What does NDIS mean?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is how the Australian government provides support to all Australians across all states and territories with a permanent and significant disability. This scheme is designed to help people with disabilities and their families get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.
Who is the NDIS for?
A potential NDIS participant will need to meet certain requirements in order to be considered for the NDIS. These requirements are set out by the NDIA ‘The National Disability Insurance Agency’ which is the independent government agency that looks after the funding and coordination of the NDIS. In order to check your eligibility to access NDIS you can visit the Australian government AM I eligible checklist.
As mentioned in the checklist, participants have to be between 7 to 65, however the ECEI ‘Early Childhood Early Intervention’ approach supports families to help children aged 0-6 years who have an early childhood developmental delay or disability to develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.
How does NDIS help?
The NDIS provides funds for disability supports and services to help people participate in the community and reach their goals. A goal describes what you want to learn, develop or achieve and this will help the plan manager to develop a customized plan that provides the right support for you.
LAC ‘Local Area Coordinators’ can help you develop, implement and monitor your NDIS Plan. They can also link you to relevant supports, information and connections to services in your communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.
All these services are provided for free and participants are not required to go through any asset or income test.