Preparing for your NDIS Planning Meeting – A Checklist
Did you know that funding from the NDIS can help to cover the cost of consumables such as incontinence, skin care, and nutrition and wound care products? There are three funding categories that your NDIS Plan will cover, your consumables will fall under your core supports category.
I’m Already Receiving Disability Services:
If you’re receiving disability services already, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) should contact you directly to schedule a planning meeting; this may have already happened.
I’m Not Currently Receiving Disability Services:
If you’re not currently receiving disability services, you will need to make an access request in order for the NDIA to contact you.
Planning for your NDIS Meeting:
You will generally only meet with your contact once a year, depending on your situation this may be an Early Childhood intervention Coordinator (ECIC), a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or a Support Coordinator – they will guide you through the process to access your NDIS funding. It is very important to prepare for your meeting with them – to help you feel ready for this we have also compiled a handy NDIS planning booklet.
Step one – think about your life:
Your first step should be to write down the ways in which your disability impacts your life, for example if you live with incontinence and it has an impact on your work or social life, it is important to include that.
Step two – products and services:
Next you should write down all of the products – classified by the NDIS as ‘consumables’ that you require; these could be products that you already use or products which you believe may enhance your life. You should also consider services and supports that you will need as well.
Step three – goals:
Write down both your short term and long term goals. This is a very important step as your goals will guide what is able to be included in your plan.
Short terms goals can include;
- Making new friends
- Finding a hobby
- Participating in the community
Long term goals can include;
- Gaining employment
- Moving into independent housing
- Supporting your family
For more information on setting goals, Inform Disability Hub has a great article here.
Step four – documents:
There are number of documents that you will need to bring along to your appointment. You can find a full list of the suggested documents in our NDIS Planning Booklet – you won’t need all of these documents, just the ones that apply to your situation.
Step five – budget:
Try to figure out what twelve months of products would like for you – plan for your ‘worst case scenario’ week and then multiply that by a year. Similarly consider how many support hours you require per week and calculate that across the year. You will be guided through this in your planning meeting but it will help you if you have already considered this beforehand.
Remember, there is no such thing as being over prepared – planning for your NDIS meeting is key to ensuring that your plan can help you to achieve your goals!
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