NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is how the government provides funding to people with disability to help cover essential costs. Everyone entitled to this funding has a NDIS plan. Your plan includes information about you, the support you get from family, friends, services and community groups. It also outlines your goals and what funding you have been given to achieve those goals. It is your right to make decisions and change your mind about your plan and Support Coordinators can help you make the most of your NDIS plan and funding. 

#1 We help to make sure your NDIS care plan is right for you 

Each Afford client is unique. This means their support needs are unique too! We know that sometimes clients’ needs are complicated and that sometimes they change. It’s important that your plan is right for you, so we work with you to make sure you are happy with it. If your family is involved, we can work with them too.  

#2 There are different ways we can support you 

Support Coordinators can help clients with things like finding a way through the NDIS process, naming needs and goals or choosing the best services to meet individual needs. They can also help with NDIS plan reviews, getting through challenging times, communicating in different languages or accessible formats. 

#3 Making changes to your plan is okay 

It is normal for your wants and needs and goals to change. Making changes to your NDIS plan or changing supports or providers is an okay thing to do. The law says it is your right to do this. Always remember that you are the most important person in your plan! If you want to make changes you can talk to us.  

#4 We are here to help when things get hard 

Sometimes life can be hard. This might be because of things happening in the world, like the COVID pandemic. It might be a hard time in your family, or an experience you are having with a support. When things get hard, you can talk to a Support Coordinator about getting better or different supports in your plan because a client’s safety and happiness are the most important thing. 

#5 Our goal is to empower you to manage your own plan 

To empower someone means giving them the knowledge and skills to do something themselves. We will work with you and help you learn about the NDIS and your plan. There is no rush to manage your own plan. We will go at your pace. We are here to support you all the way!

This story is from the April edition of Afford News. Click here to read more. 

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