Thanks for joining us in our Embark blogpost series, where we address some of our tips for supporting people with accessing the NDIS. Embark provides support to people in the Sydney Metropolitan area that are living with a mental health condition and experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness, to access the NDIS. [You can make a referral to our free service via: www.icla.org.au/embark/]
You can also get in touch for support – via Embark Upskill, we facilitate free workshops across NSW, open to anyone who wants to improve their confidence and understanding of the NDIS in order to support people with a mental illness to access the NDIS and obtain the supports they need. [Make an enquiry via: www.icla.org.au/embark/upskill]
Understanding the NDIS? Supporting someone with the process
If you’re supporting someone with the NDIS application process, it’s important to first be able to explain what the NDIS is all about, in a way that’s meaningful and relatable to that person’s life.
At project Embark, we’ve done a lot of work already to understand the NDIS, and how it’s relevant to the people we support, so in particular:
- People that are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and
- Living with a mental health condition.
In today’s blog, we’ll explore the types of supports available, as well as myth busting, and a deeper dive into understanding the NDIS in videos we’ve prepared earlier!
What supports are available from the NDIS?
To start us off, here’s a quick discussion of supports available from the NDIS – with a focus on supports that people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness might use.
Remember, it’s important to get to know a person’s goals for their life, to figure out and share what NDIS supports might be useful for them.
Busting Myths about the NDIS
In this next video, we take a light look at some myths surrounding the NDIS, and the real truth about these things! This is so important to understand and share with people you support, as myths about the NDIS abound in the community! Busting these myths can make the difference to ensuring that people get much needed supports in place.
Understanding the NDIS
Still keen to learn more? For another, more serious look at some of these topics, the following video takes a deeper dive into:
- What is the NDIS?
- What is a psychosocial disability?
- Myth busting, and
- The types of NDIS support available.
Take home messages for supporting someone with the NDIS
- Do your homework about the NDIS, so you can break it down into relatable information
- Make sure you understand the goals of the person you support, so you can identify NDIS supports that might be relevant to them
- Take time to bust myths about the NDIS in the community, so more people can feel comfortable to access the NDIS and get much needed supports in place
- Once the person you support is keen to proceed, next you can start working to gather further information about them together, to support their NDIS access request.
Thanks again for joining us. Please be in touch with any questions or suggested topics for future content via firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICLA’s Embark program is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to support people with a mental health condition who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness to access the NDIS.