Stories of delays and confusion around personal plans, a lack of qualified service providers in Tasmania and inadequate disability infrastructure were discussed at a National Disability Insurance Scheme forum in Launceston on Thursday.
While parents and caregivers outlined their personal struggles with the NDIS, there was an overwhelming concern for those with disabilities in the community who had no one to advocate on their behalf in the face of government bureaucracy.
Angela Weeden said they had been provided funding, but long delays in finding suitable services meant they were unable to use the funding.
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David Morrell, who is vision impaired, had been unable to get his required assisted technology assessment completed in Tasmania because there was a shortage of specialised services.
His attempts to contact a qualified occupational therapist had gone unanswered.
"I'm about to fly up to Melbourne to get the work done by Vision Australia who have the expertise and were very responsive," Mr Morrell said.
"With Disability Guide Dogs, while they're well meaning, they are operating in a very small market and just don't have the opportunity to employ the people to develop this expertise.
"It would be better if this was done from national or regional centres of expertise and the funding it provided allowed specialists to move back and forth."
Disability advocate Jane Wardlaw agreed that there was a "thin market" of Allied Health professionals able to provide this level of evidence, and believed a co-operative that would bring specialists to Tasmania from the mainland would be beneficial.
The forum was organised by Liberal Bass MHR Bridget Archer, who said she was wanting to grasp the local issues with the NDIS in a non-political environment. There will be further NDIS forums in Launceston.