Unlocking NDIS: Your Simplified Guide to Accessing Support

April 24, 2021    |    By Madeeha Usman    |    11 min read
Unlocking NDIS_ Your Simplified Guide to Accessing Support

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support. The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary support they need to enjoy an ordinary life. It will help people with disabilities achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment, and improved well-being. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disabilities early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS also provides people with disabilities, their families, and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community. In this blog, we will explore how to access support from the NDIS.

How to apply for NDIS Support 

Here are steps to take to apply for NDIS support

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1. Getting ready for the application process

Before you start the application process, you must ensure you have all the information and proof you need to support your application. This includes things like medical reports, assessments, and other relevant papers that show you have a disability. Having all the necessary paperwork can speed up the application process and improve your chances of acceptance.

2. Sending the application

You can fill out the Access Request Form on the NDIS website or call their helpline to submit your application. You must show proof of your age, name, citizenship, residency, and disability along with the form. When you send in your application, you will get a letter with an access decision telling you if you are eligible for the NDIS.

3. Putting together an NDIS plan

Making and following through on a personalised plan that fits your wants and goals is an important part of the NDIS process. The supports and services you need will be listed in this plan, along with the money the NDIS has given you to pay for them. Sticking to a clear process for making and implementing your plan will help you get the most out of the NDIS and make good progress toward your goals.

How to get NDIS support for kids under 9 years old

There are different ways to get help through the NDIS early childhood approach. It’s based on whether the child is younger than six years or between the ages of 6 and 8. These rules can be found at the NDIA. 

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1. Talk to a doctor or the NDIA

You could start by talking to your family health worker or someone in health care. They can put you in touch with an early childhood partner who works for the NDIS. You can contact local early childhood partners through the NDIA, or they can set up one to call you.

2. Meet with early childhood partner

In this meeting, your early childhood partner will talk with you about your child's goals and the needs of your family and kid.

3. Make an NDIS plan

Your early childhood partner will work with you and your family to make an NDIS plan that helps your child reach their goals if they become a member.

4. Pick an NDIS service provider

You can pick services for your child's NDIS plan if they have one. Your partner in early childhood can help you find and get in touch with these providers.

Getting support for children above 9

For your child to get NDIS help, they must have a serious condition that makes it hard for them to do normal things and be at least nine years old. Also, the disability must last a long time or be expected to last long.

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1. Get in touch with the NDIA

The NDIA runs the NDIS. Contacting the NDIA is easy. The NDIA can give you the number of an NDIS representative or may set up a call between you and this person. The person from the NDIS could be a planner or a supervisor for the local area.

2. Talk to the NDIA planner or local coordinator

A planner or supervisor from the NDIA will set up a time to meet with you and talk about the needs of your child and family.

3. Make a tailored NDIS plan 

If they participate, you and the NDIA planner or local area supervisor will work together to make an NDIS plan for your child. This plan will give your child the help they need. The plan will be sent to the NDIA for approval by the planner or local area coordinator.

4. Pick service providers

Once your child's NDIS plan is accepted, you can pick service providers and begin carrying out the plan. You can get help from your NDIA planner or the area organiser.

To get educational opportunities for your children, read this.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) knows how important it is to help disabled people with daily tasks. "Daily living skills" include many things, like helping someone move around, making meals, taking care of themselves, and more. With NDIS help, participants can get help tailored to their specific needs, letting them live as freely as possible.

1. Figuring out what you need

You must undergo a thorough test to get NDIS help with daily living skills. Someone from the NDIS will do this test to figure out how much help you need. Prepare to talk about your disability, the things you can do now, and any problems you may be having with daily life. The exam will help you make your NDIS plan and show you what kinds of help and money you might be able to get.

2. Adding skills for daily living to your NDIS plan

When you make your NDIS plan, make sure that your goals for daily living skills are clear. It is important to clarify what you need help with and what you want to happen. If you include these needs in your plan, you may have a better chance of getting the right help, whether you need help making food, keeping yourself clean, or running your home.

