The journey of applying for the NDIS can be a difficult and tumultuous time, especially for applicants who experience cognitive issues, are chronically exhausted or have other accessibility issues.
While it can be daunting, it’s important to remember that there are many different organisations, peak bodies and advocacy groups for your specific disability that can assist you in applying for the NDIS.
We’ve gathered a list of resources for some of the most common disabilities in Australia, as well as organisations that specifically assist people with their application to the NDIS:
General help with applying for the NDIS:
Yooralla is a disability support service that has been making a difference for over one hundred years. They provide services like accommodation, in-home support and therapy for NDIS participants, but they also help prospective participants apply for the NDIS, too.
They proudly provide free one-on-one NDIS consultations which aim to help you, or the person you care for, understand the NDIS at any step of your journey. They offer in-person or over the phone hello with preparing your NDIS application, understanding your plan or implementing your next plan.
The Endeavour Foundation has been supporting people with disabilities since the 1950’s. Offering a wide range of resources and services for people from all walks of life, Endeavour specifically aims to support prospective NDIS participants gather supporting information for and apply for the NDIS. They offer resources like Getting ready for the NDIS, Getting ready for your NDIS plan review and NDIS in five easy steps.
The Carers Place was established in 2016 by long-term and passionate support carer Cassie Day. The organisation aims to support individuals and families in navigating systems like the NDIS with ease, enabling them to stay healthy and sane.
The Carers Place proudly understands NDIS and its associated legislation inside and out, aiming to help you and your loved ones get the most out of your experience. They are flexible in providing support online, in their office, at your home, by call, email or even instant message.
CareAbout is a support organisation who assists NDIS participants with finding appropriate care and support for their disability. They are focused on helping participants understand the care system, and are passionate about creating reliable, affordable and high-quality opportunities for care.
As well as this, they also offer valuable support and advice for prospective participants looking to apply for the NDIS. For support applying for the NDIS, you can call CareAbout on 1300 536 707.
Prospective NDIS participants with Multiple Sclerosis can face a number of issues when applying for support. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with Multiple Sclerosis:
MS.org is one of the most renowned MS advocacy groups and peak support bodies, with over 60 years of insight into living well with progressive neurological conditions. They provide in-depth resources on MS for individuals and their loved ones and carers, as well as employment support and help applying for the NDIS. With an in-depth resource page covering all of the burning FAQ’s, you can also contact MS.org for more support.
For prospective NDIS participants with autism, applying for the program can be overwhelming and confusing. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with autism:
Autism Spectrum Australia (better known as Aspect) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide people on the autism spectrum with the opportunity to realise their strengths. Aspect also provides support to those one the autism spectrum, including support for those looking to apply for the NDIS.
You can contact Aspect directly for help applying for or gathering information for your application to the NDIS.
Autism Awareness is an organisation that simply aims to empower families with a loved one on the autism spectrum. They supply an in-depth guide to applying for the NDIS, including resources on access and eligibility, planning and support, and managing your NDIS plan. They are available for direct contact for those needing more support.
Amaze is an advocacy organisation that aims to help shape a better future for those on the autism spectrum. They actively support prospective participants applying for the NDIS and are available via phone on 1300 308 699, email at email@example.com or webchat on their site.
Psychosocial disabilities can often be complex and multi-faceted, making applying for help under the NDIS complicated. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with psychosocial disabilities:
While Access Foundation provides support to people with many other disabilities too, they provide bold and extremely helpful resources and support for those with psychosocial disabilities. Helping those with disability as well as their families access individualised support, Access Foundation can provide one-on-one support to those applying for the NDIS via phone or email. =
Star Community Care is another organisation that supports people with many kinds of disabilities, but features stand-out support when it comes to psychosocial ones. Star Community Care aims to offer person centred and holistic support to people with disabilities, and can provide one-on-one support with navigating the NDIS process smoothly.
Intellectual disabilities can be complex and difficult at the best of times, let alone while applying for the support of the NDIS. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with intellectual disabilities:
Reimagine Today is a support organisation that was designed to support people living with mental health conditions, including intellectual disability. With significant lived experience of the NDIS, this is an extremely supportive organisation which can support prospective participants in applying for the NDIS.
The Council for Intellectual Disability is an advocacy group specifically for people with intellectual disability, led by those with intellectual disability. Their aim surrounding the NDIS is for the scheme to work better for those with intellectual disability. They are also available to contact for help applying for the NDIS.
Although CareAbout is a support organisation that assists people with many kinds of disabilities, they have a strong focus on intellectual disabilities. They offer valuable support and advice for prospective participants looking to apply for the NDIS. For support applying for the NDIS, you can call CareAbout on 1300 536 707.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can require specific and complex information to be included in your NDIS application. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with spinal cord injuries:
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is a leading peak organisation for supporting those with a spinal cord injury. Providing a range of support to those who have lived spinal cord injury disabilities, SCIA can also assist you directly when applying for the NDIS. They help people understand the NDIS, how to best identify goals for funding as well as navigating the stages of your NDIS plan.
Spinal Life Australia is an organisation that is dedicated to helping those with a spinal cord injury live their best life. As a registered NDIS provider, they are well-equipped to help prospective participants apply for the NDIS.
Spire is a resource network for people with spinal cord injuries, and provides a wealth of knowledge and support when it comes to applying for the NDIS. With extensive information regarding the process, FAQs and specific spinal cord injury information, Spire is a great place to get help for your application.
Acquired Brain Injuries
Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) are often ambiguous, multi-faceted and complex, meaning applying for support through the NDIS can be a mission. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with ABI:
Headstart is an organisation that has been specialising in brain injuries since 1987. Their aim is to provide individualised support to those with ABI, helping them create new opportunities, find new passions and reconnect with what means most to them. Headstart can help those with ABI to apply for the NDIS – simply contact them through their contact form or call (02) 4965 4420.\
Headway ABI Australia is an organisation that aims to empower people with ABI. They offer succinct, accessible help in navigating the NDIS application process and can help with a wide range of questions. They can help you identify your needs, goals and aspirations, complete your NDIS Planning Workbook and plan meetings with your Local Area Coordinator. You can access their one-on-one support by calling them on 1300 HEADWAY.
Synapse is an organisation dedicated to supporting those with an ABI. Providing a range of support services for those who have lived experience of brain injury and disability, Synapse can also help with navigating the NDIS journey.
Parkinson’s Disease is often debilitating, complex and ambiguous, making applying for the NDIS difficult. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with Parkinson’s:
Parkinson’s Peak Bodies (each state)
With a dedicated Parkinson’s organisation in every Australian state, Parkinson’s Peak Bodies are the primary peak organisation that supports those with Parkinson’s navigate a healthy and happy life. As registered NDIS providers, they provide a wide range of support and services to those with Parkinson’s, as well as assist those applying for the NDIS. Below is the extended list of each state’s Parkinson’s Peak Body:
MS QLD has a long history of helping those with all types of neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s. Those with Parkinson’s looking to access support through the NDIS can contact MS QLD for help navigating the application process.
Cystic Fibrosis is a widely misunderstood disability, making applying for the NDIS complex. The following organisations and advocacy groups offer support for those applying to the NDIS with CF:
CF Buzz is a resource website dedicated to improving the lives of those with CF. Offering a wide range of services, resources and support systems, CF Buzz is also proud to support prospective participants applying for the NDIS. Simply contact them on 02 8732 5700.