On behalf of the disabled people’s independent living movement (ILM), Brisenden (1998: 26) argues that ‘the equality we are demanding is rooted in the concept of control; it stems from our desire to be individuals who can choose for themselves’. The rhetoric of choice and control has been central to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, commencing in 2013. The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIAs) (2018: 4) ‘vision of the NDIS is to build a competitive and contestable marketplace that is flexible and responds to the choices and preferences of participants.’ The NDIS seeks to deliver choice and control over disability services by operating as a cash for care scheme (Yeandle and Ungerson 1997: 2), by directly paying participants to act as consumers in a state-managed market for disability services.
SOURCE: Edwards, Tom. A disabling ideology: Challenging the neoliberal co-optation of independent living under the NDIS [online]. Journal of Australian Political Economy, The, No. 83, Winter 2019: 32-59.
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