Do you know who will manage your care?
If you have a permanent disability and rely on the use of support services to achieve your life goals, then you will need to be familiar with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports hundreds of thousands of Australians and their families every day and ensures that they can enjoy an improved quality of life and maintain their independence.
How can the NDIS help you?
The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency; the scheme is intended to ensure that all of the agencies and individuals who wish to provide services to those with disabilities have complied with the legal requirements related to qualifications and experience. Every NDIS service provider is at the heart of the scheme, since they are the agencies responsible for delivering the services and providing the correct, personalised support that is needed to empower those with disabilities. The one purpose of an NDIS service provider is to help you achieve the goals which you have set for your life, so you will need to ensure that you choose your service providers wisely.
How much control do you have?
When you are a participant in the NDIS, you can use your NDIS plan to set the outcomes you want to achieve. You are then able to choose which service providers and which supports you will use to achieve the goals you have set. You can start the process by identifying the types of services you will need to access and then locating suitable providers who will be able to offer those services to you. If you can't locate any suitable service providers in your locality, then you should talk to your NDIS Support Coordinator or your ECEI Coordinator for assistance.
Finding the right NDIS service provider
It is essential that you are able to find the right NDIS service provider to deal with your particular needs, so don't simply choose the first company you find. It's possible that you will have used service providers before you joined NDIS. If that is your situation, you could choose to work with them again, but you don't have to do that. You could look for an alternative NDIS service provider who will better appreciate your situation. Depending on the way your funding is managed, you may or may not be able to choose non-NDIS registered providers. Those whose funding is NDIS-managed are restricted to NDIS registered providers, while those who self-manage their plan can use both registered and non-registered providers.
To learn more about your options, contact an NDIS service provider in your area.