People with disability and their families
The NDIS and individualised budgets offer people with disability and their family the opportunity to direct their own supports. This is a very new way of doing things and many of us are learning as we go.
Mind the Gap has a range of resources and services to assist you in directing your supports. Our aim is to make self direction doable for everyone.
What does it mean to self direct your supports?
Self direction is when a person with a disability (maybe with the assistance of their family or support network) has choice and control over their support. You can choose who supports you, when you are supported, how and what you do when supported. When you self direct you can tailor your supports specifically to you, your vision for your life and your goals and aspirations.
There are many ways you can direct your own supports:
Making an agreement with a service provider:
You can make an agreement with a service provider to deliver your support. This is an individual agreement that outlines your's and the derive provider's roles and responsibilities. Importantly an agreement should detail the the control and choices you want to determine about your support. To do this you will need to find a service provider who understands and shares your vision (the NDIS calls this your goals and aspirations) and who will join with you in a genuine partnership.
This arrangement is sometimes referred to as shared management. If you are receiving ADHC funding for supports such as community participation or the supported living fund you might know this arrangement as self managed.
Contact us for assistance or more information.
A financial intermediary holds the support funding on behalf of the person with disability and or their family and manages financial, legal and administrative obligations. The NDIS calls this a Plan Management Provider.
Contact us for further information:
The NDIS refer to direct payments as self managing your supports. Direct payment is exactly what it sounds like: a payment made by the NDIS (or other funder eg ADHC) into your designated bank account. This means you have responsibility and control over your supports. You may wish to make an agreement with services to provide support or you may wish to directly employ your support workers or you can do both.
To start with you need a vision or a dream for the future. In the language of the NDIS these are your goals and aspirations. These are the things you want to strive for and achieve in life. A vision or dream is like compass. It gives you the direction of your life.
When you discover your vision or goals you can then make a plan. Contact us to find out more.
How we can help you:
Mind the Payroll: a payroll service for people directly employing their own support workers. We can assist you with fortnightly payroll, withholding tax, superannuation, workers compensation and insurances and an information pack.
Mind the Books: we maintain your bookkeeping and prepare claims for NDIS plan purchases.
Mind the Budget: we assist you with understanding your individualised budget, providing you with information that is accessible and understandable.
Each of These can be a standalone service or used in combination depending on your requirements. Contact us for more information or for other assistance in managing your own support.
Mind the Gap: Disability Matters will continue to develop resources and share information on self direction so that people with disability and families have access to the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy its benefits.