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With the end of the year just around the corner, many high school students are graduating from school.

So how will things change for you after you leave school? When you are studying at school, usually your days are planned out for you. Now that school is finished, suddenly your days are free and you need to take the initiative to decide what you want to do with your future.

A little daunting, we know, but the NDIS provides many funding options for school leavers to help you as you study, get prepared for the workforce or change jobs.

If you were already receiving the NDIS in school, your plan will be reviewed once you have completed your high school  studies. If you haven’t accessed the NDIS before, or any disability service support, and you meet the eligibility criteria then you should contact the NDIA to find out your next steps.

NDIS can fund your preparations to enter the workforce
Through the School Leavers Employment Support (SLES), there is funding available to access programs to increase work readiness for school leavers. At Afford, our SLES Programs are designed to help participants gain work experience, learn money handling, customer service, receive travel training and get exposure to different industries.
SLES may be available to you if you have just completed year 12, have an intellectual, psychiatric or sensory disability, and want you want to improve your chances for work or study.

NDIS can support you as you study
The NDIS can provide you with support while at college, TAFE or university. Perhaps you need a wheelchair or modifications to your car, or some travel training. The NDIS can provide finding for all these supports depending on your eligibility. You can also access 1:1 support. The NDIS can also fund supports that provide you with living and personal care skills to make campus life easier. The level of support you receive will depend on your funding levels and NDIS eligibility.

The NDIS can help you find employment
If you’re ready to look for a job and are not eligible for Disability Employment Service, there are other ways that the NDIS can support you. Whether its travel training, or accessing Allied Health services, there are many ways that the NDIS can help you get to a stage where you are healthy and prepared to find employment.

Through the NDIS, you can also access supported employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). Afford has various ADEs throughout Sydney where you can find jobs to suit your skills and abilities.

If you’d like to find out more about the NDIS and how you can access supports, speak to one of our friendly team members on 1300 317 414