Disabled to rally for new scheme
GRAYDEN Moore knows first-hand what it's like to have the system fail you.
He said that after a skateboarding accident in 2004 left him in a coma, medical experts gave him little hope for recovery.
To add insult to his injury, at 23 years of age, Mr Moore, who suffered brain damage, was placed in an aged-care home due to a lack of services available for his age, at the level of care he required.
''They said, 'he'll just be a waste of the government's money if we put any more funding into his rehab'," he said.
As Australia prepares for its first National Disability Insurance Scheme - a system that could dramatically reshape the way disability services are delivered - Mr Moore feels more optimistic for others in situations similar to his.
Today he will join thousands of other disabled Australians at NDIS rallies in the major cities.
In Melbourne more than 3000 are expected at Federation Square to push for legislative change. The event's MC, comedian Stella Young, said yesterday the rallies are a ''call-to-arms'' for the disabled community.
''It'll be great to energise people and make sure people are ready to fight the good fight,'' she said.
The NDIS could become the most significant change to the way disabled people are supported, with campaigners comparing its enormity to the introduction of Medicare.
Unlike the current disability support system, which is fragmented, difficult to navigate and bases entitlements on factors such as how a person became disabled - through birth or other circumstances - the NDIS will be based around individual needs.
Recognising that no two disabilities are the same, ''individual support plans'' would be introduced, tailoring services to a person's requirements.
And while the NDIS has political bipartisanship, advocates want governments to act.
''The rally is really about saying to the state and federal governments, 'we know you all think the NDIS is a great idea, now we're really counting on you to all work together to deliver it','' said Kirsten Deane , deputy director of rally organiser Every Australian Counts.
''We'd like to see the [trial] sites announced so we know where the NDIS is going to kick off and we'd like to see the agency that's going to run the NDIS established and you'll probably need some legislation to do that.''
The NDIS will begin trials in July, 2013, with the rollout expected in selected regional areas in July 2014 and nationally in July 2015.