1. Start Today
Your first NDIS planning meet may be a significant moment in your life, and may be just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about how you want to live your life and what you need in order for you to achieve your goals.
2. Think Big
Try to not worry about barriers you might face and think about what exciting moments there are to come! What do you want to achieve in your life? How do you want to live your life? The people who know you well will be able to help you choose what your goals, aspirations and dreams are.
3. Write a list or keep a diary
Try to think about what your day to day is like. What kinds of things do you encounter every day that makes life a little bit harder? Every time something pops into your mind, write it down. You could do this in a diary, or take photos, this will help you when you are in your planning meeting.
4. Be Specific
Try to be as specific as you can about what you need and what you want, what your goals are and how you want to live. Write all of these down and take them along with you to your first meeting.
5. Read about the NDIS before your meeting
There is a lot of information about the NDIS out there and it can sometimes be a bit confusing. It is important to start getting your head around some of the language that is used. Scope worked with the NDIS to put together this easy English guide to the NDIS.
6. Don’t accept a plan that you are not happy with
You don’t have to accept the first plan. If the plan that was sent to you doesn’t feel right and doesn’t seem to cover reasonable and necessary costs you can discuss this with your planner.
7. Get all your documents ready
Before your first planning meeting, make sure you have all the documentation you need with you. This will help you to explain who you are and what you need. This could include documents like medical and education paperwork.
8. Take someone with you
Last but not least, remember that you do not have to go through this process alone. Take someone along to your meeting that you know well. This could be family, friends, support workers or advocates. They will make sure you remember to tell your NDIS planner everything that is necessary to put together your new plan.