How to prepare for your NDIS planning meeting
Your NDIS planning meeting is a big part of ensuring the NDIS works for you, so it’s important you feel well-prepared. To help you on your way, here are some tips to get ready.
Your supports now
The first thing to think about is what support you have in your life right now. What do you need to follow your routine, and who are the people and organisations that make this possible?
We know this is a huge task! To start with, look at an average day, week, and month in your life, and note down all the supports you need for each activity.
Scope’s NDIS Planning Tool can help you here, with specific questions and prompts for details you might miss.
Whether it’s support you get from your family and friends or from the community and disability support service providers – include all of it in your planning guide.
Note down what’s working well and what you’d like to change.
Tip: Don’t forget to include mainstream supports like public transport.
Plan for the worst to get the best result
Another helpful activity is writing down is what a ‘bad day’ looks like.
What does this mean? Well, think of one of those days where everything that could possibly go wrong, does! This will help you include supports you don’t always need but are very important.
It’s hard to plan for the worst but being well prepared goes a long way.
All about goals
Now that you’ve got an idea of what supports you need in your life, it’s time to figure out what your goals are.
In your planning meeting, your Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planner will ask about your goals as part of your NDIS plan.
These are things you would like to achieve, both big and small, in all areas of your life and the supports you’d need.
Knowing your NDIS goals is an important part of the planning meeting. Any supports you receive in your plan will be associated with these goals.
Here are some examples to get you thinking:
- I want to go to my local gym to improve my fitness
- I want to attend cooking classes to learn how to cook my own food
- I would like to meet new people and make new friends
- I want to be able to speak clearly to my friends and teachers so they can understand me
- I want to learn how to use public transport to travel independently.
Try to be as specific as you can with your goals. This will help the NDIA understand what services and supports you will need for you to have the future you choose.
Start gathering supporting evidence and information about your condition. This could be from your doctor, therapist, or other health professional. Bring along any reports or assessments that could help the NDIS understand how your condition affects you.
Who to bring?
Whose support would you like during your planning meeting? You can bring more than one person – it’s up to you.
Would having family, friends, an advocate, support worker, or therapist there be helpful? They might think of the details you’ve missed.
Don’t forget: Along with all the supporting documents, don’t forget to bring along your completed NDIS planning guide. Get your personalised planning guide by completing Scope’s NDIS Planning Tool.
Remember, this is all about getting a plan that’s just right for you, so it’s important you feel comfortable.
Scope is here to help
As a recognised NDIS provider, Scope is here to help you get the most from the NDIS. We can work with you to tailor a plan that meets your current needs and helps you work towards your future goals.
Already have your NDIS plan? Contact us today to get the most out of your plan.