What does psychosocial disability mean to you?
It’s important to remember that the words ‘psychosocial disability’ are terms used by the National Disability Insurance Agency to describe the ways having a mental health condition impacts on your ability to live a meaningful and contributing life. This includes your economic and social participation in the community. The National Disability Insurance Agency (sometimes called the NDIA) is who the government has asked to make the NDIS happen. Just like people have very different reactions to getting a diagnosis you may have a very different reaction to the idea of having a disability, or being defined as having a disability, than someone else.
✎ LEARNING ACTIVITY
This next activity will lead you through some questions to start exploring what psychosocial disability means to you.
Steps to receive NDIS support
- Step 1: Understand psychosocial disability
- Getting started
- Mental health and the NDIS
- Taking care of yourself
- Disability and psychosocial disability
- What does psychosocial disability mean to you?
- Mental health recovery, psychosocial disability and the NDIS
- The impact of a psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition
- Evidence of psychosocial disability
- Connecting a mental health condition to a psychosocial disability
- Step 2: Understand the NDIS
- Step 3: Check if you can access the NDIS
- Step 4: Apply for NDIS support
- How do I apply for an NDIS package?
- Access Request Form and Supporting Evidence Form
- Providing supporting evidence
- TIPS: For gathering information about functional impacts
- TIPS: For determining levels of support
- What happens after the NDIA has my access request?
- Requesting a review of a decision
- Feedback and complaints
- Who to contact for help
- TIPS: For managing access challenges
- Who can be your advocate?
- Step 5: Reimagine your life
- Step 6: Plan with the NDIS