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Jarrad Simpson and Debbie Hewitt

Living with a disability can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to stop you from living life to the fullest. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the way Australians with disabilities identify the supports they need to live their life. It’s all about supporting you today and into the future, to improve outcomes throughout your entire lifetime.

So where’s a good place to start when thinking about where you’d like the NDIS to take you?

Set your goals
What do you want to achieve in the next year or so? It might seem overwhelming at first, but setting up some basic goals will provide you with a steady pathway to to do things you never thought possible.

The best place to start is to think about what you enjoy doing. Your goals could include learning how to cook, joining a community group or even finding a job that’s right for you. With the introduction of the NDIS, you can now get the funding and support you need to make it happen and achieve your goals – your way.

Get active
Perhaps one of your goals is to improve your health and become more active. Whether you’re naturally competitive, want to get fit, join a team sport for fun or just try something new, there’s so many benefits to getting out there and being active. Involvement in any sport or recreational activity can positively impact your health, strength and wellbeing.

Build your connections and confidence
Having a personal support network around you outside of your immediate circle is great when you want someone else to talk to and share experiences with.
Expand your social network and make lifelong friends with people who share similar interests, by getting involved in your local community. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people, and it’s amazing what new skills you will pick up along the way, that could even pave the way to finding a new career.

It’s the start of something really good
So much more is possible when you are in control and are able to make choices that impact your life.
There’s a lot to think about, but you don’t have to go it alone. Not-for-profit services like Leap in! have been started to help NDIS participants understand how the scheme works, to assist you with planning and goal setting in readiness for your NDIS Plan meeting and as a NDIS- registered plan manager, to help you keep track of your spending and finances.

If you or someone you care for is the one in every five Australians with a disability and need help to navigate the NDIS, Leap in! can help you to live the life you want to live. Head to the website to download their free NDIS Planning app, chat online with a plan manager or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.