Preparing for your Plan
What do while you wait for your planning meeting.
While you wait for NDIS to meet with you about your plan, there are some things that you can do to make sure your needs and plan best match your life to give you choice and control over your supports. If you don’t know how to apply for NDIS, please see our booklets linked below.
Thinking about your life
To prepare for your plan, you need to think carefully about your life at the moment.
Think about your needs and goals.
Supports listed in your plan, when you meet with your planner, will be linked to your goals. You might have goals for different areas of your life.
It is very important to know what you want and need and to be able to tell the planner when you meet with them about your life in detail. Your NDIS planner may not know about being deaf or your disability, so you need to explain about your everyday life and your barriers.
Planning for your child
When planning for your child, you should follow the same steps as you would to plan for yourself or an adult.
All parts of your child’s life should be carefully considered in your child’s plan. If possible, talk to your child about what they would like to include in their plan, at a level they will understand.
You can complete the areas below in preparation for your child’s plan, just as you would for yourself. A Access Plus WA Deaf NDIS Information Officer can help you prepare for your planning meeting.
Attending your planning meeting.
Once NDIA have contacted you to let you know the date of your meeting with your planner, you will go to meet with them, remember you can bring a support person with you. This might be a friend or family member or a Access Plus WA Deaf NDIS Support Worker can attend with you. Auslan Interpreters will be provided if you or your Access Plus WA Deaf NDIS Information Officer have let NDIA know that you need an Auslan Interpreter.
If for some reason there is no interpreter at your meeting, you do not have to finish the meeting. You can request an interpreter be booked and reschedule to meet at another time. Do not go ahead with the meeting if you are not comfortable or there is no Interpreter present to assist with communication.
In the meeting your planner will ask you a lot of questions about your life e.g. what you can and cannot do on your own, they will talk to you about things such as:
• Your future goals
• Ask you about your family, friends and what support you have
• Develop a plan for the next 12 months with you.
Before meeting with your NDIS planner, think about what you want and need so you are ready for the discussion.
Short term goals are goals you would like to reach soon and more easily to improve your life.
Long term goals are goals you would like to reach over a long period of time to help improve your life.
What do I need to think about?
(Click on the FAQs to reveal the answers)
What are your short term goals?
certificate for a course or study.
What are your long term goals?
Think about areas of your life such as education, employment, independence, health and wellbeing, living arrangements, and social participation. You can write your answers in the example form below.
What support you need to reach your goal?
Examples include a flashing alarm to wake up on time, a special phone for use with hearing aids or cochlear implant, Interpreters, information to be given to your workplace or teacher about your hearing loss or
deafness (such as how to communicate well with you, technology that helps).
Is there anything stopping you from reaching your goals (barriers)?
What actions to do you need to take to achieve your goal?
For example, asking for help or support, enrolling or applying for study, courses or jobs, learning to save money for a holiday, or looking at technology that may help you achieve your goals to ask your planner about.
Creating your plan with your planner.
The NDIS planner will use all the information you have given them to create your plan with you. They will also ask if you need help to find and contact services to support you. This kind of support is called “Support Coordination”.
Your Planner will also talk to you about funding (the money you will receive through your NDIS plan). You need to think about who will manage your funding.
The NDIS planner will talk to you about how the funded supports in your plan will be managed. There are three options.
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