NDIS in 30 seconds
Videos created by people with an intellectual disability for people with an intellectual disability
What is the NDIS?
You’ve probably heard about the NDIS, but what is the NDIS?
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
It sounds big and confusing but it’s nothing to be afraid of.
The NDIS is here for people with a disability if they need it.
In these videos we will talk about:
- How the NDIS can help you
- What you can do to prepare
- What happens when you go to your meeting
- And more.
How to prepare?
Here are my four tips to get ready for the NDIS.
My first tip is to think big.
Think about what you want to achieve in life and how you want to live in your future, then write it down.
My second tip is to think about your life now.
What’s working, what’s not working, and what would you like to change.
My third tip is to be clear about your goals.
It’s important to know what your goals are so you can tell your planner in your meeting.
My fourth tip is get your paperwork ready.
Before your first meeting, you need to have your medical documents, your education documents and your health documents.
Good luck and remember, there’s people willing to help.
How can the NDIS help me?
The NDIS is here to help and there are lots of ways they can do just that.
If you have a disability, the NDIS can help fund what you need.
Maybe you need a wheelchair, or railings put in your home.
Or you could need daily help with a support worker.
You can also get funding for learning a new skill.
Maybe you want to learn something creative?
Or maybe you can get a job?
It just needs to be reasonable and necessary.
Who can help me?
You don’t have to go through the NDIS alone.
You can get your mum, your dad, a guardian, family member or service provider.
You can have lots of people in your meeting, or just a few.
Think about who you want to help you and make sure you tell that person.
The people you choose to help you, can help you write a list for your meeting, they can come to the meeting with you and can talk on your behalf if you’d like them to.
What happens in a planning meeting?
The NDIS will invite you to a meeting.
The meeting can happen in an office, on the phone or in your home, it’s up to you.
The NDIS person will be friendly and happy to meet you.
Use this meeting to tell the NDIS what you want in your life.
Tell them what you like to do, what you don’t like to do and tell them who your friends and supports are.
The planner will ask a lot of questions, but this is normal.
Am I in charge?
When it comes to the NDIS, people with a disability often ask:
Am I in charge?
The answer is YES!
You definitely are!
The NDIS calls this “choice and control”.
It’s about your life, so you get to make some important decisions.
You can choose what your goals are, who helps you, and when you get support.
Even though you are in charge, you aren’t alone.