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Living With a Disability in Australia

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Support services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Living with a disability is part of life. While disabilities can limit how you interact with the world, they do not make you any less human. You might even find that disabilities are more prevalent in the world than you think. In fact, the World Health Organization and the United Nations estimate that over 1 billion people worldwide live with some sort of disability.

What is a disability?

Everybody will likely experience some form of disability in their life. As people age, bodies, change, and certain health conditions may arise that render them as disabled. This is because the term ‘disability’ widely encompasses a range of conditions. These include:

  • People with limited mobility and wheelchair users
  • long-terming with a long term health condition or disorder like cerebral palsy
  • People living with an intellectual disability
  • Those suffering from adverse mental illness and other mental health conditions
  • Other people receiving health services or health care for serious conditions

Living with a disability means dismantling the negative attitudes we have towards people who we see as disabled. Everyone is human, and all people with disabilities deserve a chance to independently, and on their own terms.

This is what we believe at HealSoul. As a disability support provider, we are here to assist people as they navigate living with their disabilities. We offer disability support that can help participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) find more freedom, and better ways to be active members of society.

Accepting your disability

If you are a person living with a disability, you might sometimes feel like you have given up on life. This is especially true for young people, and those who have been rendered disabled more recently. In the end, accepting the reality of your disability can help you take control of your life.

Here are some tips on finding acceptance if you are struggling with your sense of self following a disability diagnosis:

  • Own your feelings, and reach out to people for support when you need them.
  • Learn as much as you can about your condition and what you can do to live a full life.
  • Find happiness where you can, and look forward to the future.

Fortunately, we live in undoubtedly the best time in history for disability support. The increase in social services that cater to disabilities is at the best it’s ever been. Now you can benefit from a society that is conscious of you and your needs.

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Getting support when living with a disability

There are many avenues for support when you start living with a disability. Like most support networks, getting the assistance you need begins in your own home. Your family and friends are here to help you live the life you want for yourself. While it may take some adjusting, its important to understand that there are people around you who love you and want the best for you.

In the wider community, you’ll find other places to connect with people just like you. Community support groups are an amazing resource for meeting new people who deal with similar challenges, and have done so for some time. Community participation is one of the best ways you can add value and purpose to your daily life.

For financial support in accessing disability payments and services are 2 main avenues – Centrelink, and through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Centrelink offers the Disability Support Pension, which is an invaluable resource for people who cannot work, or cannot work without great difficulty.

The NDIS is a national scheme to help all people with disabilities access the support services they need. These supports will give people more independence, and allow them to live the life they want, regardless of their condition. In a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  1. The prospective participant meets with a disability support provider.
  2. The disability support provider and representatives from the NDIS work with the participant to develop a plan for receiving support.
  3. The participant starts receiving funded support in the community.

Accessing these supports can be life-changing for participants. If you find your disability increases as time goes on, it’s best to get started as soon as possible. You can get started with a free consultation with HealSoul, where we will assess your condition and start developing a disability support program that meets your needs.

How the NDIS helps people living with a disability

There are many ways the NDIS can help people living with a disability find more autonomy in their day-to-day lives. The scheme aims to help people adjust to their disability, and give themselves the independence they need to be a functioning and fulfilled member of society.

Here are just some of the ways that the NDIS can help you live with your disability:

  • Putting you in touch with disability support workers who can assist you in planning and accessing supports
  • Assisting you with transportation and travel to get you where you need to be
  • Involving you as you participate with the local and wider community
  • Creating new and improved home care routines through daily living assistance
  • Getting you to group and centre-based activities to meet new people
  • Offering short-term accommodation away from your usual place of residence
  • Transitioning you through life stages, including moving house
  • Introducing you to assistive products that can aid your daily routine
  • Delivering community nursing care in a safe and supportive clinical environment
  • Assisting you as you access employment, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of long-term employment
  • Intervening to help families of disabled children promote a better, more supported childhood

If these sound like they’d help you create a better life with your disability, then it’s time to get started. A new way of living is just around the corner.

What to do next

When living with a disability, it’s best to prioritise your health and well-being. When the time comes to access disability support, HealSoul is here to offer our assistance. We can help you navigate the NDIS, and develop a disability support plan that works for you. Once you start to access the support offered by the NDIS, you’ll start to enjoy a richer, more fulfilling life.

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Sabina Kamal

Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Career Development, Payroll Processing, Interventions, Team Building, and Organisational Leadership. Strong business development professional with a Advanced diploma of Community Sector Management focused in Community Management from Skills certified Australia.

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