A FORUM for people with disabilities, their parents and carers will be held in Albury on Thursday.
It will explain changes to the sector with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Its first programs were launched in the Hunter in NSW and the Barwon in Victoria in July.
But it will be a few years before Border residents see a shift toward the new disability care scheme.
Some parents say they have already seen Border service providers make moves in anticipation of the scheme.
To inform those affected by current and future changes, the Coalition of Parents and Supporters of people with disabilities will host the forum at the Commercial Club on Thursday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Twelve service provideers based in Albury-Wodonga will be there to provide information on what they offer.
Representatives from government departments and agencies will also speak on the new developments providing disability care.
Organiser Jan Gouma said that since the introduction of the scheme she had spoken with many families who were unaware of the services available and what they could do for their loved one.
“I think change always brings uncertainty and confusion,” she said.
“Parents are becoming quite concerned about how they’re going to do it, and we hope this will give parents the opportunity to get some information so they can start making informed choices.”
With the scheme expected to be fully rolled out across NSW by 2018 and Victoria by 2019, there is no clear answer on when it will reach the Border and what its impact will be — and Ms Gouma doesn’t expect an answer just yet.
Forum co-organiser Helen Wilson said despite the uncertainty on timing, families needed to be updated on how providers were acting now.
People interested in attending the forum should email email@example.com or call 0409 770 136.