, a camp for school aged students using speech generating devices and their families. You can get more information about Jane at her website

One Response to National Disability Insurance Scheme

  1. Barbara Landsberg says:

    Thanks for posting this Jane. This is a REALLY important issue – for all people with disabilities in Australia.

    My niece here in Queensland is an amazing 18 year old lady with autism. She is struggling to make the world understand what she wants to say. She has a very supportive father and sisters. But they can’t speak for her – as much as they would fervently wish to be able to do so.

    I so hope that policy change can facilitate her access to the technology that she so needs to be able to make her way out into the “real world” after leaving the support of the Special Education system.

    That is just my family story. We hear of so many others every day on Spectronics’ phones and emails. :-(

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