ndis intellectual disability

A lot of work goes into applying for and managing your NDIS plan. It can be quite overwhelming, especially for people with intellectual disability who may not have advocacy or guidance from a carer or professional support worker.

Recently, the CHESS NDIS intake team was contacted by Emma* the mother of Sarah*, a young woman living with intellectual disability. Emma had heard of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and knew that it could assist her daughter but was unclear where to start.

In order for Sarah to access the scheme, the CHESS intake team worked alongside both mother and daughter, ensuring the correct evidence of disability was provided to support the application. Our specialised intake team’s knowledge and experience helped to smooth the application and Sarah was soon approved for NDIS support.

Setting Goals

Sarah identified 3 goals to achieve in her first year within the NDIS

  • To increase her independence and better manage her household tasks
  • To develop skills around making healthy life choices and increasing her social and community participation
  • To find and keep employment

Sarah was approved for an NDIS budget that included ‘core’ supports enabling her to have someone to walk alongside as she managed her daily living tasks.

She was also allocated funding under ‘Capacity Building’ to help her develop life skills and to have support in finding employment.

Finding the Right Service Provider

CHESS, having worked in the Mid North Coast and Clarence communities for over 20 years, have a diverse roster of staff with many years of experience in mentoring and supporting people to develop and build life skills.

As a registered NDIS service provider CHESS is perfectly positioned to support individuals like Sarah on their NDIS journey.

Both Sarah and her mother participated in conversations with their CHESS support workers before they commenced with us. They were confident that the selected people would work well with Sarah as they had similar interests and the skills to ably provide person centred support.

Looking Forward to the Future

After 6 months in the scheme Sarah and Emma report that Sarah’s life has changed significantly for the better. Sarah previously received no help other than that provided by family and friends; this exacerbated her sense of isolation from community.

Sarah now has Jo visiting once a week for 3 hours to help her organise her living space, manage a simple budget and shop for and cook a meal. Penny spends 3 hours per week assisting Sarah to develop skills around health and wellbeing, going with her to an aqua aerobics class and beach walking. They are exploring appropriate job, training and volunteering opportunities to increase Sarah’s ability to engage in community.

Before CHESS and the NDIS, Emma worried about the future and Sarah’s capacity for independent living. Sarah is doing new things she never imagined possible and looks forward to seeing her weekly support workers. Both Emma and Sarah have new hope for a future where Sarah continues to be supported to manage her disability, participate in and give to her local community and live the ‘strong life’ she so richly deserves.

*names changed for privacy reasons *stock photo used

Do you want to know more about our NDIS services?

Families, carers and people with disability are invited to contact us on 1800 899 017 or email Darren on our NDIS Intake Team on dlee@chessemployment.com.au