83-year-old says NDIS 'discriminates against age'

February 17, 2017

THE rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is sure to make a difference in the lives of thousands of residents on the Fraser Coast.

But 83-year-old River Heads resident Sheila King is not going to be one of them.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair for 4-5 years, and still suffering the effects of post-polio syndrome, Ms King is not eligible for coverage under the scheme - which does not accommodate those over 65.

She has claimed the scheme is "discrimination against age", stating she needs the care for her condition.

"You cannot claim on it if you're over 65 ... I need help with equipment and care, and with wheelchair access as well, and the NDIS should be able to cover me," she said.

Federal member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said those aged over 65 would be eligible for specialised support through the aged care system.

"The NDIS is not intended to duplicate or replace the support available through other Government departments or agencies such as the aged care system, health system or income support system," he said.

"People aged 65-years-old and over are able to access highly specialised support through the aged care system."

But Ms King claims these other aged care programs don't offer the kind of help the NDIS does, due to her need for wheelchair maintenance.

"The assessment program has hundreds on the list, and you have to jump through hoops to get it. That sort of help is not available, and it hasn't got the coverage that NDIS has," she said.

"Why is my disability not as requiring of assistance under the NDIS as that of a younger person with the same disability?"

 

Read more at https://www.noosanews.com.au/news/83-year-old-resident-says-ndis-discriminates-again/3145087/

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