National Resource Centre for Circles of Support and Microboards
Inclusion Designlab has received funds from the ILC (Information Linkages and Capacity Building) program of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to establish the National Resource Centre (NRC) for Circles of Support and Microboards (COSAM). Inclusion Designlab is using this opportunity to support organisations that have recognised expertise in Circles of Support and Microboards, and to continue to foster this high quality, important community development approach.
This initiative acknowledges the value Circles of Support and Microboards provide to people with a disability and their families and the significant opportunity the NDIS presents to increase the profile and accessibility of Circle of Support and Microboard services through a channel such as the National Resource Centre portal.
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What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a fundamental change to how supports for people with disability are funded and delivered across Australia. In the past, the majority of supports were delivered through government agencies, and providers were ‘block funded’ by government agencies to deliver particular supports to a certain number of people with disability. In the NDIS, people with disability are at the centre of the system. People with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities and those who would benefit from early intervention receive individualised funding to access reasonable and necessary supports. NDIS participants receiving funded supports and people who are not eligible for individualised funding can access community-based supports through Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (formerly called Tier 2).
Content taken from: NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.
How do Circles of Support and Microboards align to NDIS outcomes?
Choice and control
Circles of Support and Microboards can assist with engaging with a broader range of options for support.
Circles of Support and Microboards can support an individual to improve their daily life through advocating for better control over supports, or by members working directly with the focus person to reach a goal.
Developing and expanding a person’s network is a key function of Circles of Support and Microboards. Circles can also support existing relationships to develop.
Circles of Support and Microboards actively support and advocate for good housing options for the focus person.
Health and wellbeing
Maintaining good health and wellbeing is important. Circles of Support and Microboards play an important role in supporting people to maintain good health.
Circles of Support and Microboards provide opportunities for the focus person to learn from other members, and explore formalised education options.
Meaningful paid or volunteer employment can help people feel valued as part of their community. Circles of Support and Microboards can be strong players in supporting their focus person to gain employment.
Social and community participation
Circles and Microboards strongly support full citizenship. Participation in community and making a meaningful contribution to society are a keystone of COSAM meetings.