National Disability Insurance Scheme providing new independence for Canberrans


A Dunlop woman whose mobility and independence were restricted after she suffered a life-changing illness has new support and freedom after becoming part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Barbara Rees is a great example of how the NDIS is opening up new supports to people with disability in the Canberra community.

Mrs Rees suffered a life-changing illness 13 years ago that became progressively worse and meant she was dependent on a wheelchair and constant support from her husband, Brian.

She has been receiving support from Belconnen Community Service for the last 10 years and last November they worked together to support her transition to the NDIS.

Through the support of the NDIS, Belconnen Community Service and her own research, Mrs Rees purchased a range of practical supports, from a text-enabled phone to a car hoist and a motorised wheelchair to replace a manual one.

The NDIS is designed to support people with disability to purchase services and supports that improve their quality of lives.

The motorised wheelchair that Mrs Rees purchased can be used inside her home, comes apart to be lifted into her car and can be used away from the home.

In addition Mrs Rees has been able to take a paid worker from Belconnen Community Service on day trips, including to Thredbo.