How do I get ready for the NDIS?

Posted on 14 September 2016 by

Learn how to get ready for and make the most of Australia’s new disability funding scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for disability related support based on individual plans. Creating your NDIS plan – and making it the most comprehensive and effective plan for you – is all down to preparation.

Preparation is the key to a good NDIS plan

There are lots of things you can do to prepare for transitioning to the NDIS, but three key steps are:

  1. understanding what support you get now
  2. thinking about your goals – the things that are important to you – and the support you need to reach these goals, and
  3. collecting information you already have about your disability

1. What support do you get now?

If you already receive disability support, you may receive this from a number of organisations or funding sources. Under the NDIS, your funding comes from one source and one plan. Your plan determines the funding you receive, so it’s important to start thinking early about all the support you currently get so it can be included in your plan.

Some questions that may help you to think about the support you receive now include:

  • What do you do every day in the morning, afternoon, evening and night
  • What do you do occasionally that you enjoy, like going to the footy or seeing a show?
  • Where do you do these activities – at home or in the community?
  • What support do you need to do these activities – do you need support to participate, or perhaps some personal support or assistance at meal times?
  • What support do you need to get to and from activities?

It may seem like a lot to think about, so you might want to try keeping track of what you get now in a few different ways. Whether it’s jotting things down on sticky notes, saving to the notepad of your phone or even taking photos, find out what works best for you and start keeping track of the support you get.

2. Think about your goals

Trying to think about goals can be quite overwhelming, so another way to look at it is to think about what’s important to you. Once you work out what’s important to you, identifying the support you need to maintain or grow these things might be easier.

Your list of what’s important to you could include anything – it could be about:

  • people
  • pets
  • places
  • events
  • what you want to do for work
  • what you want to learn
  • where you want to live now and in the future.

Once you have your list, you may find it easier to include the things that matter to you in your NDIS plan.

3. Collect information you already have to take to your planning meeting

You may already have a lot of documents and plans about your disability, your goals or your needs. It’s a good idea to take this information along to your planning meeting to share with your planner. Some things you may already have include:

  • a Client Support Plan
  • a Person Centred Plan
  • a Lifestyle Plan
  • a Health Support Plan
  • a Behaviour Support Plan
  • therapy assessments
  • letters from your doctor or therapist that talk about your needs
  • information from your school, university or workplace
  • day program rosters or activity schedules
  • recreation program information
  • information from family
  • information from your current service providers
  • information from other places you go.

Start preparing for NDIS planning today

Yooralla has developed a planning booklet that can assist you to start getting ready for the NDIS.

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