Seventeen year old twins Amy and Rebecca Evans were excited to be part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trials and have found the NDIS to offer individuals and their families “new opportunities and support to achieve things that might not have been possible under previous funding arrangements.”
Maida Vale residents Amy and Rebecca both live with a very rare genetic neuromuscular condition called Nemaline Myopathy. They have been receiving physiotherapy and occupational therapy services at Rocky Bay since they were 2 years old. They are now in year 12, making preparations for the next stages of their lives, so the timing of the trial was excellent for them.
After acceptance into the NDIS, parents Rod and Catherine went through the planning documents alongside Rocky Bay’s Customer Engagement Manager, Stephanie Wee.
“Rocky Bay were incredibly helpful and supportive in meeting with us to guide us through the planning documents. They helped identify the areas of support that Amy and Rebecca would need to access”, said Catherine. “They have also maintained close contact to help us put the girls’ plans into action.”
After meeting with Rocky Bay, they met with a very supportive NDIS Planner, submitting plans which were then approved and actioned.
“We found the process extremely positive with a definite focus on what Amy and Rebecca each need. With Rocky Bay’s help, we were able to confidently predict what their needs are likely to be for the next 12 months”, added Catherine.
When asked what advice she would give to others in the NDIS Perth Hills or NDIS My Way, another trial starting in Cockburn on 1st July, Catherine said “If you go into your planning meeting thoroughly prepared, things should run smoothly. Take time to think about what you would like to happen in the next 12 months and the support you will need to achieve those goals.”
“But don’t stress because if circumstances do change, you can contact your NDIS Planner to make the necessary alterations.”
The girls have great ambitions. Amy would like her own Disability Access Design business and plans to study residential design next year. Rebecca plans to study psychology leading to a career as a paediatric clinical psychologist.
With help from the NDIS and Rocky Bay, their disability supports are taken care of. They can now focus on achieving their life goals.
Rocky Bay’s new customer engagement team will provide you with support through all stages of NDIS and My Way planning: support coordination, therapy services, life transition planning, in-home support, recreation, employment, community participation, repair and servicing of equipment. Call Customer Engagement on 6282 1900 or send an online enquiry to arrange an appointment.