So you have an NDIS plan: what’s next?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government initiative aimed at providing support to individuals with disabilities. If you have an NDIS plan, it means you have been deemed eligible for support and are now on your way to getting the help you need to live a fulfilling life. But what exactly happens after you have an NDIS plan, and what should you do next?

1. Review your NDIS plan

The first step is to thoroughly review your NDIS plan. Take the time to understand what it covers, what your goals are, and what support you are eligible for. If you are unsure about anything in your plan, reach out to your local NDIS office for clarification.

2. Identify your support needs

Once you understand your NDIS plan, it’s time to identify your support needs. Think about what you need to achieve your goals, what will make your life easier, and what will help you to live a more independent life.

3. Choose your service providers

The NDIS gives you the freedom to choose your own service providers, so you can find the people who best understand your needs and can support you in achieving your goals. This may include service providers for therapy, personal care, transport, and more. You can find NDIS-registered providers on the NDIS website, and it’s important to research each provider and make sure they are a good fit for you.

4. Set goals

Once you have a good understanding of your plan, it’s time to set some goals. Think about what you want to achieve in the coming months and years, and how the NDIS can help you get there. Your goals might be related to your health, education, work, or social life. Write them down and keep them somewhere you can see them regularly to keep you motivated.

5. Develop a budget

Your NDIS plan will include a budget that outlines how much funding you have available to spend on support services. It’s important to develop a budget that ensures you get the most out of your NDIS funding and ensures you don’t overspend.

6. Get started

Once you have identified your support needs, chosen your service providers, and developed a budget, it’s time to get started. Start accessing the support you need, and make sure you keep track of your spending and progress. Regularly review your NDIS plan and make changes as needed to ensure you are getting the most out of your funding.

In conclusion, having an NDIS plan is an important step in getting the support you need to live a fulfilling life. Take the time to review your plan, identify your support needs, choose your service providers, develop a budget, and get started on your journey towards achieving your goals. The NDIS is here to support you, and with the right planning, you can make the most of it.