First Steps in NDIS Participant Readiness
- Find out when the NDIS may be available in your area. You can find details about the Queensland roll out HERE. You may also download a Queensland Participant Information Guide HERE. There are many NDIS information sessions funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services available to help Queenslanders prepare for the NDIS. Checkout the calendar of events for all the NDIS participant readiness projects and activities HERE and book yourself to learn more about preparing for the NDIS.
- Check that you can access the NDIS, you can use the NDIA Access Checklist to see if you may be eligible.
- Start thinking about how your life is now, what’s working? what might need to change? Think about both your informal supports (family and friends) and formal supports (paid supports) and activities you currently have and even jot them down in a diary from day to day.
- Think about your strengths, interests and things you find challenging. Consider some goals, think about what you may want to do in future and the kinds of supports you may need to achieve it.
- Write it down! Keep a diary or journal to help you, for when it comes time to develop your NDIS plan. Have copies of reports or recommendations from therapists and professionals on hand for planning.
- Download My NDIS Pathway booklet HERE
Further NDIS Information
- Check out NDIS Ready on the NDIA website HERE
- Download the My NDIS Pathway booklet HERE and watch Developing Your NDIS Plan HERE
- To find out more about what the NDIS means by Permanent and Significant disability and Reasonable and Necessary supports watch the following video HERE
- The NDIA operational guidelines provides very specific information that assists in guiding decisions. “Operational information means information held by the NDIA to assist the NDIA perform or exercise its functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations affecting members of the public” (NDIA website). There is a broad range of guidelines around many aspects including supports, such as assisitive technology, home modifications, motor vehicle modifications, early childhood supports and much more. Click the link HERE to go to the operational guidelines section of the NDIA’s Website for more information.
Other Participant Readiness Project Information
- The Participant Readiness Projects come about as a result of feedback from participants in the NDIS trial sites. Many of those participants felt they were not prepared for the planning process. In response the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has funded 11 readiness projects Queensland wide to help prepare people with disabilities and their families for the NDIS. Information about all 11 projects can be found HERE Additionally a calendar of all the 11 projects upcoming information sessions can be found HERE. There are five organisations including YFS delivering Participant Readiness information in the South East, they are as follows.
- Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN)
Queenslanders with Disability Network’s (QDN) participant readiness project is called Ready to Go. This project supports people with an intellectual/cognitive disability to build skills, knowledge and confidence about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and undertake pre-planning activities across key life domains, in a model of peer education and peer facilitation.
The Ready to Go Project is built on a suite of learning opportunities for people, including the Plan Ahead workshops, on-line resources, discovery learning challenges, and advanced workshops to build more individual skills and capacity in particular areas
QDN has a state wide focus and will work in various locations across Queensland to deliver face to face workshops for people with intellectual/cognitive disability. As part of this work, QDN have been asked to also engage with people with intellectual disability/cognitive disability who may not have family or other support in their life.
QDN’s Ready to Go project builds upon and includes a revised version of the Plan Ahead workshops conducted in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast earlier this year, QDN’s first project to prepare people with disabilities for the NDIS.
For more information check out QDN’s website here
- Carers Queensland
Carers Queensland participant readiness project is called ‘Full Scheme Ahead’. The project focuses on family carers over 60 years of age and over 45 years of age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people caring for someone with a disability.
Information about the NDIS is delivered through workshops and tailored resources, the project is aimed at helping carers make sense of the NDIS to help guide them when planing for the futures of themselves and the person they care for.
For more information got to carersqld.asn.au/services/ndis-full-scheme-ahead or call 1800 242 636
- Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) & Connections Inc
MIFQ and Connections Inc. are partnering to deliver the participant readiness initiative called NDIS MI Way. NDIS information is delivered via peer and carer led information sessions and workshops across the state.
The initiative provides information about the NDIS to individuals living with mental illness, their families and carers of all ages. Resources are provided in a range of formats such as web, phone, fact sheets, video and social media.
- Deaf Services Queensland
Deaf Services Queensland is holding a number of workshops across the state to provide information about the NDIS to the Deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages.
Workshops start in April 2015 beginning with broad information about the NDIS with subsequent workshops becoming more specific. Deaf services are also developing an Auslan translated and captioned DVD resource to help people to prepare for the NDIS.
For more information check out www.deafservicesqld.org.au/NDIS or phone voice 3892 8500, TTY 3892 8501