There are many ways that the NDIS can help you and your loved ones
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is funded by the Australian Government to assist people with the costs of living with a disability. Like any bureaucratic body, the NDIS can seem complicated. Looking at all of the jargon can be overwhelming, especially when you just want answers to simple questions like:
- How can the NDIS help me and my family?
- What conditions are covered by NDIS?
- What can the NDIS pay for?
In this article, we’ve tried to make it simple, and show what the NDIS can help you with. Here are 5 of the most important ways that the NDIS can help your family.
1) Access to important information
The first way that the NDIS can provide support is by guiding you through the NDIS process. NDIS staff can talk you through the system, refer you to support services, and provide information on effective options for support. Basically, not only is the NDIS capable of helping you and your family in a variety of different ways, but it also has systems in place to help you understand and get the most out of all those different options for help.
2) Tailored plans and support for individuals
The NDIS has been structured as a goals-based program. That is to say, the NDIS can pay for the things a person needs to achieve their goals. Every recipient of the NDIS will have an individual plan, tailored to their life.
Additionally, the NDIS can provide support to carers and family members; building a network of support around a person with a disability is one of the best ways to help them achieve their goals.
3) Ongoing support to help people with housing
Although housing policy is primarily handled by State Governments, the NDIS can help you and your family with several factors that will help to make housing more stable and affordable. So, what can the NDIS pay for? The answer is ‘lots of things’: daily living support, costs involved with setting up a home, and in-home support can be covered by the NDIS.
4) Early intervention to help children with disabilities
By providing early intervention, the NDIS can create better lifelong outcomes for children with disabilities. There are a host of early intervention programs that children with disabilities and their parents can access.
5) Technology to assist with performing tasks
There are all sorts of devices and systems that help people with disabilities perform tasks. Things like mobility devices (canes, wheelchairs), rails around the house, and hearing aids. The NDIS provides funding for assistive technology, where the equipment would make otherwise impossible tasks possible, or make tasks easier and safer.
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