FAQs & NDIS facts

If you don’t find your question answered here, click on the Get in Touch button and contact us and we will endeavour to provide the information you seek.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and their carers.

Yes. Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a registered provider under NDIS.

People who meet the following criteria may be able to access the NDIS:

  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
  • Are under 65 years of age when you first access the scheme
  • Are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.

 

Still need help – get in touch

If you are not sure you meet the criteria, contact us via the Get in Touch button or phone 1300 888 378 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm) or email us at info@cerebralpalsy.org.au for information about services and supports available in NSW and the ACT.

 

I am receiving services from Cerebral Palsy Alliance. What does NDIS mean for me?

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an NDIS service provider and is committed to providing the best possible services under the new scheme. If you are receiving services with us we will assist you to transition smoothly to the NDIS.

We have videos you can watch to help you prepare and tools to support you during the transition and to create the best plan for you or your child.

Yes. One of the goals of the NDIS is to enable choice and control for people with a disability.

Under NDIS we offer:

  • Assistance preparing you for your yearly NDIS planning meeting
  • Assistance going to school
  • Assistance finding a job
  • Assistive technology, mobility and customised seating
  • Behaviour support
  •  CP Check-UPTM
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Exercise physiology and physical wellbeing services
  • Lifestyle supports
  • Therapy support
  • Accommodation support services

Use the NDIS Access Checklist tool to find out if you are able to receive assistance from the NDIS.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance offers a free Preparation and Support Meeting with one of our expert staff to help you prepare for your NDIA planning meeting.
For more information, call 1800 888 378 for an appointment.

The NDIS operates in the ACT and in parts of NSW.

From 1 July 2017 these remaining areas are transitioning into the NDIS:

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Mid North Coast
  • Murrumbridgee
  • Northern NSW
  • South Eastern Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western NSW
  • Far West

 

From 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be operating state-wide in NSW.

A participant’s funding will be divided into two parts – fixed supports and flexible supports.

Fixed supports will need to be spent on specified supports such as equipment, home modifications and certain types of early childhood intervention and therapy services. Generally speaking, “fixed supports” are those services deemed necessary to ensure participants’ goals or desired outcomes can be met, or those which require certain skills or qualifications from the provider involved. For example, if a certain amount is allocated for a new power wheelchair, it will need to be spent on a new power wheelchair.

Flexible supports include funding for recreational, community access and home-based support activities. They will be funded in more general terms, enabling participants to switch funding from one item to another, depending on their personal needs from week to week.

Supports that will NOT be funded, under any circumstances, include those that are:

  • likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others
  • unrelated to the participant’s disability
  • duplicate other supports provided under alternative funding
  • part of day-to-day living expenses incurred by the general public and not related to disability support needs (e.g. rent, groceries, household bills)
  • related in any way to income replacement.

Contact us. We have been involved with the NDIS since the first NDIS trial site was  set up in the Hunter in 2013. We have solid experience in helping people who have physical and neurological conditions and their families and carers prepare for their first meeting with their National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) representative. So, click the Get in touch button or call 1800 888 378 for an appointment.

To find out more head to the NDIS website and take a look at its fact sheets.

Read Dana’s story about transitioning her daughter Caitlin to the NDIS

You know your child best! Before you start anything sit down and think about what you want life to look like. I thought about what a normal day is for our family and wrote it down. It included whether Caitlin was able to do the activity independently, with some assistance or if we need to carry it out for her. … We took this information and looked at each section of the NDIS plan and tried to work out whether there was any way of making her more independent.