March 5, 2020
As someone living with a disability, or a parent or carer of someone with a disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can offer lots of opportunities to access the supports needed to live a fulfilling life.
But the NDIS can also be complicated to understand. For someone first entering the NDIS, there are many steps you need to take to have your eligibility assessed. Application forms need to be completed then, if you’re deemed eligible, you meet with the NDIA to create your first plan, define your short-term and long-term goals and decide how you want to manage your plan funding going forwards.
For more information on your options for managing plan funding, click here.
An important part of your journey with the NDIS is the supports included in your plan. Your supports help you work towards achieving your goals, build your independence and improve relationships with your community.
NDIS supports are broken down into three categories. Core supports, capital supports and capacity building supports.
Your core budget is for supports that help you in your day-to-day life. These are designed to develop your fundamental life skills and help with your participation in daily community activities. There are four main NDIS Core Supports.
Capital supports are for large expenses that aid in your progression towards your goals for a longer period. Often ‘one-off’ investments, capital supports help build your independence and usually need to be approved by the NDIA before they can be purchased. There are two categories for NDIS Capital Supports.
There are a wide range of capacity-building supports that may be covered by the NDIS, depending on your disability and individual goals. This category of supports is focused on helping to build your independence and skills. Capacity-building supports are an important part of working towards your long-term goals.
The categories for NDIS Capacity-building Supports are:
Improved Life Choices – helps to build your financial and organisational skills. Improved Life Choices also includes funding for Plan Management. Disability Plan Services offer Plan Management to assist with keeping track of your plan funding and paying service providers. Find out more about Plan Management here.
To find out more about how your NDIS plan works and what funding you’re entitled to receive within your plan, speak to the team at Disability Plan Services. Our experienced NDIS Support Coordinators and Plan Managers can help you to understand your plan and get the most out of the funding available.
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