I have heard someone with the same disability as me got a lot more money in their plan, why would this be?
All NDIS plans are individually tailored to take into account a multitude of factors, and for this reason someone with the same disability as you may have different funding allocated in their plan.
This means funding allocated to a participant's plan is dependent on a variety of factors, not just someone's disability. Every person's individual circumstances will be different. A participant's reasonable and necessary supports (ie the funding in their plan) will take into account:
Do you need to have an intellectual disability to qualify for NDIS, or can it be solely physical or mental health, or all of the above?
It doesn't matter whether you have an intellectual, physical or mental health (psychosocial) condition, the NDIS provides all Australians who meet the access requirements with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS is based on a person's functional capacity, so if they are unable to participate in their community on a day-to-day basis, they may be eligible for support through the NDIS. To find out about NDIS eligibility, visit the access requirements page.
If I am on NDIS what will happen when I turn 65?
If you are an NDIS participant and you reach the age of 65, you can choose to stay as an NDIS participant and continue to receive your supports or you can choose to leave and access supports provided by the aged care system. If you are from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background you get this choice at 50 years of age. If you do choose to move to the aged care system, you cannot return to NDIS.
My old plan has expired and no-one has contacted me about my new plan? What do I do?
If the NDIS hasn't contacted you, call your NDIS planner, Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner or your support coordinator direct. If they can't be reached, call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 to discuss your situation.
What kind of support is there for school leavers with severe/profound disabilities who are unable to participate in employment?
This is an important transition and there are specifically tailored supports a school-leaver with disability can access through the NDIS – even if they might not be ready to participate in employment.
A first step would be to discuss the transition from school with your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator. School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) is one supported pathway options, but this is not always the right fit for everyone. Talking to a NDIS planner about options after school and the goals around this will help work out supports needed in a plan, or referral to other services that will help with a positive and meaningful transition. Bedford offers SLES supports - for more information, contact us on 1300 BEDFORD.
Other NDIS supports that might be worth discussing with your planner or Local Area Coordinator are supported employment options such as an Australian Disability Enterprise or community participation options to promote meaningful inclusive participation in the community.
For more NDIS FAQs, visit the NDIS website.
27 Mar 2018