NSWJBD plenum tackles disability and supported living

March 16, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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A panel on “Disability and Supported Living in the Jewish Community” will be held at this month’s NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum.


It has been organised by the Board of Deputies in conjunction with Lesley Gild (Access Ezer), Belinda Epstein-Frisch (Family Advocacy, an expert on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Strategy in the wider community), and Claire Vernon (CEO JewishCare). All three will speak on the panel.

The panel will showcase changes in opportunities for people with disability, coupled with changes in responsibilities of government in keeping with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. Speakers will provide information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the 10-year government reform strategy to build an inclusive Australia (the National Disability Strategy) and examples of practical ways these developments are already impacting on people with disability.

The objective is to bring information to the Jewish community on the National Disability Insurance Scheme; to discuss how people with disability, their families, carers and service providers will participate in the new arrangements whose aim is to move progressively towards person-directed funding, and to provide greater decision-making and control to users.

The panel will answer questions from the floor. Issues to be raised include:

  • How does the government 10-year reform agenda impact on the Jewish community?
  • What does individualised funding and the National Disability Insurance Scheme mean for people with disability and for JewishCare?
  • What message would people with disability and their families like to give the Jewish community?

Bettina Cass, Chair of the Board of Deputies Social Justice Committee, will chair the Panel.


Belinda Epstein-Frisch (Family Advocacy, a NSW disability advocacy organization): What is the changed paradigm, why is it required and how will it be achieved?

Claire Vernon (CEO JewishCare):   How is the Jewish community responding to this change?

Danielle Gild and Lesley Gild (Access Ezer):   Practical ways the new opportunities for people with disability and families can work

When and where…

Tuesday, March 18

Venue: Benefactors Hall; time: 7.30pm. Inquiries: 9360 1600.

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