Learn about the NDIS
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) enables people with disability, their families and carers to design, plan and implement their own supports and services. It includes relationship-based support, local decision-making and early engagement in good planning processes.
The first meeting is where you work out the nuts and bolts of your plan. You can assess your current situation and discuss your future hopes, dreams and goals, as well as how you can achieve them. Your NDIS planner will help you develop your plan in a way that ensures you can achieve what you want to achieve.
You may also like to use the My Vision My Choice NDIS Planning Booklet, which is designed to assist you to develop your plan.
Managing your plan
You then have a choice as to how you manage the funds in your plan. Your options include self-managing, plan agency managed or NDIS (NDIA) agency managed. It is completely up to you and what works best for your needs and lifestyle.
One of your options with your plan is to self- manage. This means that once your plan has been agreed, it is over to you to take control of some or all of your service and support arrangements. This gives you flexibility, choice and control over your life. The NDIA is available to help and advise you if required, or there are also peer support groups and non-government organisations that can support your self management.
Self management is a great option for some, but not always right for everyone. It’s important to understand the responsibilities that come with it, and although it is not complicated, it will take up some of your time, so you need to be prepared.
It’s good to speak to others who have tried it, or ask your NDIS planner to give you more information about what’s involved.
Reviewing your plan
Your NDIS plan is an ongoing thing. You are able to review it when you want to and adjust it when your circumstances change. It is an opportunity to plan your future, and live the life you choose.