This year is set to be another exciting year in the disability sector, with the continued roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS offers people with disability newfound choice and control over their supports. It’s an exciting change from the old system, but joining the NDIS can still seem like an overwhelming and confusing process. So we’ve got some tips for you to make joining the NDIS easier!
What is a planning meeting?
Once you’ve joined the NDIS you will have a planning meeting with an NDIS planner (or Local Area Coordinator).
At your planning meeting you will discuss your life, the supports you need and your goals for the future. Your planner will use this information to develop your NDIS plan, which details the support you will receive through the NDIS.
Handy hint: You can choose a time and place for your planning meeting that suits you.
Being prepared for your planning meeting will play a big part in making sure that you get the most out of the NDIS!
5 ways to prepare for your planning meeting
#1: Keep a diary
Keeping a diary of your activities each day is a great way to record the supports (both formal and informal) you currently receive. For example, if a family member helps you get ready in the morning or you play wheelchair rugby each week, make sure you record these details.
You should also think about the activities you do less often. For example, if you meet with your doctor every three months, make a note of this.
Handy hint: Don’t forget to record how you get to your activities. Often people forget to mention that they catch a taxi to get to some of their activities or currently receive the Mobility Allowance. This allowance will be included in your new NDIS plan, so it’s important to mention this to your planner.
#2: Write down information about your disability
As much as we would like it, planners don’t know everything about all disabilities, so it’s helpful to write down information about your disability and how it affects your daily life. This includes information about the medication and equipment that you need because of your disability.
#3: Make a list of people who support you
Think about the people in your life who support you. This could include family, friends or work colleagues. It could also include more formal supports such as support workers from service providers like Tipping.
#4: Think about what new supports you may need because of your disability
In your diary (mentioned above) you will have recorded the supports you currently have. Are there supports that you’re not currently receiving that would make your life easier? Maybe you need some help with meal preparation or you need a new shower stool. Write down any new supports that could help you in your daily life.
#5: Think about your goals for the future
It’s a great idea to think about your future and what you hope to achieve. Some of our clients’ goals include becoming more independent, studying, getting a drivers licence and travelling. The NDIS has been able to support them to do all of these things.
We hope you’re now feeling more prepared for your planning meeting, but if you’ve still got questions about the process you can contact us. We are a NDIS registered service provider and work throughout Victoria.
To find out more about the NDIS planning process, check out the NDIS Planning resources on our NDIS Resources page.
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