The process of getting into the NDIS can be a bit complicated. The access request form needs to be submitted within 28 days of you receiving it, and this doesn't leave you with enough time to go and see a specialist and get forms written and signed. Therefore, it's a good idea to start gathering your evidence before you get the form. This will make the process a lot less stressful.
When you're gathering your evidence, the most important thing to do is to make your invisible illness visible. One way of doing this is to establish that you've tried many treatment options before, and they haven't worked. That confirms that your disability is long-term, that you've tried everything to help, and that you're still struggling.
You might be able to gather this evidence from a doctor, psychiatrist, occupational therapist or your family and friends. This evidence may come in the form of a testimony that demonstrates your condition. Of course, medical tests provide the most reliable evidence, and these will make it easier for you to qualify for the NDIS.
The NDIS application form contains many sections that you will have to fill in. You will fill in your demographic data and your contact details, as well as contact info for next of kin and legal representatives. Next, you'll fill in information about your disability or disabilities, and you'll attach evidence.
Also, you will have to sign a consent form giving the NDIS permission to access your data. So, for example, the NDIS might want to access any medical records in order to substantiate what you're saying in your application.
Within 21 days of submitting your access request form, you will be contacted via phone or in person. You will then learn if you have been accepted for NDIS funding.
Form Completion Tips
When applying for NDIS you need to be very specific. Rather than saying that you struggle with mobility, you may need to outline exactly how this manifests itself. For example, you may say that you are unable to drive and that your condition makes it unsafe for you to use public transport by yourself. Make reference to around six areas to demonstrate that you have substantial impairment.
This is why you should meet with a specialist who can help you navigate the process. At Bright Plan Management, we help applicants with the application process and anything else related to NDIS funding. Contact us today for more information.