What will the NDIS fund?
The NDIS is intended to provide reasonable and necessary support and services to participants. These support services could help manage all facets of the participant’s life. When assessing a participant, the NDIS follows the guidelines of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act) and the rules made under the NDIS Act in determining what would be considered reasonable and necessary. Some types of supports they could consider include:
- certain daily personal activities,
- transport enabling participation in the community, social, economic and daily life activities,
- workplace assistance that would allow a participant to become or stay employed,
- therapeutic supports, including behaviour support,
- assistance with household tasks that would enable participants to maintain their home environment,
- home and/or vehicle modifications, and
- mobility equipment and assistive technology.
In all instances, the supports must relate to a participant?s disability and it can be demonstrated are likely to be beneficial and effective to the participant.
What are the conditions eligible for the NDIS?
The NDIS supports a person with a significant and permanent disability or a child aged under 7 years old with a disability or developmental delay, whose condition impacts their ability to work, or who require support or assistance with activities such as self-care, social interaction, learning, communication and/or mobility.
The National Disability Insurance Agency does operate lists of conditions that are likely to qualify for NDIS eligibility, but these lists are not the only consideration that would be taken into account when determining eligibility, as the impact of a certain condition on a person’s functioning will range significantly between individuals.
Is ADHD covered under NDIS?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not covered under the NDIS plan; therefore, ADHD is not eligible for the NDIS. The NDIS understands that there are several disabilities such as psychosocial disabilities, and if the ADHD is linked to an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or a psychosocial disability, then an individual may be covered for the like conditions.
Is NDIS means-tested?
The NDIS is not a tested means and will not affect any other income support participants like Disability Support Pension or Carers Allowance. Funds allotted to a participant are for reasonable and necessary support a participant needs to live a normal life.
How to apply for NDIS?
Individuals under disability support services in Australia should expect to be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) once the organisation is available in their locality. People that are currently not receiving their deserved disability supports should endeavour to contact the NDIS for an Access Request Form. Below are the criteria for eligibility:
- The NDIS already being available in your local area.
- Being under the age of 65-years during application.
- Being an Australian citizen, or holding a Permanent or Protected Special Category Visa.
- Meeting specific disability requirements and/or early intervention requirements.
Active Access Request will be attended to by the NDIA within 21 days of the request provided that no further information is required.
How does the NDIS work?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) serves in the capacity of funding a range of services and supports for people with glaring disabilities, their families, and careers. The plan is to assist people with a significant disability to live a normal life and increase their socio-economic involvement in society. Also, the NDIS makes provision for early intervention, access to assistive technology, and support people with disabilities to access community services and other activities. The NDIS is aware of the differences in individual needs and as a result, designed plans to support eligible individuals on their primary needs. Please note, the NDIS offers no service and support, they are already available through other institutions such as Medicare, which is limited to some places in Australia.