The NDIS Self-Directed Conversations Roadshow on October 30 saw NDIS participants, support workers, coordinators and families come together from the Gold Coast community for our very first event as Mable.
Throughout the day, two key speakers, Caroline Daley, founder of PlanHelp and Meredith Baylis, an independent support coordinator at Jeder Institute, shared their insights, understandings and experience with the NDIS.
Caroline Daley kicked off the Roadshow by sharing her daughter Siobhan’s personal journey with the NDIS.
“We were the first people in the country to self-manage an NDIS plan, so we worked closely with the NDIA in the early days of the NDIS. I also helped to write the guide to self-managing an NDIS plan for their website in 2013 and today I help people through planHELP who are experiencing the trickier parts of their plan.”
“Before the NDIS, each state government funded disability services, and each was very different. If you moved from one state to another, you might have needed to leave all your equipment at the border. The way it was structured meant a lot of people weren’t getting the support they needed.”
“The NDIS is distributed on a more equitable basis and it’s certainly better for the bulk of people.”
For those at the Roadshow, Caroline made it clear that no two NDIS plans are the same: “independence looks very different to each person. No matter how much training or coaching you can do, Siobhan won’t get herself out of bed, she won’t feed herself, so she still needs supports for those things. But the importance is around how she leads her team and how she can determine what her life looks like”.
Following on from Caroline, Meredith Baylis of the Jeder Institute also shared her personal journey with the NDIS: “Together, my 21-year-old son and I self-manage his NDIS plan, and we have done so for the past 18 months. He really runs his own race, and I wouldn’t have it any other way for him. I very much follow his lead”.
Since the establishment of the NDIS, Meredith has been working in small groups and with families to help others be NDIS-ready and today works to independently coordinate supports for NDIS participants.
“I love being able to support workers in their NDIS journey and help people connect to others in their communities so they can be informed when it comes to the NDIS. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the NDIS, but with the right connections you can get the right support.”
As the NDIS continues to roll out across the country, more NDIS participants are choosing to self-manage their plan to experience better choice and more control over their supports. Self-management makes it easier for individuals to manage their funding, claim supports and make agreements with workers, and platforms like Mable are enabling Australians to experience even greater control by giving them the tools to schedule and monitor their own support.
Ready to be the driver on your NDIS journey? With Mable, you can discover all the benefits of organising and scheduling your supports. Head to Mable today.