06 Jan Top 3 Tips to help write a better NDIS Plan!
The NDIS will fund for reasonable and necessary supports for a person with disability.
1. NDIS defines aspects of funding into 3 main categories:
Core - A support that enables a participant to complete activities of daily living and enables them to work towards their goals and meet their objectives.
- Capital - An investment, such as assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).
- Capacity Building - A support that enables a participant to build their independence and skills.
2. Frame your NDIS plan in terms of goals and not wants. For example, “I want my child to have weekly therapy.” is likely to be rejected. A more successful statement to make is the following: “ One of Jimmy’s goal is to be able to walk independently so that he can participate in his classroom activities without relying on a teacher’s aide. To do this, he will need to strengthen his leg muscles and improve his balance. This will be achieved by having physiotherapy once a week.”
3. Get your child’s therapist to help you with putting a plan together. At My Favourite Physio, the plans we write for families are not the same as a report for communicating to other Health Professionals. We don’t believe that writing pages of medical history, background and current therapy intervention is helpful to your planning meeting. What we need to have is a plan that is about the future needs over the next 12 months, including any equipment and community based activities that are beneficial to your child. Our plans include a costing for the predicted intervention required so that the Planner can go away and come up with a budget that is closer to what you actually need.
All said and done, the aim of your planning meeting is to receive a satisfactory funding budget for your child over the next 12 months.