The NDIS is about your child and your family. As every family is unique it is important to be clear about YOUR needs and goals.
What does the NDIS stand for?
National- The NDIS will be rolled out across Australia, the rollout commenced in 2013 and will finish moving from the old system to the new scheme by 2019. This means if you move State or Territory, your funding and plan will move with you.
Disability- The scheme is for all Australians 0-65 who have either a lifelong disability or an early childhood disability and/or developmental delay. Previously children were funded under early childhood specific supports such as Early Childhood Intervention Services, Helping Children with Autism and/or Better Start – all of these will roll into the NDIS way of funding.
Insurance- The Insurance in NDIS is almost like investment, although investment doesn’t just mean financial support, as this is not always available to everyone. The Government wants to invest in people with disability so that they can reach their goals and gain as much independence as possible to:
- Live a meaningful and engaging life and feel connected to their home and community life.
- Give back to their community either through engagement or through employment in the future.
Scheme- Another word for a Government led program.
What does the NDIS mean?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way for people with a disability and their families to gain support to link into community services.
Where a significant early childhood developmental delay or a permanent and significant disability exists, NDIS will fund supports to achieve individual goals.
It will provide people with disability support to live life their way, achieve their goals, and participate in community life.
The NDIS is a social insurance scheme that covers all Australians in the event of disability, and that all Australians contribute to through the Medicare levy.
Research has shown providing children and families with timely, comprehensive and well-integrated early intervention support leads to better longer-term outcomes for children, fostering inclusion and participation in their environment.
How does the NDIS work?
A large part of the NDIS and the focus of the supports you will access are around helping you and your child connect with your local community and groups offered in the community that are there for children of all abilities.
For families of 0-6 year olds the following will be the process when the NDIS becomes available in your area.
1.Family meets with experienced early childhood intervention service provider (access partner) to discuss their needs.
2. The access partner determines the appropriate supports for the child and family – this may include a number of actions including information services, emotional support or referral to a mainstream service and short to medium-term supports or longer term intensive supports.
3.The access partner will assist a child and their family if they need more intensive supports. The access partner will complete a support plan and submit it to the NDIA for approval.
4.Once the plan is approved, the family can choose the early intervention provider(s) they wish to work with and the support begins.
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund need to be considered reasonable and necessary to support the child. They are focused on supporting you to respond to your child’s individual needs so that they can be an active participant in their family and community life. Support provided may include:
- Support from professionals to assist your child to learn and develop e.g communication, social skills
- Home modification design and installation
- Specialist equipment e.g. Mobility or communication aids
Now you know what the NDIS is- How do you Access it?
Do you have questions?
- How can the NDIS help my Child?
- When Is It In My Area?
- What happens to my Existing Funding?
- I have a Planning Meeting booked, How do I prepare?
- Managing Funds under the NDIS
- What do I look for when choosing a service?
- Signing an Agreement with a Service
- What are we working towards? Outcomes!!
- Advocacy and the NDIS
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