There are supports available through the NDIS that support young people to continue with their education, learn new skills, and find a job.
Many young NDIS participants are studying at school, TAFE, or university. Some may need additional supports while studying or looking for work.
The NDIS will fund supports, related to the young person’s disability, that will enable them to engage in education and their community.
It is possible for young people to get supports through the NDIS so they can go to school.
This includes supports such as:
- Assistance with personal care at school
- Specialised training for staff about the specific support needs of the student
- Specialised transport (does not substitute parental responsibility)
- Equipment such as a wheelchair or communication device
- Therapies that are delivered during school time but are not for educational purposes
University or TAFE
Young people can get NDIS funding for extra supports they need at university, TAFE, during an apprenticeship or other training because of their disability.
These supports may include:
- Personal care supports while at university or TAFE
- Transport to and from university or TAFE, if they cannot drive or use public transport
- Training for university, TAFE or employers (during placements) about their support needs
- Support to take part in specific projects run by the university for disabled people
The NDIS will not fund supports that a university or TAFE need to provide as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ or anything as part of usual teaching.
School Leaver Employment Supports
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) help NDIS participants move from school to work. These supports are available for NDIS participants who are in their final years of school or have just left school.
Just like with other NDIS supports, each young person will receive different supports through SLES to help them achieve their employment goals. Through SLES, they can get support to learn new skills and find employment.
The NDIS can fund SLES for up to two years.
Through SLES, young people can learn:
- Money handling skills
- Time management skills
- Communication skills
- Work experience
- Job ready skills
- Travel skills
- Personal development skills
As a professional working with the young person, you may be asked to give more information about how SLES could benefit them. You should focus on how SLES can support them to learn new skills and achieve their goals.