Understanding the NDIS
The NDIS is a comprehensive scheme that provides tailored support and services to people aged between 0 and 65 who have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The scheme is designed to meet the individual’s needs and help them to build independent living skills. It also assists individuals in achieving their goals and aspirations while allowing them to participate in their community life.
To be eligible for the NDIS, you must meet the following three criteria:
1. You must live in Australia and be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a Protected Special Category visa holder.
2. You must be aged between 0 and 65 years old.
3. You must have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.
Applying for the NDIS
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for the NDIS. Applications are made through your local National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) office or online. Once your application is approved, the NDIS will provide you with an individualised plan that outlines the support and services you are entitled to receive.
NDIS Plans and Funding
Once your individualised plan has been developed and approved, you will receive funding from the NDIS to cover the cost of your support and services. You may also receive funding for equipment and home modifications that are related to your disability. The amount of funding you will receive will depend on the severity of your disability and the types of support and services you require.
Available Supports and Services
The NDIS provides a range of supports and services that are tailored to your individual needs. These may include:
• Early Childhood Intervention
• Occupational Therapy
• Assistive Technology
• Home Modifications
• Help with Education and Training
• Community Access
NDIS and Your Goals
One of the objectives of the NDIS is to assist individuals to achieve their personal goals. An individualised plan is designed to outline the supports and services you need to help reach those goals. It may also include strategies for helping you build independent living skills, such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting, as well as strategies for improving your mental health and well-being.
The NDIS is a government-funded support system designed to assist individuals with disabilities to live independently and participate in their community life. Eligibility requirements apply, and if you are successful with your application, you will receive an individualised plan that outlines the support and services you are entitled to receive.
By understanding the NDIS and the eligibility criteria, you can determine if you are eligible to receive the necessary funding and support from the scheme.