Link October 2018 Volume 27 Issue 5 - Page 14

ndis Common NDIS mistakes There’s a saying that ‘smart people learn from their mistakes, but really smart people learn from the mistakes of others’. One of Queensland’s largest disability service providers, Endeavour Foundation, has identified some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to preparing for the NDIS, so others don’t make them too. ‘Winging it’ World to help you prepare. This have a face-to-face meeting and Endeavour Foundation Acting tool will assist you in getting the the planner is organising a phone Chief Executive Officer Paula Mayson most out of your NDIS plan and it’s meeting – speak up! Let them know (pictured above) said the organisation available on our website.” what works best for you,” she said. has found time and time again that "It’s also worth noting that if the the people who get the best results Being vague planner calls at a bad time, you don’t are the ones who put in the most work Talking about intimate details have to have the planning meeting in the lead up to their NDIS transition. of your life to a virtual stranger can straight away. You can ask them to be tough, but in the case of the call you back at a time that’s more knowledge is power – the more you NDIS planning meetings, it may be convenient for you.” have, the better your chances of necessary, according to Ms Mayson. “When it comes to the NDIS, getting a plan you are happy with,” Ms Mayson said. “Not everyone has oodles of time “One of the most important things to remember going into your Not writing things down “Planning for the NDIS can be a meeting is that the NDIS planner pretty stressful time, and sometimes to devote to their NDIS journey, so does not know you. They will only important points can slip our mind,” Endeavour Foundation has created know what you tell them. The more Ms Mayson said. a resource called Mapping My you tell them, the better they “By writing things down, you can will understand your needs and be sure you won’t forget anything goals, which will lead to the best on the day. We recommend you outcomes,” she said. take with you to your meeting a “At the end of the day, your completed Mapping My World planner will be looking for an insight Booklet and a list of questions you into your life, what’s working and would like to ask your planner.” what’s needed. They might just need to ask a lot of questions to get there.” Not asking questions Ms Mayson said no question is a Not speaking up Ms Mayson said you shouldn’t ndis “If you’ve got even a little bit of be afraid to ask for something that doubt in your mind about something, better suits your needs. be sure to speak up,” she said. “For instance, if you prefer to 14 silly question.