Planning and reviews under the NDIS

Posted on 31 July 2015 by Lynne Foreman

When thinking about planning and review sessions The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) looks at my needs, but in the full context of my family with my husband and my dog.

When you are planning the first thing you think about is ‘care’, like the personal support you need. Then I thought about different things so I included surfing, shopping (to try things on), personal support, special occasion shopping and support, cleaning and gardening. I also have goals to go in a hot air balloon and to publish my book.  

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) looked at my needs, but in the context of my family with my husband and my dog.  

You have to think about all of the support you need. For example, you don’t get mobility allowance when you get National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding and you need to make sure that the transport you need is in your plan. 

I had an advocate in my planning meeting because I wasn't sure what to put in the plan.  Luckily she was very good at reminding me of things like transport. I had also forgotten to include the support I needed for continence.  So in my second plan, we included Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS).  There are no prompts for things like continence and mobility allowance in the NDIS planning document, and planners don’t remind you. 

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Head shot of Lynne Foreman, Yooralla guest blogger and NDIS trial participantLynne Foreman was one of the first participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial. Lynne met with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 2 July 2013 after being on the Disability Support Register (DSR) for more than nine years.  The DSR is a register of current needs for disability support. Having been on the register for nine years, Lynne had to manage for a long time without the level of support needed. We are thrilled to have Lynne sharing her experiences, tips and advice for navigating in the new NDIS world with us.

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