An excerpt from the WHO website:- Disability is part of being human. Almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience a disability at some point in their life. Over 1 billion people – about 15% of the global population – currently experience disability, and this number is increasing due in part to population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.
What do we know about Disability?
Disability is a term describing the functional limitations resulting from health conditions that affect an individual with respect to activities and participation within the community. Disability is broadly defined as the restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of the ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. It encompasses a wide range of physical, mental, intellectual and developmental conditions. The definition of disability is not just about health and medicine but also looks at how we are treated by our environment. It can be the result of an accident or illness, or it can develop gradually through age or injury.
People who are disabled by such factors can do just about anything anyone else can, but they may need help getting started, compensating for obstacles and accommodating their individual needs.
Happy, healthy and out-of-home care (which includes safe and secure housing) is important for all of us. Those who receive disability support need government support so that they can contribute to society as well. Everybody should be given the opportunity to reach their complete potential and achieve equality. People with disability also need access to independent living and inclusive employment. And thus, NDIS Plan Management comes into action………
NDIS – What Does It Mean?
According to the NDIS website:-
National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.
Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delays.
Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.
Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.
In a nutshell, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for people with disabilities. It is aimed at people with significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The scheme focuses on early intervention, where getting early support can reduce the impact of the person’s disability.
NDIS aims to:
- Support people to live their lives to the fullest by providing them with opportunities to participate in activities that they enjoy, including independence and participation in the community, education, work and health.
- Give people more choice and control concerning when and how support is provided.
- Give people assurance that they will be supported financially over the course of their lives.
- Help empower people with disabilities by making them confident in their abilities.
- Raise community awareness
- Better access to information about the most effective support options links to local support groups, clubs and programs, or referrals to relevant community services and supports.
Some facts about NDIS Funding:-
The NDIS can pay for support funding for people based on their needs. This might include receiving help from a carer, assistance with household tasks, a wheelchair, transport and mobility aids, help with education or work, or modifications to your home or vehicle. Under the NDIS, funding may be provided for wheelchairs and other equipment, speech pathology appointments, and healthy meal delivery services.
Participants choose and pay for support and services out of an individually allocated budget based on their goals.
Under the NDIS funding, there are three types of “support budgets” that may be funded in a participant’s NDIS plan:-
1) Core Support: A range of support services are available including items such as incontinence aids and low-cost equipment to improve mobility; help with daily activities such as cleaning and maintenance of the home and garden, social and community participation and transport. In short, this support helps a participant complete daily living activities.
2) Capital Support: This support helps in an investment such as assistive technologies, equipment, or home or vehicle modifications. Or it can be funding to pay for capital costs like Specialist Disability Accommodation.
3) Capacity Building Support: It provides a wide range of services to help people achieve their goals (with regard to employment, education, relationships and living arrangements). In short, this support helps a participant build their independence and skills.
What is NDIS Plan Management?
Plan Management is one of the four options you can use to help manage your NDIS funding. The other options are: self-managed, NDIS-managed or a combination
Plan Managers act as your personal NDIS accountant at no cost to you – NDIS organises separate funding for Plan Managers to support you.
With a Plan Manager, you’ll have the flexibility of self-managing your plan, without the stress of paying the bills and managing the budgets.
Plan Management is available for all NDIS Participants with no out-of-pocket costs. The service is fully funded by the NDIS and can be accessed by requesting to include a Plan Manager in your plan.
MSM Plan Management provides:-
As your nominated plan manager, MSM Plan Management will take on the responsibility of helping manage your NDIS funding –
- By paying for your support services by submitting claims to the NDIS portal
- By sending periodic activity statements to assist you in tracking your spending.
- By providing you with the best online app to track your spending, approve and see the status of invoices and access your NDIS plan details easily.
Plan Management is included in your NDIS plan at no cost to you. If you don’t have Plan. Management in your plan (it should be under ‘Improved Life Choices’), all you need to do is request Plan Management with your planner anytime. Or just call us and we will help you set up Plan Management as your option.
Our vision is for all people with disability to have the opportunity to discover, develop and retain their individual strengths, with appropriate support and access to opportunities. We strive to empower community members, workplaces and services to recognise the value of an inclusive and accessible environment. We do this in a way that values people of diverse backgrounds, opinions and ways of communicating.