Source: NDIS Parental Responsibility

Meal preparation


For most Australian children living at home their parents are responsible for the preparation of meals. Even though Aleisha makes the point that she spends a lot of time taking her children to therapies (disability specific) there are many other Australian’s in similar situations with after-school activities or health related appointments and they are still responsible for finding the time for preparing meals for their children. This would be considered a parental responsibility and would likely not be funded.

Self-care for Jasmine


Most 15-year-old girls without a disability would be expected to get themselves up and ready for school. They would have the capacity to perform all self-care tasks and pack their bags. Because of Jasmine’s disability, she requires support from her mum to get ready in the morning, something that most parents would not have to do. In this instance this would be considered a disability specific support and would likely be funded.

Self-care for Aya


Most 7-year-old girls without a disability require some support to get ready for school and are not doing so completely independently. Aleisha has stated that Aya’s difficulty with getting ready for school is due to lack of attention and getting distracted. Before funded supports would be put in place for assisting Aya in the mornings the NDIS would consider whether any therapist had developed strategies to be used at home (such as a visual tracking chart) and whether these had been implemented to build Aya’s capacity to do these things herself. The NDIS may also consider whether by bringing morning support in for Jasmine, her mum will now have more capacity to work with Aya on her morning routine. Without evidence of trialled strategies to increase Aya’s capacity this would be considered a parental responsibility and would likely not be funded.

Support for swimming lessons


Regardless of a child’s commitments whether they be school, extracurricular, medical or therapy related it is generally considered the responsibility of the parent to escort their children. If Aya did not have a disability she would not be expected to attend swimming lessons on her own, nor is there any extra risk to her safety if she is in the water without a support person due to physical or neurological issues. Therefore, this support would be considered parental responsibility and would not likely be funded in the plan.

Overnight respite


As previously stated caring for a child with a disability requires extra resources as a parent than caring for a child without a disability. In this instance, Aleisha is providing most of her children’s care while her husband works and has two children with higher needs. If her children did not have disabilities it is unlikely that she would feel the need for respite support. Aleisha has stated that she doesn’t feel comfortable in sending her children to overnight respite but does not know what else to do. In this instance she could consider accessing in home support to supervise the children in her own home while she sees to the million other things a mother/wife/human being must do. This would be considered a disability specific support and would likely be funded