Written by Project Manager, Karyn Grosvenor.
Getting ready for your first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning meeting can be daunting and overwhelming. Our therapists can support you to make the most of your meetings and NDIS plan, but our advice to people with disability and their families is to prepare as much in advance as possible.
How to prepare for your first NDIS meeting
1. Start today!
It’s time to start thinking about how you want to live your life and what you need to achieve your own goals or the goals of the person you support.
2. Think big
What do you want to achieve in life and how do you want to live? NDIS wants to know this and they want to help you get there.
3. Write a list or keep a diary
Think about a typical week or day and what was hard. Ask yourself, what are the things that make it hard for you to achieve what you want to do in life? A good way to remember this is to write it down, use a diary or a list to keep examples.
4. Be specific
Try to be specific about what your goals are and what you think you might need to achieve these. Think about both long term and short term goals. NDIS will help you with this, but it’s important to have examples ready.
5. Get your documents and information ready
Download the NDIS Planning booklet and fill it out before you meet with NDIS. It has important questions that you can expect to come up in your planning meeting.
6. Talk to the people who are supporting you already
This will help you talk through your goals and aspirations with people that know you well. This might include family or friends or current service providers.
7. Take someone with you to your meetings
You don’t have to do this alone! Take someone along with you, who knows you well. This might be family, friends, your therapist or advocates. They’ll help you to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.
What will I be asked in an NDIS planning meeting?
The following are some examples of things you will be asked about in your first NDIS planning meeting:
1. Your personal details
You’ll be asked your name, age, where you live and about your primary disability. Have all your personal details and any reports or assessments in one place to help with this. You can even take them along to your meeting.
2. Your community and mainstream supports
You will be asked about what support you currently receive from the people in your life and in your local community. This can include things like health services or help at school or in sports groups, as well as friends and family who help you.
Write down if anyone is helping to support you at the moment. For example, friends or therapists.
3. How you manage everyday activities
You will be asked questions about how you manage your everyday activities. This helps NDIS understand what your abilities are, as well as what you might need, including equipment, housing or help to take care of yourself or your home.
Write down what a typical day or week looks like for you, and who is involved to help you manage.
4. Your safety
NDIS will ask questions about if there are any areas in your life where you may feel unsafe or where you might need extra help.
5. Setting your goals
You will need to talk through goals for the next 12 months and what you (or the person you support) are hoping to achieve through your first plan. You will also talk about how you are going to explore and develop your longer term goals over the next 12 months.
6. Starting and managing your plan
Think about if you would like to manage your own funds or support, if you would like someone else to, or if you are happy for the NDIS to manage the funding and you choose the supports.
What happens next?
Once you have your plan you can start contacting providers, including ones that you are already working with.
Therapy Focus is a registered NDIS provider in Western Australia. We can help you make the most of your funding and support you to achieve the goals in the your plan. Learn more about our NDIS funded services.