The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new scheme that is being rolled out by the government to provide support and funding for people with a disability.

Because the NDIS is new, it can be particularly confusing and hard to navigate. With new documents and resources to consult, finding your way through the NDIS structure can be tricky.

Remember that the scheme is made to help you or your child out, by providing a way to gain support through collaboration and funding. Here are some tips to follow to help you get the most out of the NDIS!

Establish future goals

This new scheme involves coming up with goals and plans you want to achieve in order to allocate funding towards them. As such, it is important that you consider what it is that you or your child wants in life.

What activities bring joy? What kind of future do you envision? These are questions you can ask to start the brainstorm about what your plan will eventually look like. By figuring these goals out, you will be able to apply for funding to work towards such goals.

Having a vision for the future will help you get the most out of this new scheme, and ensure that you are living a better life.

Get familiar with the scheme

NDIS is new, so there are a lot of new documents and resources that it comes with. To make the most out of the scheme, you should get acquainted with these resources and ensure you understand how the scheme works.

Whether it is a worker you are close with or a NDIS provider, make the most of your connections and see if there is anyone who can help explain the scheme to you.

Learn the language and terms

Part of understanding the NDIS well is learning the language and terms used to describe certain things. Learning these new terms will help you construct the plan in a more accurate manner and increase your chances of being approved for funding.

NDIS is constructed to help people with a disability live the best life they can, but it does not aim to cover day-to-day costs of living. This means that applying for funding for an activity specifically related to your disability will be more likely to be accepted.

NDIS aims to improve and provide value for health and independence. Related activities such as community-based activities which will facilitate inclusion are an example you might apply to have funding for.

Be prepared for a planning meeting

To get the most out of your time and ensure your planning meeting goes smoothly, you should aim to be prepared. Bring useful documents and any written reminders of the goals and vision you have.

If you have drafted up a list of goals and ideas for activities, be sure to bring that along. You should also consider what is already happening in your daily life – if you want to keep these activities, you should account for them in your meeting.

Don’t accept a plan you aren’t happy with

If you aren’t happy with the first draft you come up with in the first meeting, don’t be afraid to talk over it. You shouldn’t have to accept a plan that you feel isn’t suited for you.

Remember that the NDIS is constructed to work towards your goals and provide you with support, and to get the most of it, you should feel like the plan reflects your vision.

If you aren’t happy with your plan, you should discuss this with your planner or have it reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Agency (NDIA).