Head to libraries for NDIS info

A SERIES of information sessions on what the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will mean for people on the Sunshine Coast with disabilities will be held in March.

Sunshine Coast-based charity 121 Care will host the sessions at seven libraries between March 2 to March 25.

General manager of 121 Care Kym Chomley said the sessions had been arranged to empower people with the information the needed to get the most out of the NDIS.

"There has been a lot of concern among people with disabilities, their families and carers about what the introduction of the NDIS will mean for their funding," Ms Chomley said.

"It is likely, though that many more people will be eligible for long-term funding under the NDIS for the provision of support services.

"We have seen the roll-out in other parts of Australia and we have seen what has worked well with the system and what clients need to be aware of," she said.

Ms Chomley said the Federal Government had given an undertaking that no individuals would be financially worse off under the NDIS.

"We want to ensure people on the Sunshine Coast living with a disability know how to enter into the NDIS and get the most out of it to ensure they have all the support they need and can aim to live a life which is enriching and joyful."

Ms Chomley encouraged people with disabilities to start planning for the NDIS as soon as possible so they could be clear on their needs and their service providers could help them get what they want.

"The more planning people with disabilities do before the NDIS is introduced, the more likely they are to get the funding they both need and would like," she said.

The information sessions will be held at Coolum library on March 2 from 2-3.30pm, Kawana library on March 4 from 10-11.30am, Maroochydore library on March 9 from 10.30am to noon, Maleny library on March 11 from 10-11.30am, Caloundra library on March 16 from 10-11.30am, Beerwah library on March 23 from 10-11.30am, Nambour library on March 25 from 10-11.30am.

To book, go to https://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On/Legal-and-Finance/Disability-Support