How can I prepare for the NDIS?
At AEIOU Foundation, we recognise the impact the transition to the NDIS has on our families. So, we're here at every step to assist you with accessing the Scheme, and to answer all of your questions about developing a plan for your child.
Ahead of your NDIS meeting:
- View this quick video outlining which forms you need to complete to access the NDIS.
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Speak to our NDIS support team for individualised advice to help you achieve the best outcome for your child and your family.
- See our NDIS Workshop Schedule for events about early intervention through the NDIA during this rollout phase.
- Click here to download the AEIOU NDIS Planning Guide. It includes helpful tips to prepare for your NDIS meeting, including how to set goals.
The NDIS has suggested a list of things to consider when you are beginning the transition process:
- Think about life now and into the future;
- Identify strengths, interests, networks, opportunities and challenges;
- Consider current supports including your informal, mainstream and disability supports;
- Collect disability information, this may include existing reports and other information to support a NDIS access request.
The best thing you can do when developing a plan for your child is to:
- Ask for intensive supports, referencing the report released by the NDIS in 2015 (Roberts, Williams, Smith & Campbell).
- Ask for a minimum of 20 hours therapy per week, or 960 hours per year.
- Confirm the length of your child's plan
- Consider the challenges which are specific to your child, and consider your goals both broadly and specifically, i.e.:
- Communication, increasing social skills, self-help skills
- Swimming lessons (do you need help to access lessons? What is the difference between a group or individual lesson?); will your child benefit from initiatives like Little Kickers?
- Consider resources you may need, such as nappies, mattress protectors, or therapy tools.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Commonwealth and Queensland Governments are working together to ensure all eligible participants are informed during the transition phase.
Useful NDIA planning documents:
New booklets have been released by the NDIA to assist people to better understand and plan for the NDIS. They are:
Booklet 1 - Understanding the NDIS
- Booklet 1 – Understanding the NDIS (PDF 371KB)
- Booklet 1 – Understanding the NDIS Easy English (PDF 1.2MB)
Booklet 2 - Planning
Booklet 3 - Using your NDIS plan
- Booklet 3 – Using your NDIS Plan (PDF 534KB)
- Booklet 3 – Using your NDIS Plan Easy English (PDF 1.1MB)
- Fact Sheet: Support Budgets Easy English (PDF 564KB)
- Fact Sheet: How to make a service agreement Easy English (PDF 484KB)
Other useful reading includes:
- Getting ready for your planning conversation
- Participant planning pathways
- Accessing the NDIS
- Developing your first plan
An Easy English document is also available.
You can also watch the NDIS video series here, to answer your questions on access.