Communication A Human Right

Communication is a human right

The National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is for people who have a significant disability caused by a permanent impairment that affects their independence and ability to do everyday activities (see the full eligibility criteria).

This includes many people with communication disability.

With the NDIS, people have choice and control over how and when they receive support. Funding is based on people’s individual needs. The national scheme ensures support is available across a person’s lifetime.

The NDIS has three different streams with different purposes and eligibility:

When you apply for NDIS, you need to provide evidence about the barriers you face and what will help you overcome those barriers. Communication disability and the NDIS provides information and ideas to help people with communication difficulties and disability to get the most from the NDIS.

The NDIS is one way Australia meets its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the National Disability Strategy.

Australia recognises that access to communication is a human right.


Speech pathologist, talks about importance of communication

‘Communication is our way of sharing who we are, our innermost thoughts, our feelings to connect to people, to be independent, to share our opinion. Everybody has the right to communicate as a human right. ’

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Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 This is a national framework that all governments in Australia have signed up to. It sets out a plan for continuing to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia over the next ten years. The Strategy replaces and builds on the first National Disability Strategy 2010–2020.