3. Look into the types of NDIS support

Within the NDIS, there are different types of support for people who need help with daily living skills. Some of these are:

  1. Core Supports: This group includes help with daily tasks like personal care, housework, and community involvement.
  2. Capacity Building Supports: These help you become more independent and improve your skills. Some examples are offering treatment services, teaching people how to do everyday things, and coordinating support.
  3. Assistive technology: It can be very helpful to use technology to help people become more independent. The NDIS can help you pay for tools that will make it easier to do everyday things, like those that help you move around or talk to others.

4. Get a provider 

Once your NDIS plan is set up, find service providers who can help you learn how to do things you need to do daily. Do your study and pick service providers who are experts in what you need help with. Telling possible providers your goals, preferences, and expectations is important to ensure they meet your wants.

5. Review the plan regularly

Talking to the NDIS about your plan often is important because your needs may change over time. These analyses help determine if your current approach still meets your needs or if you need to make some changes. Make sure you ask for changes to your plan if your daily living skills needs have changed. This way, you can get the right help.

Conclusion 

NDIS support has helped several people with disabilities. However, it is a challenging task to navigate the support you need and how to go about it. This blog has highlighted important steps and information you need to know. Evaluate your needs and ensure you are getting the right support to make you live a fulfilling life. If you need help with NDIS support, contact Care Assure today. Get in touch with us to explore personalised NDIS solutions, and let us be your ally in achieving a life of enhanced independence and well-being. Together, we can turn the key to unlock the doors of opportunity and support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Your journey to a more empowered life starts with Care Assure. Get in touch with us now!

Read this: the types of home and living support NDIS can fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant, a person must

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
  • Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS.
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent or Protected Special Category visa.
  • Live in Australia, where the NDIS is available.

If you already receive support from a State or Territory government disability program, you will be contacted by a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) representative when it is time to transition to the NDIS. For some people already receiving support from State and Territory disability programs, evidence of your disability may not be needed. This is because some State and Territory programs have the same eligibility criteria as the NDIS. If you do not currently receive disability support and the NDIS is available in your area, you can request access by calling the NDIS.

Who can help you prepare to access the NDIS?

You can choose who you work with to help you prepare to access the NDIS. You might work with a family member, friend or carer, an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (NDIS Adelaide) or early childhood partner, a General Practitioner (GP) or other health professionals. At Care Plan Management, we provide the complete NDIS plan management service to help you get the best national insurance scheme..

What is the role of your health professional in the NDIS access process?

GPs and other health professionals may be asked to provide evidence to support a request to access the NDIS. This may involve:

  •  completing the NDIS Supporting Evidence Form or sections of the Access Request Form;
  •  documenting that the person has or is likely to have a permanent disability;
  •  and providing copies of reports or assessments that outline the extent of the functional impact of the disability.

When documenting the impact of a person's disability, a GP or other health professional will be asked to write down how your disability impacts your mobility/motor skills, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care, and self-management. If a health or education professional finds that a child aged 0 to 6 may benefit from early intervention or disability support under the NDIS, they should refer the parents to an NDIS early childhood partner.

Can I still receive support if I do not meet the access requirements for the NDIS?

A person does not have to be an NDIS participant to receive support from the NDIS. The NDIS will connect people with disability, their families and carers, including people who are not NDIS participants, to disability and mainstream support in their community.

Why is the NDIS important?

People with disabilities have the same right as other Australians to determine their best interests and to have choice and control over their lives. The NDIS recognises that everyone's needs and goals are different. The NDIS provides people with individualised support and the flexibility to manage their support to help them achieve their goals and enjoy an ordinary life. The NDIS replaces a disability system that was unfair and inefficient with a new national system that is world-leading, equitable, and sustainable. This provides certainty and consistency for disabled people, their families, and carers. Australians will now have peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a significant disability that is likely to be with them for life, they will get the support they need when they need it. 

Who is delivering the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth government agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.

The NDIA helps empower and inform people with disabilities to be confident consumers.

The agency provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans, and, where necessary, funded support to people over a lifetime.

The NDIA provides service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to needs.

Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for disabled people to mainstream services, community activities, and other government initiatives.

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