Your questions on applying for NDIS support with Cerebral Palsy answered
The start of your NDIS journey begins with the initial application. It involves understanding the specific types of support you or your child might need, gathering all necessary documentation for the application, and identifying a cerebral palsy support team to guide you.
To apply for NDIS support with cerebral palsy (CP) you will need to complete the access request form with the help of your child’s healthcare team. Be sure to attach any evidence and assessments of the diagnosis while including information about how your child’s disability impacts their daily life.
At Maple, our expertise lies in seamlessly navigating our clients living with cerebral palsy through the NDIS application process, ensuring a comprehensive and fulfilling experience with the scheme and your supports. We are dedicated to helping you and your loved one maximise their potential under the NDIS.
What disability support is available for cerebral palsy?
Australia has many support options available for those living with cerebral palsy. Various entities including government agencies, community groups and non-profit organisations provide a wealth of services and financial assistance. These resources are designed to improve the wellbeing and developmental progress of people living with cerebral palsy, reflecting our nation's commitment to inclusive support.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
People living with cerebral palsy in Australia can access a variety of supports tailored to their specific needs with the help of NDIS funding. The NDIS aims to enhance the independence, social participation and overall quality of life for people with disabilities. For those with CP, the available supports typically include:
- Support for activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, eating, and mobility.
- Assistive technology and equipment such as wheelchairs, walking frames, communication devices, or modifications to vehicles and homes.
- Early childhood intervention services that help children to develop essential skills and mitigate developmental delays.
- Support to engage in community, social and recreational activities.
- Funding for therapeutic services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other specialised services.
- Education and employment services to support educational and employment goals.
- Transport assistance, especially when a disability makes using public transport challenging.
Community and non-profit organisations
Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a non profit organisation that provides services, research, technology, programs, and support for people with cerebral and their families. Established with the goal of enhancing the lives of those affected by cerebral palsy, the organisation plays a significant role in both support and advocacy.
Cerebral Palsy Australia - formerly known as the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association, is a national body representing organisations that provide services and support to people with cerebral palsy and their families. They also provide advocacy, research, funding, collaboration, information and educational programs.
As well as the NDIS which is specifically designed for people living with disabilities, the Australian government also has other cerebral palsy support options that might be helpful to you.
- Medicare guarantees all citizens access to a wide range of health services. The Chronic Disease Management Plan, Medicare benefits schedule (MBS), Pharmaceutical benefits scheme and early interventions services for children are all plans under Medicare designed to support people with cerebral palsy.
- Centrelink can offer a range of payment options for people with cerebral palsy as well as their parents or carers. These include Carer Allowance, Carer Payment (children), Child disability assistance payment, carer supplement, disability support pension and the Health care card.
How do I apply for the NDIS with cerebral palsy?
Follow these steps for a straightforward NDIS application process with a cerebral palsy diagnosis:
Access Request Form
First of all you will need to complete an access request form from the NDIS website. This form requires information about your age, residency, and your disability. If you are hesitant about how to fill out the form yourself you can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 and they can talk you through the details of the form over the phone.
Your treating health professional can help you to fill out section 2 of the form. If you already have all the existing reports and assessments you can attach these to the form as evidence of your cerebral palsy diagnosis.
After gathering all of the supporting information you need and completing the form to the best of your ability, you can then submit them to the NDIS either by email at [email protected] or via post at GPO Box 700, Canberra, ACT 2601.
Should you or your loved one qualify for NDIS support for cerebral palsy, our team at Maple Community Services is committed to offering you in-depth assistance throughout your application journey. We’re here to help you to compile all of the essential documentation required for your application, and to facilitate a smooth process. We can even connect you with a Local Area Coordinator to ensure you receive any extra support you might need.
Once your NDIS funding is approved, we are prepared to guide you in managing your funds effectively with the help of a Plan Manager who will oversee your funding, ensuring it is utilised efficiently. At Maple, we’re not just about helping you access support; we’re about making sure that support works for you.
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