Prepare and plan ahead for the NDIS. Start thinking about the supports you are using now, what additional supports you may need that aren’t currently met, and how the NDIS can help achieve your goals for a more independent and happier you.

Things to consider:

1/ Describe your life

  • What are your Monday to Sunday activities?
  • What are your monthly or annual activities?
  • What supports are working for you?
  • What would you like to change or improve?
  • What activities are you good at? What activities do you enjoy doing?
  • Whether there is something new you want to try?

2/ Describe your living situation

  • Who do you live with?
  • What type of accomodation do you live in?
  • Whether there is something you would like to change?

3/ Describe your relationships

  • Who is important in your life and why?
  • What informal supports do you receive from family, friends, or neighbours?

4/ Describe your supports

  • What assistance do you have to carry out everyday activities including work or study, transport, day program or community access, managing money, respite etc?
  • What programs do you access that is provided by your local council, faith-based or community groups, hospital or school?
  • What formal supports do you have through the health care system, community centres, work or education, cleaners, personal helpers etc?

5/ Describe your goals

  • Education – whether you would like to attend school, university or a course?
  • Work – whether you would like to get a job, volunteer or change your work hours?
  • Social – whether you would like to join a club, attend more events, see friends or make new friends?
  • Independence – whether you would like to get around the house or community on your own or with less assistance?
  • Living arrangement – whether you would like to modify your home or live somewhere different?
  • Health & well-being –  Whether you would like to be more active or take up sport?

Examples of Goals

1/ To make friends and do activities with them by

  • Regularly joining in everyday activities in the community with other people
  • Meeting with new friends
  • Developing resilience, increasing my confidence, reducing my anxiety and being better at calming myself
  • Increasing my social and communications skills and being better at sharing a conversation with others
  • Persisting with less preferred tasks
  • Developing experience sharing and the ability to recall in order to make connections with peers

2/ To thrive in education by

  • Being better at handwriting and to develop my motor control, strength and/or dexterity as required
  • Problem solving and thinking of solutions when necessary

3/ To be more independent in self-care activities by

  • Remaining clean while eating with increased frequency and reduced support
  • Using a knife to cut up my food independently with easy to cut food when eating a family meal
  • Tying up my shoelace
  • Increasing the family’s knowledge and understanding of my disability in order to provide the best possible support

4/ To improve my executive function by

  • Developing compensatory strategies to assist with my working memory
  • Using visuals to help with planning, organising myself and transitions

5/ To become better at calming myself and to learn strategies to self-regulate at home, in the community and at school by

  • Learning and implementing strategies to regulate my emotions and behaviours

6/ To increase my social and communication skills by

  • Being better at communicating and being better at shared conversations with others
  • Being better at reading and interpreting my own feelings and how others my be feeling
  • Developing experience sharing and ability to recall order to make connections with peers

7/ To be happy to go to school and be actively participating in learning by

  • Having a successful transition to each new grade supported by my school
  • Improving my cognitive working memory skills
  • Using visuals to help with planning, organising myself and transitions

For more information, contact us by email office@moelifeskills.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5127 7999.

Source: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)