News | 26 June 2015

Tools for making the most of the NDIS

A new online program has just been launched by the good folk at My Choice Matters which aims to give people with disability and their families all the tools they need to prepare for the changes coming under the NDIS.

My Learning Matters provides more than 60 online resources to support people in thinking about their needs and goals – and resources to meet these goals.

Topics range from goal setting, speaking up, managing a personal budget, choosing a service provider, choosing staff, community connections, and making friends.

Participants can do one topic or all topics at a pace they choose – it’s up to them.

Project Manager Shae Gibson said the team has spent the past twelve months preparing material, co-designing it and testing it with people with disability to make sure it accessible from as many disability perspectives as possible.

Everything is provided in both Easy Read and Plain English.

It has also a produced a supporters guide for carers or families.

“My Learning Matters is to prepare people for life, it’s not about assessments,” Shae said.

“The NDIS is focussed on supporting people and their families to get the most out of their lives and providing the funding you need to reach the goals you set for yourself.

“As a project our biggest goal was to produce something that goes on long after our involvement.

“We want people to be able to use it as they progress through life – if they need support to move out of home and setting up a budget – or later when then need a bit of support becoming part of the community or making friends.

“One other piece of feedback we have received is that some people in the Hunter have even had support for using My Learning Matters factored into their initial NDIS plans to help them form ideas for the future.”

So far there are more than 200 users of My Learning Matters and numbers are growing every day.

To take part in My Learning Matters you register and answer some simple questions – so they can find out who’s using it and how it can be improved.

My Learning Matters is funded by the NSW Government, but can be used by anyone, anywhere.

Shae and the team have already hosted online “classrooms” to help people understand how My Learning Matters works and to get started. More are planned around regional NSW over the next few months.

My Choice Matters are on Facebook and Twitter and put out an e-news where you can find out about their workshops across NSW. You can find out more information about the program.

Image of crowd at My Choice Matters Event


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