What Does It Mean For Me As A Carer?

Information on what the NDIS means for you as a carer of children with a disability or an adult with a disability

What Does It Mean For Me As A Carer?

Information on what the NDIS means for you as a carer of children with a disability or an adult with a disability

Carers of children with disabilities

Carers of children with disabilities can play a crucial role in developing the individual support plans. The plans can include mainstream, community, informal, and reasonable and necessary funded supports such as:

  • one-off supports (equipment, for example)
  • personal support for daily living
  • early intervention services
  • local area coordination
  • supports to achieve greater independence and community participation, and
  • housing and support.

The duties and functions of a child’s parents, guardian or other representative are outlined in the NDIS Australia operational guidelines.

For adults with disabilities

For adults with disabilities, families may be invited by the person with a disability to participate in NDIS appointments, to participate in organising information for eligibility, and in the individual planning conversation and process.

Planning has two phases including developing personal goals and aspirations, and the statement of participant supports. Families may be appointed Communication or Plan nominees for people whose decision making may be limited.

They may choose to directly manage the individual support package or to use a financial intermediary to purchase and manage the care.

Families may receive direct support in some areas, such as early intervention, planning for lifecycle transitions, respite services, with the management of people with challenging behaviours, and for family capacity building. The reasonable and necessary support needs of families will be considered.

Individual support plans and individual funding packages will provide people with choice and control over the supports they receive. A plan may include familiar supports, such as help with certain activities or aids and equipment to maximise mobility and independence.

Supports may be more flexible and innovative, based on a person’s needs, goals, aspirations and family environment. Importantly, support plans will make sure the valuable support provided by families and carers can be sustained.

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