Tackling the new world of the NDIS may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But by breaking down the process into achievable steps, you’re able to address each element individually, to ensure you receiving annual funding for reasonable and necessary supports to help you achieve your personal, work and life goals.
Afford can developed an online tool in partnership with the NDA to help NDIS participants and their families and carers, and the Every Australian Counts website also has a wealth of advice, but here are also a few tips for you to consider when preparing your NDIS Plan.
- List Goals and Daily Activities
What are your goals for work, home or for life? What are the activities that make you happy and that you enjoy doing every day and every week? Make a list of some of your personal goals and what supports would enhance your life and help you to achieve these goals. Sometimes, the best way to see what supports you actually need, is to think about the things you do every day. Are there programs, devices, equipment that could make your life easier? Document all these things to take to your first NDIS planning meeting so that you have examples to share.
- Adapt to the Terminology
Get up to speed with the latest jargon and NDIS terminology to take full advantage of all that the NDIS is offering. It will give you a better understanding of the resources and supports available to you and will give you greater confidence to navigate through the process. For a full list of explanations for NDIS terms and words, visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/glossary.
- Get in Early
Before you go for your first meeting, you will be required to fill in your planning workbook which includes questions about your life and your future. Make sure you answer all your questions before going into your meeting and have done your research to know the opportunities that are available to you under the NDIS. Have all your medical, educational and health documentation ready for your meeting with your planner to ensure a smooth and easy discussion. The changes to the NDIS guarantees you all the reasonable and necessary supports that you need to help reach your goals in life, so be diligent with your paperwork to make the most of it.
- Supports to Live The Life You Want
Don’t just think about traditional disability supports. Think outside-the-box at activities, programs, services and supports that will help you live life the way you want. NDIS Plans are meant to suit your individual needs, so consider the variety of supports available to you and request your NDIS planner to include these.
- Don’t Go It Alone
The people who are closest with you will know the supports and services that will help you achieve your goals. Take a friend, family member, carers or advocate along to your NDIS planning meeting to provide a different perspective about things that will enhance your life.
To get you started, Afford has developed an online tool for NDIS participants and their families and carers, in partnership with NDS. To access the tool, visit www.ndischoices.org.au, or get in touch with an Afford staff member on 1300 317 414 to take you through the process.