National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) helps people with a disability who are under the age of 65 get the support they need. NDIS participants get funding for services to help with daily life, be involved in their community and reach their goals.

Navigating the NDIS can be a bit of a challenge. Our video series is designed to make it easier. The videos feature young stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, advocates and NDIS local area coordinators. They share some of the challenges of adjusting to life after stroke and explain how to navigate the NDIS to get what you need.

Our NDIS video series was kindly supported by a grant from the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Getting access to the NDIS

Find out about how to know if you are eligible and how to apply for access. You’ll need evidence about the impact of stroke and how it affects what you can do in your daily life. This video shows how to take the first steps and who can help.

Once you have watched this video, find out more:

Setting up your NDIS plan

Once you are an NDIS participant, it’s time to work out your goals and prepare for your planning meeting. Find out about setting up your plan and who can help.

Once you have watched this video, find out more:

Managing your NDIS plan

When you have your plan, you can arrange the supports and services you need. Find out about the options for managing your plan and how you can find service providers.

Once you have watched this video, find out more:

Getting help from advocates

You may need an advocate to support you and speak on your behalf. Find out who can be an advocate and how they can help.

Once you have watched this video, find out more:

Getting back to work

Everyone’s goals are different but returning to work is important for many young stroke survivors. In this video we talk about the challenges of getting back to work and how to make a plan to return to work that won’t wipe you out.

Being at work

Being at work can be very rewarding, but it’s important to make sure that you don’t burn yourself out with fatigue. In this video we talk about finding work-life balance and keeping it sustainable.

Grief and loss

Even while you work on your goals, it’s normal to feel a sense of loss after stroke. This video talks about giving yourself time to grieve and seeking out support from people who understand and who can help.

Once you have watched this video, find out more:

Tracey’s story

With locked-in syndrome due to a rare brainstem stroke, Tracey has faced more challenges than most. Now with access to supports, she is achieving her goals that include moving into a new home and returning to work.

 

NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It is for people who have a disability.

It is for people less than 65 years old.

 

The NDIS can give you money.

The money helps you live your life.

The money helps you do what you want to do.

 

We have videos about the NDIS.

The videos tell you how to use the NDIS.

The videos talk about life after stroke.

 

The National Disability Insurance Agency gave us a grant to make our videos.

 

Getting on the NDIS

Getting on the NDIS is called getting access.

To get access you have to talk about your stroke.

You have to talk about what you cannot do.

 

Watch the video about how to get on the NDIS.

Find out more about getting on the NDIS:

  

There are people who can help you get on the NDIS.

The people who can help you are local area coordinators.

You can find local area coordinators on the NDIS website.

 

Making your NDIS plan

When you are on the NDIS you have to make a plan.

The plan says what you want to do.

The plan says how you will do what you want.

 

To make a plan you will have a meeting.

There are people who can help you make a plan.

 

Watch the video about how to make a plan.

Find out more about Making your NDIS plan.

 

Using your NDIS plan

Your plan will give you money for services.

Services help you do what you want to do.

You pay people to give you services.

People who you pay for services are service providers.

 

Watch the video about how to get service providers.

Find out more about:

 

Getting help from an advocate

An advocate is a person who helps you.

An advocate can talk to the NDIS.

 

Watch the video about advocates.

You can find an advocate near you.

You need to know your postcode.

Put in your postcode on the disability advocacy finder website.

 

Going back to work after a stroke

You might want to go back to work.

Going back to work can be hard.

You can make a plan to go back to work.

 

Watch the video about going back to work.

Find out more about going back to work from:

The government can help you get back to work.

Disability Employment Services help you find a job.

Work Assist helps you keep a job.

 

Working after a stroke

Working can make you feel very good

Working can make you feel very tired.

Fatigue is when you are very tired.

 

Watch the video about working.

 

Feeling sad after a stroke

You can feel sad after a stroke.

You can feel grief.

You can feel like you have lost your old life.

 

Watch the video about feeling sad.

Find out about who can help you.

Find out more about feelings after a stroke.

 

Depression is when you feel sad for a long time.

Find out more about depression from our:

 

Locked-in after a stroke

Tracey had a big stroke.

Her stroke was in her brain stem.

Tracey could not move or talk.

She was locked-in.

 

Tracey is on the NDIS.

The NDIS helped Tracey.

She is in her own house.

She is going back to work.

 

Watch the video about Tracey.

 

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