The journey of applying for the NDIS can be a difficult and tumultuous time, especially for applicants who experience cognitive issues, are chronically exhausted or have other accessibility issues.
While it can be daunting, it’s important to remember that there are many different organisations, peak bodies and advocacy groups for your specific disability that can assist you in applying for the NDIS.
We’ve gathered a list of resources for some of the most common disabilities in Australia, as well as organisations that specifically assist people with their application to the NDIS. The common disabilities include:
Yooralla is a disability support service that has been making a difference for over one hundred years. They provide services like accommodation, in-home support and therapy for NDIS participants, but they also help prospective participants apply for the NDIS, too.
They proudly provide free one-on-one NDIS consultations which aim to help you, or the person you care for, understand the NDIS at any step of your journey. They offer in-person or over the phone hello with preparing your NDIS application, understanding your plan or implementing your next plan.
Autism Spectrum Australia (better known as Aspect) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide people on the autism spectrum with the opportunity to realise their strengths. Aspect also provides support to those one the autism spectrum, including support for those looking to apply for the NDIS.
You can contact Aspect directly for help applying for or gathering information for your application to the NDIS.
Autism Awareness is an organisation that simply aims to empower families with a loved one on the autism spectrum. They supply an in-depth guide to applying for the NDIS, including resources on access and eligibility, planning and support, and managing your NDIS plan. They are available for direct contact for those needing more support.
Amaze is an advocacy organisation that aims to help shape a better future for those on the autism spectrum. They actively support prospective participants applying for the NDIS and are available via phone on 1300 308 699, email at email@example.com or webchat on their site.
Reimagine Today is a support organisation that was designed to support people living with mental health conditions, including intellectual disability. With significant lived experience of the NDIS, this is an extremely supportive organisation which can support prospective participants in applying for the NDIS.
The Council for Intellectual Disability is an advocacy group specifically for people with intellectual disability, led by those with intellectual disability. Their aim surrounding the NDIS is for the scheme to work better for those with intellectual disability. They are also available to contact for help applying for the NDIS.
MS Australia is one of the most renowned MS advocacy groups and peak support bodies, with over 60 years of insight into living well with progressive neurological conditions. The MS Plus Engagement Service is FREE. You can access it via Telehealth if you live in the ACT, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. Check out the MS Australia Resource Hub, which includes a variety of podcasts, webinars and articles.
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is a leading peak organisation for supporting those with a spinal cord injury. Providing a range of support to those who have lived spinal cord injury disabilities, SCIA can also assist you directly when applying for the NDIS. They help people understand the NDIS, how to best identify goals for funding as well as navigating the stages of your NDIS plan.
Spinal Life Australia is an organisation that is dedicated to helping those with a spinal cord injury live their best life. As a registered NDIS provider, they are well-equipped to help prospective participants apply for the NDIS.
Synapse is an organisation dedicated to supporting those with an ABI. Providing a range of support services for those who have lived experience of brain injury and disability, Synapse can also help with navigating the NDIS journey.