For those following along with my NDIS progress (or lack thereof), I was recently contacted by the NDIA internal review team to inform me that my review was beginning – 14 months after I submitted my request for a review, and over 2 years after initially applying for NDIS. The system works, right!?!?
The internal review officer requested further “evidence” (god, how I hate that word) to their criteria of permanency and functional capacity, which, of course, was remarkably similar to what I had already submitted but was deemed insufficient. Anyway, I jumped through their hoops because what else can you do? And submitted my information today.
I don’t really hold hopes that this review will be successful. Anyone who has dealt with a government agency in the past knows their main function is to keep people accessing services to which they are entitled. The $6.5 billion cut from NDIS by the Federal Coalition is only going to make things worse for disabled people, and the first to be affected will be those who do not already have access to services.
But, I also know that I won’t be able to survive in the future without support, so I have to commit myself to the process, as horrible as it is. I’ll let you know when I hear back from them. Wish me luck!