I need help preparing for my NDIA meeting

PREPARING FOR MY NDIA MEETING

Once you have been accepted into the NDIS, you and/or your nominee will be contacted by an NDIA representative to have a planning conversation.

Preparing for your first NDIA meeting can leave you feeling excited but also nervous at the same time. At breakthru we understand what you’re feeling and can help put your mind at ease and your best foot forward.

Your planning meeting will take place with an NDIA representative such as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or an NDIA planner. You may choose to meet at the planner’s office location or in some cases they can come to your home.

To make sure you get the best plan possible that suits your needs and goals, it’s important to take the time to think about the activities you do during the morning, afternoon and evening, and consider the support you receive during each of these activities.

You should also think about the current support you’re receiving and/or informal supports you may be receiving from parents, family or friends. You may be asked questions like:

  • Do you receive therapeutic, behaviour or work supports? If so how often?
  • Do you require special equipment such as a wheelchair or communication device to go about your daily life?
  • If so how often do you use it and will it need upgrading in the next year?
  • Has your home had any modifications made such as ramps or rails, and do they suit your needs?

One of the most important things to consider is your long and short term goals. The NDIS aims to help you increase your independence and achieve what you want in life. Think about things that may be stopping you from achieving your goals and what supports you need to help you. Writing down your answers to all of these questions will help you be as prepared as possible for your meeting.

Lastly, to help you prepare we’ve created a list of the 6 things you should bring to your NDIA planning meeting:

Someone to support you - It is helpful to bring a support coordinator who has supported you to prepare for your meeting and understands your needs.
Information about your life, needs and personal circumstances
A list of your long and short term goals
Specialist reports and therapy assessments
Quotes from service providers for aids and equipment
Questions to ask your planner