Arts & The NDIS
Whether art is something you simply enjoy, or something that you need in your life, being involved in creating art or even just observing it can be extremely beneficial for happiness, creativity and feeling part of a broader community.
The NDIS can be vague about how art can be included into your NDIS plan, but we’ll attempt to explain the types of different supports included in your plan and where art can fit into them.
Don’t forget that you must speak to your providers about what is important to you. When outlining your goals for your plan, you should express how important art is to you and how it will have a positive impact on the outcomes of your plan if you believe that this is the case for you.
Different types of supports
Core supports are your flexible funding and outline activities that will assist you with everyday life tasks. Your core support funding can be used for in-home care, cleaning assistance, any needs-related products, transport, consumables or assistance with community access. This funding is flexible, so you can use it across a number of support categories.
Capital supports are your funding for more ‘premium’ items, such as car modifications, home modifications or assistive technology. It’s always a good idea to check with the NDIA if you have any queries about what you are eligible for with your capital supports. You may need to obtain a quote or report from a specialist to outline how a certain capital support will benefit you to be able to access this funding.
The final funding category is the capacity building category, and this is to fund activities that help you build your skills and reach your long-term goals.
This funding is not as flexible as your core supports, and can only be used for specified activities as mentioned within your plan. This funding can be used for things like support coordination, finding and keeping a job or improving your relationships, and much more.
Capacity building covers a broad span of 8 different categories, which we have listed below. When outlining your goals in your NDIS plan, arts and creative activities should be included here in your Capacity Building Goals. Assistance in managing your services via Coordination of Supports can also fall under this category.
- Choice and Control – assistance and development in planning, financial assistance and plan management with your NDIS supports.
- Daily Activity – therapy and development aimed at building and maintaining your capacity to live as independently as possible.
- Employment – The aim of this support to help you find and maintain a job through development of workplace skills through education or professional development.
- Health and Well-being –nutrition and exercise support required to live a healthy life. This can include including personal training, nutrition advice and physical therapies which maintain or assist mobility.
- Better Home Living – support to obtain/retain appropriate accommodation and helping create a comfortable and suitable living environment
- Lifelong Learning – assistance moving from school to higher education and learning
- Improving Relationships – positive behavioral support strategies to help build important social connections, this can include working with companies such as Arts Access to help you find arts and creative programs that help you fulfil your goals.
- Social and Community Participation – Individual life skills development and training including public transport, training and support, developing skills for community, social and recreational participation. This can include arts and creative activities.
How do I incorporate art as part of my NDIS plan?
Although art and expression of creativity is proven to be an important part of life and development, the NDIS doesn’t have a whole lot of resources on how to include art in your NDIS plan.
Institutions such as Arts Access Victoria, Department of Communications and the Arts, online hubs such as Access Arts, Accessible Arts, Inform Australia and online directory Choose Art have an abundance of resources you can use to help figure out which support your arts needs fall under and how to find the right programs for you.
The NDIS or your NDIS provider will be able to able to clarify what you can do to include arts and creative programs in your plan, but you may need to plan ahead to prove that art is a necessary support for you to have in your plan.
Arts Access Victoria have outlined what you will need to think about before your first meeting with your provider, when your support requirements and funding are outlined and determined.
- Bring a statement of your goals, specifying the inclusion of arts experiences and arts practices.
- Prepare a statement of the value that art has in your life.
- Have a list of existing supports and activities.
- Think beyond your current supports.
- Be aware that your support team (family, friends, trusted service providers) can attend the planning meeting and help you to advocate for the inclusion of art in your NDIS plan.
Identify arts programs, providers and other creative opportunities that interest you.
Art and creative programs can contribute to four key NDIS outcomes: Choice and Control, Social Engagement, Economic Participation and Health and Wellbeing.
We’ve gone ahead and chosen our favourite accessible arts and creative programs and companies for you to explore and get involved with below.
The Victorian Government have put together a scenario based guide with some great examples to help you further with including arts in your NDIS plan. You can find the resource here.
You can view more articles from Independence Australia on navigating the NDIS here.
Inform has a large database of NDIS101 articles to help you navigate your way through the NDIS, you can find their article on NDIS and the Arts here.
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