At Fighting Chance, we are committed to sharing information and resources to empower you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to advocate for yourself and get the most out of the NDIS.
- What is the NDIS?
- Am I eligible?
- How do I access the NDIS?
- What is advocacy?
- Practical tips and advice on accessing the NDIS
- Understand your options and rights around NDIS plan reassessments (previously known as plan reviews
- Learn about key NDIS legislation changes in 2022 and what they mean for you
- Register for upcoming webinars here
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It provides funding to Australians with permanent and significant disability to access supports and services. Funding from the NDIS is designed so that you have the choice and control to pay for the specific supports you need to live your daily life, participate in the community and achieve your goals.
Find out more about paying for Fighting Chance’s services with NDIS funding here.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the NDIS if you:
1. Have a permanent and significant disability.
2. Are under the age of 65 when you first enter the scheme.
3. Are an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in Australia.
If you are eligible, the NDIS will provide funding for reasonable and necessary supports that are required for you to live your life and reach your goals.
How do I access the NDIS?
To access the NDIS, you will need to fill in an access request form. You can find it on the NDIS website. You can also do your application verbally by calling the NDIS on 1800 800 110.
The access request form will ask for your personal details and information about your disability. Your doctor will need to attach supporting evidence about your disability and its impact on your functional capacity (ability to live your daily life), and any diagnoses or test results you have.
The NDIS should contact you within 21 days of submitting your form.
What is advocacy?
Advocacy for people with disability can be defined as speaking, acting or writing with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of the interests of a person or group, in order to promote, protect and ensure their full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.
The National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) provides people with disability with access to effective disability advocacy. There is no cost for participants or service providers to access advocacy services.
Fighting Chance has a policy which guides and informs its obligations in relation to Advocacy. These obligations include informing new participants of their right to use an advocate, supporting participants if they choose to self-advocate and working closely with advocates chosen by participants.
This fact sheet outlines what disability advocacy is, why it is important and why independence matters.
You may also find the government’s Disability Advocacy Finder useful here.
NDIS Educational Resources
Lisa Duffy, Fighting Chance’s award-winning NDIS Support Manager, leads this educational series where we share information and resources to empower you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to advocate for yourself and get the most out of the NDIS.
Lisa has a fifteen year career in the disability sector, a detailed understanding of the intricacies of the NDIS, and a passion for empowering the people she supports to advocate for themselves and be “the most informed person in the room.”
Click here for upcoming live webinars.