News | 19 July 2016

Preparing for the NDIS

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Planning for the NDIS can be daunting. It’s not easy to sit down and think about what you want out of life. Here’s a handy tool that may help.

With thousands of people starting their NDIS journey we’ve revisited the NDIA’s NDIS Planning Workbook.

It’s a useful tool for people who are finding it hard to get their head around what they may want out of the NDIS and what goals they may want to set for themselves.

It breaks down the process into easy steps.

  • Think about your steps and goals
  • Meet with your personal planner or local area co-ordinator
  • Develop your plan and how to consider and manage your supports
  • Implement your plan
  • Review your plan

Importantly it asks helpful questions with space for you to record your thoughts – including a weekly calendar for activities including what you do and the support you need to do it.

It has a useful section about goals – what supports do you have in place, what’s stopping you achieving your goals, and what steps do you need to get you where you want to be?

You can download the workbook here.

You might like to invite a friend, family member or support worker to complete it with you so you don’t overlook things that are part of your daily routine. Some people have found the workbook difficult to navigate in the past, so completing it with someone else or in a group might be really helpful.

You can also ask other people who have started the process. Since July 1 more than 3,000 people have signed up to the NDIS Grassroots Discussion Group on Facebook to share their thoughts and concerns, offer advice and ask questions. That’s peer support from 15,000 people.

You can also find resources through services such as Disability Loop and the NDIA’s new participant portal.

The NDIS is a big transformation and change for many people. There’s no need to go it alone. You can always be in touch with us via for anything further.

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