The Raising Children Network team collaborated with an expert panel of health professionals, families and care sector stakeholders and academics to develop a suite of 25 evidence-based and inclusive articles aimed at providing parents with practical information about how to access and use the NDIS to assist children in their care.
The resources discuss issues including how to decide how much information an LGBTQ+ family might share with an NDIS provider and some things LGBTQ+ families might like to consider when having an NDIS provider in their home – including the right to respectful service.
Raising Children Network Senior Program Manager Dr Naomi Hackworth said the resources were developed to address a need for quality, trusted information developed specifically for parents and carers who are seeking disability support for their children.
“We found that LGBTQ+ parents may be hesitant to engage with the NDIS due to prior experience of discrimination in mainstream services, highlighting the need for LGBTQ+ specific resources and support in this space,” Dr Hackworth said.
To put together the LGBTQ+ resources, the Raising Children Network collaborated with several individuals and organisations representing members of the LGBTQ+ community, including author, educator and disability rights and LGBTIQA+ activist Jax Jacki Brown.
“These resources are important tools to help LGBTQ+ families navigate the NDIS and find services and supports which are right for them. As a queer person with disabilities on the NDIS myself, and the parent of a young child, I know how hard it can be to find resources which are LGBTQ+ specific. These resources provide important and necessary information to families like mine,” Jax Jacki Brown OAM said.
The suite of NDIS resources was funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency and Australian Government Department of Social Service
’ s’ NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building scheme, which aims to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of people with disability, and improve their access to community and mainstream services.
- NDIS services and LGBTQ+ families: sharing information about your family
- NDIS services and LGBTQ+ families: service providers in your home
The full suite of articles:
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