Jo-Anne’s top tips for the NDIS

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Jo-Anne’s top tips for the NDIS

 

Are you in the next cohort rolling into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Maybe you are getting started or have a year or more under your belt. Each new step can be daunting and overwhelming, but we are here to support you during this time. We sat down with our General Manager of Client Services Jo-Anne Hewitt about her top tips to help you at three key stages of the transition.

For those who have attended one of our NDIS information sessions, you may have heard from Jo-Anne. You can also download the session here.

We also offer free one-to-one preparation and support meetings to help you get ready for your first meeting with a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planner or your local area coordinator or any of your reviews.

 

Preparing for NDIS 

  • It’s a good idea to start your preparation early. Take the time to learn about the support you can expect from NDIS, thinking about what you need in your first plan, and dreaming about what you can achieve in the future with the support of NDIS. 
  • Attend a Cerebral Palsy Alliance NDIS Information session and look for information sessions and webinars held by NDIA and your Local Area Coordinators (LAC). 
  • Book in to have a Cerebral Palsy Alliance Preparation and Planning session to help you prepare for your first plan.
  • Start to document your current supports and equipment needs, including therapy, community supports, personal care, mealtime equipment and continence aids.  
  • Think about any significant unmet need you have and then how that might be best met. 
  • Collect any reports, assessments and documentation from doctors, therapists, etc, and check that these are up to date. Talk to your therapist about whether you need more current information to support your NDIA plan goals.
  • Read and watch the real life stories of people with disabilities and families who have transitioned to NDIS on the Cerebral Palsy Alliance website and also on the NDIS website.
  • Join the conversation on social media. For those of you on Facebook there are some great sites related to the NDIS and sharing information. There is sharing of positive and negative experiences, but don’t be alarmed. The transition is big and at times messy, but you will be able to learn from others experiences.  

 

Getting started with your plan 

So you have had your meeting with your NDIA planner and received your first plan! Now is the time to activate your plan.

 

One year into your plan 

Most plans will be reviewed with your NDIA planner one year after it started. This is a time to review your goals, what you will need to meet them or maybe you are happy with what you have.

  • Start planning ahead about three months before your plan is due to finish. Your second plan will be an opportunity to be more creative about the types and amounts of supports you receive.
  • Think about your current supports. What is essential to continue, what do you need to add, what would you like to change? 
  • Be aspirational, don’t be afraid to dream of bigger goals. 
  • Talk to your therapist or support worker about any recommendations they might have for your next steps.
  • You are welcome to book a Cerebral Palsy Alliance pre-planning session to help prepare for your year two plan.

The NDIA is a big change for all of us as we move into a new way of operating and working together. Throughout it all we will continue to stay strong to our mission and values as we support you and your family during this time.