Your questions on access support for Cerebral Palsy answered
Living with cerebral palsy brings its unique set of challenges and necessities, however understanding and accessing the right support can make a significant difference.
It’s important to explore the various types of cerebral palsy support services that are available to you under the NDIS and decipher what will help you to work towards your goals, from therapeutic interventions and assistive technologies to personal care assistance and community participation.
Navigating the NDIS can be complex but with the right guidance, it becomes a powerful tool for enhancing quality of life and independence. At Maple, we’re here to help you through the essentials of NDIS funding, how to tailor it to meet the unique challenges of cerebral palsy and how to maximise the benefits of this comprehensive system.
What NDIS support is offered to participants with cerebral palsy?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia offers comprehensive funding for a range of cerebral palsy support services to enhance the quality of life for people living with CP. Each funding plan is meticulously crafted, taking into account the unique challenges and goals of you or your loved one, ensuring a tailored approach that aligns with their specific life situation and aspirations.
The ways in which your NDIS funding for cerebral palsy can be allocated include:
This includes funding for essential therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other specialised services. These services are crucial for improving key skills and functioning, mobility, communication, daily living skills and overall functional abilities.
The NDIS provides support for every-day activities that might be challenging due to cerebral palsy. This includes aiding in tasks we deal with daily such as dressing, bathing, eating, and mobility to enhance independence, safety and self-care capabilities.
Funding covers a range of equipment and devices. Wheelchairs and walking frames enhance mobility, while communication devices help with interaction and engagement. Custom orthotics are provided to support body alignment and movement. Each piece of technology is chosen to cater to specific mobility and functional needs.
Financial support for modifications in the home ensures safety and accessibility. This can include installing ramps for wheelchair access, stair lifts to navigate between floors, and adapting bathrooms to make them more functional and safer for participants.
The NDIS can provide support for adapting vehicles to make transportation easier and more accessible. This might involve modifying controls for easier operation or altering vehicle interiors for wheelchair access.
Early childhood intervention
Services and supports for young children with cerebral palsy focus on early intervention to improve development outcomes. Early intervention can play a crucial role in enhancing a child’s physical, cognitive, and social development.
Education and employment support
The NDIS also provides support for educational and employment endeavours. This can include necessary adjustments and assistance in educational settings and workplaces so that participants can fully participate in these environments.
Encouraging involvement in community, social, and recreational activities is a key focus of the NDIS. This support is vital for building relationships, social inclusion and enhancing mental health.
Participants can access services to help them manage the financial aspects of their NDIS plan. This can include assistance with processing invoices and effectively tracking the budget, ensuring that funds are utilised effectively.
This involves professional assistance in organising and managing the various supports and services within a participants NDIS plan. It ensures that all aspects of the plan are cohesive and effectively meet the needs of the participant.
What benefits can I claim for cerebral palsy?
The great thing about living in Australia is that there are many supports available to people living with disabilities besides the NDIS. Other programs to consider looking into include:
- Disability support pension (DSP) – financial support from Centrelink for those 16 and older who can’t work due to their disability.
- Carer allowance/payment – financial assistance for caregivers of someone with cerebral palsy.
- Child disability assistance payment – annual support for parents or guardians caring for a child with a disability.
- Health care card – reduced healthcare costs for those receiving certain Centrelink payments.
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – Subsidised prescription medicines.
To find out more about the support services available to people living with cerebral palsy in Australia, feel free to speak to one of our experienced team members at Maple today.
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