How to pre­pare for NDIS

En­deav­our helps fam­i­lies plan

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

ANN Mickan, mum to 26-year-old Zac, says the right prepa­ra­tion is cru­cial to get­ting the best out of the NDIS.

Hav­ing been through the plan­ning process, Ann says they have ex­pe­ri­enced a new-found sense of con­trol, and urges peo­ple en­ter­ing the NDIS to be ready to cap­i­talise on this op­por­tu­nity.

“Ini­tially, I was very ap­pre­hen­sive about the process,” Ms Mickan said.

“The pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting it wrong and end­ing up with less than the lit­tle we had was daunt­ing.

“I was so thank­ful for the in­di­vid­ual time I had with En­deav­our Foun­da­tion be­cause I was able to get a clear pic­ture in my mind of what I needed to do to be ready.

“By the time the meet­ing

came around I had ev­ery­thing on pa­per in front of me and I felt con­fi­dent I could make a solid case for what would be best for Zac’s fu­ture.

“Our planner re­ally lis­tened to ev­ery­thing I had to say, (and) by the end of our two-hour tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion I was con­fi­dent she had a very clear snap­shot of what Zac needed to help him at­tain a good and ful­fill­ing life.

“My ad­vice would be to get as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble, do lots of think­ing, write ev­ery­thing down, paint a pic­ture of the per­son and al­ways re­mem­ber to ex­plain why you need what you need.”

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion’s plan­ning book­let, Map­ping My World, and Dis­cover Guide are valu­able, free re­sources for any­one get­ting to grips with the NDIS.

Down­load ma­te­ri­als at www.ndis.en­deav­our.com.au /ndis/re­sources or con­tact the team on 1800 112 112 or hello@en­deav­our.com.au.

PHOTO: JODI JA­COB­SON

SUP­PORT­ING FAM­I­LIES: 26-year-old NDIS par­tic­i­pant Zac with his mum Ann Mickan feel well sup­ported by the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion with the un­der­stand­ing of the NDIS.

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