Minister Reynolds, centre, in red blazer, pictured with RSB Community Services and Guide and Assistance Dog team members (and 2 dogs in training)
RSB welcomes the decision of Minister Reynolds to continue with the current assessment process for NDIS participants. RSB supports the current person centric, co-design model as one for which we will continue to advocate. This model provides for the genuine empowerment of Australians who are blind or have low vision and maintains ‘choice’ and ‘control’ for all participants.
RSB Executive Director, Damian Papps, said. “We commend the Minister for acknowledging the concerns of agencies such as RSB over the proposed changes to the NDIS assessment process. We believe that the decision to withdraw the proposed independent assessments is an appropriate one and ensures that the needs of NDIS participants remains the key focus of the scheme. Our participants are relieved and delighted that there will be no change in the assessment model, and that their specific needs will still be assessed by the professional support network they choose.”
RSB is a provider of premium quality services and programs for the blind and vision impaired community in South Australia delivering more than 100,000 hours of support each year. Mr. Papps added “we have a strong connection in supporting the community over 137 years, and our unique skill and experience ensures that each NDIS participant is provided with the quality of support they need to develop their confidence, skills and independence.”
RSB today hosted Minister Reynolds at its Gilles Plains campus. This was a wonderful opportunity for the Minister to see first-hand the range of diverse, inclusive and high-quality services offered at the RSB in supporting the blind and vision impaired community in South Australia . The Minister toured our RSB Guide & Assistance Dog Centre, and the RSB Industrial Services factory facility.
RSB Executive Director, Damian Papps said “It was a pleasure to host Minister Reynolds today and show her around the RSB campus, and to take the opportunity to again thank her and the Government on the recent decision to withdraw the proposed independent assessment model process for NDIS participants. Our 137-year history in the sector has given us insight into the needs of the blind and vision impaired community we serve and we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Minister and Government in supporting this deserving and resilient community.”
For more information, please refer to the statement from Minister Reynolds office: https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/7291