As of September 2022, there were 18% active NDIS participants with intellectual disability or Down syndrome as their primary disability.
People with Down syndrome (over the age of 7) are not automatically eligible for the NDIS. In order to apply for access to the Scheme, you must complete an access request form and provide evidence of your eligibility. Although people with Down syndrome do not have automatic eligibility, almost all of the people who have applied have been accepted into the NDIS.
There is a wide range of resources and fact sheets on the NDIS website.
The NDIS have recently released three new participant booklets. The booklets cover Understanding the NDIS, Planning and Using your NDIS plan. The Participant Booklets are available on the NDIS website.
Booklet 1 – Applying for the NDIS
Booklet 2 – Planning
Booklet 3 – Using your NDIS Plan
Easy Read Booklets
There are a number of resources about the NDIS in Easy Read. You can find the Easy Read booklets on the NDIS website.
NDIS Guide to Self Management
The NDIS have released a Guide to Self Management.The purpose of this guide is to better support participants and their nominees to self-manage their NDIA budget so they have more control, choice and flexibility in arranging and paying for their NDIS supports.The guide helps self-managers, and people interested in self-managing their NDIA budget, understand the benefits of self-management, their responsibilities and how to self-manage effectively.