Parenting can be a tough gig for everyone. For parents with a physical disability, there are often additional factors to consider. It’s important to remember that, whatever your particular needs, there is support available.
According to the Raising Children Network there are currently 380,000 Australian families who have at least one parent with a physical disability. Although parents with a disability may suffer some stigma from time to time regarding their parenting, there is no evidence to support the view that having a physical disability reduces the ability to parent effectively.
On the contrary, some studies have indicated that parents with disabilities can actually raise children with strong empathy and insight into life.
Some people may also worry that children might take on too much responsibility. However, the same studies have suggested that learning about care and contribution can help with the development of good self-esteem. When there is too much responsibility on the children, it may be because the family is not properly supported.
Government funded support is available to people with a disability. Traditionally, that did not always extend to parenting help. However, with the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) last year, the focus of funding has shifted towards the individual choosing supports that help to achieve their personal goals. Participants are able to shape their NDIS plan around their life, including goals related to parenting. Supports are not limited to what is ‘typical’ for someone with a disability.
If your plan includes Coordination of Supports you have a funded stream of assistance that is designed to enhance your capacity to engage with services through education around your plan, supply of resource details and assistance in putting your plan into action.
Zest Care’s Support Coordinators work collaboratively with participants to engage services which align with your goals. That may be achieving more independence at home so you can participate better in family life or travelling to watch your child’s football games.
Am I eligible for the NDIS?
To receive support through the NDIS, you must:
- Have a permanent impairment or disability that results in substantially reduced functional capacity that affects participation and requires lifetime support
- Be aged between 0-65 years
- Live in an area covered by the NDIS
If you’re eligible, Zest Care is NDIS-ready. We can help you manage your NDIS plan so that you can start living the life you want, on your terms.
Contact us to find out more today.