Make sure that YOU choose a date, time and place that suits YOU. Do not be pressured into thinking that you have to have it right then on the phone, or in a day’s time.
This is YOUR meeting, take control. If you are feeling overwhelmed, bring someone with you. If you don’t have anyone that could support you, get in touch with your relevant Disability Advocacy organisation from your state/territory. You can check out a few from which we have listed on our website here.
Prepare in advance, write things down or have someone you trust write these for you.
We have a lot of useful resources on our website that can help you prepare, you can check them out here.
Think about your goals, and how your funding helps you achieve your goals.
If you have therapists involved, or any other specialists, support etc that you would like to write a report for you for the meeting, let them know ahead of time with as much notice as possible. If you have a support coordinator, they can help gather all the necessary information needed to support your review.
Work out how much your regular supports cost each week. Use this figure to help you plan what funding you will need for the year. You can check out the price guide for your state here. Have a support coordinator? Get them to help you navigate this price guide, it reads like stereo instructions! 😛
If your plan is near the end and you still don’t have a review set, or are waiting on supporting documentation, request a three month extension and the NDIA can pro rata the funding. But don’t forget to ask them to include your AT and consumables budget!
If you have a coordinator of supports, this is what they do. Use them, and if they won’t help you, get a new coordinator.
If your meeting is becoming overwhelming for you, take a break.