Fact sheets, presentations and videos are just some of the resources available to help school staff support families to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The department’s NDIS webpage contains a range of resources to help schools support students with disability and their families along the NDIS journey.
NDIS supports, whether delivered within or outside a school setting, may enhance a student’s access to educational opportunities and support the achievement of individual learning goals.
A new one-page flow-chart is now available on the NDIS webpage to assist schools to incorporate NDIS supports into planning for personalised learning and support.
The department’s NDIS coordinators contributed to the design of the new flow chart, using their extensive knowledge and experience of both the NDIS and supporting the learning and wellbeing of students with disability and additional learning needs.
The flow chart provides tips on key stages of the personalised learning and support process, including:
- Understanding the student, including their strengths, skills, interests and short and long-term goals for schooling, wellbeing and independence.
- Working with parents, carers and other stakeholders to identify a student’s strength’s needs, supports and goals, and whether other agencies and services can support the student’s attendance, participation and achievement of goals at school.
- Identifying what NDIS-funded supports are in a student’s NDIS plan and how these supports may relate to the student’s learning goals.
- Supporting the family at the NDIS plan review stage by identifying, through the development of the student’s learning plan, additional supports that may be met through the NDIS.
One of the NDIS Coordinators, Rachel Pregnell from Coffs Harbour Education Office said she has had overwhelmingly positive feedback from schools where she has shared the resource.
“The new one-page flow chart will assist schools to ensure Learning and Support Team and wellbeing meetings, with all stakeholders, are aligned with NDIS procedures and everyone will be on the same page,” one staff member told her.
For more information on how you can support families to engage with the NDIS, visit the department’s NDIS webpage or contact your local NDIS Coordinator.