NDIS AT A GLANCE
People with multiple sclerosis are receiving greater access to funded supports under the NDIS.
Full scheme rollout will benefit people affected by multiples sclerosis, compared to the current system which is not tailored to individual needs, choice and control.
When determining eligibility, the NDIS considers:
- your age
- your disability or significant impairments
- whether significant impairment is permanent or likely to be permanent
- whether you would benefit from early intervention.
To be eligible you must:
- be under 65 years of age
- be a resident of Australia
- have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself
The funded supports in an NDIS Plan will be reasonable and necessary and relate to your disability or functional impairment. These supports will help to maintain and strengthen your ability to access Miracle Hands. An NDIS plan will also consider how to strengthen your informal supports.
For more information, see the NDIS checklist at www.ndis.gov.au or call NDIS on 1800 800 110.
WHAT IS THE ACCESS REQUEST FORM?
To determine if you are eligible for the NDIS you will need to commence the process by calling the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 and ask for an Access Request Form. They may ask you a series of questions over the phone before sending you further documentation which will need to be completed.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Access Request Form is the first step in helping to determine if you are eligible for funded supports from the NDIA.
- To obtain an Access Request Form you will need to call the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110 and ask for a form to be sent to you.
- You must return the completed form to the NDIA within 28 days of the date of the letter that accompanies the Access Request Form.
- Section 1 of the form can be completed by you or a representative for your health, for example a family member.
- Sections 2 and 3 of the form must be completed by your treating doctor or specialist.
- Recent reports or assessments from your GP or other health professionals that describe the extent of the functional impact of your multiple sclerosis can be included.
- Your GP or other health professional will need to give information on six functional domains:
- mobility/motor skills
- social interaction
- Once you return the form to the NDIA you should be notified within 21 working days about your eligibility and next steps.
- Make sure you make and keep a copy of the Access Request Form and any other supporting documents.