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Who Is Eligible for NDIS Services?

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Horizon Community Services is dedicated to providing support and care to individuals with disabilities, empowering them to lead fulfilling and independent lives. As part of our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, we offer services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Understanding who is eligible for NDIS services is crucial for individuals seeking support and their families. In this article, we will explore the eligibility criteria and help you determine if you or your loved one may qualify for NDIS support.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government initiative designed to provide funding and support to individuals with permanent and significant disabilities. The scheme aims to empower people with disabilities to achieve their goals, enhance their independence, and participate fully in their communities.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for NDIS services, an individual must meet specific criteria set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Here are the key eligibility requirements:

  • Age: The NDIS is available to individuals aged under 65 years at the time of application.
  • Residency: The person seeking NDIS support must be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent visa, or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.
  • Disability: The individual must have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to participate effectively in activities or requires substantial ongoing support.
  • Early Intervention: Children under the age of 7 years with developmental delays or disabilities are eligible for early intervention services under the NDIS, regardless of formal diagnosis.

Determining Eligibility:

The process of determining eligibility for NDIS services involves several steps:

  • Access Request: Complete an Access Request Form provided by the NDIA, providing information about the person’s disability and functional limitations.
  • Supporting Documentation: Submit relevant supporting documentation such as medical reports, assessments, or reports from healthcare professionals who have diagnosed or treated the disability.
  • Assessment: The NDIA will assess the submitted information to determine eligibility for the NDIS. They may also request additional assessments or information if necessary.
  • Planning Meeting: If deemed eligible, a planning meeting will be scheduled with the person seeking support or their representative. This meeting helps identify goals, support needs, and develop an individualised NDIS plan.
  • NDIS Plan: Upon approval, an NDIS plan is developed, outlining the supports and services that the person will receive. The plan is reviewed regularly to ensure it meets changing needs.

The NDIS provides a vital lifeline of support and resources for individuals with disabilities, fostering independence and community participation. Understanding the eligibility criteria is essential for those seeking NDIS services. 

Horizon Community Services is here to assist individuals and their families throughout the NDIS application process, providing guidance, support, and care tailored to their unique needs.

If you believe you or your loved one meet the NDIS eligibility criteria, don’t hesitate to contact Horizon Community Services. Our dedicated team is here to assist you throughout the application process, providing guidance, support, and personalised care. Together, let’s unlock your full potential and create a more inclusive future. Reach out to us today.

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