We speak to so many people after they have had their NDIS planning meeting. We’ve assembled a list of the most common things people say they wish they knew before they went in.
1. You can never be too prepared!
Bold and underline. We speak to hundreds of people every month, and very rarely does someone come back and say ‘I was just too prepared’.
Time and time again we find that the people who get the best results are the ones who put in the most work in the lead up to their NDIS planning meeting.
When it comes to the NDIS, knowledge is power – the more you have, the better your chances of getting a plan you are happy with.
We understand that not everyone has oodles of time to devote to their NDIS journey, so we created a resource called Mapping My World to help you prepare. This tool will assist you in preparing for your NDIS planning meeting, whether it is your first, second or third.
2. The Planner is going to ask you heaps of questions
This tends to catch people off guard. The questions from the Planner can feel never-ending, and maybe even a bit repetitive. This is totally normal and there is no need to be concerned. Take your time in answering the questions and if you don’t understand, say so.
3. It’s totally normal to write things down and bring prompts with you
An NDIS planning meeting can be a pretty stressful time, and sometimes important points can slip our mind. By writing things down, you can be sure you won’t forget anything on the day.
Here’s a few things we recommend you take with you to your meeting:
- A completed Mapping My World Booklet.
- A list of questions you would like to ask your Planner (we’ve put together this list of 10 questions to get you started).
4. ‘I wish I hadn’t sugar-coated things as much’
One of the biggest regrets that people have is not thinking about and planning for the bad days. – Talking about intimate details of your life to a stranger can be tough. But in the case of the NDIS, it is necessary.
One of the most important things to remember going in to your meeting is that the NDIS Planner does not know you. They will only know what you tell them. The more you tell them, the better they will understand your needs and goals, which will lead to the best outcomes for you.
At the end of the day, your Planner will be looking for insights in to your life, what’s working and what’s needed.
5. Some of it may sound like another language
Lots of people say their NDIS planning meeting can feel a bit like another language. In this regard, learning some of the common NDIS lingo can go a long way.
6. You can bring in whoever you want
A surprising amount of people don’t know this.
Having someone who knows you well in the meeting can make a world of difference. They will have likely been through many of these meetings and can help support before, during and after. This could be a family member, a friend or even a service provider who knows you well.