So, you meet the criteria to apply for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding.
The most common questions NDIS providers get asked from participants are:
Here are 3 simple steps/considerations to support you and help you get started.
Step 1: Build a relationship with your provider
Before we get into the details, this is the most crucial and fundamental step. Think about what you want and need and think about what service providers will meet those needs.
Relationships are key, so it’s vital to have a positive relationship with your service provider. Ask as many questions as you can and try to have an open communication line with your provider. The more your provider understands you, the more they will be able to help you.
When you have a good relationship, your provider can then clearly and effectively tell you how you can and cannot use your NDIS funding. They can also help make the funding application process easier.
Step 2: Ask yourself questions to figure out your needs
What do you need to be able to effectively function and work?
The answer to this is going to be different and unique to each individual. Each person requires a different set of supports in a home/workplace setting.
Here is a self-reflection exercise to help set you up for clearer discussions with your NDIS Service Provider.
Examples of some needs that could support you in your self-reflection.
Step 3: Apply and submit your case for assessment
Share these answers with your service provider. Their role in this is to support you as far as possible, and this includes making a case and submitting it for review.
The application process is not just about what you want (the item), it’s also about the context of why you need something (the evidence). It’s crucial to show the NDIS why something is important to you.
It’s also worth noting here that, just because an application is submitted, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be approved. So, you have to remember to provide detailed evidence and information to effectively meet the funding criteria.
In any case, the best way to go about this is to contact your service provider and ask them to help you.
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