It is important to remember that NDIS participants receive supports based on the goals they want to achieve and not just their disability.
The NDIS funds supports so that disabled people can:
- Get the supports they need to live the life they choose
- Learn new skills
- Be independent
- Get information about the services in their area
- Access services like sports clubs and art groups
Everyone has different goals so everyone gets different supports.
NDIS participants will receive NDIS supports based on the short-term and long-term goals they share during their NDIS planning meeting.
That is why it is so important that young people have thought about their goals before going into their planning meeting.
You can support the young person you are working by asking them about their goals and what they want to achieve in the future.
If they are not sure what their goals are, you could start by asking them what they like to do and what they wish they could do more.
You can also share Map Your Future, our free online program designed for disabled young people, with them. It has information, videos, illustrations, and activities to help young people set goals and get the right support to achieve their goals.
Map Your Future is a good resource to help young people learn more about the NDIS and how to set goals.
There's a specific section in Map Your Future about setting short-term and long-term goals. Young people can answer questions about their goals, which can then be saved and taken to their NDIS planning meeting.
Short-term and long-term goals can mean different lengths of time to different people.
In a NDIS plan short-term goals are goals that an NDIS participant wants to achieve in the next few months.
In this 3 minute video disabled young people talk about achieving short-term goals.
In a NDIS plan long-terms goals are goals that an NDIS participant want to achieve in the next year.
In this 3 minute video disabled young people talk about achieving long-term goals.