Developing your plan can be quite overwhelming and take a lot of time, so it’s important to have someone you trust to support you through this process.
This might be a family member or friend, or a member of your support team such as an occupational therapist. If you already have an NDIS plan, your support coordinator will help you to develop a new plan.
Before your planning meeting, it’s important for your support team to assist with documenting what is important to you and the types of support you need to achieve your goals.
They will write about your needs using language the NDIA will understand, including how a particular type of support you need is related to your goals and meets the ‘reasonable and necessary’ criteria that the NDIS requires.
If you’re in hospital, the hospital staff will help with this. This type of report is sometimes called a ‘pre-plan’.
Your NDIS plan will be developed in a planning meeting with a planner from the NDIA. It can be helpful to have a support person with you in this planning meeting, who knows you really well and understands what is important to you. If you have questions, you can contact the NDIA planner who is developing your plan at any stage.