How will the NDIS affect you?
This is a question that nearly everyone living with a disability is asking, so you are not alone!
The most important point to remember is that that the NDIS has been designed to support you and other Australians living with disabilities to lead a life full of opportunity. It has also been structured so that you decide what supports you want to receive and which providers to use to purchase the help you need.
The amount of funding you will receive, in other words your eligibility, will be directly related to how your disability affects different areas of your life. You may be funded to purchase services and equipment from various providers and importantly, as your situation changes, you can apply to have your plan adjusted.
You will hear about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Don’t let this confuse you. Put simply, the NDIA is an independent government body whose job is to implement the NDIS.
The following provides a guide as to the type of assistance you can expect to receive from the National Disability Insurance Agency:
Eligibility – find out if you qualify for NDIS funding by contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency. If you have any queries about the process, we encourage you to contact us to learn more.
Information and referral – once eligible, you can obtain information about your options including referrals to disability services and support providers, diagnosis advice, guidance on skills development and links to local support groups, clubs and associations.
Support to access community services and activities – you may need assistance to access the support you need or join in local community activities such as social, study, sporting or other interests. NDIS local area coordinators (LACs) can help you link up with these services in your area.
Individualised plans and supports – the NDIA will work with you to develop a tailored plan, based around what you want to achieve out of life. In developing your plan, key points that will be addressed include:
- Goals and aspirations – your plan is based on your goals and aspirations, now and for the future. It also covers your functional support needs for daily living and participation, the support you need to pursue your goals, and how you want to manage your plan over time.
- Lifetime commitment – importantly, the NDIS provides you with a lifetime commitment and recognises that your support needs may change over a lifetime.
- Families and carers – the NDIS understands the critical importance of the support provided by your families and carers, and through the NDIA, its staff will work with them as part of the planning to make sure they have a voice.
- Manage your plan/ coordinate your services – you will decide how you want to manage your plan. For example, you may choose to manage it yourself, nominate a friend, request a service provider such as scosa to help you, or ask the NDIA to manage all or part of your plan on your behalf. Where a person is eligible, funding can be made available from the NDIS for plan management.
Still have some questions?
We would love to help and would be more than happy to speak with you over the phone or we can arrange a face to face meeting to discuss your needs.