The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is only a matter of time before it starts rolling out nationally in July 2016.

We spoke to Louise Glanville, Deputy CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to help you get ready for the NDIS. Here are her top five tips:

1. Think about your personal goals and aspirations.

Would you like to be involved in education or employment? Do your goals include more social interaction through sports, arts or community groups?

Think about what supports you need to achieve your goals and where the supports will come from? Think about what you will do, what your friends and family can do to help you, what supports are in the community that you can access and what do you need from the NDIA?

2. Consider the formal and informal supports you already have in place.

Informal supports refer to family, friends and community relationships — how can these supports be strengthened? Would it help if you were linked to other groups and programs
out in the community?

Formal supports refer to paid carers, services, therapy, assistive technology and equipment. What can the NDIA do to help you maintain and strengthen all of your supports so you can achieve your goals?

3. Keep in mind that everyone is different.

Your plan is about you, your goals and your circumstances. Everybody has different goals and aspirations, and different circumstances, so even if two people have similar disabilities, they might have very different plans reflecting their own needs, goals and existing supports. And it is important to remember that if your circumstances change, you can come back and change your plan to better suit your needs.

4. Don’t just think about traditional disability services and supports.

Now is your chance to be creative and take some time to think about what will work best for you, with other supports and services you may not have tried before. You can ask NDIA to include supports for this in your plan. It helps to write this down and bring it to the meeting with your planner. Preplanning workshops are also available.

5. You can also invite trusted family, friends, carers or an advocate to attend your planning meeting to help you develop your plan.

Once your plan is in place, you can decide to manage all or a part of your plan, or ask the Agency to manage it for you.

If you need more information about the NDIS, contact Scope on 1300 4 72673 or email ndis@scopeaust.org.au.