NDIA Planner, LAC, Early Childhood Partner – It seems that people are throwing around these terms left right and center. Are you a bit lost figuring out who all these people are and what is their actual role? We’ve got you covered!
In this resource we will cover:
- Guiding the individual through the planning process
- Assessing their needs, identifying their goals
- Determining what supports and services are required to achieve those goals.
- Preparing the plan and ensuring it aligns with the persons goals and needs
- Does an NDIS planner decide what funding you have?
Does an NDIS planner decide what funding you have?
Yes, the NDIS Planner CAN approve the NDIS plan but does not provide the same support as an LAC when it comes to connecting with local supports as well.
- Working with individuals with disabilities, their families, and carers to develop an understanding of their needs and goals
- Helping individuals understand their NDIS plan
- Assisting with navigating the NDIS
- Providing support with connecting to service providers
- Identifying and accessing other mainstream services and community resourcea
What is the LAC’s role during the planning meeting?
The LAC will put together all the information discussed during the planning meeting and submit their recommendation to the NDIA to review. The NDIA assessor is then responsible for reviewing this information and recommendations, and putting together and approving the plan and funding.
After the plan is put in place, the LAC’s role is to provide information and support to help individuals understand their NDIS plan and access the services and supports identified in their plan.
Does an LAC decide what funding you have?
Local area coordinators (LAC) CANNOT approve a plan or decide what funding is in the plan, this is done by the NDIA (by a delegate). Your LAC can however guide you when it comes to how to use your funds.
- Providing information and advice to families about the NDIS, including applying for the NDIS, funding options and available services.
- Assisting families to identify and assess their child’s needs, and develop an individualised plan for their support.
- Helping families to connect with other services and supports, such as early intervention services, allied health professionals, and community resources – these are known as early connections.
- Providing ongoing support to families and children throughout their NDIS journey, including reviewing and updating plans, and advocating for their needs.
- Facilitating access to early childhood education and care services.