Crowd gathered outside Parliament to raise NDIS awareness

FORMER deputy prime minister Tim Fischer joined others on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra in a bid to raise awareness about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The event was staged as part of the Every Australian Counts campaign, members of which have been in Canberra this week lobbying politicians about the NDIS.

Clearing up uncertainty about how the NDIS will be funded is the aim of the campaign.

"The campaign welcomes the introduction of the NDIS legislation this week.

"This being said, campaigners are aware of increasing community anxiety over the lack of a commitment from either side of politics to the funding which will take the scheme beyond five launch sites and 20,000 people to make it truly national," a statement read.

Mr Fischer, a former leader of the Nationals who has two disabled sons, addressed the gathering.

EAC spokeswoman Fiona Anderson, who cares for her disabled teenage son, and Samantha Jenkinson, a quadriplegic social worker and NDIS Expert Panel members also spoke.

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